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Best Paper Prize 2019

5th November 2019

The Society of Legal Scholars is delighted to announce the shortlist for and winner of the Best Paper Prize Competition from its 2019 Annual Conference, which took place in September at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston under the Presidency of Professor Richard Taylor. Prof Taylor was joined on the judging panel by Professor Rachael Mulheron of Queen Mary University of London (as the nominee of the Editors of the Society’s journal Legal Studies), and James Lee, the Society’s Subject Sections Secretary. The criteria for the award consider the quality of the piece in terms of originality, contribution to scholarship, and clarity & style. There were excellent eligible papers nominated by the convenors of the Society’s specialist subject sections from the conference programme, in which over 250 delegates presented and the panel appreciated all those who submitted papers.

The panel selected the following three papers for the 2019 shortlist:

Louise Merrett, University of Cambridge:  “Abuse of Rights and Forum Shopping” (from the Conflict of Laws section)
Dean R Knight, Victoria University of Wellington: “Contextual review: the instinctive impulse and unstructured normativism in judicial review” (Public Law)
David J Acheson, University of Kent: “The Digital Defamation Damages Dilemma” (Media)

The overall winner was Dean Knight for his paper on contextual review, which the panel thought sophisticated and scholarly while still written with commendable clarity. The Society warmly congratulates him on this Award.

The Best Paper Prize was first awarded in 2007 and a list of previous winners can be found here https://www.legalscholars.ac.uk/best-paper-prize/

The Society also sincerely thanks those involved in the nomination and judging process – the subject section convenors and the judging panel, especially Prof Mulheron.