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The Australian Academy of Law Annual Essay Prize 2024

The Australian Academy of Law is pleased to announce the offering of its Annual Essay Prize for 2024.

The Prize is open to anyone, wherever resident, who is studying or has studied legal subjects at a tertiary level, or who is working or has worked in a law-based occupation. There is no limit by reference to the age or seniority or experience of, or position held by, a person who may submit an entry. Accordingly, judicial officers, legal practitioners, legal academics and law students are all eligible to submit an essay.

The amount of the Prize is $10,000.

The essay topic for the Prize in 2024 is as follows:

“Taking into account the decision of the High Court in NZYQ v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs [2023] HCA 37 and the response by government to it, what is the law of preventative detention in Australia: Commonwealth, State and Territory? Is it fit for purpose? If not, how and by reference to what principles should it be reformed?”

The length of the essay to be submitted is a maximum of 8,000 words (excluding the abstract).

The deadline for the submission of an essay is 31 August 2024 and this time limit is strictly observed, as the Rules Governing the Annual Essay Prize make clear.

The Essay Prize Rules can be accessed here.

Access to the essay submission cover page is here.

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