Past Essay Prize Winners

2017

Winner: Phillipa McCormack

Topic: “How well do Australian legal institutions respond to climate change? How could that response be improved?

Note: ‘Australian legal institutions’ includes legislatures, courts, public administration, universities and other legal teaching and research institutions”

Judging Panel: Professor The Hon William Gummow AC (Chair), The Hon Justice Pamela Tate and Professor Rosemary Lyster.

A presentation of the Essay Prize was made to the winner on 23 October 2017 following the Academy’s event in Victoria in the Federal Court of Australia, Melbourne.

Ms McCormack’s essay can be viewed here.           

2016

Joint Winners: Lyria Bennett Moses and Robert Size

Topic:  “What effects have advances in technology (including artificial intelligence) had upon the discipline of law in academia, the practising profession and the courts, and how may that effect change over the next ten years? What steps should be taken now to harness the benefits and limit the detriments of those advances?”

Judging Panel: Professor The Hon William Gummow AC (Chair), Professor Rosalind Croucher AM and Mr Michael Murray.

A presentation of the Essay Prize was made to the winners following the Academy’s Patron’s Address on 18 October 2016 in the Banco Court, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Sydney.

Associate Professor Bennett Moses’ essay can be viewed here and Mr Size’s essay can be viewed here.

2015

Winner: Ailsa McKeon

Topic: “How should academia, the practising profession and the courts assist each other in the education of Australian lawyers?”

Judging Panel: Professor The Hon William Gummow AC (Chair), Professor Gillian Triggs and Mr Russell Miller AM.

A special presentation ceremony was held on 28 October 2015 in the Court of Appeal Conference Room, Supreme Court of Queensland, Brisbane.

Ms Keon’s essay was published in the Australian Law Journal (2016) 90 ALJ 355. Her essay can be viewed here.

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