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Law Society’s human-rights competition now open
(L to R): 2023 winners Ruairí Ó Conchúir and Conor Ó Floinn with Gary Lee (Human Rights & Equality Committee chair)

26 May 2023 / education Print

Law Society’s human-rights competition now open

The Law Society’s Human Rights and Equality Committee is inviting all law students, trainee solicitors and BL degree students to participate in its 2023/2024 student competition.

The winning entry will be awarded €500 and advertised on the Law Society’s social media.

The winning entrants will also be invited to attend an awards ceremony, at which they will be provided with the opportunity to meet members of the judiciary, legal practitioners and members of the Human Rights and Equality Committee.


Students are asked to submit a video identifying an important human-rights issue within Irish society, and to provide a discussion on the effectiveness of the existing legal framework in protecting that right.

The committee is encouraging students to be creative when delivering the discussion, format, and content of the video.

Topics may include housing and homelessness, direct provision, issues affecting the Traveller community, sexual and gender-based violence, LGBT+ rights, disability rights, human trafficking, and climate justice.

The committee also welcomes additional topics that relate to current and pressing human-rights issues affecting people in Irish society.


The video must not exceed 15 minutes and the audio must be of sufficient quality to ensure that all speakers can be heard. Video entries exceeding 15 minutes will be automatically eliminated from the competition.

Entries are restricted to one per candidate, but up to three students may work on the same entry.

Students must upload their video to a suitable file-sharing platform, such as Dropbox, WeTransfer, Google Docs, or YouTube. A link to the video on the file-sharing platform must be included in the submission email.

Students can send their entries to Nadia Quinn Sciascia, Secretary to the Human Rights and Equality Committee at n.quinn-sciascia@lawsociety.ie.

The deadline for entries is Friday 3 November 2023.

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