Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Writing Competition and Workshop

Writing & Scholarship Opportunities

Two Exciting Opportunities

As previously announced[1], the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School (AFJAGS) invites interested authors to participate in two exciting opportunities to receive recognition for writing and scholarship efforts.

FIRST

National Security Law Writing Competition

OPEN TO: All U.S. and international law school students and graduates
TOPIC:  National Security Law Implications of Mass Movement of Peoples
DUE:  No later than 1630 hours Central time on 30 April 2019

The annual National Security Law Writing Competition is open to all attorneys and law students. The competition, sponsored by the Air Force JAG School Foundation, Inc. solicits original, unpublished scholarly papers on a specified topic relevant to national security law. This year’s topic is National Security Law Implications of Mass Movement of Peoples.  The 2018 National Defense Strategy recognizes the challenge of “increased global disorder, characterized by decline in the long-standing rules-based international order—creating a security environment more complex and volatile than any we have experienced in recent memory.” An undeniable challenge to international order—and thus U.S. national security—arises from issues regarding movement of people, be it wartime or political refugees, immigration waves, or economic or other migration. Authors should prepare works contemplating the challenges presented by large-scale movements of people. While works may explore the impact of these conditions on international law generally, they should ultimately tie these challenges to U.S. national security law.

The competition is open to all U.S. and international law school students and graduates. The author of the first-place winning entry will receive a $2,000 cash prize while the second-place winner will receive $1,000, both provided by the Air Force JAG School Foundation, Inc. The Air Force Law Review will consider all entries for publication. More information is contained in the rules for competition

All papers are due no later than 1630 hours Central time on 30 April 2019.

SECOND

National Security Law Writing Workshop

Fast Approaching Deadline: To be considered for participation in the Workshop, authors must submit a draft paper of publishable quality no later than 1630 hours Central time on 15 January 2019.

A second and related opportunity is a new initiative, the 2019 National Security Law Writing Workshop between Emory Law School, the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School, and The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School of the U.S. Army. At this event to be hosted at the Air Force JAG School at Maxwell AFB, authors from the service schools and Emory law students will have the opportunity to present papers on national security law topics for roundtable discussion and workshopping. Presenters will benefit from the perspective of and exposure to national security law experts, collaboration with other interested authors, and the possibility of publication in the Air Force Law Review or elsewhere. Eligible applicants include students currently enrolled at any of the three schools, as well as other judge advocates enrolled in LL.M. programs or other resident military intermediate development education programs.

Workshop presenters who also wish to be considered for the writing competition will then have an opportunity to revise their papers before the writing competition’s 30 April 2019 deadline.

Papers on any national security law topic are welcome, but if authors wish to also be considered for the National Security Law Writing Competition, they must conform to the topic specified for that competition as well as the length, formatting, and other rules for that competition. Additional rules for submissions to the Workshop itself are available online:

A panel from Emory and the service schools will select the papers that will be presented at the Workshop, which will take place on Saturday, 13 April 2019, at the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School. Workshop presenters who also wish to be considered for the writing competition will then have an opportunity to revise their papers before the writing competition’s 30 April 2019 deadline.

Endnote

[1] Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps Online News Service, Volume XVIII, Issue 39 (4 October 2018)