Business Law Section

Baxt Prize

Offered for the first time in 2017, the Baxt Prize is named in honour of Professor Bob Baxt AO who is, among many other things, a founding member of the BLS. The 2017 Baxt Prize will be awarded for a research paper of outstanding quality which is based on the topic of “Human Rights and Business Law”.

Professor Bob Baxt AO

The Baxt Prize recognises Professor Baxt AO’s longstanding involvement with, and commitment to, the BLS. Professor Baxt AO was not only a founding member of the BLS, but has since served on three BLS committees (chairing two of them), is a current Section Executive Member (and has been for more than 30 Years), and was the Section Chairman from 2001-2003.

Professor Baxt AO has practised and published extensively in the fields of trade practices, corporate law and taxation law, and has a longstanding commitment to legal education. After serving as Dean of the Monash University Faculty of Law and Chairman of the Australian Trade Practices Commission, Professor Baxt AO joined Arthur Robinson and Hedderwicks (later Allens Arthur Robinson) in 1991 and later Herbert Smith Freehills in 2005 where he is now an Emeritus Partner. Professor Baxt AO is also currently a professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne, Chairman of the Law Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the founder and general editor of the Australian Business Law Review and the Company and Securities Law Journal.

Professor Baxt AO is an Officer of the Order of Australia and a recipient of the Centenary Medal.

Throughout the many phases of an extensive legal career in academia, administration and practice, Professor Baxt AO has shown a deep interest in the professional development of young lawyers.


Ms Danielle Farrell
Administrative Assistant, Business Law Section