Graham Turnbull Lecture 2018

Graham Turnbull Lecture 2018

Each year, law students, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers and junior lawyers (current, prospective or in between stages) are invited to enter the Law Society's annual Graham Turnbull essay competition.

The competition is named after English solicitor Graham Turnbull, who did much to promote respect for human rights. Graham was killed in February 1997, aged 37, while working as a human rights monitor on the United Nations Human Rights Mission in Rwanda.

The title of the 2018 essay is: Is technology an opportunity or a threat for human rights lawyers? Does it increase or reduce risks for lawyers in carrying out their duties and in what circumstances might technology be used to mitigate such risks?

The maximum word count is 2,000 words, and essays must be submitted by midnight on 15 November 2018. Essays guidelines can be viewed here, and entries should be submitted to

The winner of the competition will be announced at the Graham Turnbull Lecture, being held on Tuesday 11 December 2018, from 6.00pm to 7.30pm, at The Law Society, Chancery Lane, London. The author of the winning essay will be awarded £500 cash from the Graham Turnbull Memorial Fund.

The Lecture is free to attend. Additional informatin, including booking details, can be found here.