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City Law School student triumphs in EU student essay competition

Jessica Howard’s essay was selected as one of three winning entries in the competition organised as part of the outreach process for the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

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Jessica Howard, a student on the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) programme in The City Law School, is one of three winners of the European Commission's student essay competition organised as part of its outreach process for the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy

All competition entrants wrote an essay titled, "Why is the European Union's Foreign and Security Policy important for your daily life?”

The contest was open to students taking courses taught by incumbents of the Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Law; Jessica's entry was submitted by Professor of European Union Law and Jean Monnet Chair, Professor Panos Koutrakos.

Very exciting topic

Jessica HowardJessica decided to enter the essay competition because it appealed to her personally and academically:

"My immediate family live in different European countries and the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) has an impact on whether or not the borders will remain open. The recent bombings in Brussels were clear examples of our family depending on open borders to be able to spend holidays such as Easter together. Academically, this area of law has only recently been given adequate attention. It is therefore a very exciting topic to research at the moment. Professor Koutrakos has written extensively about EU foreign policy and his enthusiasm for the subject is infectious."

Professor Koutrakos said:

“The City Law School is delighted with Jessica's success. Her essay impressed a difficult audience against stiff competition. In engaging directly with one of the main policy challenges facing us today, Jessica's intelligent contribution highlighted the relevance of EU policies to our everyday life. Her success illustrates the position of The City Law School as a vibrant centre not only for EU Law scholarship and teaching, but also for broader debate on European issues”.  

To read Jessica's essay in its entirety, please visit this weblink.

Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)

The Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) is the organised, agreed foreign policy of the European Union (EU) for mainly security and defence diplomacy and actions. CFSP deals only with a specific part of the EU's external relations, which domains include mainly Trade and Commercial Policy and other areas such as funding to third countries, etc. Decisions require unanimity among member states in the Council of the European Union, but once agreed, certain aspects can be further decided by qualified majority voting. Foreign policy is chaired and represented by the EU's High Representative, currently Federica Mogherini

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