The 2011 Mahoney Prize

16 December 2011

The Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence in Sydney Law School at the University of Sydney is delighted to announce that the Dennis Leslie Mahoney Prize in Legal Theory for 2011 has been awarded to Professor Ran Hirschl of the University of Toronto for his book, Constitutional Theocracy, which was published by Harvard University Press in 2010.

The prize of AU$50,000, which is funded by a generous gift from the Honourable Dennis Mahoney AO QC, former President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal, is awarded to the author or authors of the entry that, in the preceding five years, has best advanced the sociological approach to jurisprudence that Julius Stone pioneered. Professor Hirschl was chosen as the winner from a most impressive field by a committee that consisted of Justice Mahoney, Professor Gillian Triggs (Dean and Challis Professor of International Law, Sydney Law School), Professor Martin Krygier (Gordon Samuels Professor of Law and Social Theory, University of New South Wales), Professor Wojciech Sadurski (Challis Chair in Jurisprudence, Sydney Law School) and Dr Kevin Walton (Director of the Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence). The committee regarded Constitutional Theocracy as a brilliant analysis of law in its social context and a fascinating exploration of an issue of contemporary and global significance, namely, the role of constitutional law and courts in non-secular societies. It is pleased that Professor Hirschl has agreed to visit Sydney Law School and to deliver the annual Julius Stone Address for 2012, when members of the academic community as well as the general public will have an opportunity to learn more about his outstanding work.

Contact: Greg Sherington

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