• Students should form teams of between two and five people.
  • Each student can only be associated with one team.
  • Teams may be comprised of students from different institutions.
  • The competition is most suitable for students who have completed at least one year of a law program (an LLB or postgraduate law program) in Hong Kong.
  • We highly encourage non-law students to work with law student to form a team, as long as a half of the team is enrolled in any law program in Hong Kong


To enter the competition, the Executive Summary must be submitted to [email protected] by midnight (23:59 HKT) on October 4, 2020. Based on the selection criteria, eight finalist teams will be selected to continue developing their project proposals.

The selected eight finalist teams must attend the workshops held by PILnet, and submit the Full Proposal to [email protected] by midnight (23:59 HKT) on December 20, 2020. They must also attend a half-day pitching event in January 2021 to present their project proposals to the judges.

Executive Summary

It should include a short narrative of no more than two pages explaining and describing the project. It should demonstrate knowledge and skills acquired from the learning materials that PILnet provided. The Executive Summary can also be supplemented by an appendix of no more than two pages to demonstrate that  problem analysis has been performed.

The Executive Summary should follow this format:

  • Project title
  • Team members and key contact person (full name, university, program and year of study, email and contact number of each member)
  • Problem analysis of the social justice issue that the project will address
  • Relevance to the theme of the competition
  • Aspects of the project which demonstrate added value to existing services provided by NGOs and others in Hong Kong
  • Substance of the project concept outlining goals, objectives and a summary of activities
  • The expected legal and social impact of the project

The Executive Summary can be supplemented by an appendix of no more than two pages to demonstrate that a problem analysis has been performed, which may include:

  • Preliminary legal analysis of the selected social justice issue
  • List of existing services available to the identified target group(s)
  • Observation of any exchange with a target group or an NGO
  • Outcomes of any tools problem analysis tools that were utilized i.e. problem tree analysis, journey mapping

Full Proposal

The Full Proposal should be no more than 10 pages, and should include the following:

  • Problem analysis including an explanation of the selected social justice issue and the gap between existing services available to the identified target group(s)
  • How the project uses the law to address the selected issue
  • Identification of relevant stakeholders of the project and their respective roles
  • Project description including: goals, objectives, strategy, components, intended outcomes and potential project partner(s). In the case that no project partner is named, the question of how the project will be implemented must be addressed.
  • A project timeline and duration of activities
  • A detailed budget for the project and measures taken to be cost-effective
  • A plan for project monitoring and evaluation
  • A sustainability plan


A half-day pitching event will be held in January 2021 where the eight finalist teams will have an opportunity to present their project proposals to the judges. It is not compulsory for all team members to speak during the presentation, but each member is required to attend and participate in the event.

  • All presentations should include a visual component. If using a PowerPoint presentation, there should be no more than 10 slides
  • 10 minutes will be allotted to each presentation
  • 10 minutes after each presentation will be reserved for questions from and interaction with the judges