Prize details

Fran Wright Memorial Prize in Criminal Law


$250 (subject to available funds)

Closing date:

No application required


This prize is 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.


Fran Wright was a valued member of the Victoria University of Wellington 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 was created by her many colleagues, students and friends to honour her significant contribution to law and teaching.

Recipients will be asked to write a letter of thanks, which will be forwarded appropriately.