Writing Awards

Writing Awards

About Writing Awards

The 2018 Writing Awards are now open. Please enter your book or article before 15 March 2019.

The Legal Research Foundation awards annual prizes for legal writing. The Foundation is pleased to invite the submission of entries for consideration for the 2018 awards. The awards will be announced at the Foundation’s Annual General Meeting in 2019. 

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. Last year the prize was awarded to Competition Law in New Zealand, by Chris Noonan (Thomson Reuters), with special prizes going to Feminist Judgements of Aotearoa New Zealand Te Rino: A Two-Stranded Rope, edited by Elisabeth McDonald, Rhonda Powell, Māmari Stephens and Rosemary Hunter (Hart Publishing) and International Human Rights Law in Aotearoa New Zealand, general editors Margaret Bedggood, Kris Gledhill and Ian McIntosh (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. Last year’s winner was Wilson, Kumar and Wichman: An Examination Analysis and Discussion of Undercover Police Scenario Cases in the Supreme Court by Associate Professor Scott Optican, of the Faculty of Law at the University of Auckland.

UNPUBLISHED UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT PAPER AWARD

This is open to unpublished undergraduate student papers between a minimum of 10,000 and a maximum of 18,000 words.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 is 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. Last year’s winners were Extrinsic Evidence: Far from Instrumental by Brittany Reddington, and; Courts That Heal? A Critical Evaluation of New Zealand’s Specialist Criminal Courts and Their Therapeutic Underpinnings by Olivia Klinkum.

UNPUBLISHED POST GRADUATE STUDENT PAPER AWARD

This is open to unpublished postgraduate student papers between a minimum of 8,000 and a maximum of 18,000 words.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. Last year’s winner was Why meetings matter to indigenous peoples’ decision making in international fora by Tracey Whare.

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 15th March 2019, 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 15th March 2019 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 May 2019.  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 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.