In 2020, AdJASA again organised a student essay competition open to all undergraduate law students in South Africa. Students could write essays of between 4000 and 6000 words dealing with any topic in administrative law. Despite the challenging conditions that 2020 also brought for students and universities, AdJASA received a host of excellent entries from law students at seven law schools across the country, an increase on the 2019 competition.
The 2020 judging panel consisted of Prof Hugh Corder, Adv Karrisha Pillay SC and Dr Peter Volmink. Following rigorous assessment of all entries, the following essays came out tops:
First prize: Ms Laura Chandler with an essay entitled “A LEGAL COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF AUTOMATED DECISION-MAKING AND REASONABLENESS IN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW”
Second prize: Mr Nicholas Herd with an essay entitled “WATCHING THE WORLD BURN? DO PUBLIC FUNCTIONARIES HAVE A GENERAL, CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATION TO INVESTIGATE AND REMEDY SUSPECTED IMPROPRIETY IN THEIR REMIT?”
Third prize: Mr Bradley Frolick with an essay entitled “THE GRANTING OF MINING RIGHTS OVER CULTURAL (HERITAGE) LAND IN SOUTH AFRICA AND CANADA – A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS”
While the competition only provides for prizes for the top three essays, the essay that came in fourth position was of such high quality and so close to the third place that AdJASA decided to make an exception and also award a fourth prize:
Fourth prize: Robin Titus with an essay entitled “THE VIABILITY OF THE PRINCIPLE OF PROPORTIONALITY IN SOUTH AFRICAN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW”
The judges commended all students for the high quality of their essays and were particularly impressed with the top entries.
All prizes are sponsored by LexisNexis, who also generously offered to sponsor the exceptional fourth prize.