2016 ESSAY
CONTEST
OPEN TO ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
DEADLINE NOVEMBER 23 

KHREF ESSAY CONTESTS

This year KHREF is sponsoring two essay contests: one for high school students in the United States and one for high school students in other countries.    The first place prizewinners in both contests will receive $1000 awards.  The second place prizewinners will receive awards of $500.  See below for the questions and rules governing both contests and/or click here for a readily reproducible flier about the contest for students in the U.S. or here for a flier about the contest for students in other countries. 

QUESTIONS

FOR STUDENTS IN THE UNITED STATES

Eric Posner, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School claims “the central problem with human rights law is that it is hopelessly ambiguous” and that this ambiguity allows “governments to rationalize almost anything they do.”1  With that thought in mind, how would you respond to the argument that in calling for banning refugees from Muslim countries from traveling to the United States, deporting undocumented immigrants, and bringing back waterboarding President Trump is ensuring that every citizen’s “right to life, liberty and security of person”2 is enforced?  In other words, do some rights (e.g. the right of citizens to be secure) take precedence over other rights (e.g. the right of suspects not to be tortured)?  And if so how should the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other human rights documents be amended to specify what should be done when one right conflicts with another?


1 The Case Against Human Rights, https://www.theguardian.com/news/2014/dec/04/-sp-case-against-human-rights
2 Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reads: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.”  Article 5 reads:  “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

 FOR STUDENTS OUTSIDE THE U.S.

What is the most important human rights issue in your country and/or the world and what should be done about it?

 

RULES

DEADLINE:  The deadline for submissions is November 22, 2017.

AWARDS:  The award winners will be announced on December 10, 2017, Human Rights Day and the awards will be presented on that date or shortly after.

LENGTH:  Essays should be between 1000 and 2500 words with footnotes and a bibliography as needed.

CRITERIA:  Essays will be judged according to how clearly and well they answer the question posed and the extent to which they are supported by research.

COVER PAGE:  Submissions should include a cover page with the:

  • title of the essay
  • author’s name, high school, teacher, and grade level
  • date submitted
  • following signed statement: “This essay was written for the Richard Kemper Memorial Essay Contest. I give the Kemper Human Rights Education Foundation permission to publish it.”

SUBMISSIONS:  Essays may be submitted as a Microsoft word attachment to:kemperhumanrights@gmail.com
or by regular mail to:

KHREF
184 Fillow Street,
Norwalk, CT 06850.

2016 ESSAY CONTEST

This year the Kemper Human Rights Education Foundation is offering a

$1000 prize

to a high school student judged to have written the best answer to the following question:

What do you think is the most important human rights issue the next President of the United States will face and what do you think s/he should do about it?

 

RULES

1. The deadline for submissions is November 23, 2016.

2. The winner will be announced and the award presented on December 10, 2016, Human Rights Day.

3. Essays should be between 500 and 2000 words with footnotes and a bibliography as needed.

4. Submissions should include a cover page with the:

  • title of the essay,

  • author’s name, high school, and grade level,

  • date submitted,

  • following signed statement: “This essay was written for the Richard Kemper Memorial Essay Contest. I give the Kemper Human Rights Education Foundation permission to publish it.”

5.Essays may be submitted as a Microsoft word attachment to:

kemperhumanrights@gmail.com

or by regular mail to:

KHREF

184 Fillow Street,

Norwalk, CT 06850.

 

6. Essays will be judged according to how clearly and well they answer the question posed and the extent to which they are supported by research.

Kemper Human Rights Education Foundation
Phone: 203-855-9322
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184 Fillow Street
Norwalk, CT 06850