HILA – 2nd essay competition

by Publications Officer

 

Hong Kong Insurance Law Association Limited – Essay Competition 

Insurance law has become increasingly important in Hong Kong, both in practice and as part of the legal education system, in recent years. To foster students’ interest in insurance law, the Hong Kong Insurance Law Association Limited (HILA) is holding this essay competition for the second time.

Eligibility 

The competition is open to undergraduate law students (LLB), students on the Juris Doctor (JD) progamme and undergraduate students of other insurance-related disciplines (such as transport and logistics). To be eligible, participants must be enrolled as full-time students at universities in Hong Kong. Please submit a copy of your proof of enrollment on an eligible course together with your essay submission.

The topic 

Students are invited to submit an essay of no more than 5,000 words (including footnotes, excluding table of contents and bibliography) on the following topic:

From a pre-contractual duty of disclosure to a duty of fair presentation in the Insurance Act 2015: Should Hong Kong adopt the same approach? 

The essay should demonstrate originality of ideas and quality of research with proper citations and no plagiarism.

The Prizes 

HK$5,000 for the winner

HK$3,000 for the first runner-up

HK$2,000 for the second runner-up

The winner of this essay prize will be considered for a one-week internship opportunity at the Hong Kong office of the Lloyd’s of London and the runner-ups will be provided with the guaranteed interviewing opportunity for an internship position at Zurich Insurance Company Limited or any other company to be announced by the HILA.

The result of the essay prize competition will be announced at the next ‘speed-dating’ event to be organised by the HILA, the exact date is to be confirmed, but it is likely to be in early March 2016. The awards will be presented at the HILA’s next Annual Dinner which is likely to take place in late May or early June. Recipients of the award will be invited to attend this prestigious dinner for free.

Rules 

1. The essay must be no more than 5,000 words (including footnotes, excluding table of contents and bibliography), typed and in double-line spacing. No type style smaller than Times New Roman 12 is to be used, except for footnotes. Citations must be in footnotes (not endnotes).

 

2. Footnoting and citation styles should comply with the Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA 4th edn) available at http://www.law.ox.ac.uk/published/OSCOLA_4th_edn_Hart_2012.pdf

 

3. No person can submit more than one essay in this competition.

 

4. The essay must be the sole creation and original work of the author. Any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification.

 

5. The essay must contain a cover page stating your name, your university, programme which you are studying, and also the word count.

 

6. Winners and runner-ups are entitled to refer to this achievement in their CV.

 

7. One soft copy in PDF format must be sent by e-mail by 6 p.m. Hong Kong time on the deadline for submission to publications-officer@hila.com.hk

 

8. By submitting an essay in this competition, the author irrevocably consents to his or her essay being forwarded to the judges and HILA board members and uploaded onto the HILA website. 

Deadline for submission: 20 December 2015

 

Judging Panel 

1. Professor Robert Merkin – Lloyd’s Professor of Commercial Law, University of Exeter

2. Ms. Joanie Ko – Partner, Kennedys

3. Mr. Antony Sassi – Partner, Smyth & Co