Writing Awards

Writing Awards

About Writing Awards

The 2017 LRF Writing Awards are now open!

The Legal Research Foundation awards annual prizes for legal writing. The Foundation is pleased to invite the submission of entries for consideration for the 2017 awards. The awards will be announced at the Foundation’s Annual General Meeting in 2018. 

JF NORTHEY MEMORIAL BOOK AWARD

This award is given for the best book published in 2017 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 joint-winners; Jane Calderwood Norton for “Freedom of Religious Organisations”, (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Joanna Mossop for “The Continental Shelf Beyond 200 Nautical Miles, Rights and Responsibilities”, (Oxford University Press, 2016).

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 2017. It carries a prize of $1,500.00. Last year’s winners were Oliver Hailes and Andrew Geddis for "The Trans-Pacific Partnership in New Zealand’s Constitution" (University of Otago, Faculty of Law).

UNPUBLISHED UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT PAPER AWARD

This is open to unpublished undergraduate student papers between a minimum of 10,000 and a maximum of 18,000 words.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 2017. However, a paper completed during the summer period over 2017-2018 is also eligible provided the paper is submitted to the Foundation by the closing date of 16th March 2018.  The award carries a prize of $1,000.00. Last year’s winner was Samuel Johnston with “The Introduction of Land Tax in New Zealand in 1878” (University of Auckland, Faculty of Law).

UNPUBLISHED POST GRADUATE STUDENT PAPER AWARD

This is open to unpublished postgraduate student papers between a minimum of 8,000 and a maximum of 18,000 words.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 2017 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). Last year’s winner was Greg Severinsen with “Applying Principles of Environmental Law to Novel Technologies: The Case for Carbon Capture and Storage” (Victoria University Law School).

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 16th March 2018, 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 16th March 2018 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 around May 2018.  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 2017 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 2017. 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 2017, however, a paper completed during the summer period over 2017-2018 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 2017, however, a paper completed during the summer period over 2017-2018 is also eligible provided the paper is submitted to the Foundation by the closing date. The award carries a prize of $1,000.00.