Sydney Law School student wins Governor-General's Undergraduate Essay Competition

27 August 2013

Congratulations to Arts/Law student, Neha Kasbekar on winning the 2013 Governor-General's Undergraduate Essay Competition.

Neha wrote an essay discussing the yes and no cases in the current push for recognition of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Australian Constitution.

In recognition of achievement, she was awarded the Professor George Winterton Prize.

Finalists this year were interviewed by an eminent panel chaired by The Hon Justice Kenneth Hayne AC of the High Court of Australia.

His Honour hosted the judging of the finalists in his Melbourne Chambers of the High Court on 31 July 2013.

The panel included The Hon Justice Pamela Tate of the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria, Dr Peter Gerangelos (Professor of Constitutional Law, The University of Sydney), Mr George Harris (Partner, Baker & McKenzie), Dr Peter Johnston (Senior Barrister and Lecturer in Constitutional Law) and Professor HP Lee (Sir John Latham Chair of Law at Monash University).

To access the highly topical and engaging questions for the current Governor-General's Undergraduate Essay Competition, go to

The current competition closes on Monday, 30 June 2014 at 5pm AEST.

This year's competition is sponsored by Reconciliation Australia, trading as Recognise.

Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

Email: 01102d236f20294e362f1e5e3c282672402333574e0041353c2c7a5827