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CAMLA Essay competition 2013 to 2014


The Communications and Media Law Association is again holding an essay competition over the summer of 2013-2014.

The purpose of this essay competition is:

To reward original thought in the areas of communications and media law and policy.

To encourage high quality work in communications and media law courses and practice.

To improve links between those studying and starting out working with more established practitioners.

Essays meeting the following criteria are eligible for prizes as determined by the judging panel:

Essays must relate to communications or media law.

Essays must be the original work of the author.

Essays must be previously unpublished (which may include an essay completed by a student enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate course, possibly as part of that course).

Essays must be between 1,000 – 3,000 words (inclusive of all footnotes, annexures, attachments and bibliographies).

Topic selection:

Essays may address any issue relevant to CAMLA and its members. Entrants should consider the commercial, legal, policy and regulatory context of their chosen topic. Essays may draw on relevant international examples (where appropriate).

The judging panel:

Essays will be judged by a panel of three judges (a representative of academia, industry and the legal profession), each a member of CAMLA. Essays will be evaluated on criteria including original thought and analysis. The judges may determine not to award some or all of the prizes. The judges’ determinations will be final.


Prizes will be awarded to the best three essays as follows:

  • 1st prize: $1,000 and a 1 year CAMLA membership
  • 2nd prize: $600 and a 1 year CAMLA membership
  • 3rd prize: $400 and a 1 year CAMLA membership

CAMLA will also arrange travel and accommodation in Sydney for interstate finalists.

Some or all of the prize winning essays, edited in consultation with the author, may be published in the Communications Law Bulletin.

The awards will be made at a special CAMLA Young Lawyers event to be held in Sydney in January 2014* where the finalists will be given the opportunity to speak briefly on their essay topic and enjoy the evening with CAMLA members.

Submission of entries:

Only 1 essay per person may be submitted.

Entries will be accepted by email or post only.

The name, address, email, telephone and fax contacts and the tertiary institution and course in which the author is enrolled (if applicable) should be included either on a separate, detachable sheet or in the covering email.

Entries are to be received by 5.00 pm on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 to:

CAMLA Essay Competition



* Location and date to be advised

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