Prize details

Fran Wright Memorial Prize in Criminal Law


$150.00 cash, plus a title by LexisNexis

Closing date:

No application required


Fran Wright was a valued member of the Victoria University Faculty of Law.

She is remembered fondly for her enthusiasm for teaching law, for research, and for life. Her creative ability to play with the law and to teach others to do so, ignited in both her students and colleagues a genuine passion for legal rules, for knowing the law, and for spending time engaging with statutes and cases. Fran demonstrated that using law to make an argument is an incredibly creative process, and that it is the most innovative use of law which drives research forward.

Fran passed away after a short illness on 14 April, 2013. She is survived by children Owen and Jennifer, and husband Paul. This prize has been created by her many colleagues, students and friends to honour her significant contribution to law and teaching.


To be awarded to the LAWS 214 student, who, in the opinion of the teachers of that course, best continues the legacy of the late Fran Wright by approaching the study of criminal law with diligence, thoughtfulness and an excellent understanding of the social and policy implications of the New Zealand criminal law.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

There are no conditions attached to this prize.

For more information about this award contact:

The Scholarships Office
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600
Wellington New Zealand
Phone: (04) 463 5113 or (04) 463 5557
Fax: (04) 463 6480