Greg McIntyre Prize

History of the prize

The Greg McIntyre Prize is funded in memory of Elizabeth (Liz) Cookson, a foundation mature aged student at the Cairns, Nguma-bada Campus who died before completing her course. Greg McIntyre was the lawyer who worked most closely with Koiki Mabo over the 10 years leading up to the Mabo Decision in the High Court and was well known and respected by Liz Cookson. He was asked by Mabo and his co-plaintiffs to assemble a legal team and begin a test case after he attended a land rights conference at James Cook University in 1981. Importantly, he also represented the plaintiff in Koowarta V Bjelke-Petersen' in the High Court in 1982 and appeared in the Wik Case.


Mr Jonathan Cookson

Prize Information

Awarded to the graduating College of Arts, Society and Education student with the most academically outstanding Bachelor Honours or Masters degree who has examined an issue of relevance to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or South Sea Island Culture.


2022 - Ricky Frederick Emmerton

2021 - Georgina Jane Skelly

2020 - Joshua David Connelly