Second year Mercer Law student Minerva A. Steele won the 2011 International Bar Association (IBA) Student Committee Writing Competition. Her paper titled "Human Rights Violations: Today's Challenges and Tomorrow's Solution” won her a free trip to Dubai for the IBA 2011 Annual Conference, Oct. 30 – Nov. 4, 2011.
"The IBA Student Committee writing competition is an excellent way for students to showcase their talent on a global platform,” said Dr. Rouven F. Bodenheimer, M.A. Chair of the IBA Young Lawyers Committee. “Winning the competition is a great achievement; Minerva’s entry was an original and insightful piece: the thoughts conveyed are remarkable and reflect on one of the biggest challenges of today. I look forward to meeting her and exchanging views on her topic when she attends the Young Lawyers’ Training Course, in Dubai."
The competition was open to all members of the IBA Student Committee. Papers needed to answer the following question or be based on the following topic: ‘Identify, discuss, and propose a course of action to solve what in your opinion constitutes the most pressing challenge for international law.’ The final Judging Committee consisted of IBA lawyers judging the papers on the basis of legal argumentation, research, style, logic, originality and overall quality of the content. An international, rather than a strict domestic, approach was preferred.
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About the IBA
The International Bar Association (IBA), established in 1947, is the world’s leading organization of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world. It has a membership of more than 40,000 individual lawyers and 197 bar associations and law societies spanning all continents. It has considerable expertise in providing assistance to the global legal community.