David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, will be the guest judge for the annual Graham Turnbull Competition.

Every year the Law Society holds an essay competition and prize-giving event aimed at law students, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers and junior lawyers.

The title for the 2016 competition is:

‘A most radical recommendation? Should interception warrants be judicially authorised or does there need to be democratic accountability?’

As independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, David Anderson QC, is an unrivalled expert in this field and in the protection of human rights in the face of counter-terrorism measures.

The competition is named after English solicitor Graham Turnbull who did much to promote respect for human rights. Graham was killed in February 1997, aged 37, while working as a human rights monitor on the United Nations Human Rights Mission in Rwanda. The Society is proud to honour Graham’s commitment to human rights through this competition, which aims to encourage awareness and knowledge of international human rights issues and remedies among young lawyers.

The winner of the competition will receive £500 from the Graham Turnbull Memorial Fund. The runner-up will receive book tokens to the value of £250. We will also publish both essays. The prize-giving event will take place on 21 April 2016.

Please send your essay by midday on 26 February 2016 to humanrightsessays@lawsociety.org.uk

For rules and eligibility criteria please see attached,