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Brisbane lawyer takes 2021 Holt Prize

The Federation Press has announced that Brisbane-based William Isdale has won the 2021 Holt Prize, a national award honouring the late Christopher Holt, co-founder of the well-known legal publisher.

Mr Isdale, a Senior Legal Officer at the Australian Law Reform Commission and co-author of several contributions to QLS Proctor, was awarded the prize for his work, Compensation for Native Title, which is based on a PhD thesis he is completing at the University of Queensland.

William Isdale
William Isdale

Compensation for Native Title was selected from a shortlist of anonymised manuscripts and judged by the Honourable Susan Crennan AC QC, Emeritus Professor Mark Aronson of the University of New South Wales and Perry Herzfeld SC of the New South Wales Bar.

“The standard of entries was challenging and impressive, but we unanimously agreed that the clear winner was the manuscript Compensation for Native Title,” the judging panel said. “It is a significant piece of work on an important topic and will be an excellent and important book.”

William will be awarded $12,000, with Compensation for Native Title to be published by The Federation Press in 2022. The next round of submissions for the Holt Prize will open in early 2024.

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