Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Lauren Manning Selected for International Human Rights Legal Scholarship Award

We are delighted to report that one of our current LL.M. candidates, Lauren Manning has won the 2016 Human Rights Essay Award administered by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law.

The Human Rights Essay Award is an annual legal scholarship competition sponsored by the Academy in an effort to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law.

Participants must already have their law degree and must submit a legal article focused on an announced legal topic.  The Academy will grants two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The theme of this year’s essay competition was “Extractive Industry and Human Rights.”

Lauren was enrolled in two related Fall semester LL.M. courses taught by Professor Uche Ewelukwa: The Right to Food and Business, Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility: The Food/Agricultural Sector.  Professor Ewelukwa told students in the classes about the competition and encouraged them to apply, offering to supervise their work.

The essay that Lauren submitted was an outgrowth of the two papers she wrote for her classes. The essay was titled: Mining for Compromise in Pastoral Greenland: Promise, Progress, and Problems in International Laws’ Response to Indigenous People.  It explored the meaning of the right to food in international law today, examined the potential impact of mining activities on the livelihood of indigenous groups in Greenland, and analyzed the potential role of businesses in Greenland and the State of Greenland in addressing the problems. Her essay will likely appear in an upcoming issue of the American University International Law Review.

Lauren received her J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She has her B.A. degree in Legal Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  She is admitted to practice law in California and practiced for several years before joining us for the LL.M. Program last Fall. In addition to being an LL.M. candidate, she serves as an adjunct instructor at the University of Arkansas School of Law, teaching an upper level legal writing class. She also writes for Ag-Funder News and works with Ozark Pasture Beef, here in Northwest Arkansas.

We are very proud of Lauren for receiving this internationally prestigious award and grateful to Professor Ewelukwa for the education and support she provides to our students.

For the announcement of the Award visit: https://www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/hraward.cfm

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