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.

The topic for this year’s competition was: “Under what circumstances might extradition from the UK to China be possible?” and a very high standard of entries grappled with the human rights risks raised. The judging panel (consisting of  the Chief Magistrate, Emma Arbuthnot, our President, Edward Fitzgerald QC, and Anand Doobay of Boutique Law Solicitors) found that the entries were thought-provoking, original and showed some impressive research.

We are delighted to announce that the judges were unanimous in selecting Alex Davidson, a pupil barrister of 2 Bedford Row, as the winner and recipient of this year’s £750 prize money. All entrants were also given DELF membership for 2021 to mark their outstanding efforts.

The competition will re-open next year but in the meantime, any queries should be addressed to Harriet Devey (