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Professor Francesca Klug, professorial research fellow at Global Governance, has been awarded the Political Quarterly Bernard Crick Prize for best essay.
The award is for her essay 'Solidity or Wind?' What's on the Menu in the Bill of Rights Debate? which was published in Political Quarterly in Autumn 2009. The essay analyses the factors behind the current debate on a British bill of rights and responsibilities. The title is drawn from George Orwell's 1946 essay, Politics and the English Language.
Professor Klug, who is director of the Human Rights Futures Project, said: 'I am delighted to be given this award. Although I wrote the article last year, the issues it raises about human rights discourse in the UK and the recognition given to international human rights standards through the Human Rights Act are more pertinent than ever. I'm glad the award might help to shed more light on these issues.'
The prize will be awarded on Wednesday 19 May at the George Orwell Prize event which is due to be broadcast live on BBC News 24. There will be three other prizes awarded at the George Orwell Prize event for Book, Journalism and Blog. The shortlist for these prizes includes Kenan Malik, John Kampfner and Peter Hitchens.
Francesca's prize was judged by the Political Quarterly Editorial Board.
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