Sir Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History, Prize

This prize is awarded for the best presentation by a higher degree research student or an early career researcher at the annual conference. This paper will be published, subject to the usual refereeing process, in law&history, the Society’s journal.

The prize is valued at AU$500 and the society wishes to acknowledge the generosity of the Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History for sponsoring this prize.

Our 2017 winner is Jon Piccini for a paper presented at our Christchurch conference.

Past winners are:

2014 Janine Rizzetti, ‘Judging Protection: “The Unintentional Errors of an Unlearned Magistracy”, British Guiana and Port Phillip, 1830s–40s,’  in issue vol. 3, 2016

2015 James Kirby, ‘“Conditional on a Bill of Rights”:  Race and Human Rights in the Constitution of Botswana, 1960-66‘ in issue vol. 4:1, 2017

2016 Danielle Boaz, ‘Fraud, Vagrancy and the “Pretended” Exercise of Supernatural Powers in England, South Africa, and Jamaica’ in volume 5:1, 2018

How to Apply

Applicants should indicate their interest in being considered for the prize to the conference conveners prior to the conference.

A final written paper of 8 000 words plus notes, in a format consistent with law&history journal style guide, should be submitted to the editor of the journal no later than 6 weeks after the annual conference.  Please include an abstract (maximum of 200 words) with your submission.

Papers will be judged by a panel appointed by the editor of law&history.

Winners are normally announced by the following April.