Legal Histories of Empires conference

The Legal Histories of Empires conference is 29 June-2 July 2022. For those who would like to participate, online registration is only 20 Euros. Join us!! See

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

People, Power, and Law: A New Zealand History

We are pleased to announce the above title by Alexander Gillespie and Claire Breen is available at a discounted price if you use the order code below.

This book offers a unique insight into the key legal and social issues at play in New Zealand today. Tackling the most pressing issues, it tracks the evolution of these societal problems from 1840 to the present day.

Issues explored include: racism; the position of women; the position of Maori, free speech, and censorship. Through these issues, the authors track New Zealand’s evolution to one of the most famously liberal and tolerant societies in the world.

Alexander Gillespie is Professor of Law and Claire Breen is Professor of Law, both at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

May 2022   |   9781509931613   |   640pp   |   Hbk   |    RRP: £140 / $190

Discount Price: £112 / $152

Order online at  – use the code GLR A6AUK for UK orders and GLR A6AUS for US orders to get 20% off!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Research support opportunity

The Francis Forbes Society is inviting applications for support from the Society for research projects in the field of legal history. Applications must be in before 10 June. If you are interested please email the secretary of the Francis Forbes Society, Simon Chapple on for further details.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

2022 conference

The 2022 ANZLHS conference organising committee is pleased to announce that it is now calling for papers.

The conference will be held 1-3 December 2022 at the University of Technology, Sydney. The theme of the conference is – Tenuous Histories and Provable Pasts: How Legal Historians Create Knowledge.

Abstracts are due 15 August 2022 and should be emailed to –

The full CFP can be downloaded below –


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Accolades for Caroline Ingram’s Law & History article

ANZLHS member Caroline Ingram has received a recent honour from the Western Australia History Council. Her 2019 article for Law & History received the Council’s award that recognises ‘An innovative contribution to understandings of Western Australian history, or its advocacy, by a student or students‘. The citation accompanying the award read as follows:

Caroline Ingram is a PhD student at the University of Western Australia who, in 2019, published the article “Constructing Gender in the Press: The Case of Audrey Jacob,” (Law & History, 6, no.1 (2019): 58–84). The paper argued that, contrary to claims within existing scholarship, honour killings had occurred in Australia and had—at least in the case of Audrey Campbell Jacob—won full acquittal.  Secondly,  the paper demonstrated that his lawyer, Arthur Haynes, successfully manipulated media reports to present Jacob as a victim.  Ingram has since demonstrated innovative approaches to the dissemination and continued use of her findings, which have been used by others in radio interviews, online news reports, university teaching and, most recently, in the production of a Screenwest documentary.

Caroline also received another accolade for this article. The University of Western Australia awarded her the Dr Paul Laffey Memorial prize, which recognises ‘the postgraduate student in history who, in the opinion of the selection committee, produces the best refereed article or book chapter arising from work done for their course and accepted for publication during the previous calendar year’.

Congratulations Caroline!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Call for abstracts – Asian Legal History Conference

23-24 July 2022

Faculty of Law, Thammasat University

Researchers, scholars and students are welcomed to submit abstracts under the theme ‘legal history in Asia.’

Abstract length: 100-250 words.

For inquiries contact:

Submission deadline: 14 January 2022

For more details, see –

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Selden Society Lecture: Merthyr House—the home of Sir Samuel Griffith

Presented by Richard Kirk

Thursday 11 November
5.15 for 5.30pm

Bookings can be made here –


You can register to attend this free lecture in person (followed by refreshments in the Portrait Gallery) or join a livestream via Zoom.

Banco Court, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law
Level 3, 415 George Street, Brisbane

About the lecture

Named after Griffith’s Welsh birthplace of Merthyr Tydfil, Merthyr House was designed and built in 1880 by architect George Cowlishaw. This grand riverfront estate in Brisbane’s New Farm suburb was lavishly furnished with Chippendale furniture and Italian objets d’art, and included a high-ceilinged ballroom at its centre in which Sir Samuel and Lady Julia Griffith held their official and social engagements.

Architect Richard Kirk will explore Griffith’s life through the lens of his New Farm home, and tell Merthyr House’s story—emblematic of the evolution of Brisbane, from colonial outpost to its emergence today as a future Olympic city.  

About the speaker

Richard Kirk is an architect and masterplanner, born in 1967 in Roma, Queensland. He founded his practice Kirk architects in 1995, which has since grown to multiple studios across Australia and South-East Asia. His practice primarily works within the institutional and community sector, focusing on advancing sustainable design through each project.

Richard is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland and a board member for the South Bank Corporation. Richard has held several leadership roles within the Australian Institute of Architects as National President and Queensland Chapter President, and was recently appointed as one of the International Union of Architects’ (UIA) Region IV Councillors. 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Call for Papers: Australian Journal of Law and Religion, 2022 Inaugural Issues

The Australian Journal of Law and Religion is the first journal specifically devoted to law and religion issues in the South Pacific region. The intersection of law and religion has not only had tremendous influence historically on the world, but continues to pose fresh challenges, controversies, and possibilities. In the past few years, scholarly discussion and public debate in Australia has been devoted to law and religion concerns—the school chaplaincy debate, the Ruddock Review, religious exemptions and discrimination in schools, the Folau controversy, and more. The ongoing discussions regarding the proposed Commonwealth law on religious discrimination will only spur further consideration and scholarship. This is a scholarly area that encompasses deep historical study, wide-ranging knowledge of different faith traditions, political cross-currents, and ever-changing public tension. Simply put, the connection and conflict between law and religion is only going to grow increasingly prominent in a globalised, multicultural society. The Australian Journal of Law and Religion is a natural home for this kind of scholarship and will serve as the first place readers and researchers turn when looking for new developments in the field. It will be available in both print and online through Gold Open Access.

The editors now invite contributions to the inaugural issues of the Australian Journal of Law and Religion. There is no fee for authors.

Articles should be 6,000 to 8,000 words in length and will undergo peer review. Contributions that are purely theological, sociological, or political will not be considered, but interdisciplinary work involving these fields in connection with law and religion will be welcomed. Articles involving any area of law are welcomed, and for example may involve the sub-disciplines of public law (constitutional claims of freedom of religion or church-state neutrality), employment law (religious discrimination claims), private law (the corporate structures, taxation and charity law obligations, and property interests of religious entities), and international law (human rights guarantees).

Book review submissions should be no more than 1,000 words in length and must be on a book published in the past eighteen months.

Special topic forum submissions should be 800-1000 words in length. The topic for the inaugural special forum is “The Future of Law and Religion in Australia”.

Submissions for the inaugural issue are due via e-mail by 1 March 2022.

Website: || E-mail: || Twitter: @AusJLR

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ngara Yura Program and Francis Forbes Society Webinar: Making the Past Visible: The Legacies of the Protectionist Legislation

The Ngara Yura Committee, together with the Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History, invite you to attend their 2021 joint program: Making the Past Visible: The Legacies of the Protectionist Legislation.

Bringing Them Home: The Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families, tabled before Federal Parliament in May 1997, found that between 1 in 3 and 1 in 10 Aboriginal children had been forcibly removed from their families between 1910 and 1970.  

As the report stated: “The histories we trace are complex and pervasive. Most significantly the actions of the past resonate in the present and will continue to do so in the future. The laws, policies and practices which separated Indigenous children from their families have contributed directly to the alienation of Indigenous societies today.

This Inquiry concludes with certainty on the evidence that while child removal policies were often concerned to protect and “preserve” individual children, a principal aim was to eliminate Indigenous cultures as distinct entities.” Bringing Them Home, pgs. 4, 31 & 273.

Join us for a conversation with Kinchela Boys Home survivors and Mr Richard Weston, inaugural Deputy Children’s Guardian for Aboriginal Children and Young People in NSW, Office of the Children’s Guardian,  on the continuing impact of the ‘historic’ policies, truth telling and current government reforms to reduce the stark over-representation of Indigenous children in state care.

Presenters: Mr Richard Weston, Deputy Children’s Guardian for Aboriginal Children and Young People in NSW  together with members of Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation

Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm

When: 1 November 2021

Webinar: Log in details will be forwarded


If you would like to attend the webinar, please RSVP here:

by Tuesday, 26 October 2021.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Third Legal Histories of Empire Conference: Maynooth, Ireland, 29 June -1 July 2022.

A reminder that the call for papers for the Third Legal Histories of Empire Conference is currently open!  Deadline for abstracts is 31 October 2021.

The theme for the upcoming conference is Beyond the Pale: Legal Histories on the Edges of Empires.  There will be hybrid attendance options available (in-person and virtual). 

Keynote Panel: Jane Ohlmeyer, Richard J Ross, Philip Stern: ‘Anglicisation of and through law in British America, Ireland, and India, c.1550-1800’

All details at – including the CFP, information on the specialised streams offered at the conference and information on funding opportunities.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment