Please find attached our Graham Turnbull Essay Competition (GTEC)  brochure for 2015.The brochure contains the winning and runner up essay and the summary of the other 4 shortlisted candidates.

The essay competition is named after English solicitor Graham Turnbull who was killed in February 1997, aged 37, while working as a human rights monitor on the United Nations Human Rights mission in Rwanda. It is open to law students, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers and junior lawyers (current, prospective or in between stages). The competition was open to all students from around the world who were less than three years’ qualified at the closing date.

This year’s competition question focused on the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, and the current threats posed to the Human Rights Act: ’The roots of many of our basic rights go back to the Magna Carta whose 800th Anniversary is being celebrated in 2015.

‘Given this important legacy, to what extent would proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 and pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights impact on the protection of human rights in the UK and around the world?’