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NACLE Scholars Competition


*For more information about past winners and to read their papers, please follow the links on the left labeled "Student Winners".

NACLE Scholars Competition

Win a trip to the 2014 NACLE conference in Vancouver, Canada!  Submit a paper for NACLE’s annual student paper competition. Selected winners will present their work to top international legal scholars and practitioners at the 2014 NACLE conference, held on March 14-15, 2014. The submission deadline is January 5th, 2014.

Through the NACLE Scholar Competition, students from NACLE member institutions compete to win an opportunity to present their written work at the annual NACLE faculty workshop.  Competition winners receive an invitation to present their paper in an academic setting, engage top scholars and practitioners from Canada, Mexico and the United States and develop relationships with other student winners.  Each NACLE member school may select one student to attend the conference.  NACLE covers the travel expenses for student winners.    

Paper Competition Instructions

  • Student requirements
    • You must be enrolled in a NACLE member law school:
      • Canada:  Dalhousie University, McGill University, University of Ottawa, University of British Columbia
      • Mexico:  Universidad Panamericana, UNAM, ITESM, CIDE
      • United States:  University of Houston, University of Arizona, George Washington University, Southwestern Law School, Suffolk University
    • Candidate may be enrolled in an initial law degree or Master of Laws program

Paper Requirements:

1.      The paper must address a topic related to (a) NAFTA, or (b) comparative North American law (i.e., Canadian v. Mexican law, U.S. v. Mexican law, etc.);

2.      must be unpublished at the time of submission to the competition;

3.      must be written by the student while enrolled in an initial law degree or Masters of Laws program at a NACLE member law school;

4.      may be written for course credit or independent study; and 

5.      must be written in English, French or Spanish. *Note: It is strongly preferred that presentations be in English.

NOTE: There are no general restrictions on length, citations and format of the student papers, but each NACLE member law school may set additional school-specific requirements other than the requirements listed above.

Submission Deadline: Papers must be submitted to the NACLE faculty representative at the student's school on or before January 5, 2014. Faculty representative contact information is listed here.

  • Winner selection
    • Faculty from each NACLE member school will select a winning paper from that school.
    • All winners will receive an invitation to present their papers at the annual NACLE conference. 
    • NACLE covers travel expenses, including hotel and airfare, to the conference.