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Foreword by Master HRH The Princess Royal
As Royal Treasurer of the Inner Temple in 2011, I am pleased to accept the invitation to become the Royal Patron of this distinguished book prize. It was first awarded in 2008 as part of the Inn's celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of the grant by King James I of the Temple's Royal Charter and which acknowledged what was already by then a centuries old tradition of Legal education.
This prize maintains that commitment by encouraging scholarly contribution to the understanding of the law as administered in England and Wales.
I congratulate the Inner Temple on this worthy venture which I am confident will grow in reputation and stature as it becomes a permanent feature in our legal landscape.
The Inner Temple Book Prize is awarded every three years. There are two prizes, one of £10,000 and one for "new authors" of £2,500, to be awarded in December 2011.
The Prize is intended to encourage and reward the writing of books which make an outstanding scholarly contribution to the understanding of the law as administered in England and Wales. The Prize is open to authors of any nationality or domicile, provided their book is published in the English language.
Lord Woolf of Barnes, who retired in 2005 as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, will chair a distinguished panel of Prize judges.
It is intended that the Inner Temple Book Prize, by value and prestige, should become an internationally recognised mark of outstanding excellence in legal scholarship, as well as assisting in the public awareness of the role of law in society.
Lord Justice Rix