The SIEL/JIEL/OUP Prize is an essay prize, jointly established by the Society of International Economic Law, the Journal of International Economic Law, and Oxford University Press, to award the best essay submitted on any topic in the field of international economic law.


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. Submissions shall not exceed 10,000 words and shall follow the JIEL style sheet. Please make sure that your submission does not contain any acknowledgement. 


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 Graduate Institute/IIEL Annual Conference on WTO Law, and where circumstances permit, he/she will be also given the opportunity to present on a Panel or poster presentation at the conference. The winning essay may be submitted to the Journal of International Economic Law for publication, subject to the standard review and decision procedures.

Selection process
The prize is awarded by the SIEL Executive Council on the recommendation of a Prize Committee drawn from its members and the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Economic Law. Any queries should be addressed by email to Dr Gracia Marin Duran (UCL) at


How to enter

The deadline for submissions for the 2019-2020 SIEL/JIEL/OUP Prize is Friday 14 February 2020.


Previous Winners  





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.Win



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