The Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law

Sutton Writing Competition

2019 Leonard v.B Sutton International Law Essay Competition 



Entries must be received prior to 4:00 p.m., Monday, January 27, 2020

$4000 Award for 2020 Summer Study Abroad at the Hague Academy of International Law

1 Hard Copy: Ricketson Law Building, Room 407A
1 Soft Copy:

Leonard v.B. Sutton (1914-2002), former Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, Denver Law School alumnus, and a man deeply devoted to the international rule of law, endowed an annual award to encourage and reward DU Law students for scholarly research in international law.

The award is given for the best essay submitted by a Sturm College of Law student and provides a cash prize study in the Summer Program of The Hague Academy of International Law in The Hague, Netherlands.


The contest is open to any current student of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Students must give written assurance that they will attend the Hague Summer Academy if selected.

Subject Matter:

A contestant may write on any area of international or comparative law. Exceptional 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 Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law 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 is awarded in the form of tuition, travel, and stipend to attend The Hague Academy of International Law during the 2020 summer term. . If the winner is unable to attend The Hague Academy in the Summer of 2020, the runner-up may be given the award.. The winning essay is to be submitted to the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy for possible publication, subject to the editors’ approval.

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) in 12 pt font on 8.5” x 11” paper with 1” margins. Footnotes shall be placed at the bottom of the page and all citations must conform to A Uniform System of Citation (Bluebook). The essay is limited to forty pages, including text and footnotes. Only one submission per person is allowed. Multiple submissions are strictly prohibited.

Submission Requirements:

Anonymous Submission: The paper may not contain any identifying information in the title or the body of the essay. If the author’s name is contained in any reference material, the name is to be deleted and replaced with *** or ___. Any submission containing any identifying information in the title or body of the essay will be disqualified.

Submission Directions

One Hard Copy – delivered in person to the Coordinator of the Nanda Center, Ms. Anne Aguirre, to be logged in on a confidential list with the student’s name and contact information.

One Electronic Copy – In Microsoft Word format ONLY, to

The first page is to contain the following information ONLY:


PAPER NUMBER _____, [leave blank]


Please contact Ms. Anne Aguirre, Nanda Center coordinator, with any questions. | 303.871.6279

February 2018

The Nanda Center is pleased to announce Mr. Taylor Hannegan, 2L, as the 2018 winning essayist. His paper, Effective Engagement of Multinational Corporations to Address Existing Inadequacies in the Enforcement of Norms against Human Trafficking and Forced Labor, was selected by a panel of four international law practitioners from a very competitive pool of submissions. His essay will be published in next year's Sutton edition.

Hannegan is currently co-President of the University of Denver's International Law Society and was recently selected as a member of the Denver Journal for International Law & Policy

He will be studying Public and Private International Law at the Hague Academy in the Netherlands this summer. 

Download 2018_Sutton_Winner_Announcement.pdf

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