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The Holt Prize

The Holt Prize is a biennial publishing award which recognises excellence in unpublished legal works of an academic or practical nature. The winner of the Holt Prize is awarded a $12,000 cash prize and a publishing contract with The Federation Press.

The prize is named after the late Christopher Holt, co-founder of The Federation Press, who gave many notable academics their first publishing opportunity. It was awarded for the first time in 2015.

After much deliberation, the distinguished judging panel of 2017 which was comprised of The Hon Justice Virginia Bell AC, The Hon Keith Mason AC QC and Professor George Williams AO, awarded the prize to:

Dr Dylan Lino
University of Western Australia
Constitutional Recognition of Australia's Indigenous Peoples: Law, History and Politics

This book provides the first comprehensive study of Indigenous constitutional recognition in Australia. Offering more than a legal analysis, the book puts the idea of constitutional recognition into broader historical and theoretical perspective. After telling a wide-ranging history of Australian debates on Indigenous recognition, the book develops a theoretical account that sees constitutional recognition in terms of Indigenous peoples' struggles to have their identities respected within the settler constitutional order. When studied through Indigenous Australians' historical and contemporary struggles for recognition as citizens and peoples, constitutional recognition emerges not as a postcolonial endpoint but as an ongoing process of renegotiating the basic Indigenous-settler political relationship.

This title will publish in 2018, please register your interest to be kept up to date: marketing@federationpress.com.au

Left to Right: Dylan Lino, The Hon Justice Virginia Bell AC Left to Right: Professor George Williams AO, The Hon Justice Virginia Bell AC, Dylan Lino, The Hon Keith Mason AC QC

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