Do you think legal education needs to include more on climate change to prepare Scotland's lawyers of the future? Or would having a universal definition of 'ecocide' help to tackle climate change globally?

To mark COP26 taking place in Glasgow from 1-12 November 2021, we are inviting LLB and Diploma students at Scottish universities to submit either a video, podcast or written piece on one of these two topics. The winner will receive £100 and a ticket to attend (in person or online) the Law Society's COP26 conference on 29 October. Two runners up will receive online access to the conference.

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The written piece can be an essay or in the style of an informative blog. Alternatively you can create a short video or podcast to get your points across.

Choose the topic

You can decide on the best format for your submission addressing one of the two topics below:

As university legal education develops, should climate change form a mandatory element of a future law degree?


The Independent Expert Panel for the Legal Definition of Ecocide has described it as “unlawful or wanton acts committed with knowledge that there is a substantial likelihood of severe and widespread or long-term damage to the environment being caused by those acts”

How do you consider that developing a universal definition of ecocide may assist in fighting climate change and environmental harm?

What makes for a great entry?
  • keeping your content relevant
  • conveying a clear message
  • depth and accuracy of the topic analysis
  • creativity and originality
Submit your entry

The deadline for all submissions is Friday, 1 October 2021. Written submissions should be between 1200 and 1400 words. Videos or podcasts should be 5-8 minutes.

Submit your entries, with your name and university clearly stated, to marked Climate Change Student Competition. If you have any questions about submitting your entry please get in touch.

Good luck!

COP26 and Climate Change

Find out more about the Society's work in advance of the COP26 conference in November 2021