Revised Call for Papers

39th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society, Auckland, 9-12 December2020

“One Empire, Many Colonies, Similar or Different Histories?”

Abstracts are invited from scholars bringing historical perspectives on law who wish to gather at The University of Auckland and AUT University – there to listen to and discuss papers and panels on aspects of law in history.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, travel restrictions and university funding deficits, we now also seek expressions of interest from those who may wish to present a paper to a dual format conference or virtual-only conference if either possibility turns out to be feasible.

All abstracts must be submitted to Karen Fairweather: by 31 July 2020

More information is available on our conference page.

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Graduate Student Survey from American Society of Legal History

The American Society of Legal History regards graduate students as an important part of our legal history community.  We are proud of our efforts to date to make the ASLH a hospitable home for early-stage scholars.  But we want to do better. 

Among other things, we want to enhance the presence of international graduate students in the organization.  Accordingly, we are gathering information that will help us to make the society an even more inclusive place for early-stage legal historians. 

If you are a graduate student or a historically minded law student, please click this link to take a short survey in English, Spanish, or Portuguese, as you choose.  We appreciate your time and hope to see you at the annual meeting in Chicago!

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Student Research Colloquium in Chicago, November 11-12

The American Society of Legal History invites graduate students to apply to the Student Research Colloquium (SRC), currently scheduled (fingers crossed) for Nov. 11-12, in Chicago, Illinois, immediately prior to the ASLH annual meeting there. 

At this pre-conference, funded workshop, eight graduate students will discuss their in-progress research projects with each other and with distinguished legal historians.  Target applicants include early-post-coursework Ph.D. students and historically minded law students. 

To apply, electronically submit the following four items to John Wertheimer at: a CV; a cover letter describing, among other things, how many years remain in your course of graduate study; a two-page, single-spaced Research Statement that begins with a title and describes the in-progress project that you propose to present to the colloquium; and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member, sent separately from the other materials. 

The application deadline is June 15, 2020.  For more information, click this link

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Policing Colonial Brisbane

In June, UQP will be releasing a new book, To Preserve and Protect: Policing Colonial Brisbane, by Anastasia Dukova.

To Preserve and Protect exposes political power abuse, corruption, mismanagement, professional burnout and gendered justice, issues which continue to challenge police forces.

Through exploring their personal stories, Dukova highlights how biography and history are inextricably linked and reveals the differences between metropolitan aspirations and colonial reality. A flyer about the book can be downloaded below.

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Private Security and the Modern State

Members may be interested in a new edited collection – Private Security and the Modern State: Historical and Comparative Perspectives – published last month by Routledge. The book features case studies from the US, UK, France, Belgium and Germany, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and includes contributions from criminologists, historians and socio-legal scholars. Topics covered include plural policing, security governance, vigilantism, self-defence, informal justice, detective work, surveillance, political policing, war, paramilitarism and intelligence. Full details available here:

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Legal History of Epidemics Sources

The David Berg Foundation Institute for Law and History at Tel Aviv University has put together a web page with links to sources – primary and secondary – on the legal history of epidemics, their consequences, and responses to them.

You can view the list here. If you have suggestions for other sources you would like to see added to the list, you can contact the Foundation’s Director, David Schorr at

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Legal History of Epidemics

The David Berg Foundation Institute for Law and History at Tel Aviv University is putting together a web page with links to sources – primary and secondary – on the legal history of epidemics, their consequences, and responses to them.

Please send any sources and resources to David Schorr at

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New book – Law in War

A new book by ANZLHS member Associate Professor Catherine Bond, titled Law in War: Freedom and restriction in Australia during the Great War, was released by NewSouth Publishing on 1 April. The book examines the legal experiences of a range of individuals living in Australia during the First World War, including those who wrote the law, those who enforced the law and those who were imprisoned under the law, among others. Law in War reveals the injustice and discrimination perpetuated by Australia’s wartime regime, done in the name of victory in war.

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Event this coming Friday

Online Seminar- “Collectors and Collections of Chinese Art and Antiquities: Problems with Gifts, Trusts and Legacies” by Prof. Steven Gallagher in the CUHK LAW Greater China Legal History Seminar Series: 3 April 2020, 12.30-2pm (local Hong Kong time): CPD accreditation pending:  Free to Register here by 5 pm, 2 April 2020 to attend the seminar.

This seminar discusses the issues in forming and passing on collections, in particular of Chinese art and antiquities. The seminar will consider the problems that collectors face with regard to authenticity, provenance and title in acquiring art and antiquities for their collection. The seminar will then discuss the issues that arise when a collection has been formed- should the collector keep it, sell it, destroy it or pass it on? The seminar explores the issues that may arise for donees of collections of art and antiquities, particularly to public institutions, museums and galleries. These may be offered important works and collections subject to restrictions they may eventually wish to avoid or even find repugnant and possibly illegal. The seminar considers the law which may affect collecting and disposing of collections, and some well-known and less well known cases involving fakes, theft, looting, trafficking, family disputes, disreputable dealers, collectors, donors, auctioneers, academics, museum founders, museum officials, and deluded collectors.

About the speaker:

Prof. Steven Gallagher, Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning), Faculty of Law, CUHK

CPD credits are available upon application and subject to accreditation by the Law Society of Hong Kong (currently pending).

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Open letter to Australian governments on COVID-19 and the criminal justice system

Lorana Bartels and Thalia Anthony have written an open letter, downloadable below, on the impact of Coronavirus on the criminal justice system.

If you would like to add your name, please do so at Open letter signatories by 12 pm Friday 20 March. Please also feel free to send this to your contacts to sign.

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