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The Federation Press is proud to announce Compensation for Native Title by Brisbane-based William Isdale as the winner of the 2021 The Holt Prize.

Based on a PhD thesis he is completing at the University of Queensland, William said of his win, ‘I am beyond thrilled to be awarded the Holt Prize for 2021, and extremely grateful for the opportunity to bring the issue of native title compensation to the attention of a broader audience. Native title compensation is of huge significance to Indigenous Australians who have been dispossessed of their traditional rights to land, and to our broader society as an aspect of reconciliation’.

Compensation for Native Title was selected from a highly talented shortlist of anonymised manuscripts and the distinguished judging panel comprised The Hon Susan Crennan AC QC, Emeritus Professor Mark Aronson of the University of New South Wales and Perry Herzfeld SC of the New South Wales Bar. The panel said of the winning manuscript, ‘The standard of entries was challenging and impressive, but we unanimously agreed that the clear winner was the manuscript Compensation for Native Title. It is a significant piece of work on an important topic and will be an excellent and important book’.

Jason Monaghan, Publisher at The Federation Press, said, ‘The shortlisting process was especially rewarding. Reviewing the prize entries provides us with great insight into the breadth of legal research being carried out at our universities. We could not be happier that the winner is William’s Compensation for Native Title. It represents an original and significant contribution to our understanding of the proper basis of compensation for the extinguishment of Native Title rights. We pride ourselves on publishing books that deal with important issues, and which are capable of having significant practical impact. William’s manuscript does both and we are looking forward to helping William bring his important work to a wide audience. Federation Press has a long history of publishing high quality monographs that deal with the important issues faced by our Indigenous communities. Congratulations to William and to all the shortlisted authors. Thank you to the entrants in the award, and especially to our esteemed judges for their time, passion and commitment to promoting emerging scholarly and legal talent’.

William will be awarded $12,000, with Compensation for Native Title to be published by The Federation Press in 2022. The next round of submissions for The Holt Prize will open in early 2024.

Now awarded for a fourth time, The Holt Prize was launched to honour the late Christopher Holt, co-founder of The Federation Press, who gave many academics their first publishing opportunity. Since its inception, the prize has received submissions from legal academics and practitioners across Australia on a variety of topics. Previous winners include Proportionality in Australian Constitutional Law by Shipra Chordia and Constitutional Recognition by Dylan Lino.

About The Federation Press The Federation Press is a proudly independent publisher of high quality books with ideas. Publishing a mix of excellent student texts, scholarly monographs and titles for the legal practitioner market, we are located in Alexandria in Sydney, and proudly edit and produce all of our books in Australia.

About William Isdale William Isdale is a Senior Legal Officer at the Australian Law Reform Commission. Previously he worked as a solicitor in private practice. He is currently finalising his PhD on native title compensation at the University of Queensland, which is supervised by Adjunct Professor Jonathan Fulcher and the Hon Justice Andrew Greenwood (a judge of the Federal Court of Australia).

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