Auckland success in Legal Writing Awards

17 May 2012

The Auckland Law School did extremely well in the Legal Research Foundation’s Legal Writing Awards for 2011, winning three of the four awards.

Amokura Kawharu and David AR Williams QC won the top prize, the JR Northey Memorial Book Award, for their treatise Williams and Kawharu on Arbitration. The $2000 prize is awarded by the LRF for the best legal monograph or text by a New Zealand author or authors published between 1 January and 31 December each year. David Williams QC is an Auckland Queen's Counsel, a leading international arbitrator, and Honorary Professor of Law. Amokura Kawharu is a Senior Lecturer in Law and teaches commercial arbitration to undergraduate students.

Hanna Wilberg, also a Senior Lecturer, won the Sir Ian Barker Published Article Award for ‘In defence of the omissions rule in public authority negligence claims’ and David Griffiths, who has recently completed his PhD at Auckland, won the Unpublished Post-Graduate Paper Award for ‘Section 15 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act: The Case for Transplanting US Religion Clause Doctrine’.

The awards were announced by the Hon Justice Asher at the LRF's annual general meeting on 8 May 2012.