Article/Chapter (General) Award

Recognising excellence in the mainstay of legal research

2023 Award applications closed on Friday 3 March, 2023

The ALRA Article/Chapter Award focuses on the mainstay of academic research – the traditional research article (including book chapters in edited collections). 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 Article/Chapter Award will receive a $1000 prize (to be shared between multiple applicants if there is more than one author) and an award certificate. The 2023 Awards will be awarded at the annual conference of the Australasian Law Academics Association (‘AALA’).

How and when to apply

Applications for the 2023 ALRA Article/Chapter (General) Award closed on Friday 3 March 2023. For applications to be considered:

  1. should speak to your ADR in the first instance to gain their support, if you’re thinking of applying.
  2. must complete an application form. Click through to the form to view it beforehand.
  3. will subsequently receive a confirmation email containing your application answers.
  4. must send a PDF copy of your publication to

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the 2023 ALRA Article/Chapter (General) Award, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. The applicant’s Associate Dean of Research (ADR) or equivalent supports the application.
  2. The subject matter of the publication must be at least 66% within Field of Research code 48 (Law and Legal Studies) as assessed by the relevant institution in accordance with ARC guidelines.
  3. 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”).
  4. For co-authored works, at least 50% of all authors must be eligible in accordance with the employment requirement.
  5. The article or chapter must satisfy the HERDC definition of research and experimental development (eg, book chapters are eligible if they satisfy the HERDC requirement).
  6. For the 2023 Award, the chapter must have been published between 3 March 2022 and 2 March 2023.
  7. Each publication can be nominated only once.
  8. An applicant (and their co-authors) can only apply in one category.

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

Application and nomination process

The application for the 2023 ALRA Article/Chapter (General) Award must be accompanied by an application form:

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

All applications must be supported by the relevant Associate Dean of Research in Law (or functional equivalent) (the ‘ADR’) at the institution where the applicant is employed. Generally, no more than five applications can be supported 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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