Regional Legal Champions – 2014 Competition
Deadline: 8 June 2014
Open to: students and young professionals from Central Asia
Prize: a tour of EU institutions, or a professional internship in an EU Member State
The Rule of Law Platform for Central Asia invites students and young professionals of Central Asia to participate in its competition to find the "Regional Legal Champions – 2014". The European Union received the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize for having "contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy, and human rights in Europe"1 . The EU strongly believes that, as has been the case for the EU, regional cooperation in the five Central Asian States can contribute to peace and promote human rights, democracy and rule of law.
What is the aim of the competition?
- Promoting a regional framework as an adequate platform to foster the rule of law in the Central Asian region, and
- Identifying talented students and young legal professionals to consolidate its European-Central Asian Network of Rule of Law Experts and Institutions.
The Regional Legal Competition targets students and young professionals in Central Asia.
To participate, you must comply with the following eligibility requirements:
(1) be aged up to 35,
(2) be a citizen of either Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan, and
(3) have a very good command of English, French or German.
Students of law faculties, political sciences and other disciplines, trainees in vocational training centres or young professionals (lawyers, judges, public prosecutors, enforcement agents, judicial experts, insolvency practitioners, etc.) are encouraged to participate.
The essays of the five winners of the Regional Legal Competition (one per Central Asian State) will be published and the five winners will win either a tour of EU institutions, or a professional internship in an EU Member State, depending on their profile and qualifications. The tour of EU institutions or the professional internship will take place before the end of 2014.
The application is simple:
- Simply write an essay. The EU Rule of Law Initiative for Central Asia constitutes the overarching regional framework for enhanced cooperation of the rule of law area. As a citizen of a Central Asian State, why and how do you think this might foster the rule of law in the Central Asian region?
- The essay should have a minimum of 800 words and a maximum of 1000 words.
- The essay must be written either in English, French or German.
Written contributions must reach the Platform project at before June 8, 2014 (12.00 a.m GMT). The mail must indicate the full name, age, citizenship, occupation of the applicant and the essay must be submitted in a single virus-free Word file. It must include a declaration that the essay has been written by the applicant without external help.
The best essays in terms of writing style, structure, argumentation and innovative thinking will be selected for each Central Asian State. An in-depth review by a jury composed of law professors from the EU and Central Asia will be conducted.
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