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39th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Law and History Societyregistration now open and can be completed here

Join us for an intensive 1 day world-wide gathering devoted to law in history

9 December 2020

Hosted by Event Services at the University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand

Keynote plenary sessions will feature

Joshua Getzler, Oxford University, on The magnitude of a legal wrong is no reason to perpetuate it” – McGirt v Oklahoma 591 U.S._(2020) and the uses of legal history in native claims litigation.

Miranda Johnson, Otago University, on “Reckoning with a Pacific empire state: Race, nation, citizenship and the idea of New Zealand.”

A Closing Address by Dame Sian Elias, former Chief Justice of New Zealand

Please note that all the conference sessions will be recorded and will be available for viewing for one month if you register for the conference before 9 December. For the price of $NZ 130.00 you may watch and participate in any sessions within your time-zone comfort on the day, and/or you will be able to watch any or all the sessions you missed (plus parallel sessions you could not attend) at any time of any day that is convenient to you for one month after 9 December.

No paper or presentation may be cited or quoted from without the explicit permission of the author/presenter. The ANZLH Society asserts no copyright in the recordings. They will be available viewing only by those who register for the conference before 9 December. They will be taken down and not stored in any way one month after the conference concludes.

The organisers have accepted 39 individual papers and 7 panel presentations. They will be run in four concurrent parallel sessions throughout the day. The programme will be uploaded to the ANZLHS website page shortly:

The timings will be specified according to the NZDT time zone – which is UTC+13. We have attempted to time presentations so that are as reasonable as possible for the presenters (but will be difficult for some). The conference will begin at 9.00am and conclude at 7.00pm NZDT

To cover Event Services charges, and to ensure a high quality of digital platform delivery utilising Zoom, Vimeo and Twilio, we are asking all attendees to pay a modest registration fee. In addition, the rules of the ANZLHS require all presenters to pay the Society’s 2020 annual subscription. So ‘full member registration’ applies to presenters who have paid the 2020 Society subscription in advance; ‘full non-member registration’ applies to presenters (some of whom will have been members in the past) who have not yet paid the 2020 Society subscription. We are waiving registration fees for postgraduate student presenters. The portal for registrations will be launched shortly through the website page. The cost for registration is as follows in $NZ:

Full member registration: $130; Full non-member registration: $ 215; Full-time post graduate presenters: Fee waiver; Attendance only registration: $130

Graduate students are invited to apply for Kercher Scholarships. Five scholarship awards will be made that may adorn your cv even though there is no monetary element to the scholarship this year. Please apply to Katherine Sanders: by 20 November if you have not already applied. Graduate attendees may also wish to enter their paper for the Forbes Society Prize. The Society’s peer-reviewed journal law&history will consider submissions from those who present papers at the conference. In the meantime further information about the conference may be gleaned from David Williams:

The conference programme can be downloaded below.

All times are as in the NZDT time zone (UTC+13). We found it difficult to group papers thematically given the time zone challenges. We worked within the following constraints (unless the speaker had bravely volunteered to speak anytime!):

Speakers located in the Americas, UK or Europe: 8 – 10am session

Speakers located in Australia: 11:30-1:30pm session OR 3:30 – 5:30pm session

Speakers located in Israel, Hong Kong and India: 3:30 – 5:30pm session

Details about the registration portal and payment of registration fees will be posted in the near future.

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