The Disraeli Society Prize has been established by the Disraeli Society and is jointly sponsored by the Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government and the Federalist Society. This inaugural competition aims to promote broader thinking about topical aspects of law and encourage independent research work among undergraduate students.

The competition is open to all undergraduate law students of the University of Oxford. Participants are invited to answer the following question:

‘The judges should simply apply the law, they should not evaluate its merits.’ Is this approach to the judicial role desirable? 

Essays should be no more than 2,000 words long (excluding footnotes and bibliography), and referenced using OSCOLA. They should be submitted to no later than 23rd of April, 11:59 p.m. (UTC + 0:00).

Entries will be assessed by a panel of leading constitutional and administrative law specialists. Winners will receive monetary prizes: £400, £200, and £100 for the first, second, and third winning submission respectively. The first winner will also enjoy the opportunity to attend the Federalist Society Student Symposium in the USA in March 2019 (travel and accommodation provided). In addition, all shortlisted participants will be invited to a dinner and prize-giving ceremony on the 14th of May.

Please direct any questions to Anna Lukina, the Student Chair, at