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The Holt Prize - past winners

The Holt Prize is our biennial publishing award recognising excellence in unpublished legal works of an academic or practical nature.

Left to Right: The Hon Justice Alan Robertson, Shipra Chordia, Ruth Higgins SC Shipra Chordia receiving award

The Hon Justice Alan Robertson awarding the 2019 Holt Prize to Shipra Chordia

Past winners of the Holt Prize


Dr Shipra Chordia
Proportionality in Australian Constitutional Law

Dr Shipra Chordia is a barrister at New Chambers and a Fellow of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. She holds a PhD in Constitutional Law from UNSW and an LLB with first class honours from the University of Sydney. She has lectured in public law at UNSW since 2014.

Her highly readable manuscript proposed a theoretical framework for proportionality, and used that framework to explore a critical question: when is proportionality an appropriate analytical tool in Australian constitutional adjudication? In examining that question, the manuscript considered the concerns that have been raised regarding the appropriateness of proportionality in Australian constitutional law and how these might be addressed.


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


Dr Giovanni Di Lieto
Migrant Labour Law: Unfolding Justice at Work in Free Markets


Dr Scott Stephenson
From Dialogue to Disagreement in Comparative Rights Constitutionalism

The Federation Press also published the outstanding works of these 2015 finalists:

Dr Yee-Fui Ng
Ministerial Advisers in Australia: The Modern Legal Context

Dr James Watson
The Duty to Account: Development and Principles

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