This is an annual prize by Routledge, the publishers of The Round Table, for the best policy-oriented article on a theme of significance for the contemporary Commonwealth published in the journal each calendar year. The prize, which carries a value of £1000 Sterling, is awarded each year to the author of the best policy-relevant article published in the previous year. It is awarded at the discretion of the editor, with advice both from the publishers and from the journal’s editorial and international advisory boards. The editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entertained on the subject.
The prize has been instituted in memory of Peter Lyon (1934-2010), who was Reader in International Relations at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, and Editor of The Round Table from 1983 to 2004. Widely acknowledged as one of the leading experts on the Commonwealth, he was keen to bridge the divide between academia and policy-making, and over the period of his editorship he wrote almost 100 editorials and other articles for the journal, commenting on more or less every issue of relevance to the contemporary Commonwealth.
All articles published in the journal which contain a significant policy-oriented element will automatically be considered as entries for the prize.
To submit an article or a proposal for an article for publication in the journal, please contact:
Dr Venkat Iyer
Editor, The Round Table
c/o School of Law
Shore Road, Newtownabbey
County Antrim, BT37 0QB, UK
2015 winner – Naeem Shakir
The Round Table is pleased to announce that the fifth winner of the Peter Lyon Prize is Naeem Shakir, a Supreme Court Attorney of Pakistan. Naeem has been awarded the prize for his article, “Islamic Shariah and Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan”, published in The Round Table, volume 104, issue 3 (June 2015).
Naeem is a leading human rights lawyer, and a life member of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan, with an active law practice for more than forty years. He has represented sixteen people charged under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws including in the highly publicized case of Aasia Bibi, a Christian mother of five who is currently on death row. He has also been prominent in other campaigns for human rights, including for the abolition of separate Muslim and non-Muslim electoral rolls in Pakistan and the repeal of outdated colonial legislation. He has been a lecturer at Quaid-e-Azam Law College, Lahore, for several years, and editor of a progressive Urdu monthly, Awami Jamhuriat (‘People’s Democracy’), for two decades.
2014 – Nikola Pijovic – “The Commonwealth: Australia’s Traditional ‘Window’ into Africa”
The Round Table, volume 103, issue 4 (2014), pp. 383-397
2013 – Julian Burger –“Indigenous Peoples in Commonwealth Countries: the Legacy of the Past and Present-Day Struggles for Self-Determination”
The Round Table, volume 102, issue 4 (2013), pp. 333-342
2012 – Rhona Smith – “Towards the rule of law’s human rights requirements in Commonwealth member states”
The Round Table, volume 101, issue 4 (2012), pp. 311-329
2011 – Ben Saul – “Throwing Stones at Streetlights or Cuckolding Dictators? Australian Foreign Policy and Human Rights in the Developing World”
The Round Table, volume 100, issue 4 (2011), pp. 423-439