Winner announced: Hogan Lovells Equality and Diversity Essay Competition 2021

This summer Oxford Law held its first-ever Hogan Lovells Equality and Diversity Essay Competition for undergraduate students, including those who were finalists in the 2020-2021 academic year.

The panel, composed of Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE, Christopher Hare, and Kristin van Zwieten, was impressed by the standard of the competition. Participants were asked to develop an argument for equality and diversity-related law reform and submissions covered a broad range of topics.


Left: Picture of Cassandra Somers-Joce, winner of the competition. Right: Picture of Christina Kartali, runner-up of the competition.


The winner of the competition was Cassandra Somers-Joce, an Oxford Law finalist (2020-21). Cassandra's essay on protests and sentencing reform entitled Standing in the Way of Control can be read in full.

The runner-up was Christina Kartali, with an essay entitled Moving beyond the Equality Act: a call for trans* affirming structural change and gender expansive education in schools that can also be read in full.

The panel would also like to give special commendation to:

  • Lucy McCaughan with an essay entitled (Don’t) Let Them Eat Cake: A Critical Examination of Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd.; and

  • Stacey Cranmore with an essay entitled Consent contracts: a reform of the criminal law on sexual consent and deception.

The panel thank each person who entered and warmly congratulate those marked out for a prize or special commendation. They also thank Hogan Lovells for kindly sponsoring the prize and making this competition a reality.

Standing in the Way of Control

Moving beyond the Equality Act