Article/Chapter (ECR) Award

Celebrating research excellence by junior academics

The ALRA ECR Article/Chapter Award category recognises the contribution of early career academics in producing a discrete research output – whether journal article or book chapter. The objective of this prize is to recognise research excellence in the publication of journal articles or book chapters which make an outstanding contribution to the legal field.

The recipient of the ALRA ECR Article/Chapter Award will receive a $1000 prize and an award certificate. The inaugural 2020 Awards will be awarded at the annual conference of the Australasian Law Academics Association (‘AALA’) to be held in Sydney 1‑4 July 2020.

Applications for the 2020 ALRA ECR Article/Chapter Award are due by close of business on Tuesday 17 March 2020, and should be sent (together will all requisite documentation) to

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the 2020 ALRA ECR Article/Chapter Award, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. The subject matter of the publication must be at least 66% within Field of Research code 18 (Law and Legal Studies) as assessed by the relevant institution in accordance with ARC guidelines.
  2. The applicant must be an academic staff member at a CALD member law school (or equivalent) where that staff member is employed at least 0.4 FTE at the time of the application (“employment requirement”). Alternatively, the applicant may be a Higher Degree by Research student at a CALD member law school (or equivalent).
  3. The applicant must be an early career research (“ECR requirement”). Generally, an applicant will be eligible to apply where that application is made within five years of the conferral date of their PhD or equivalent research higher degree. An applicant will also be considered an early career research where they are currently undertaking a research higher degree, provided they have not been employed as an academic for more than 10 years.
  4. The assessment of eligibility will be guided the ARC eligible career interruption policy.
  5. For co-authored works, at least 50% of all authors must be eligible in accordance with employment requirement, and all applicants must meet the ECR requirement.
  6. The article or chapter must satisfy the HERDC definition of research (eg, book chapters are eligible if they satisfy the HERDC requirement).
  7. The article or chapter must have a publication or release date in the 12 months preceding the application (for the 2020 Award, the article or chapter must have been published between 17 March 2019 and 17 March 2020)
  8. Each publication can be nominated only once.

The final determination of any eligibility shall be assessed by the relevant Award Panel for the given award.

Application and Nomination Process

The application the 2020 ALRA ECR Article/Chapter Award, must be accompanied by an application form:

  • confirming that the application complies with the above eligibility requirements;
  • summarising the work, and outlining its significance and contribution to the relevant legal discipline; and
  • outlining why this work represents an outstanding example of legal scholarship, such that it would be a worthy recipient of the ECR Article/Chapter Award.

All applications must be nominated by the relevant Associate Dean of Research in Law (or functional equivalent) (the ‘ADR’) at the institution where the applicant is employed. That nomination must include a statement of endorsement by the ADR as to why the publication represents an outstanding contribution to scholarship in the relevant field. Generally, no more than five applications can be nominated by any School.

All applications must include an electronic PDF version of the publication so as to enable the efficient review and assessment of the publication.

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