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Hailey Chen shortlisted for prestigious Global Essay Competition

International Baccalaureate student Hailey Chen was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Global Essay Competition run by the John Locke Institute at the University of Oxford. The essay competition 'invites students to explore a wide range of challenging and interesting questions beyond the confines of the school curriculum'. The annual competition encourages young people to 'cultivate the characteristics that turn good students into great writers: independent thought, depth of knowledge, clear reasoning, critical analysis and persuasive style'.

Hailey chose the question 'Should innocent until proven guilty apply not only to courts of law, but also to public censure?'. Hailey says that in the essay she "discussed the definition and limitations of the term 'public' and argued that law and morality are the same in the sense that they are both a tool to limit people’s actions. It is crucial to treat ‘innocent until proven guilty’ as the same standard in both courts of law and public censure, as The Presumption of Innocence has a dual implication on both the legal system and protection of human rights. In order for it to be a regulating tool, public censure itself needs to be regulated first in the light of the potential harm it may cause."

We congratulate Hailey on her efforts and achievements and are excited to support and watch her succeed on her academic journey. 

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