Hot on the heels of the Herbert Smith Freehills Oxford Disability Mooting Championship, the Oxford Faculty of Law has launched its first academic writing award to focus on legal issues affecting persons with a disability.

Alice Wang

The 42 Bedford Row Disability Law Essay Prize has been set-up to draw attention to the professional challenges faced by legal practitioners and academics who work in fields in which issues relating to disability frequently arise.  Generously supported by barristers’ chambers, 42 Bedford Row, the inaugural Essay Prize will focus on issues affecting people with a disability and the way in which these issues interact with family law.  The 42 Bedford Row Disability Law Essay Prize Call for Entries and Rules for Submission can be found here.

The competition is open to all matriculated students of the University of Oxford and the deadline for submission is Noon on Friday 22nd January 2016 (First Week of Hilary Term).

Marking the next event in the Faculty’s Disability Law calendar, the Prize-Giving Ceremony for the 42 Bedford Row Disability Law Essay Prize will be held in Hilary Term 2016 on Friday 5th February 2016 at 5.00pm. Essay-Prize judges will include Tina Cook QC, leading family law barrister at 42 Bedford Row, Professor Jonathan Herring and DM Wolfe-Clarendon, Fellow in Law at the University of Oxford.  This panel of distinguished barristers and academics will discuss the title of the essay and announce the competition winners.  The first place winner will be awarded £500 at a prize-giving ceremony and drinks event, whilst second and third places will be awarded cash prizes of £200 and £100 respectively. The panel discussion and Prize-Giving Ceremony will take place on Friday 5th February 2016 at 5pm, it is open to the public and free tickets can be reserved here.