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The Holt Prize

The Holt Prize was established in 2015 and is a biennial publishing award which recognises excellence in unpublished legal works of an academic or practical nature.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. Submissions for the 2021 Holt Prize close on 31 March 2021. For more information visit Holt Prize.

The distinguished judges of the 2019 Holt Prize, The Hon Professor William Gummow AC, The Hon Justice Alan Robertson and Ruth Higgins SC, awarded the prize to Shipra Chordia for her manuscript Proportionality in Australian Constitutional Law.

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

The book will be released in 2020.

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

Previous winners of the Holt Prize


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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