PL&B’s Student Essay Competition 2022



Congratulations to the winners of PL&B’s Student Essay Competition 2022:

  • Do under 25s care about privacy?
    • By Sahra Wouters Okeili, Law student at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
    • The judges chose Sahra’s essay for the way in which she presented the privacy perspectives of under-25s explaining that they care but in a different way from older people
  • Has the EU General Protection Data Regulation (GDPR) been a success?
    • By Pablo Quero Cisneros, Business Management student at University of Essex, UK
    • The judges chose Pablo’s essay for engaging with the title in a nuanced way, showing his research with 31 footnotes, and raising the question: When will the GDPR be considered a success?

(click titles to read the essays)


They have each won a place at PL&B’s prestigious 35th Anniversary International Conference, Winds of Change, which includes:

  • Registration for all 3 days - 4 to 6 July 2022 at St. John’s College, Cambridge, UK.
  • Accommodation on Monday 4 July and Tuesday 5 July.
  • All meals at the conference.
  • Reasonable travel expenses to and from the conference, from anywhere in the world.
  • Acknowledgement at the conference.
  • The possibility of being published in PL&B Reports and/or PL&B's website
  • 1 year subscription to PL&B International & UK Reports - PDF and online formats.

The Competition

You are invited to submit 1,500 words in English discussing one of the following questions:

  • Has the EU General Protection Data Regulation (GDPR) been a success?
  • Do under 25s care about privacy?
  • Privacy and Smart Tech: Mission Impossible?

Who is Eligible?

  • The competition is open to any Bachelor’s or Master’s degree student in any subject and in any country.


  1. The competition is free to enter.
  2. Applicants can be students of any subject and country studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
  3. Applicants must inform us of their course of study and university or college.
  4. Applicants must be aged 18 or over.
  5. Essays must be in English and a maximum of 1,500 words, including the title.
  6. Essays must be submitted in Microsoft Word.
  7. References to sources should be in footnotes using standard numbers.
  8. Essays must be submitted from the applicant's university or college e-mail address
  9. The PL&B Editorial Team will have the discretion to publish the articles in PL&B Reports and/or on PL&B’s website.


Assessment will be based on:

  1. Originality and independent perspective 
  2. Clarity
  3. Whether the essay addresses the question
  4. Strength of argument
  5. Whether the research supports the proposition
  6. Keeping to a maximum of 1,500 words, including the title. Footnotes (if used) will not count towards the overall word count.

Assessment Process

All the essays will be reviewed by the PL&B Editorial Team consisting of Stewart Dresner, Founder and Chief Executive; Laura Linkomies, Editor; Tom Cooper, Deputy Editor and Merrill Dresner, Assistant Editor.


  • 6 May – Deadline for submission of essays
  • 1 June – Announcement of winners

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* Sponsorship enables PL&B to offer the winner conference registration, accommodation and travel. Sponsors do not assess the essays nor have access to the applicants’ personal data.