SIEL/Cambridge University Press Essay Prize 

A prize has been established by the Society of International Economic Law and Cambridge University Press for the best essay submitted on any topic in any field of international economic law.  Entries typically close in September of each year.

The competition is open annually  to all current undergraduate and graduate students of any university or other tertiary education institution, and those who have graduated from a university or other tertiary education institution no earlier than five years before the submission deadline. Co-authorship is permitted provided all authors meet the stated conditions.  Members of the SIEL Executive Council may not submit entries. The essay must not have been previously published.

The essay prize comprises three parts.  The prize consists of £200, as well as £300 of Cambridge University Press book vouchers and a three year subscription to the World Trade Review. The winning essay will be submitted to the World Trade Review for publication. Publication of the essay in the World Trade Review will be subject to the WTR’s normal review and decision procedure, but the WTR Editorial Board commits to expediting consideration with a view to early publication.

The prize will be awarded by the SIEL Executive Council on the recommendation of a Prize Committee drawn from its members and the Editorial Board of the World Trade Review.  Any queries should be addressed by email to Dr Lorand Bartels, University of Cambridge (

Previous Winners of the SIEL/CUP Essay Prize  

Note: Unless indicated otherwise, these authors were writing in a personal and not professional capacity.








  • Winner: Krzysztof Pelc, 'Eluding Efficiency: Why Do We Not See More Efficient Breach at the WTO?'
  • Highly Commended: Lisa Hemingway, 'What's in a Turn? A Critique of Proceduralism within the WTO'; Catharina Koops, 'Manipulating the WTO? The Possibilities for Challenging Undervalued Currencies under WTO Rules'
  • Shortlisted:  Michael Fakhri, 'Reconstruing the WTO Legitimacy Debates Towards Notions of Development'; Anastasios Gourgourinis, 'One Standard to Rule Them All: The International Minimum Standard of Treatment vis-à-vis Equitable Standards of Treatment for Foreign Traders/Investors under WTO and Investment Protection Law'; Ruth Kelly, 'EU and US Non-Reciprocal Preferences: Preserving the Acquis' John Siwiec, 'Countermeasures and International Investment Law: Mexico's Sweeteners Disputes Under NAFTA'.



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