In October 2020, DSC launched an essay writing competition aimed at people aged 16-18 which received outstanding submissions, diversity of entrant and thought. Submissions from last year are available below.
This year's essay topic is climate change and social justice and the question is as follows:
‘International law recognises that global warming will most affect those least responsible for it. Individually, nationally and globally how can global warming be effectively tackled in a way that recognises this injustice?’
The essay must be written in English and the word limit is 1,500.
Deadline for submissions has now passed.
The final ten essays will be put forward to a prestigious judging panel and shortlisted students will be invited to Chambers (all travel fees to be covered) with parents if necessary, where the winner and runners up to be announced and awarded a cash prize and ongoing access to mentoring service for the next 12-24 months.
We endeavour to announce the winners in June.
See why our judges are supporting this competition below.
The competition required applicants to share an essay up to 1,500 words on the following question:
How do people’s experiences of authority differ, depending on their identity or their socio-economic or racial background? Should the law, institutions or people in positions of authority or power, change in order to address these differences and, if so, how?
Judges: David Lammy MP, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Wayne Jordash QC, Geoffrey Robertson QC, Rt Hon Lord Stephen Irwin, and Nani Jansen Reventlow.
1. Toyin wrote about racism in the Criminal Justice System. Read her full submission here.
2. Luna wrote about race focussed on authoritarianism and populism. Read her full submission here.
2. Prakruti wrote about education and the prison system. Read her full submission here.