Announcing the Sir Francis Forbes Society for Legal History prize

Congratulations to Jon Piccini, University of Queensland, who has been awarded the 2017 Sir Francis Forbes Prize for Australian legal history for a paper delivered at our Christchurch conference last December. Jon’s paper, ‘“A new government with new policies and new attitudes”: The human rights ‘breakthrough’ in 1970s Australia’ was praised by the judges as engagingly presented, ‘It provides a comprehensive literature survey of human rights thinking in Australia over several decades. Significantly it resonates with current human rights debates – indigenous rights and the sovereign state – with respect to Indigenous recognition in a way that makes it a worthy recipient of the prize.’

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The Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society was formed in 1993. It is an interdisciplinary group of scholars who share an interest in the connections between law and history. The society grew out of the annual Law in History Conferences, which have been running since 1982. Members of the society include historians, lawyers, academics and others interested in the area. Most of the members live in Australia or New Zealand, but their areas of interest are not confined to the law in those places. The society is an incorporated association in New South Wales. Inc no. 1600224
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