The Equal Rights Trust is pleased to launch the Bob Hepple Equality Law Fellowship to support individuals interested in increasing their knowledge and experience in the field of equality law.
The Fellowship is launched in memory of the late Professor Sir Bob Hepple QC, champion of equality and non-discrimination with a lifelong commitment to legal education, and Chair and then Honorary President of the Trust. They are grateful to the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office for providing the funding to support the Fellowship scheme.
The Fellowship seeks to support the professional development of researchers on equality law and is aimed at graduate students, lawyers, academics, or activists with an interest in building their knowledge and understanding of the field. The Trust aims to award up to four Fellowships, each consisting of:
- A financial award of £7,000;
- Extensive ongoing training, technical support and expert guidance on equality law from the team;
- The opportunity to undertake supervised research on one of two exciting global publications on the development and application of comprehensive anti-discrimination laws.
- There is no geographical scope or limitation to this scheme. Participants from anywhere in the world are invited to enter the competition. All training and research activities associated with the fellowship will take place remotely.
- The trust particularly welcomes entries from participants who may have suffered a disadvantage because of one or more protected characteristics.
- Unfortunately, Fellows are not eligible for visa sponsorship under the UK’s Immigration Rules.
- Fellows will be responsible for any tax, national insurance, or similar liability or contribution arising from receipt of the award in their jurisdiction.
- Fellows will be selected through an Equality Law Essay Competition.
- Each participant must also include curriculum vitae of no more than two pages in length, explaining the experience or interest of the author in equality law. CVs must be submitted as a separate document from the essay. CVs will be accepted in Word or PDF format.
- Participants must hold a law degree and have demonstrated experience or interest in equality law.
- Participants can choose one of the following topics:
- Compare and analyze judicial approaches to laws criminalizing same-sex relations in Botswana, Kenya, and India.
- When can discrimination be justified? Explain your answer by reference to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights or the American Convention on Human Rights.
- Participants must submit an unpublished essay in English written solely by them.
- The target length of the essay shall be around 3000 words. Essays that are shorter than 2500 words and longer than 3500 words will not be considered.
- Essays must be appropriately referenced in footnotes or endnotes and must include a Bibliography. The Bibliography and references should not be included in the word count.
- Essays will only be accepted in Word format.
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