4th Lawteract Essay Writing Competition


Dear Participants,

We regret to inform you that the announcement of the essay competition results has been discontinued due to an overriding decision by our sponsors. Upon thorough review of the submissions, it has been discovered that there were many irregularities and concerns that prompted this decision.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and understand that you have put in a great deal of effort into your submissions. It is our hope that you will understand the reasoning behind this decision and we want to assure you that we take the integrity of our competitions very seriously.

We assure you that all entrants have been released from the obligations created in the rules outlined below.

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to future opportunities to work with you.

Should you need a personal review or feedback on your submission, kindly reach out to me on my personal working email (lawteractinfo@gmail.com). Response will only be offered to persons who are direct and respectful in their approach.

Thank you.



  1. The competition is open to only postgraduate and undergraduate students of Law, Political Science and International Relations/Studies of Nigerian Universities.
  2. Candidates submissions must conform to the following rules:
  3. Only font 12, 1.5 line spacing, Times New Roman fonts are acceptable
  4. Minimum of 3000 words (excluding references) duly referenced with footnotes with special bias for OSCOLA style.
  5. All documents must be typeset in doc docx. Format
  6. All submissions must contain a brief abstract and a succinct but detailed conclusion.
  7. Other than the submissions itself, no additional information such as age, watermarks, designs etc should be placed on the essay submissions.
  8. All submissions by candidates who have completed their essays are to be uploaded on the designated page by following the under listed steps:
  9. Log on to LAWTERACT.COM.NG and locate the Menu Bar
  10. Click on the ‘Blog’ Menu and find ‘4th LAWTERACT ANNUAL ESSAY COMPETITION’.
  11. Fill in the necessary information solicited in the checkboxes for easy sorting and identification by the administrators, most especially the name, university name and email address
  12. Submissions/Entries are to be saved in the names of candidates with surnames appearing first.
  13. Upload the completed essay (Doc., Docx Format Only) by clicking the upload button
  14. After attaching the submission and uploading, click on Submit.
  15. Entries start only 12:00 am on the 1st of September and ends 11:59pm 30th of September 2022
  16. Non convoked final year students are eligible
  17. Any essay(s) submitted on or before the authorized dates will be discountenanced.
  18. All essays must be original, factual and up to date and shall be checked for plagiarism.
  19. Essays shall be read, judged and graded by independent panelists carefully chosen by the Administrators.
  20. Announcement of the top Essay Winners for each category will be duly communicated via email on same made public on our social media handles (LinkedIn and Instagram)
  21. Top prize winners shall be reached out to and  their accounts credited accordingly on the 10th of October, 2022
  22. As an additional incentive, the essays of the top 10 candidates categories across the three will be published on the LAWTERACT official website.
  23. Please note that Lawteract reserves the full copyright to your research entries and such may not be published on any other platform except with the express consent of Lawteract.
  24. In the interim you are advised to get acquainted with the other features, functions and services that LAWTERACT offers.

Category 1: The Role of the African Union in De-escalating the Effects of the Ukraine-Russian Crisis
Category 2: The Role of the Nigerian Lawyer in the Metaverse
Category 3: Resolving Smart Contract Disputes through Blockchain Arbitration: Legal & Tech Perspectives 



  1. 100k for the winners of each category.
  2. Consolation Prizes  & Certificate of Participation
  3. Publication Offers with the Journal of Advanced Public International Law (JAPIL)


  • Submissions : September 1st- September 30t, 2022
    T&C applies

19 thoughts on “4th Lawteract Essay Writing Competition”

  1. Olumilua oluwaTomide

    I’m oluwaTomide Olumilua an international law and diplomacy student and I’d love to take on this essay and see how well I’m able to express my view on the Role of the African union in De escalating the Effects of the Russian Ukraine crisis

  2. when is the deadline for the submission of the essay written? on the lawteract Instagram page the date fixed is 20th of September, while here the date fixed is 30th of September.

  3. Good day,

    I just wanted to make an enquiry as to if submissions could still be made. The Google docs link is still active. Thank you in advance for your prompt response.

  4. Concerned Citizen

    First you delay the publication of results, then posted on LinkedIn that you had an unprecedented amount of entries and had to add 3 additional reviewers to go through the submissions.

    Now you have canceled the competition. What is the encouragement to those who spent time and resources to research and take part in the competition?
    What precedent are you laying? That you cannot successfully conduct an essay competition?
    Will youngsters be interested in academics when you treat people like this?

    This isn’t fair at all.
    I hope nothing ever connects me with you again.

    1. Good evening, I understand your frustrations but we have for three years organised and awarded prizes for the Lawteract Essay Competition without a single hitch. We decided to up the ante this time around by introducing not only foreign reviewers but also a strict turnitin check. Sir, almost 92% of the articles submitted were severely plagiarised. The idea of the competition is to promote good research and not to award monies (underserving or not). Do you advise that we drop the stringent criteria and probably award persons who have written underwhelming essays and plagiarized same too?

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