Results of the ROLE Essay Competition 2021
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 -
Ho Cheung Wan, Christian
Malvern College Hong Kong
"... 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..."
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.
Wong Yifeng, Gavin
Singapore International School (Hong Kong)
"..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.
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..."
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.
Tang Sze Ching, Caitlyn
German Swiss International School
"...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.
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.
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."
Well-structured and detailed analysis.
Sound arguments supported by recent local and international events as examples.
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 -
「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。 」
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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