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  • All essays must be original; no previously published material will be accepted.

  • Each participant can submit a maximum of two essays.

  • Quotes and references must be clearly marked throughout the essay and properly cited. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that all quoted material (including statistics) is correct, relevant, and accurate. The judges will verify your citations and in case of erroneous, they might disqualify the essay.

  • Any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification.

  • Every participant must provide the following personal details *:

  • Name and Surname, Valid Postal Address, and Email Address,

  • HumanRightsDefence reserves the right to publish the essay under the domain name www.humanrightsdefence.org.

  • The decision of the Jury is final and is not subject to appeal.

  • Copyrights of winning entries will apply to HumanRightsDefence.

  • HumanRightsDefence is held responsible for ensuring the author’s name is kept and publicized with the essay. It also reserves the right to remove/delete the essay without notice to or consent by the author.

  • Upon request by the author, essays may be published anonymously.

  • There is no limit on the contestant’s age or occupation. Everyone is welcome.


  • Entries should be no shorter than 1000 words. However, we would like to emphasize that quality is more important than quantity.

  • You may include images in your essay

  • Your essay should include the following:

    • An introduction, which introduces the topic and contains an explanation of your position.

    • A body, which contains the main content of your essay

    • A conclusion, which summarizes the subject, research, and analysis presented in the essay and sets forth your conclusions.Your essay should also include notes and/or a bibliography except when using ‘APA style’:

  • Reference notes (footnotes or endnotes) give the sources of your information or ideas. Footnotes are placed at the end of the essay.

  • A bibliography is a list of the works that you have referred to in your essay or have consulted in order to write it.Essays are encouraged to use a variety of sources—academic journals, news magazines, newspapers, books, government documents, publications from research organizations, etc..

    We also encourage the adaption of the following guideline from the “National Peace Essay Contest 07-08”:

The Internet or World Wide Web should not be the only source for your essay. Be aware that you may encounter “republished” or “third generation” information on the Internet that is inaccurate or improperly attributed. When citing Internet sources, you must include the following information: author(s), title of work, Internet address, and date information was accessed. Detailed instructions can be obtained from the manuals listed above. For the purposes of this essay, Internet sources should be listed separately from non-electronic sources, such as books, magazines, and newspapers.

Good Essays
* Should  take up at least two and a half A4 pages.
* Are well-written
* Demonstrate that you have researched/investigated the topic
* Are submitted in plain text, HTML or MS-Word format
* Stay focused on the topic
* Use quotations and references

Try to avoid to
* Include spelling and grammatical errors
* Approach the topic so that it can only be understood by someone who already knows the topic
* Omit references to backup statements
* Submit essays that overlap heavily with previously written essays



When submitting your essay attach it to an email and send it to essay_submission@humanrightsdefence.org