Prizes and Grants


Nominations are now open for the 2021 LSAANZ Publication Prizes. Download and complete the LSAANZ Publication Prize Nomination Form 2021 and return it by 31 July 2021.

About the Publication Prizes

The Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ) awards three publication prizes each year. The prizes are awarded for the most outstanding contribution to the field of law and society by an Australian or New Zealand scholar (whether by residence or birth) or whose work has a focus on these jurisdictions across three categories:

  1. For a published scholarly book/monograph
  2. For a published scholarly article or book chapter
  3. To an early career researcher (ECR) for work nominated for consideration under (1) or (2) above.

The work must be in the broad field of socio-legal scholarship. As a guide, this does not include works that are purely doctrinal. In assessing this criterion, the following indicative points may be taken into account: Does it address the intersection of law and society? Does it engage with socio-legal literature? Does it focus upon both law and society?

The publication must have been published in the 12 months preceding the 30 June of the prize year. Note that if a person nominates a work that has been published online before 30 June (and the print publication occurs after 30 June), then that work is ineligible for submission in the following year as a print publication (i.e. you cannot submit the same work for consideration in different years).

An ECR is a person who is currently enrolled in a PhD or has had their PhD conferred in the five years before the submission date for the prize (30 June of the prize year).  An ECR may nominate their work for the dedicated book or article prize as well as being considered for the ECR prize. Where a work by multiple authors is nominated for the ECR award, the first named author should be the ECR and the subsequent authors not be senior scholars.

Edited collections are not eligible for the scholarly book/ monograph prize. Authors are however able to subject individual chapters for consideration under the scholarly article or chapter prize category.

A person is only able to submit one sole-authored work per award. It is however possible to submit more than one work where a person is a joint author (up to a total of two works – i.e. one sole-authored and one co-authored; or two co-authored works).

A person may nominate themselves for an award. If a person is nominated by someone else, then it must be indicated that the person has consented to that nomination.

Normally, the book prize winner is expected to participate in an ‘author meets reader’ session on the published work at the annual LSAANZ conference held in November/December each year. Given that the 2020 annual conference has been cancelled, this requirement may be carried over to a combined ‘meet the author(s)’ session at the 2021 annual conference.

Each award recipient will receive a certificate and amount of $AUD200. The awards will be announced at the LSAANZ annual conference/event and publicised on the LSAANZ website.

Applications for 2021 prizes are now open. Nominations close 31 July 2021.

Past winners

2020 Winners

Award for Published Scholarly Book/Monograph: Elizabeth Macpherson (Canterbury), Indigenous Water Rights in Law & Regulations (2019, CUP)

Award to an Early Career Researcher for a work nominated for consideration as a book, article or chapter: Stephen Young (Otago) Indigenous Peoples, Consent and Rights: Troubling Subjects (2020, Routledge)

Award for a Published Scholarly Article or Book Chapter: Beth Goldblatt & Linda Steele (UTS) ‘Bloody Unfair: Inequality Related to Menstruation – Considering the Role of Discrimination Law‘ (2019) 41(3) Sydney Law Review 293


2019 Award for Published Scholarly Book/Monograph: Marc Trabsky, Law and the Dead: Technology, Relations and Institutions (Routledge, 2019)

2019 Award for a Published Scholarly Article or Book Chapter: Cristy Clark and John Page ‘Of protest, the commons, and customary rights: an ancient tale of the lawful forest (2019) 42(1) University of New South Wales Law Journal 26-59

2019 Award to an Early Career Researcher for a work nominated for consideration as a book, article or chapter: Liesel Spencer, ‘Place-based income management legislation: impacts on food security’ (2018) 20(1) Flinders Law Journal 1-54.


  1. David McCallum Criminalizing children: welfare & the state in Australia  (CUP, 2017) for a published scholarly book/monograph
  2. Amanda Nettelbeck Creating the Aboriginal Vagrant: Protective Governance and Indigenous Mobility in Colonial Australia  for a published article or book chapter
  3. Tanya Josev “Campaign against the courts” (Federation Press, 2017) early career researcher prize

2017 (inaugural awards)

  1. Carwyn Jones “New Treaty, New Tradition” (VUP, 2016) for a published scholarly book/monograph
  2. Robyn Holder Untangling the meanings of justice: a longitudinal mixed method study. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 1–17  for a published article or book chapter
  3. Carwyn Jones “New Treaty, New Tradition” (VUP, 2016) early career researcher prize.

TRAVEL GRANTS – HDR/Postgraduate Students

LSAANZ offers up to three small conference scholarships to assist Higher Degree Research students with costs of attending the annual conference. A maximum of up to three scholarships will be awarded for reimbursement of travel costs of between $AUD400 and $AUD850 for New Zealand or Australian resident Higher Degree Research students.

To qualify, students must:

  • be enrolled in a Higher Degree Research qualification e.g. PhD or research Masters degree
  • present a paper at the LSAANZ conference
  • attend the LSAANZ Postgraduate Workshop
  • attend the LSAANZ conference
  • be unable to access funding from their home institution to support their attendance at the LSAANZ conference.

Higher Degree Research students from Arts and Social Sciences are particularly encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients must attend the conference and present a paper to receive reimbursement of travel costs. Withdrawal or non-attendance will automatically forfeit entitlement to the scholarship.

As conferences are currently being held online (as a result of the pandemic) these prizes are currently suspended.