Robert Walker Prize for Essays in Law


Trinity College was pleased to launch the Robert Walker Prize for Essays in Law in 2013. The prize is named after an Honorary Fellow of the College, Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court and former law student at Trinity. Lord Walker has for many years been a supporter of Law at Trinity, meeting students at College social events and, more formally, judging moots (legal debates) and helping to connect the practice of law with its academic study.

The Robert Walker Prize has three objectives:

  • to encourage students with an interest in Law to explore that interest by researching, considering and developing an argument about a legal topic of importance to modern society;
  • to encourage those interested in Law to apply for a university course in Law; and
  • to recognise the achievements of high-calibre students, from whatever background they may come.

The 2020 competition is now closed.

The rules for the competition are as set out below:

  • Essays can be of any length up to 2,000 words (including any footnotes).
  • Entries must be submitted online by midnight UK time on Monday 13 April 2020 using the form below.
    • If there are special reasons why a potential candidate cannot submit an essay online, a request exceptionally to submit in hard copy may be made. Requests will be considered by the Law Fellows. Please contact the Admissions Office at Trinity College Cambridge, CB2 1TQ; tel: +44(0)1223 338422; fax: +44 (0)1223 338584; email:
  • The competition is open to students in their final or penultimate year of secondary school, except students who have entered the competition in the past. No individual student may submit more than one entry into the competition.
  • Candidates may discuss the subject matter of the essay with other students and teachers at their school; however, the formulation of the argument and the writing of the essay must be the work of the student alone.
  • Essays will be assessed by reference to a range of factors, including the development of argument, the quality of expression and the appropriate use of supporting facts and material.
  • Entries will be considered in two divisions: a United Kingdom Division and an International Division.
  • It is anticipated that first prizes of £300 and second prizes of £200 may be awarded in each Division; the prizes may be shared.
  • It is anticipated that the authors of the ten top-placed essays in each Division will be invited to a Prize Ceremony at Trinity to see the College and to meet the Law Fellows.
  • The decisions of the judges are final; no correspondence will be entered into. Essays will not be returned, so candidates should keep a copy for their own reference.

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Past ROBERT WALKER Prize-winners

2020 (175 entries):

First Prize (United Kingdom Division): George Hargreaves (Royal Grammar School, Guildford)
First Prize (International Division): Antonia Vig (Colegiul Național Alexandru Papiu Ilarian, Romania)
Second Prize (United Kingdom Division): Charlotte Fowler (Highgate School)
Second Prize (International Division): Annabelle Chua (Hwa Chong Institution, Singapore)

2019 (107 entries):

First Prize (United Kingdom Division): Christopher Long (Woodbridge School)
First Prize (International Division): Jonathan Teng (Raffles Institution)
Second Prize (United Kingdom Division): Eleanor Hargrove (King’s College School, Wimbledon)
Second Prize (International Division): Wong Zi Yang (Raffles Institution)

2018 (154 entries):

First Prize (United Kingdom Division): David Edwards-Ker (Westminster School)
First Prize (International Division): Gergely Berces (Milestone Institute, Hungary)
Second Prize (United Kingdom Division): Dorothy Biyere (Sutton Grammar School)
Second Prize (International Division): Xinyi Gao (Hwa Chong Institution, Singapore)

2017 (135 entries):

First Prize (United Kingdom Division): Eve Loveman (Peter Symonds’ College)
First Prize (International Division): Lauren Park (Pymble Ladies’ College, Australia)
Second Prize (United Kingdom Division): Mary Hassan (St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School)
Second Prize (International Division): Ruilin Fang (Dunman High School, Singapore)

2016 (112 entries):

First Prize (United Kingdom Division): Ellis Napier (Lawnswood School)
First Prize (International Division): Allegra McCormack (Kambala, Australia)
Second Prize (United Kingdom Division): Johnny McCausland (Wellington College)
Second Prize (International Division): Gabriel Tan Jin Hsi (Hwa Chong Institution, Singapore)


First Prize (shared): Charlotte Witney (Saffron Walden County High School)
First Prize (shared): Ricky Ham (Pymble Ladies’ College, Australia)
Second Prize (shared): Priya Radia (North London Collegiate School)
Second Prize (shared): Katharine Cook (Wellington College)


First Prize: Noelle Huang (Hwa Chong Institution, Singapore)
Second Prize: John Cheung (Abingdon School)


First Prize: Emily Harbach (Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls)
Second Prize: Alistair Ho (Merchant Taylors’ School)