Cambridge centre for Animla Rights Essay Competition

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Essay competition

The Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights Law organises an annual essay competition in the field of animal rights law. The aim of this competition is to encourage students to explore the fascinating questions that animals rights raise, and to discuss these questions in an original piece of writing that may inspire them to engage further with the topic in the future.

Essay competition 2020-21

Our Centre is pleased to announce its first Animal Rights Law Essay Competition. Our first competition title follows in the footsteps of the competition run in 1795 by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, when the question was: Anne liceat invitos in servitutem dare? (“Is it lawful to enslave the unconsenting?”). The competition was won by Thomas Clarkson, setting him on a course to become one of the leading English abolitionists.

Our Centre is now inviting essays on the same question:

Is it lawful to enslave the unconsenting?

Three prizes will be awarded. The winning essay will be awarded £750, £500 will go to the second place, and £250 to the third place.

We welcome entries from all students and researchers who have not yet completed a doctoral degree. The essay question can be approached from various disciplines and is not limited to a legal perspective. Essays should be no longer than 3,000 words (including footnotes but excluding bibliography). Only one entry is permitted per person. The deadline for submissions is 8th March 2021. Please send your essay (as a Word document) and a copy of your CV to Dr Raffael Fasel ( The winners will be announced in late-March 2021.

You can also download a PDF version of this call for essays.

This competition is made possible through a generous donation by our sponsor the Brooks Institute for Animal Rights Law & Policy. The first prize is kindly sponsored by the International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR).



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