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Catherine Albiston Prize

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The Catherine Albiston Prize for Recent Developments on Gender, Law & Justice gives students the opportunity to submit pieces for publication in the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice during the 2018-2019 academic year.

We invite submissions of research, analysis, narrative, theory, and commentary that critically examine the intersection of gender with one or more other axes of subordination, including, but not limited to, race, class, sexual orientation, and disability. Pieces may be focused on theory or reflective of the pragmatic concerns of practitioners, centered on current legal developments or exploring legal history. We welcome interdisciplinary pieces, but there must be a focus on the law.  Current issues include any issue of recent debate, news, scholarship, or advance.

  • Length: It is our experience that papers cannot be judged based on page-length, but rather on the underlying quality of work. With that in mind, we recommend that students submit a manuscript of 30 to 50 pages.
  • Mandate: Submissions should meet the mandate of the journal.
  • Because conditions of inequality are continually changing, our mandate is also continually evolving. Pieces may come within the mandate because of their subject matter or because of their analytical attention to differences in social location among women.
  • Eligibility: In order to qualify for selection, the author must be enrolled as a student in law school for the Spring semester of 2018. If any part of a paper has already been published, or is to be published elsewhere, we cannot accept the piece.
Instructions for Submission:
The submissions deadline for this year’s writing contest will be July 15, 2018. Please submit your pieces via email to, with “Catherine Albiston Writing Contest” as the subject line. Past announcements of the prize can be found here.