Law in the First World War event

We are pleased to announce that the next paper in our 2021 HCCI seminar series at the University of Newcastle will be the John Turner Memorial Lecture, on Friday 10 September 2021 from 10-11.30am Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT+10). A Zoom link is below.

Our presenter is:

Law In First World War Australia: Lessons for Modern Emergencies

Dr Catherine BondAssociate Professor, Faculty of Law & Justice, UNSW Sydney 

Emergencies, whether domestic or international, will often require a change in the behaviour of a community, as all aspects of public life are harnessed to address the current threat. Those changes will often be dictated by laws introduced by governments and passed by parliaments who believe that these laws are motivated by and have the best interests of the community at heart. But what if those laws discriminate against individual members, or groups, of the community? What if these laws restrict fundamental human rights, including freedom of speech and the press, freedom of movement and association, and personal property rights? When should those laws be resisted, protested or ignored? Through an examination of the laws that governed daily life in First World War Australia, drawing on the legal experiences of a range of individuals – Franz Wallach, Father Charles Jerger, Adela Pankhurst and Jennie Baines – this lecture provides insights into the past that can help inform how the community understands legal restrictions experienced during the current emergency – the COVID-19 pandemic – and how those laws may affect the future.
The John Turner Memorial Lecture is held in memory of Dr John Turner, a former history lecturer at the University of Newcastle and WEA Hunter. Dr Turner, who died in July 1998, was one of the foremost historians in the Hunter Valley with a keen interest in local convict history.

This event is being held in conjunction with NSW History Week 2021:

Zoom meeting ID: 870 4036 3272 (Open from 9:45am)Password: 783069To Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

The event will not be recorded.

About anzlhswebsite

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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