The Prize for the 2010 Australian Legal History Essay Competition has been awarded to Sarah Webster, a Year 10 student at Cecil Hills High School in Sydney, whose work was supervised by Mr Ashok Shandil, a History Teacher at the School. Sarah’s essay has been pubished in the Australian Bar Review.
The question for the 2010 Australian Legal History Essay Competition was:
“Can Australian History teach us anything about the role of altruism and personal responsibility in the law?”
The Competition offered an opportunity to explore the concept of a “duty of care” in the civil law of negligence; the idea, found in the criminal law of homicide, that, outside war, no person is entitled to save his or her life by killing another; and the notion of “Collective Wrongs” epitomised by the Australian Parliament’s apologies to “The Stolen Generations” and “The Forgotten Generations”.