Call for submissions: Student essay prizes (Law and Bioethics), AABHL 2021 conference

Call for submissions: Student essay prizes (Law and Bioethics), AABHL 2021 conference

Closing date EXTENDED: 23 June 2021 10 June 2021

The following prizes are available to full-time students attending and presenting at the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law Conference 2021.

These prizes are available to students currently enrolled in a university degree, who are attending and presenting at the AABHL conference. Students are required to submit a full essay not exceeding 5000 words to be considered for the prizes.

Essays must be submitted through the Student Prize Portal by COB 23 June 2021 to be considered.


John McPhee (Law) Prize
Paper Eligibility: Health law and ethics: a topic related to health, law and ethics

Max Charlesworth (Bioethics) Prize
Paper Eligibility: Bioethics: ethical issues arising in relation to medicine, the health sciences or health care in general from any of the disciplines that offer a perspective on such issues, including philosophy, bioethics, law, social theory, sociology, anthropology, psychology, feminism, linguistics, cultural studies, history, literary theory and literature

Criteria and assessment

  • Length: Not exceed 5000 words. References not included in word count.
  • Submission or conformity requirements: Essay should conform to the requirements for submission to the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry and submitted through the Student Essay Portal on this page by 23 June 2021.
  • Deadline of submission: Thursday 23 June 2021 (by COB).
  • Selection panel: Two persons nominated by the AABHL committee and two members of the editorial board of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry.
  • Criteria for assessment: Criteria for assessment for both the John McPhee and the Max Charlesworth Prize include:
    • Evidence of academic scholarship
    • Familiarity with the chosen area
    • Rigour in presentation
    • Originality


The winner[s] will be invited to present their paper at this year’s conference and will be offered a complimentary registration to attend. The prize will also provide one year’s subscription to AABHL membership.

The winner[s] are strongly encouraged to submit their essays to the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry for consideration for publication through the online manuscript submission system at They will be reviewed via the journal’s standard review process. Mention should be made in the covering letter that the paper has been awarded the John McPhee or Max Charlesworth award, whichever applies.

Find information, including submission details here

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