Essay Prizes: Brennan and Nygh Competition Now Open


The International Law Association (Australian Branch) is calling for submissions for the Brennan Essay Prize in Public International Law and the Nygh Essay Prize in Private International Law.

These two prizes – named in honour of Sir Gerard Brennan, former Chief Justice of Australia and Patron of the Branch, and the late Dr Peter Nygh, a leading Australian scholar of private international law – are awarded to the authors of essays in the field of public international law and private international law (conflict of laws), respectively, which demonstrate outstanding scholarship and make a distinct contribution to an understanding of the subject.

The prizes are intended to recognise and encourage achievement by a student, or younger scholar or practitioner of law. The prizes are open to any Australian citizen, or person normally resident or studying in Australia.

Essays should be between 3,000 and 7,000 words in length (including footnotes) and written in 2016. They may have been submitted previously for course credit in an academic institution. Submissions close on 30 October 2016.

Each prize will be in the form of a certificate, one year’s membership of the International Law Association, and a cash payment in the amount of $400. The winner of each prize will be encouraged to submit their essay for publication in the Australian International Law Journal. The award does not guarantee that the essay will be published in the Journal.

Essays should be submitted by email to the Secretary at, and by posting four paper copies to:

Brennan and Nygh Essay Prizes
International Law Association (Australian Branch) GPO Box 2652
Sydney NSW 2001


A copy of the official flyer is available here.