Essay Competition

The NELA Essay Competition is open to any student enrolled at an Australian tertiary institution (including undergraduate and postgraduate programs).

Winners receive a cash prize and a years free NELA membership for their efforts.


NELA 2019 Environmental Law Essay Competition

 

Submit your essay before 16 December 2019 for your chance to win!


NELA invites any undergraduate and postgraduate student enrolled at an Australian university to submit an essay addressing contemporary Australian environmental law and/or climate law issues.


Essays must be 4,000 to 7,000 words and the author's original work. Students are welcome to enter essays previously submitted for university assessment. Essays must comply with the competition guidelines Click Here.


The undergraduate and postgraduate winners will each receive $500, NELA membership and registration to an upcoming NELA event of their choice. Winning essays will also be considered for publication in relevant journals or NELA publications.


NELA is committed to facilitating debate on Australia's enviromental laws. We look forward to reading essays that bring fresh perspectives and thoughtful analysis to this important area of law.


Winners will be announced in early 2020.

 

Flyer Guidelines

 

 

NELA 2018 Environmental Law Essay Competition

We are pleased to announce that Nanak Singh Narulla is the winner of the undergraduate category of the 2018 NELA Essay Competition.

The Case for Dynamism in Australian Forest Federalism was described by the judging panel as “a delight to read”.

The judging panel was particularly impressed with the case law analysis and the rigour of argument for more fluid intergovernmental arrangements in relation to environmental law regimes.

Our congratulations to Nanak on this achievement.


 

 

 

NELA 2017 Environmental Law Essay Competition

     

We are pleased to announce that Ms Amy-Lee Russell, from the University of Sydney, is the winner of the 2017 NELA Essay Competition.

Her essay A Critical Evaluation of the Emissions Reduction Fund  was considered by the judges to be an excellent treatment of a very complex and topical issue. The paper was well researched, written and referenced, with evidence of considerable original thought in recommendations for reform. 

Amy-Lee has won a cash prize and a year's free membership of NELA for her efforts.

Our congratulations to Amy-Lee on this achievement.

 
     

NELA 2016 Environmental Law Essay Competition

     
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Environmental Law Essay Competition. 

Undergraduate category

Our congratulations are extended to Ms Jocelyn Bosse for her essay on ‘Green Public Procurement in Australia: The implications of accession to the WTO agreement on Government Procurement’.

Postgraduate category

Our congratulations are extended to Mr Russell Schmidt for his essay on ‘Jurisdictional Facts and Environmental Impact Assessment and Approval under the EPBC Act 1999’

Both Jocelyn and Russell have won a cash prize and a year's free membership of NELA for their efforts.



 
     

NELA 2015 Environmental Law Essay Competition

     

We are pleased to announce that Ms Katharine Huxley, from the University of New South Wales Law School, is the winner of the 2015 NELA Essay Competition.

Her essay ‘Tuna Ranching and Australia’s Obligations for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Southern Bluefin Tuna’ impressed the judges with its innovative look at the tuna ranching industry in light of Australia’s international obligations and domestic environmental laws. Ms Huxley has examined how this economically significant industry is regulated. Her essay also offered some suggestions about how stocks of Southern Blue Fine Tuna might be more sustainably managed.

Katharine has won a cash prize and a year's free membership of NELA for her efforts.

Our congratulations to Katharine on this achievement.



   
 


NELA 2013 Environmental Law Essay Competition winner announced!

     

NELA is pleased to announce Ms Madeleine Figg, from the University of Tasmania Law School, is the winner of the 2013 NELA Essay Competition. Her essay on 'Protecting Third Party Rights of Appeal, Protecting the Environment: A Tasmanian Case Study' impressed the judges as a fresh look at the issue, highlighting their importance in achieving better outcomes for the environment even though the majority deal with private interests.

Madeleine has won a cash prize and a year's free membership of NELA for her efforts and NELA is liaising with the editor of the prestigious Environment and Planning Law Journal to have the essay published.

The judges also commended Isabelle Whitehead’s essay on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act's water trigger, which posed the question whether the water trigger was ‘Better Protection or Pure Politics?’

Congratulations to Madeleine and Isabelle!

 

 

NELA 2012 Essay Competition

       
     

Winner - Meg Good


Ms Meg Good, a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Law at the University of Tasmania, is the recipient of NELA’s 2012 Environmental Law Essay Competition prize – free membership of NELA for a year and a cash prize. Ms Good was announced the winner at the NELA’s national conference in Melbourne on 7 March. An edited version of Ms Good’s essay, ‘The River as a Legal Person: Evaluating the Benefits of Nature Rights Approaches to Environmental Protection in the Context of Water Management in Australia’, will be published in the inaugural e-journal issue of the National Environmental Law Review (NELR).
 
Ms Anna Davies, also at UTAS, was highly commended for her entry which analysed policy and regulatory responses to the alleged adverse health effects of wind farms in Australia.

Ms Anna Davies, University of NSW, also submitted an outstanding entry. Ms Davies’ essay discussed the need for climate change adaptation policies to include a planned retreat from the shoreline, and associated law and policy challenges. These entries will also be published in the next NELR.

The competition judging panel comprised Dr Hanna Jaireth, national editor of the NELR; Wayne Gumley, Senior Lecturer, Business Law and Taxation, Monash University, and Greg McIntyre SC, Chair of the Environment and Planning Law Group in the Law Council’s Legal Practice Section, and a former NELA President.
 

From left: Hanna Jaireth, Meg Good and Wayne Gumley at the award presentation at NELA’s ‘Low Carbon Future’ National Conference in Melbourne earlier this month.

NELA 2011 Essay Prize Distribution

   
     

Winner - Kate Browne


We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2011 NELA Environmental Law Essay Competition is Kate Browne from Victoria with her Essay entitled Climate Change and Statelessness The Disappearance of Small Island States. Kate’s essay will be published in the upcoming issue of the National Environmental Law Review (NELR).

Congratulations to all the entrants, the calibre of entries was of a very high standard and a number of the highly commended entries will also be published in upcoming issues of the NELR.

NELA’s Wayne Gumley presented Kate Browne with the NELA essay prize on 16 May 2012. Winners receive a cash prize and a year's free membership of NELA for their efforts. Wayne, who chaired the selection panel, said Kate’s essay was chosen from a strong field of candidates. Her essay, on ‘Climate change and statelessness: the disappearance of small island states’, was published in the National Environmental Law Review.

Kate told us afterwards that she’ll save the prize money for a trip to Italy next year. Well done Kate!