2011 NZLawyer Student Writing Prize
The NZLawyer Student Writing Prize rewards legal research and writing excellence by New Zealand undergraduate law students.
There is a $1,500 first prize for the best, original, unpublished essay or opinion on any legal topic that has previously been submitted and graded for credit in any elective legal course at a New Zealand law school. The runner-up will receive $500, and the second runner-up a collection of essential legal texts.
The top three essays, as decided by the judging panel, were published in extracted form in the August 2011 issue of student publication NZLawyer2B and in subsequent issues of NZLawyer (read by more than 10,000 lawyers, judges, politicians and others linked the legal profession), and in full on the NZLawyer website, and the winning essay will be published in NZLawyer, which is read by more than 10,000 lawyers, judges, politicians and other linked to the legal profession, throughout New Zealand.
Read the 2011 rules.
In 2011, the four judges were looking for essays that went beyond academic study to focus on a relevant, topical legal issue that would be interesting and useful for working lawyers. We found that with the clear winner, “Relocation – whose interests should be paramount?”, by University of Canterbury law student Jasmine Smart, which addressed the complex issue of child relocation, and the merits of enacting new relocation-specific legislative guidelines.
Second place went to University of Auckland law student Gillian Gillies, whose article “The ‘Who’ Question – examining the possibilities of a right of group privacy” considered whether the concept of privacy is inherently limited to individuals or whether organisations, including companies, can have privacy rights.
Coming in third was University of Otago law student Grace Boos, with an article addressing a widespread problem permeating society here in New Zealand and around the world: “Domestic Violence: can international law provide a remedy when the state fails to protect victims?”