The Oxford Human Rights Festival Essay Contest

Deadline: 2 February 2020
Open to: students and young professionals
: GBP 50 gift voucher, publication and promotion of the winning essay


Through film, art and talks the 18th Oxford Human Rights Festival shares the voices and stories of resilient individuals. They will celebrate cultures, encourage debates and discussions and have opportunities to develop pathways to strengthen our resilience and thrive.

To celebrate the Oxford Human Rights Festival, we are running an essay competition for all people ages of 11+ across the world. The theme for this essay competition is resilience, in line with the general theme of the festival, particularly focusing on resilience in circumstances of human rights abuse. By taking part in the OxHRF Essay competition you have a chance to share your thoughts and opinions with key players in the human rights field.


The course does not require special knowledge about security policies and institutions, European politics, law, history or culture, but participants should be interested in more than just their field of specialization. In-class participation, especially in the discussions with experts, is essential for the course success and plays an important role in grading. Therefore, on this activity, below target groups, but not limited to, can participate:
• Students and young professionals with different academic backgrounds and a general interest in security and Euro – Atlantic integration;
• Students and young professionals interested to develop their intercultural and interdisciplinary learning process;
• Students and young professionals, civil servants, mass communication experts, young politicians and even parliamentary officials who want to further their knowledge of the NATO Security processes; and
• The ones who are interested in security policies and institutions, European politics, laws, history or culture.


The winner receives GBP 50 Gift Voucher from the list of sustainable and fair trade organizations. The winning essay will be published in the OxHRF Reflections Journal along with the promotion of the essay and work across OxHRF and CENDEP.

The top 5 essays will also be published in the OxHRF Reflections Journal along with the promotion of essays and work across OxHRF and CENDEP.

How to Apply?

The essay must be e-mailed to with the file in a PDF format and the subject: OxHRF Essay Contest 2020.

For more information please visit the official web page.