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The Trustees of the British Insurance Law Association Charitable Trust have established a prize known as the “British Insurance Law Association Book Prize”. The Prize of £1,000 is available to be awarded annually to the author (or joint authors) of a published work constituting in the opinion of the Trustees the most notable contribution to literature in the field of law as it affects insurance.

How to apply / eligibility

To qualify for the prize the work must first have been published in the English Language in the calendar year immediately preceding the year in which the prize is to be awarded.

Authors wishing to have their work considered for the Prize should apply in writing by email to Ms Alison Green, BILA Trustee before 30th April in the year following publication, submitting one copy of their work.

The Trustees in their absolute discretion may decide that the prize shall not be awarded in any year and the decision of the Trustees on any matter relating to the Prize shall be final.

Winner of the 2023 BILA Book Prize

The 2023 BILA book prize was announced on 15 November 2023 in the Old Library at Lloyd’s, prior to a BILA lecture by Professor Michael Sturley of the University of Texas Law School on the US Supreme Court marine insurance case of Great Lakes v Raiders Retreat.

The prize-winning book is “Cyber Risks Insurance” written by Celso De Azevedo, a Barrister, practising at Enterprise Chambers.    Alison Green, Chair of the BILA Charitable Trust, congratulated the author who attended the meeting in person along with his publishing team. When announcing the winner Alison referred to the challenge presented by the ever-increasing numbers of cyber attacks and the very helpful role this book provides by guiding readers through the law and practice relating to cyber risks insurance and by including some useful insurance market wordings.

BILA Members can order the book by calling +44 (0)345 600 9355 or order online and receive your exclusive 15% discount using the code BILA2023. Scan the QR code for more details. Offer valid to 13th December 2023.

The first photograph below shows Celso De Azevedo and Alison Green.  The second photograph also includes (L to R) Stephen Wallace and Martha Castaneda Wilcox (of publishers, Sweet & Maxwell) and Peter Wedge (of Gallagher Re), who contributed to the book.

Previous winners


Dr Andrea Harrington for her book, Space Insurance and the Law. Published by Edward Elgar Publishing.


Dr Franziska Arnold-Dwyer for her book, “Insurance Interest and the Law”
Dr Ayça Uçar’s for her book “Perils of the Seas and Inherent Vice in Marine Insurance Law”


‘Data Profiling and Insurance Law’ by Brendan McGurk


Construction Professional Indemnity Insurance by Paul Reed QC, published by Sweet & Maxwell


Insurance Law Implications of Delay in Maritime Transport – by Dr Aysegul Bugra – Informa Law from Routledge


Chinese Insurance Contracts – Law and Practice by Prof Zhen Jing – Informa Law from Routledge


The Law of Motor Insurance by Prof Robert Merkin QC and Maggie Hemsworth – Sweet & Maxwell


Marine Insurance Fraud by Baris Soyer – Informa


Lloyd’s: Law and Practice by Julian Burling – Informa Law


Research Handbook on International Insurance Law & Regulation edited by Julian Burling and Kevin Lazarus – Edward Elgar


Joint Winners:

  • Liability Insurance in International Arbitration: The Bermuda Form, 2nd Edition, by Richard
    Jacobs QC, Paul Stanley QC and Lorelie S. Masters – Hart Publishing
  • The Bermuda Form: Interpretation and Dispute Resolution of Excess Liability Insurance by David Scorey, Richard Geddes and Chris Harris – OUP


Dr. Judith P. Summer for Insurance Law & the Financial Ombudsman Service – Informa


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