We have the following awards that we give out at our annual conference. If you would like to nominate someone for the awards, please email the people listed below who is associated with that prize. Please note unless otherwise noted, all prizes nomination deadlines are the same: November 15th, 2013.

Julien Mezey Dissertation Award

The Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities invites submissions for the 2014 Julien Mezey Dissertation Award. This annual prize is awarded to the dissertation that most promises to enrich and advance interdisciplinary scholarship at the intersection of law, culture and the humanities. The award will be presented at the Association's Annual Conference, hosted by the University of Virginia on March 10-11, 2014.

The Association seeks the submission of outstanding work from a wide variety of perspectives, including but not limited to law and cultural studies, legal hermeneutics and rhetoric, law and literature, law and psychoanalysis, law and visual studies, legal history, legal theory and jurisprudence. Scholars completing humanities-oriented dissertations in SJD and related programs, as well as those earning PhDs, are encouraged to submit their work. Applicants eligible for the 2014 award must have defended their dissertations successfully between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013.

The deadline for nominations for the 2014 award is November 15, 2013. On or before that date, each nominee must submit the following:

1) a letter by the nominee detailing the genesis, goal, and contribution of the dissertation;
2) a letter of support from a faculty member familiar with the work;
3) an abstract, outline, and selected chapter of the dissertation;
4) contact information for the nominee.

All materials and any questions should be sent to:
Cheryl Suzack, cheryl.suzack@utoronto.ca

Award finalists will be notified as soon as possible. Finalists must then submit an electronic version of the entire dissertation. The winner will be determined by early February and invited to the 2014 ASLCH annual meeting in Virginia. ASLCH will pay travel and lodging costs.

Previous Julien Mezey Dissertation Award Winners

The Austin Sarat Award

We are pleased to announce the Austin Sarat Award, a prize that will be offered to a graduate student for a paper presented at the ASLCH annual conference. We are looking for papers that represent excellence in interdisciplinary thought, research and writing in the field of law, culture, and the humanities. Although presentation of the paper at the annual conference is required to be eligible, the award winner will be chosen based upon finished papers submitted after the annual conference.

Please remember all of the wonderful papers you heard presented by graduate students at this year's conference in London, and forward your nominations to Catherine Kellogg at ckellogg@ualberta.ca. Please submit your nominations by the end of May, 2013. (If you are not sure that the paper was presented by a graduate student, we can double check that.)

Once we have received nominations, authors will be contacted for their papers. Please feel free to nominate your own paper!

Congratulations to the 2013 winner, Alexandra Havrylyshyn, who is a third-year Ph.D. student in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Her focus is on legal history, and her interests range from law and sovereignty in the French Atlantic to the development of international criminal law, particularly in the 20th century. She holds a Master's in History from McGill University (Dean's Honour List), and is a recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) doctoral award.

James Boyd White Award

With this award we recognize and honor the originality and excellence of individual contributions to the field, and acknowledge our indebtedness to these individuals for their commitment to the interdisciplinary study of law, culture and the humanities.

Previous James Boyd White Award Winners