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Founded in 1910, The Round Table, Britain's oldest international affairs journal, provides analysis and commentary on all aspects of international affairs. The journal is the major source for coverage of the policy issues concerning the contemporary Commonwealth and its role in international affairs, with occasional articles on themes of historical interest.

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Peter Lyon Memorial Prize

The Round Table is pleased to announce that the third winner of the Peter Lyon Memorial Prize is Dr Julian Burger, Visiting Professor at the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex. Dr Burger has been awarded the prize for his article, ‘Indigenous Peoples in Commonwealth Countries: the Legacy of the Past and Present-Day Struggles for Self-Determination’, published in The Round Table, volume 102, issue 4 (August 2013).

As well as being Visiting Professor at the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, Julian Burger is a Fellow of the Human Rights Consortium based in the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Before taking up his University appointments, he worked at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for 20 years during which time he headed the programme on indigenous peoples and minorities. During this period, he organized the discussions on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and helped launch the principle human rights mechanisms on indigenous peoples - the Special Rapporteur, Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He also helped establish inter-agency networks of UN organizations to improve integration of indigenous and minority rights into development programmes. He has visited indigenous and minority communities in many parts of the world and has published books and articles on indigenous peoples and human rights since the 1980s. His most recent publication was a policy analysis on “Indigenous peoples, extractive industries and human rights” presented to and published by the European Parliament in September 2014.

The Peter Lyon Memorial Prize

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, 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.

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 entrants for the prize.

To submit an article or a proposal for an article for publication in the journal, please contact the Editor, Dr Venkat Iyer, at the School of Law, University of Ulster, Jordanstown campus, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT37 0QB, or e-mail him at

Peter Lyon Prize Winners