International Section: Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition Award

To foster legal scholarship among law students in the field of international law. The competition is intended to encourage students of law to write on areas of public or private international law. The Section believes that by providing a forum for students to disseminate their ideas and articles, the professional and academic communities are enriched. Furthermore, the competition presents an opportunity for students to submit law review quality articles to the Section for possible publication in one of its publications.

Presented by: International Section

Contact: Carra Forgea

Nomination Deadline: Entries should be emailed by 4:00 p.m., Friday, November 5, 2021 to the staff liaison.

Date Presented: January Annual Meeting

Award Criteria: Articles must be submitted (in English), and emailed to Carra Forgea, double-spaced on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper with one-inch margins, be no longer than 35 pages in length (including footnotes/endnotes). Citations are to conform with “A Uniform System of Citation” (The Blue Book).

The winning/selected article(s) becomes the property of the International Section and the New York State Bar Association. The winning article may not be published in any journal or periodical other than the New York State Bar Journal, the New York International Law Review, or the International Law Practicum, without prior approval from these publications.

Law students (including J.D., LL.M., Ph.D. and S.J.D. candidates) are cordially invited to submit an entry. Entries will be judged on a variety of factors including significance and timeliness of the subject matter, thoroughness of research and analysis, and clarity of writing style.

Please provide your permanent address, current email address and daytime phone number.

2021 Award Winner

Daniel J. Alvarez
Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

My name is Daniel Alvarez, and I am a third-year law student at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.  I am a lifelong resident of the state of New Jersey and currently live in the small town of Nutley.  After graduating from high school, I attended Montclair State University where I double-majored in History and Jurisprudence.  While at Montclair State, I was awarded the History department’s William McLean Scholarship, was a member of the Dean’s List for eight semesters, and graduated summa cum laude.  I also remained very active on campus by participating and holding positions in various clubs and organizations while also working at the university library.  I am currently in my final semester at Pace Law School and am completing concentrations in both International and Business Law.  Additionally, I am also currently serving as an Articles Editor for the Pace Law Review.  Outside of classwork, I enjoy casual reading and am an avid fan of baseball, hockey, and basketball.

I decided to write this note because, as a descendant of Cuban immigrants, I was very empathetic towards the challenges faced by the citizens of Hong Kong which ultimately led to the mass protests against the Foreign Offenders Ordinance.  The promises of due process and equality under the law were very important reasons for why my family decided to leave Cuba and move to the United States.  I also believe it is critically important for the international community to take appropriate actions whenever necessary in order to uphold the basic human rights that have been enshrined in various landmark international treaties.

Prize Awarded: $2,000 and publication of the article (subject to editorial approval) in the New York International Law Review.

Past Recipients of this Award