Hira Ishaq, an undergraduate student at the University of Warwick, has won the coveted Best Article Award, sponsored by The College of Law Birmingham, for her contribution to the University of Warwick Law Society’s magazine, Obiter Dicta.
Hira’s article was chosen by Frances Belfield, Senior Lecturer at The College of Law Birmingham, from more than fifteen articles written by law students at the University. The theme for the competition was ‘Broken Britain’. The article focussed on the recent decision made by the High Court in the case of Binyam Mohamed, which considered whether or not information relating to the treatment of Mr Mohamed in US custody should be kept from the public on the grounds of national security.
Hira Ishaq celebrates winning the Best Article Award sponsored by The College of Law Birmingham.
In her essay Hira, aged 19, examined the various points of law which were relevant to the case. She said, “I was inspired by the recent case of Binyam Mohamed which linked with themes I am currently studying in Constitutional and Administrative law. I would like to thank my friend for encouraging me to write the article. I am very happy to have won the competition.”
Frances Belfield said “I chose Hira’s article because I felt that it was extremely well written and well argued. She had analysed the case law succinctly and effectively.”
Natasha Jain, President of the University of Warwick Law Society said, “Hira’s article was very well written and I am very impressed with such a high standard from a second year student. We are very thankful to The College of Law for sponsoring such an award because it encourages students to express opinions on topics they are passionate about. The theme of ‘Broken Britain’ was quite appropriate with the current economic state, but it also allowed a variety of social issues to be examined, which affect us all one way or another."
Hira, who is currently in the second year of a three year law degree at the University of Warwick, was presented with her prize, an I-Pod Touch, at the Law Society’s annual ball. She hopes to qualify as a solicitor when she graduates.
The College of Law is Britain’s largest legal training organisation for both student solicitors and barristers and attracts some of the country’s most able students.