ALAW essay competition winner announced

25 May 2013

Matthew McGhee, who will start his pupillage at 20 Essex Street in September, has won the first ALAW student essay competition.

Matthew McGhee Sam Flanagan Rachel Dunn
From left to right: Matthew McGhee, Sam Flanagan and Rachel Dunn.

The contest was launched in November 2012 and saw law students from all over the world submit their answers to the question: Does Justice Applies to Animals?

The winner was chosen by a three-judge panel comprised of David Thomas (solicitor), Alan Bates (barrister), and Dr Darren Calley (lecturer at law). All three judges are actively engaged in animal protection laws.

The judges were very impressed with the quality of the entries and the amount of work that the students had put in, and also the wide range of sources used (philosophy, UK and international case law, legislation).

The winning essay will be published in the ALAW journal.

Sam Flanagan, an undergraduate student at the University of Ulster, took second place. The third runner up, Rachel Dunn is a student at the Northumbria University.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all that entered this year’s competition.

The title of the second essay competition will be announced in the late autumn.

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