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What: The 42 Bedford Row Disability Law Essay Prize-Giving Ceremony and Drinks Reception. 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.

The Essay Prize will be judged by a panel of distinguished lawyers and academics, including Aysha Ahmad, leading employment and discrimination law barrister at 42 Bedford Row. At the Prize-Giving event, this panel will discuss the title of the essay and announce the competition winners. This year's essay examines how the law should protect against discrimination at the intersection of disability and other protected characteristics, including gender. This will be followed by a question and answer session before announcing competition winners.

The panel discussion and Prize-Giving Ceremony is open to the public and takes place during second week of Trinity Term 2018. It will be followed by a drinks reception.

If you have any access requirements, please email the event organiser.

When: The Prize-Giving Event will take place on Friday 4th May 2018, 5.00pm

Where: Lee Shau Kee Scholars Room, Wadham College. Oxford.

About this Year's Essay Question (competition entries open until Noon on 27th April 2018):

The most “pressing issues faced by disabled women are the ones faced by most women, except that when you’re disabled, it adds another layer of discrimination,” said Eleanor Lisney, co-founder of the disabled women’s network, Sisters of Frida. The recent Concluding Observations of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the initial report of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, found that ‘the rights of women and girls with disabilities have not been systematically mainstreamed into both the gender equality and disability agenda’ in the UK (October 2017; para 18). The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities does protect against multiple discrimination, for instance, Article 6 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, on women with disabilities, provides that:

1. States Parties recognize that women and girls with disabilities are subject to multiple discrimination, and in this regard shall take measures to ensure the full and equal enjoyment by them of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

2. States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to ensure the full development, advancement and empowerment of women, for the purpose of guaranteeing them the exercise and enjoyment of the human rights and fundamental freedoms set out in the present Convention’.

In the UK, one model which attempts to protect these important intersectional groups is Section 14 of the Equality Act 2010, which is designed to allow claims for discrimination based on more than one protected characteristic. It has not been brought into force in the 8 years since the passing of the Act.

Essay Question: How should the law protect against discrimination at the intersection of disability and other protected characteristics, including gender?

Deadline for Submission: Noon on Friday 27th April 2018

Admissions should be submitted by email to: luke.rostill@law.ox.ac.uk

Word limit (including footnotes): 1,000 (Minimum) to 1,200 (Maximum)[1]

Who can enter? It's open to all matriculated students and registered overseas students (including graduates).

Prize-Giving Event: Friday 4th May 2018, 5.00pm

Venue: Lee Shau Kee Seminar Room, Wadham College, Parks Road, OX1 3PN

Please consult the Rules for Submission: see Appendix 1 of the attached Pdf , which can also be found at the dropbox link here.

Participants in this competition will have the chance to:

  • Showcase their academic writing and argument to our distinguished judges including, Aysha Ahmad, leading discrimination law barrister at 42 Bedford Row (confirmed), and a leading academic from the Faculty of Law (tbc);

  • Win a cash prize of £500 (First Place);

  • Win a cash prize of £200 (Second Place);

  • Win a cash prize of £100 (Third Place);

  • Attend the drinks reception following the essay prize-giving ceremony at which they will have the opportunity to meet experienced barristers and solicitors.



[1] Please consult the Rules for Submission: see Appendix 1.

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