The Michael Beloff essay prize competition is now closed. 

Sponsored by The Hon Michael Beloff QC, a Master of the Bench and Treasurer in 2009, this competition was founded in 2009 for an essay on a selected subject in Administrative Law.

This competition awards a winning prize of up to £1,000!

The winning author will be invited to include their essay in the Gray’s Inn Student Law Journal.

Question

“The [Independent Review of Administrative Law] Panel’s analysis identified a growing tendency for the courts in Judicial Review cases to edge away from a strictly supervisory jurisdiction, becoming more willing to review the merits of the decisions themselves, instead of the way in which those decisions were made. The reasoning of decision-makers has been replaced, in essence, with that of the court. We should strive to create and uphold a system which avoids drawing the courts into deciding on merit or moral values issues which lie more appropriately with the executive or Parliament.”

Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Foreword to Judicial Review Reform: The Government Response to the Independent Review of Administrative Law (CP 408, March 2021) – Discuss.

Rules

  • Open to student members of the Inn or any members of the Inn who have been called to the Bar for less than twelve months (as at the submission deadline)
  • 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
  • Your essay must conform to this style guide (PDF)

Deadline

Your essay must be submitted by midnight on 1 October 2021.

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