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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!