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Andrew Lees Essay Prize


Andrew Lees was the Campaigns Director for Friends of the Earth and a leading environmental campaigner on a range of issues from water pollution to illegal waste dumping. He died suddenly in 1994 while on a working holiday in Madagascar campaigning against a large opencast mine. Read more about the Andrew Lees Trust.

Andrews Lees Prize Article Competition 2017

UKELA is pleased to announce its annual article competition - “The Andrew Lees Prize”.

The Article Question for 2017

You may choose from either 'Brexit - threat or opportunity for the environment?’ or A topic of your choice that is relevant to UK Environmental Law

If you choose to submit an article on the topic of your choice, you may have prepared this, or a version of this, for another purpose, but it must have been researched and written after 1st January 2017. We may ask to see evidence of this.

Entries must be submitted between 14th March 2017 and midday on 26th April 2017.

The winner will receive a free place at UKELA’s Annual Conference at the University of Nottingham on 7th to 9th July 2017 (including travel expenses from within the UK)

The winner will also have their article published in UKELA’s journal e-law and on the UKELA website. Good Luck!

Andrew Lees Competition Rules 2017

Andrew Lees Competition entry form 2017

2016 winner

John-Morgan-photoThe winner of the 2016 competition is John Morgan, a trainee solicitor at Brodies LLP in Glasgow. He currently works in the firm’s employment law division, within which he will continue to work following his qualification later in 2016. He attended the University of Glasgow for his LLB and the University of Edinburgh for his Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, also spending time abroad at the Universities of Toronto, Connecticut and Cagliari where he specialised in Constitutional, International and EU Law. He holds great interest in international mechanisms for the advancement of environmental policy, of which the Paris Agreement is the latest iteration.

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2015 winner

matt-henderson-editedThe winner of the 2015 competition was Matthew Henderson, a a postgraduate student studying for the GDL at City University, London. Matthew’s winning essay on the topic of “the Greenest Government ever?” was felt by the judges to be an extremely polished and crisp analysis using a good range of examples and some comparative material. They also thought that Matthew’s essay was selective in the ground covered, but used material to good effect and worked towards a strong conclusion.

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2014 winner

Jessica-Allen-editedThe winner of the 2014 competition was Jessica Allen, a student studying Law with French & French Law at Nottingham University. Her winning essay was on the theme of “In UK environmental law today, politics and law do not mix. Discuss.” Jessica was keen to look into areas of law outside the core modules of her degree and researched environmental law, with a particular interest on the European comparative. Jessica has recently been appointed elaw editorial assistant.

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Previous essay competitions

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