The University of Iowa

2010 Burns H. Weston Human Rights Essay Prize

December 18th, 2009

The UI Center for Human Rights (UICHR) sponsors the annual Burns H. Weston International Human Rights Essay Prize and is currently accepting submissions . Each year, two awards are made: one to an undergraduate and another to a graduate or professional school student. The prizes honor the fine work of University of Iowa students and the lifetime work of Professor Burns H. Weston of the College of Law. The winners receive $750 (undergraduate) or $1000 (graduate or professional student), and are recognized at an awards event. The writing competition is open to all currently enrolled University of Iowa, Iowa State and University of Northern Iowa students in all academic disciplines.

Undergraduate essay should be 15-20 pages in length; graduate essays 25-40 pages in length. Essays can discuss current events or history, law, public policy, or the arts & humanities. The essay does not need to be produced exclusively for the competition in order to qualify for review; the essay can be a paper written for a class. The only requirement is that the essays address issues of international human rights.

2010 Deadline for Submissions: Monday, February 1, 2010

Please submit hard copies of essays along with application material to the UI Center for Human Rights (1120 University Capitol Centre) or send via campus mail to the Weston Essay Prize Committee, UI Center for Human Rights, 1120 University Capitol Centre.

Questions should be directed to