Writing Awards

Writing Awards

About Writing Awards

The 2019 Writing Awards are now open. Please email your entries to info@legalresearch.org.nz or post to the Legal Research Foundation, PO Box 741, Shortland St, Auckland 1140.

The Legal Research Foundation awards annual prizes for legal writing. The Foundation is pleased to invite the submission of entries for consideration for the 2019 awards. The awards will be announced at the Foundation’s Annual General Meeting in 2020. 

JF NORTHEY MEMORIAL BOOK AWARD

This award is given for the best book published in 2019 by a New Zealand-based author (or authors of any number).  It carries a prize of $2,000.00. Last year's the prize was awarded to Sale of Goods in New Zealand by Nicholas Wood (Thomson Reuters).

SIR IAN BARKER PUBLISHED ARTICLE AWARD

This award is given for the best article, essay or discrete book chapter published by a New Zealand-based author in 2019.  It carries a prize of $1,500.00. Last year’s winner was Associate Professor Hanna Wilberg (University of Auckland) for her chapter Interpretive Presumptions Assessed against Legislators’ Understanding, Chapter 9, The Unity of Public Law? Doctrinal, Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives, (Hart Publishing).

UNPUBLISHED UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT PAPER AWARD

This is open to unpublished undergraduate student papers between a minimum of 10,000 and a maximum of 18,000 words.  The paper must have been written for course credit at a New Zealand university.  The writing of the paper must have been completed by the end of 2019. However, a paper completed during the summer period over 2019-2020 is also eligible provided the paper is submitted to your university by the closing date of 13th March 2020.  The award carries a prize of $1,000.00. The winning paper in 2018 was "Litigation Funding – Access to Justice or Egregious Exploitation?," by Margaret Wisstt, (Faculty of Law, University of Canterbury).

UNPUBLISHED POST GRADUATE STUDENT PAPER AWARD

This is open to unpublished postgraduate student papers between a minimum of 8,000 and a maximum of 18,000 words. For Masters students, the paper must have been written in 2019 as part of the course requirements for a post-graduate degree at a New Zealand university. For PhD students there is no requirement that the paper must be written as part of the course requirements for the degree (the PhD student must be enrolled at a New Zealand university). The award carries a prize of $1,000.00. The winning paper in 2018 was “Critical assessment of REDD+ implementation in the context of the rights of indigenous people”, by Devika A. Kumar (University of Auckland).

HOW TO ENTER

Entries for the Sir Ian Barker Published Article Award and the Unpublished Post Graduate Student Paper Awards must be emailed in word and PDF form to info@legalresearch.org.nz by Friday 13th March 2020, or submitted online at www.legalresearch.org.nz.

Entries for the Unpublished Undergraduate Student Paper Award must be submitted by the university. Only the top five papers from each university will be accepted.

Entries for the JF Northey Memorial Book Award should be posted to:

Writing Awards

LEGAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION

PO Box 741

Shortland Street

Auckland 1140

Entries received after 13th March 2020 will not be eligible for the Awards. Please include full contact details with each entry. When a shortlist for the JF Northey Book Award has been decided upon, authors will be requested to provide two additional copies of their entry. We will return all books after the AGM.

The Foundation will contact winners of awards in around June 2020.  Please also note only one entry per author in each category of award will be considered. For the full rules and submission procedures please refer to www.legalresearch.org.nz

 

JF Northey Memorial Book Award

This award is given for the best book published in 2019 by a New Zealand-based author (or authors of any number). It carries a prize of $2,000.00.

Sir Ian Barker Published Article Award

This award is given for the best article, essay or discrete book chapter published by a New Zealand-based author in 2019. It carries a prize of $1,500.00.

Unpublished Undergraduate Student Paper Award

This is open to unpublished undergraduate Students papers between a minimum of 10,000 and a maximum of 18,000 words. The paper must have been written for course credit at a New Zealand university. The writing of the paper must have been completed by the end of 2019, however, a paper completed during the summer period over 2019-2020 is also eligible provided the paper is submitted to the Foundation by the closing date.. The award carries a prize of $1,000.00. ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH YOUR UNIVERSITY. ONLY FIVE ENTRIES FROM EACH UNIVERSITY WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Unpublished Postgraduate Student Paper Award

This is open to unpublished postgraduate Students papers between a minimum of 8,000 and a maximum of 18,000 words. The paper must have been written for course credit at a New Zealand university. The writing of the paper must have been completed by the end of 2019, however, a paper completed during the summer period over 2019-2020 is also eligible provided the paper is submitted to the Foundation by the closing date. The award carries a prize of $1,000.00.