The Global Center for Legal Innovation on Food Environments at the O’Neill Institute is pleased to announce the results of the inaugural Food Environments and the Law Student Writing Competition.

The competition challenged law students from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and South Africa to address ways in which the law can be used to promote healthier lives by discouraging the consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages.

A peer-review committee selected one winner and two runners-up from a strong pool of participants. This committee rigorously reviewed all submissions following a fair and blind peer review process using the published evaluation criteria of the competition.

The awardees are:

WINNER: Paula Knipe is a doctoral researcher at the Socio-Economic Rights Project, Dullah Omar Institute, based at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.
RUNNER-UP: Mariana Victoria Braga Resende is an undergraduate law student at the Faculty of Law of the University of São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil.
RUNNER-UP: Delfina Lucia Chiesa is an undergraduate law student at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The author of the winning paper will be invited to participate in a two-months paid full-time internship at the O’Neill Institute, working with the Global Center for Legal Innovation on Food Environments, in Washington, D.C. The winning paper will also be presented at Georgetown University Law Center and may be selected for publication.

Runners-up papers will be considered for publication on the O’Neill Institute’s blog.

Congratulations to the winner and runners-up, and thank you to all of the participants who submitted excellent papers for this competition.