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Essentials of Criminal Law Video Competition

Lights, Camera, Action!

Entries now closed: All video entries are now in and being watched by the judges. The winning video will be posted shortly!

ClapperboardThe videos will be judged by John Child and David Ormerod, the authors of Smith, Hogan, and Ormerod’s Essentials of Criminal Law.

The person or team behind the winning video will be invited to have lunch at Oxford University Press’s exclusive in-house Printer’s House Restaurant with the judges, as well as receive a signed copy of all three Smith, Hogan, and Ormerod books and be awarded £200 of OUP book vouchers.

One runner-up video will also receive £200 worth of OUP books.

What are we looking for?

The video should be no more than three minutes long and cover one of the following topics:

  1. Meaning of intention
  2. How causation works
  3. When can a defendant be liable for omitting to act?
  4. Describe and discuss a major criminal law case that was decided in the last 5 years
  5. Which area of the criminal law is most in need of reform and why?
  6. Does the criminal law distinguish fairly between murder and manslaughter?

The judges are looking at originality and creativity of presentation, legal accuracy, and clarity of concept. The video should hold the judges’ attention and can take almost any format including animation. All videos must employ decency and sensitivity to the topic. Permission must be obtained from anyone who features in the video.


If you wish to enter the competition, please register your interest now by emailing lawrep@oup.com with your name and institution.

Closing date

The competition will close on Friday 1 February 2019.


See point 3 in the terms and conditions for submission details.
Any questions relating to the competition, or submission should be addressed to lawrep@oup.com

Terms and Conditions

Please read these terms and conditions carefully. By taking part in the competition all participants will be deemed to have read and accepted these terms and conditions and to be bound by them.

  1. The closing date for entry to the competition will be Friday 1 February 2019.  Entries must be received no later than 11.59pm on the closing date.
  2. This competition is open to all students registered on an undergraduate law degree course at a UK institution as of October 2018. The winner's student status verification may be requested from their academic supervisor or head of department.  Employees of Oxford University Press ("OUP") and their families are not eligible.  Participants must be over the age of 18, OUP reserves the right to request proof of age of any prize winner.
  3. To enter the competition the video being submitted must cover one of the 6 topics outlined above and be no longer than 3 minutes in length. Submissions for the video competition must arrive no later than the date named in point 1 above. If you are uploading your video to a share site please email the link to lawrep@oup.com together with any relevant instructions, alternatively you can email us at lawrep@oup.com attaching your submission (files must be under 5MB). If you have any general enquiries about submission please contact lawrep@oup.com in good time.
  4. No purchase is required.
  5. Only one entry per team. Sending an e-mail is not proof that OUP has received your entry.  OUP does not accept any responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, or damaged.  Entries which are late, incomplete or illegible or not submitted in accordance with these Terms and Conditions will be disqualified at the OUP’s sole discretion.
  6. Video creation can be a team effort but not more than 3 participants of the winning team will be permitted to attend the prize lunch. There will only be one set of books and one award of £200 of OUP books per team. Only one winning entry will receive the first prize. The date and location of the prize are fixed.
  7. The winner will be selected from all valid entries received on or before the closing date. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  8. The prize winners will be notified by e-mail within 14 days of the closing date and must be available on Friday 12 April 2019 to travel to Oxford. 
  9. The prize includes return standard class travel between Oxford and the prize winner's address (for up to 3 members of the team if applicable) which will be organised by OUP.  Any other expenses including, without limitation, accommodation costs, meals and drinks, are, unless specifically stated otherwise, the sole responsibility of the prize winner.
  10. In the event that a prize winner cannot be contacted within the time specified or if a prize winner is unable to attend on the required date, OUP reserves the right to withdraw their entitlement to the prize and award the prize to another entrant of the judges’ choice.
  11. The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative in whole or in part.  OUP reserves the right to alter arrangements or provide an alternative prize in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Competition entries will not be returned.
  12. The entrant warrants that their competition entry does not violate or infringe the rights of any person whatsoever.  If the competition entry is protected by copyright or any other intellectual property right, the entrant consents to OUP publishing the entry (whole or part) in relation to the competition.
  13. For names and counties of prize winners send a stamped addressed envelope, marked with the name of the competition to OUP at HE Law Team A215, Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX2 6DP by 28 February 2019.
  14. If OUP is not able to run the competition as planned due to unforeseen circumstances, OUP reserves the right to alter, amend, suspend or cancel the competition without prior notice.
  15. OUP will not be liable for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any person entering or not being able to enter the competition or as a result of accepting any prize.  OUP is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers or providers, computer equipment or software, failure of any email or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet, telephone lines or at any website or any combination thereof.  Nothing shall exclude OUP's liability for death or personal injury as a result of its negligence.
  16. The competition and these Terms and Conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.

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