Inner Temple Book Prize 2018

Patron: HRH The Princess Royal KG KT GCVO QSO

A major prize for outstanding authorship

The Inner Temple Book Prize is a triennial competition with two Prizes, one of £12,000 and one of £5,000.

The Inner Temple is delighted to announce the launch of its fourth triennial book prize which celebrates and rewards outstanding contributions to the understanding of law.

The Book Prize was inaugurated in 2009 to mark the Inn’s long-standing commitment to legal scholarship and the education of law students and of lawyers in practice. The Prize attracts entries from every part of the globe, and has already become one of the highest honours that legal authorship can aspire to.

The Inn is offering two main prizes. The winner of the Main Prize will be awarded £12,000 and each of the other shortlisted candidates £500. The winner of the New Authors Prize will receive £5,000 and any other short-listed candidates £300.

The New Authors Prize is open to entrants who, at the date of publication, are within 10 years of being awarded a first degree, or of being admitted as a practising lawyer (whether in any part of the United Kingdom or elsewhere) whichever period is shorter. 

Books eligible for an award must be original works published between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2017. The closing date for all entries is 1 February 2018.

Nomination forms are available to download below. Please see the Rules of Entry section for more information on eligibility.

Message from our patron, HRH The Princess Royal KG KT GCVO QSO (tap the image for full size)

Please download the corresponding nomination form to enter.
The nomination form must be accompanied by an abstract from the submitted book of no more than 400 words and a copy of the book.

Message from our patron, HRH The Princess Royal KG KT GCVO QSO

As a Royal Bencher of the Inner Temple, and Patron of its Book Prize, I am delighted to announce the launch of the 2018 competition.

In 2008, the Inner Temple launched the prize to coincide with the quatercentenary of the grant of its Royal Charter by King James I in 1608. The Royal Charter lays down in perpetuity the Inn’s responsibilities to practise and to teach the law. In 2015, our entrants were inspired by the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. The Inner Temple Book Prize reflects this obligation and aims to reward outstanding contribution to legal scholarship and our understanding of the law.

Since its inauguration, the prize has expanded to recognise the achievements of the new as well as established authors. Today, the prize continues to attract entries from all over the globe, and has become one of the highest honours that legal authorship can aspire to. I am confident that this highly regarded award will continue to grow in reputation and stature in the years to come.

For Book Prize Enquiries

Celia Pilkington

Archivist

Celia Pilkington

Archivist

Celia Pilkington

Archivist