Congratulations to Melissa Loja (PhD candidate) on winning the 2014 Willoughby Prize for the best article published in the Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law. The winning publication was titled "Is the Rule of Capture Countenanced in the South China Sea? The Policy and Practice of China, the Philippines and Vietnam" and was reported on in this blog in December 2014. About the Willoughby Prize: In memory of Geoffrey Willoughby (1936-1989), one of the leading contributors to the development of United Kingdom oil and gas law both as practitioner and scholar, his partners in Herbert Smith, and the Trustees of the Energy, Petroleum, Mineral and Natural Resources Law and Policy Education Trust, in 1991 created a fund for the award of a Willoughby Prize. The Prize is awarded each year to the author or authors of an article of outstanding merit published during the year in the Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law.
Every article submitted for publication in the Journal will be taken into consideration unless the author explicitly requests otherwise. In making his recommendation the Editor will have particular regard to the desirability of encouraging younger legal scholars, whether engaged in academic life or in legal practice, to undertake research on legal issues relating to energy, petroleum, minerals and natural resources law and policy.