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A-law Annual Student Essay Competition Winners Announced

A-law’s Student Team are delighted to announce that the winners of our 2018 Annual Student Essay Competition are:

  • 1st prize: Jessica Allen
  • 2nd prize: Melisa Oleschuk
  • 3rd prize: Charlotte Mekis

The title of our 2018 competition was, “Consider whether animal welfare legislation should be extended to include decapods.” The standard of entries this year was extremely high. Student Officer and A-law Trustee, Edie Bowles, said, ‘The turnout of the essay competition this year was our best yet. Not only were the numbers high, but the standard of work was incredible. Thanks to the help from our friends at Kingsley Napley, we were able to pick three excellent winners.’

Meet our winners

Jessica Allen

Jessica Allen is a postgraduate student reading for the Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford. She graduated with honours in Law with French and French Law at the University of Nottingham in 2017. Formerly the Vice President for Academic Activities of ELSA United Kingdom (2016-17), Jessica is an aspiring public lawyer with a demonstrated devotion to environmental law and international relations.

Melisa Oleschuk

Melisa Oleschuk is a first year student at Birmingham City University studying Law with American Legal Studies. Her interest in animal law stems from her passion for animal science and marine biology. This interest was further catalysed by a presentation given at her university by the Head of Law regarding two chimpanzees in a research laboratory in America and an attorney who tried to give them “Human Rights” and better treatment. As he demonstrated how lawyers help mould the law by formulating creative arguments to protect defenceless beings, Melisa was inspired to lend her ‘voice’ to help improve and support animals and aquatic creatures’ lives.

Charlotte Mekis

Charlotte Mekis will complete her LLM in Global Crime, Justice and Security at Liverpool John Moore’s University this October. Prior to this, Charlotte received a BA in Political Science and a minor in English Literature from the University of Colorado Denver and taught English in Japan for three years. She moved to Liverpool last March and has a long-time interest in animal welfare, including being a vegetarian for over 16 years. Her ultimate aim is to work in the NGO sector to advocate for wildlife conservation from the perspective of global security and the impact of illegal wildlife trade on human rights.

A-law would like thank all of the students who entered the Competition, and Kingsley Napley for their help shortlisting entries. Jessica’s winning entry will be published in the next edition of The UK Journal of Animal Law, which will be published this summer. If you would like to receive the Journal, join us today. The title of our 2019 Student Essay Competition will be released in November.

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