In October 2020, DSC launched an essay writing competition aimed at people aged 16-18 and since its launch we have received outstanding submissions, diversity of entrant and thought.
This year's essay question was as follows:
The use of AI can disproportionately negatively affect marginalised groups in our society. Is there any benefit to using AI in our legal system?
This year the judges were: Nani Jansen Raventlow, Allan John McCay, Kay Firth-Butterfield, Susie Alegre, Sarah Chander, and Minesh Tanna. See what they have to say below.
The winners of the Doughty Street 2023 Essay competition were announced at a prize giving ceremony with all those shortlisted in chambers on the 17th July 2023. Our winners are as follows:
1st place: Monelle Garber.
2nd joint place runners-up: Syan Upile and Amelia Twining.
This year's essay topic was climate change and social justice and the question was 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?’
Judges: David Lammy MP, Krishnendu Mukherjee, Jennifer Robinson, Nani Jansen Reventlow, I. Stephanie Boyce, Sue Willman, and Somini Sengupta. Click here to read why our judges are in support of the essay competition.
1. Hannah's submission is available here.
1. Nuha's submission is available here.
2. Sai's submission is available here.
The winners of the Doughty Street 2022 Essay competition were announced at a prize giving ceremony with all those shortlisted in chambers on the 8th July 2022. Our winning essays can be accessed here:
1st joint place: Hannah Malik and Nuha Ahmed
2nd place runner-up: Sai Sarvagna Thota
Congratulations to our worthy winners, and all those shortlisted! Select ‘click here’ below for further information.
The photo album from the prize giving ceremony can be accessed here.
Pictured from left to right: Maya Sikand QC, Nuha Ahmed, Hannah Malik, Sai Sarvagna Thota, Edward Fitzgerald QC
Picture credit: Jennifer Moyes
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.