Results of the ROLE Essay Competition 2021

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Thank you for participating in the ROLE Essay Competition 2021!

 

We have received a host of thoughtful and innovative entries this year.  Thank you for your patience!  We are pleased to see that many secondary school students are applying rational thinking in the rule of law.  We are also impressed by the interesting ideas and logical analysis demonstrated in the entries.  We appreciate the efforts of all candidates. 

 

After much deliberation, our judges have selected the Champion, 1st Runner-up, 2nd Runner-up, and a list of Merit Runners-up for both the English and Chinese groups, judging by the content, structure, style of writing and creativity of the essays.

Here are the results:

- English Group -

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Champion

Ho Cheung Wan, Christian

Malvern College Hong Kong

Extracts:

"... Referring back to the scene set of The Trial by Franz Kafka, a major theme permeating throughout the story is both Joseph K’s lack of knowledge and lack of control over the crime he supposedly committed. He never understands how ‘justice’ is being performed, as the accessibility is limited and the clarity is obscured by many factors. If someone cannot see the process of justice happening, it means they have no control over it, and cannot adequately defend themselves, thereby making a supposedly fair trial unfair..."

Comments:

  • High level of creativity and memorable opening.

  • Author took a different approach and incorporated elements of literature and philosophy in the examination of justice and transparency; Insightful reference to Kafka's The Trial and Kant's philosophy to illustrate Lord Chief Justice Hewart's famous statement.

  • Ideas are logically sequenced, the author also managed to articulate the core principles and how they are interrelated.

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1st Runner-up

Wong Yifeng, Gavin

Singapore International School (Hong Kong)

Extracts:

"..Firstly, the legal system is built on public trust and confidence in the judiciary. Justice being ‘seen to be done’ can be interpreted as allowing the public to observe that legal judgements are made solely on the facts of the case, without improper influence or procedure, which links to key ideas such as legal certainty and absence of subjective discretion in the Rule of Law.

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Secondly, we can look at the prominence of due process and proper adjudicative procedure in the legal system and in the Rule of Law.  Due process is the idea that legal matters should be resolved by established principles and regulations, and rights of individuals must be guaranteed with an impartial and fair judgement.  Moving away from the public perspective, Lord Hewart’s statement can also be interpreted with respect to equality and fairness for parties involved in the legal dispute, that parties must be able to observe that the final verdict was reached impartially and under proper procedure..."

Comments:

  • Well-developed introduction which clearly laid out the objectives of the essay.

  • An original and thoughtful essay that reflects upon the circumstances in the McCarthy case and makes useful reference to the Pinochet decision. Good acknowledgement regarding the importance of public perception.

  • Writing flowed well and the ideas were presented clearly.

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2nd Runner-up

Tang Sze Ching, Caitlyn

German Swiss International School

Extracts:

"...Impartiality is an unbiased attitude or state of mind towards parties involved or the subject matter. Consequently, having impartial judges is critical for guaranteeing people's fairness and equality before the law. Furthermore, how judges are appointed is crucial in determining the impartiality of the process. Therefore, any perceived weakness in the process will be subject to scepticism and the impartiality of judges questioned, undermining the independence of the judiciary.

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Laws must be passed to give transparency and define a set of rules limiting people from unrestricted privileges. Therefore, the law should apply equally to people in society. All people, including the highest-placed officials, should abide by the laws. No one should be above the law.

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Without proper access to justice, people will not have their voice heard and exercise their fundamental rights to a fair trial and due process. It is vital to empower the poor and marginalized by enhancing legal protection, legal awareness, and legal aid."

Comments:

  • Well-structured and detailed analysis.

  • Sound arguments supported by recent local and international events as examples.

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Merit Runners-up

Cheung Ching Yan, Justin (St. Paul's College)

Ho Jianne (HKUGA College)

Ho Muk Yan, Tiana (Tak Nga Secondary School)

Lai Ka Ming, Laurence (HKUGA College) 

Lee Yee Nok, Elaine (South Island School (ESF))

Li Wan Kin, Syrus (St. Paul's College)

Poon Yan Yee, Mia (St. Paul's Convent School)

Yau Oi Ling, Cypress (Y.W.C.A. Hioe Tjo Yoeng College)

Yeung Cho Yiu, Cinderella (Yuen Long Lutheran)

- Chinese Group -

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冠軍

張希熒

慕光英文書院

摘錄:

「 “法令者,民之命也,為治之本也"。一個國家要生存和發展,就必須要有法律,才能以理性的方式將社會的文明推向進步。如果說法律是治國安邦的階梯,那麼說法治就是治國理政的基石。」

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「公義的社會應有一套公義的法律,但這樣並不足夠,公義的社會還應該是以每個人的公義為社會的核心和普世價值,每個人都有責任承擔起社會的責任,維護公義,才能達到「公義」的境界。因此公義必須顯彰,且必須在眾人面前顯彰。」

評語:

  • 本文邏輯清晰,恰當地引用經典闡釋觀點。

  • 作者恰當地探討了法治和公義的元素,並提出了具啟發性的問題與觀點。

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亞軍

蘇芷惠

保良局馬錦明中學

摘錄:

「有些人不相信社會有公義,例如二零一四年,台灣彰化地院就「頂新黑心油案」宣判,法官團隊以九項理由,斷定證據不足,裁定頂新製油公司前董事長魏應充等六名被告無罪。社會輿論嘩然,不少人哀嘆「法治已死」。然而,若細閱判決書,彰化地院的裁決並非毫無道理,我們不應因結果不符自己預期便妄論公義不存在,因為法治的最終目的,是要為社會主持公道,不能因人們的偏見和社會期望忘記給予公正的判決。這正是法治的重要性,不因個人想法對事件產生偏見,按證據,按律法說話,不任意為平息民憤而草率下判。而更重要的是,我們都能閱讀判決書,得知前因後果,一切都是公開而透明,使公義能在眾人面前彰顯,也還該案法官公道。」

評語:

  • ​內容緊扣題目,邏輯清晰,例子恰當。

  • 文章的核心內容及論點清晰,作者對議題作出了多角度及平衡的分析。

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季軍

黃瀅

英華女學校

摘錄:

「和法治相輔相成的,則是社會的穩定。社會穩定是法治的基石,倘若法律判決結果與法治精神背道而馳,民怨便會隨之衍生。在一個民怨沸騰的社會中,政府的法例實施不僅會遇到重重阻礙, 更有機會激發社會動盪,嚴重衝擊法治系統。那麼,怎樣才能確保社會穩定呢?簡而言之,就是確保法律系統的獨立性和透明度。 」

評語:

  • 文章恰當地把法治與法律系統的獨立性和透明度相扣連,回應主題。

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優異獎​

杜家惠 (保良局馬錦明中學)

徐浩傑 (保良局馬錦明中學)

羅鍵華 (保良局馬錦明中學)

張芷汝 (保良局馬錦明中學)

李佩祺 (保良局馬錦明中學)

彭奕縉 (保良局馬錦明中學)

鄔凱娜 (保良局馬錦明中學)

吳翹彤 (沙田蘇浙公學)

廖珈昀 (嘉諾撒聖家書院)

楊宛庭 (嘉諾撒聖方濟各書院)

馮紫怡 (趙聿修紀念中學)

李柏怡 (香港真光中學)

王家健 (賽馬會萬鈞毅智書院)

黃曉盈 (賽馬會萬鈞毅智書院)

林家熙 (聖公會林護紀念中學)

For the prize-winners, congratulations and keep up the amazing work!  We will be in touch shortly to arrange your prize and reward. 


We sincerely hope that you will sustain your interests in the rule of law, and we look forward to your future contribution!


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