A prize has been established by the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), Journal of International Economic Law (JIEL) and Oxford University Press (OUP) for the best essay submitted on any topic in any field of international economic law. Entries for the 2016-17 competition were due to close on January 15, 2017 but this submission deadline has now been extended until January 31, 2017.

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 £400 of Oxford University Press book vouchers and a three year subscription to the Journal of International Economic Law. The winner will receive free entry to the BIICL/IIEL/SIEL WTO Conference and will be given the opportunity to present on a panel or poster presentation. The winning essay will be submitted to the JIEL for publication, subject to the JIEL’s review and decision procedure.


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 JIEL.  Any queries should be addressed by email to Dr Gracia Marin Duran, University of Edinburgh (





Previous Winners of the Essay Prize  



SIEL/CUP Essay Prize








  • 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'.

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



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