Chambers has established the 42 Bedford Row Disability Law Essay Prize in partnership with the University of Oxford. It is the first ever academic writing award to be established at the Oxford Faculty of Law which focuses on legal issues affecting persons with a disability. Chambers hopes that this award will continue on an annual basis.
This year’s question required students to engage with the challenge of balancing the duty under UN Article 23(4) of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities against the paramountcy accorded to the best interests of the child under the Children Act 1989.
The essays were judged by Tina Cook QC and Professor Jonathan Herring, DM Wolfe-Clarendon Fellow in Law at the University of Oxford. The prize-giving ceremony included a panel discussion followed by questions from students on the issues arising, with the opportunity to ask our barristers what the experience was in practice. We are pleased to say that it was a lively, stimulating and sold-out event.
The winning essay was written by Polly Calver, a 3rd year undergraduate at Brasenose College. Her essay can be found here. In the below photo, the winners from left to right are Jia Benjamin Mak, (Balliol) 3rd place, Vincent Ooi (Trinity College) 2nd place, and Polly Calver is next to Tina Cook QC.