National Essay Competition

What do you think about when you read the phrase ‘access to justice’? Do you agree with us that it has been impaired by the pandemic?

Share your conclusions and thoughts by writing an essay and become published in the Netherlands Helsinki Committee’s Security and Human Rights Journal!

After reviewing the shortlisted essays, the Netherlands Helsinki Committee will publish the 3 best ones. Also, an additional special prize will be announced soon!


Deadline: 31 January 2021, at 23:59,

Word count: 2500-5000,

Font: Times New Roman, size 12, 1.5 spacing, justified,

Topic: Must be legal, related to the overall topic,

Front page: includes full name, contact information, university and year of studies, and the topic of the paper

Other formalities: Must include footnotes and a bibliography using OSCOLA; must include an abstract that is about 10% of the length of the essay; must include a short introduct威而鋼 ion of the writer.

Participants must be law students in one of the countries where ELSA is present!

Send submissions and questions to