The Michael Beloff Essay Prize 2016/17

The Michael Beloff Essay Prize is no longer accepting submissions. The deadline to submit your essay was Monday 3 October 2016. The next Beloff Essay Prize question will be screened in News from July 2017.

Sponsored by The Hon Michael Beloff QC, a Master of the Bench and Treasurer in 2009, this competition was founded in 2009 to award a prize of up to £1,000 for an essay on a selected subject in Administrative Law. The winner will have a considerable achievement to add to their CV!


Have the Courts interpreted section 3 of the Human Rights Act 1998 in a way which undermines the sovereignty of Parliament?


  • Open to student members of the Inn who are seeking pupillage, or any members of the Inn who have been called to the Bar for less than twelve months (as at the submission deadline) and are seeking pupillage
  • Applicants may not have already gained a Michael Beloff Essay Prize
  • This is an individual competition (no teams may enter)
  • Your essay must be 3,000 to 5,000 words (including footnotes) - essays below or exceeding these lengths will not be considered
  • The essay must be your original composition
  • Your essay must be signed using a pseudonym
Date posted: 01 July 2016