Congratulations to Bradley Kloewer, winner of the 2015 Sutton writing competition with his paper entitled “The Spaghetti Bowl of Preferential Trade Agreements and the Declining Role of the WTO.” As the winner, Bradley is spending the summer at the Hague Academy of International Law.

2015/16 Sutton Writing Competition CALL FOR PAPERS


The contest is open to any current law JD, LLM, or graduate tax student of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Students taking the Bar Exam in summer 2016 are not eligible to win as they will not be able attend the Hague Academy in the Summer of 2016.

Subject Matter:

A contestant may write on any area of international or comparative law. Papers written as part of a contestant’s law studies are eligible.

Determination of Award:

Essays will be judged on originality, quality of research and clarity of style. The director of the International Legal Studies Program (ILSP) shall appoint a panel of three judges. At the discretion of the judges, no prize may be awarded. The decision of the judges shall be final.


A prize of $4,000 will be provided in the form of tuition, travel and expenses to attend The Hague Academy of International Law during the 2016 summer term. The winning essay is to be submitted to the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy for possible publication. If the winner is unable to attend the Hague Academy in the Summer of 2016, the runner up may be given the award.

Right of Publication:

Each contestant is required to assign to the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy all rights, title, and interest in the essay submitted, and shall certify that the essay is an original work and has not had prior publication or been accepted for publication elsewhere.

Formal Requirements:

Essays must be submitted in English and be typewritten (double spaced) on 8.5” x 11” paper with 1” margins. Footnotes shall be typed separately and all citations must conform to A Uniform System of Citation. The essay shall be limited to forty pages, including text and footnotes. Only one submission per person is allowed. Multiple submissions are strictly prohibited. The submission must not contain any identifying information in the title or body of the essay, or it will be disqualified.

Submission Requirements:

One Hard Copy
One Electronic Copy – in Microsoft Word format ONLY