Writing Awards

Writing Awards

About Writing Awards

The 2018 Writing Awards have now been announced.

The Legal Research Foundation writing awards, which recognises the best legal writing in New Zealand across a range of categories, has become a popular and prestigious event amongst the legal community. Academics, students and legal practitioners are all welcome to apply for the awards and the winners are announced at the LRF Annual General Meeting.

The winners of the 2018 Legal Writing Awards were announced on 6 August 2019 at the Legal Research Foundation AGM.   

JF NORTHEY MEMORIAL BOOK AWARD

This award is given for the best book published in 2018 by a New Zealand-based author (or authors of any number).  It carries a prize of $2,000.00. In 2018 the JF Northey Memorial Book Award 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 2018.  It carries a prize of $1,500.00. The winner in 2018 was Associate Professor Hanna Wilberg 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UNPUBLISHED UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT PAPER AWARD

This is open to unpublished undergraduate student papers between a minimum of 10,000 and a maximum of 18,000 words.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 2018. However, a paper completed during the summer period over 2018-2019 was also eligible provided the paper is submitted to your university by the closing date of 15th March 2019.  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UNPUBLISHED POST GRADUATE STUDENT PAPER AWARD

This is open to unpublished postgraduate student papers between a minimum of 8,000 and a maximum of 18,000 words.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 2018 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).

Entries to the 2019 Writing Awards will open on 1 November 2019. More information about the awards and entering next year will follow. 

 

JF Northey Memorial Book Award

This award is given for the best book published in 2018 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 2018. 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 2018, however, a paper completed during the summer period over 2018-2019 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 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 2018, however, a paper completed during the summer period over 2018-2019 is also eligible provided the paper is submitted to the Foundation by the closing date. The award carries a prize of $1,000.00.