Justice Robert H. Jackson Centennial Student Writing Competition

Jackson Centennial Writing Competition


$1,000 for first place
$500 for second place
$250 for third place

In celebration of the 100 th anniversary of Justice Jackson’s attendance of Albany Law School, Albany Law School announces a student writing competition in his honor. The theme of the student writing competition coincides with the Africa and International Law: Taking Stock and Moving Forward Conference, to be held at Albany Law School from April 13 – 14, 2012. The Conference will center on how international and regional regimes and institutions in Africa are producing new narratives of justice and how best they can make a real difference in responding to the challenges facing African peoples and governments.  During the conference, the SBA will sponsor the Justice Jackson Keynote Address by the Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda.

All Albany Law School students in good standing are invited to submit papers related to the legacy of Justice Robert H. Jackson in his various roles as Attorney General, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and as Chief of Counsel for the United States in Nuremberg.  Papers tracing the contemporary relevance of this legacy are strongly encouraged. Papers must meet the following guidelines: 

  • They must not be less than 25 and no more than 30 pages typed double space pages.
  • They cannot be written in connection with any class or for credit at the Law School.
  • Must present a well supported, researched and clearly presented argument
  • Must acknowledge and footnote all sources
  • Must be based on the work and/or legacy of Justice Robert Jackson
  • Must be submitted by March 15, 2012 to Prof. Alexandra Harrington at aharr@albanylaw.edu.

The outstanding winning paper will receive an award of $1,000 and will also be eligible for presentation at the Conference. In addition, the runner up will receive an award of $500 and the third place paper will receive an award of $250. The winning papers will be selected by a committee comprised of: Profs. James Gathii, Alexandra Harrington and Vincent Bonventre. Winners will be announced by March 30, 2012.

Please note that papers may be written to fulfill the upper level writing requirement. Students interested in pursuing this opportunity should speak to Profs. Gathii and Harrington regarding appropriate supervision of their papers.

You can obtain a list of Justice Jackson’s writings here http://www.roberthjackson.org/the-man/bibliography/ and here http://www.stjohns.edu/academics/graduate/law/faculty/profiles/Barrett/JacksonList.sju  Please contact Prof. Alexandra Harrington for more information.

* The monetary awards for the Justice Robert H. Jackson Centennial Writing Competition may be applied to the winning students’ tuition assessment.

Alexandra R. Harrington
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Albany Law School
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208