Law Foundation Scholarships

IMPORTANT UPDATE 1 AUGUST 2020: THE LAW FOUNDATION IS NOW IN RECESS. Please refer to the announcement on our news page. Before going into recess, the Foundation has been progressively drawing to a close its scholarships and awards programmes.

However, for the foreseeable future, both the Ethel Benjamin Scholarship and the Cleary Memorial Prize will continue to be awarded during our recess period; all others have ceased.

All approved grants and scholarships on its books at 31 July 2020 will be honoured and the Foundation will continue to function until these projects are completed.

Prior to our recess, six awards of legal scholarships, prizes and fellowships were presented annually to outstanding legal scholars who showed considerable potential to improve the New Zealand legal system through their work. Now only the Ethel Benjamin Scholarship and the Cleary Memorial Prize are still being offered. All others have closed.

Over the years awards have been made to established legal academics and legal professionals, young barristers and solicitors, post-graduate and doctoral students, and distinguished international legal experts. The legal research scholarship programme provided opportunities for individuals of proven ability to undertake advanced research and study. It also supported the sharing of expert legal knowledge. Our Shadow Report Award was introduced to assist NGO’s or individuals interested in human rights issues.

Details of all recipients are listed below.

About our six Awards:

International Research Fellowship – Closed

Te Karahipi Rangahau ā Taiao

This Scholarship is no longer offered and information is provided for historic purposes only.

This is New Zealand’s premier legal research award. Valued at up to $125,000, this fellowship is awarded annually to enable an individual of outstanding ability to undertake legal research that will make a significant contribution to New Zealand.

Recipients
Photo of 2019 NZLF International Research Fellow Sue Barker

2019 Recipient Sue Barker

Doctoral Scholarship – Closed

This Scholarship is no longer offered and information is provided for historic purposes only.

The scholarship was awarded to a doctoral candidate to carry out research in a defined area of the law for the benefit of New Zealand and its legal system. The inaugural award of this scholarship was made in 2011 but then withdrawn. In 2016 it was reviewed and was offered again twice a year until February 2019 under different terms of reference as a ‘top up’ to the award of an NZ University PhD Scholarship.

Recipients
Claire Browning recipient of the 2018 NZ Law Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

2018 Recipient Claire Browning

Michael Morrison recipient of the 2018 NZ Law Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

2018 Recipient Michael Morrison

Ethel Benjamin Scholarship – Applications still being accepted annually!

This law scholarship honours Ethel Benjamin, New Zealand’s first woman barrister and solicitor, who was admitted to the bar in 1897. It is awarded annually to outstanding New Zealand women law graduates to assist with their post-graduate law study, and is valued at up to $50,000 each year.

This scholarship will continue to be offered throughout the period the Law Foundation is in recess.  Applications close on 1st March each year.

How to apply Previous recipients
Photo of 2020 Ethel Benjamin Scholarship winner Ana Lenard

2020 Recipient Ana Lenard

Cleary Memorial Prize – Applications still being accepted annually!

The Cleary Memorial Prize is awarded in memory of Sir Timothy Cleary, past President of both the Wellington District and New Zealand Law Societies and a Judge of the Court of Appeal. This prize, worth $5,000, is awarded annually to a young barrister or solicitor who shows the most future promise in the legal profession.

This Prize will continue to be offered throughout the period the Law Foundation is in recess. Applications close 5pm 30th September each year.

How to apply Previous Recipients
Photo Jack Alexander recipient of the 2019 Cleary Memorial Prize

2019 Recipient Jack Alexander

Distinguished Visiting Fellowship

This fellowship enables law schools to take turns at hosting a distinguished international legal scholar of their choice, for up to two months each year.

Selection is by invitation from the law school hosting the Distinguished Visiting Fellow, in conjunction with the Law Foundation. 2020 was the last year this Fellowship was offered.

Previous Distinguished Visiting Fellows
More about the Fellowship
Photo of 2020 NZLF Distinguished Visiting Fellow Professor Liz Fisher

2020 Recipient Professor Liz Fisher

Shadow Report Award – Closed

This award focuses on human rights issues. It supports a person or body to prepare shadow reports and/or attend the presentation of these reports to the United Nations monitoring bodies for human rights treaties. It is valued at $10,000, annually.

This Scholarship is no longer offered and information is provided for historic purposes only.

Recipients
Human Rights Foundation of Aotearoa New Zealand is a recipient of the 2017 Shadow Report Award

2017 Recipient: Human Rights Foundation of Aotearoa New Zealand

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