Judicial Review Competition

The HRLA Judicial Review Competition is an annual competition run by the Young Lawyers’ Committee. The competition is open to law students throughout the United Kingdom. It involves teams of two submitting paper applications for permission to judicial review. From the applicants 8 teams are chosen to make an oral application for permission at a London Chambers before human rights practitioners. The two teams who are awarded the highest scores for their oral permission application go on to compete in the final, which involves the substantive judicial review. The Final will be held at the Royal Courts of Justice. The Final is judged by eminent human rights barristers and members of the judiciary.


The 2018 Judicial Review Competition is now closed for applications. 


Download the 2018 Judicial Review Competition brief here and Rules here.

Link to N461 Claim Form here


26 March 2018  Written submissions for permission to apply for judicial review are to be submitted by each team by way of Judicial Review Claim Form N461. NB Claimants are permitted to attach grounds with their Claim Form if they wish.

9 April 2018

The successful teams granted leave to apply for permission orally will be notified by email. 

18 April 2018
Oral hearings for permission for judicial review will take place in the evening at Doughty Street Chambers, London. The two teams progressing to the final will be informed on the night, and will also be informed of whether they will be acting as the Claimant or Defendant in the final. 

26 April 2018
Claimant to submit their grounds and skeleton argument. 

3 May 2018
Defendant to submit their grounds of defence and skeleton.

10 May 2018  
Parties to submit their agreed bundle by email to administrator@hrla.org.uk. Parties citing case law should include the best report of the case in full. Parties citing legislation should include only the relevant section(s) of the legislation, not the entire Act/SI.

17 May 2018
The Final: The substantive application for judicial review will be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice before dinner at Middle Temple, by a panel of distinguished human rights judges and practitioners. The winning team will be announced that evening. 


Please contact administrator@hrla.org.uk for further queries.



Roll of Honour:

John Chan and Karen Tsang
Runners up:
Anurag Deb and Declan Durey

Emma Foubister and John Fitzsimons
Runners up:
Hannah Gardiner and Lucy Meredith

Ami Jones and Scarlett Milligan
Runners up:
Mathias Cheung and Zara McGlone

Ben Woolgar and Jyoti Wood
Runners up:
Daniel Isenberg and Mickey Keller

Jelia Sane and Matthew Fraser
Runners up:
Seraphina Chew and Yong Chong


The HRLA is tremendously grateful to its competition supporters