The John RWD Jones QC Essay Competition 2020

John RWD Jones QC was a superb barrister, specialising in extradition, international law and human rights. He represented clients in many of the leading cases of the day, including Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, and Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks. John was also a gifted academic lawyer, with publications including a textbook with Antonio Cassese, the eminent international lawyer, and a leading practitioner text on extradition. John sadly passed away in April 2016 and DELF continues to honour his memory through its annual essay competition in his name.

A judging panel consisting of the Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot, Edward Fitzgerald QC and Anand Doobay will select the winning essay.

The competition is open in the United Kingdom to those studying law at undergraduate or postgraduate level, students of the Graduate Diploma in Law, the Legal Practice Course, the Bar Professional Training Course, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers, and legal practitioners up to 3 years PQE or call.

The essay question is: Under what circumstances might extradition from the UK to China be possible?

The essay should be no more than 2000 words in length including footnotes. The closing date for entries is 4pm on 1 November 2020.

Entries should be submitted to the following email address: The entrant’s email should include entrant’s full contact details and details of the entrant’s academic institution / firm / chambers. The essay should be sent as an attachment to the email and the attachment itself should not contain the entrant’s name or any identifying details.

The entries will be judged according to the quality of academic and legal argument. The decision of the judging panel will be final. The winner will be formally announced in December.

The winner of the competition will receive a prize of £750, 2021 Annual Membership to DELF and £100 in book vouchers.