Announcement: The Saunders Prize for Excellence in Scholarship in Constitutional Law and Call for Nominations

The AACL is delighted to announce its call for nominations for the annual Saunders Prize. The Saunders Prize is named in honour of Laureate Professor Cheryl Saunders AO, in recognition of her exceptional eminence constitutional law and her leadership in the creation of the AACL. The Prize will be awarded to the author of an article or note on a subject of constitutional law, published in an Australian legal journal in the preceding calendar year, which, in the opinion of the Panel, reflects the highest standards of research and scholarship. The Prize will be judged by a Panel consisting of 3 eminent constitutional law scholars or practitioners, appointed for each year by resolution of the Council of the AACL. At least one member of the Panel is a member of the Council of the AACL.

The AACL is pleased to announce that the winner of the Saunders Prize in 2017 will be awarded $500. 

The rules governing the Saunders Prize are available here.

Call for Nominations

The AACL is now calling for nominations for the Saunders Prize which will be awarded to the author of an article or note on a subject of constitutional law published in an Australian legal journal in 2016.

The judging panel for the Award will be: the Hon. Susan Crennan AC QC, Professor Michael Crommelin AO and the Hon. William Gummow AC.

Nominations should take the following form:

  • A nominated article should be sent by way of e-mail attachment to the AACL Council at secretariat@aacl.asn.au (with the subject line “Saunders Prize”)
  • The article should be in the form in which it was published. Manuscripts in other forms will not be accepted.
  • In addition, a covering letter should be included containing the details of the nominating party and (if different) the article’s author. The covering letter should also confirm that the article was published in an Australian legal journal in 2016. 
  • An article may be nominated by an individual or by a law journal. However, each individual and each law journal is limited to one nomination.


Nominations must be received by 14 May 2017.