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!

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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 –

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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New legal studies blog announced

The University of Southern Queensland School of Law and Justice has recently launched a blog with a strong focus on legal history –

Initial posts examine the 1348 Humber Ferry case, Chief Justice Coke’s decision in the Bonham case, an analysis of the 1686 Godden v Hales matter, and more!

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CFP Imperial Genealogies of Crime Conference

17—18 May & 24—25 May, 2022 (Online)

This international and online event series will explore entangled histories of crime and imperialism through the lens of genealogy. Genealogy traces lines of descent and evolution over time. At a moment of global awakening to racial injustice, we contend that tackling ongoing crises in racist policing and mass imprisonment require sustained, critical engagement with the legacies of imperialism and criminalisation.

The conference and workshop series will take place online over four half-days, on Tuesday and Wednesday of consecutive weeks. This is to accommodate time differences and enable us to bring together scholars from the Global North and Global South.

The conference is open to all and there will be no conference fees.

We are delighted that Professor Clare Anderson (University of Leicester) and Professor Barry Godfrey (University of Liverpool) will be giving keynote addresses.

Week One | Conference
17—18 May

The convenors invite scholars of all career stages to present 10-minute papers that explore legacy, inheritance, connectivity and rupture in crime across empire from a range of disciplinary perspectives (history, criminology, law, literature, geography, art etc.). These short papers will lead into roundtable discussions facilitated by established academics.
We welcome abstracts on a range of topics, including (but not limited to):

• How crime was conceptualised, legislated and represented in different contexts
• How race, gender, class and colonialism affected understandings of crime
• How perspectives from (former) colonies, non-British empires, or BIPOC offenders challenge mainstream narratives of criminality
• How neo-colonial legacies shape state institutions and public perceptions today.

To participate, please submit a 200-word abstract, 100-word biography and your time-zone to: by 1 December 2021.

Week Two | Workshops
24—25 May

The second week will feature workshops led by academics and practitioners on novel approaches to imperial crime—from life-course history to longitudinal analysis, collaging to podcasting. These workshops will offer PGRs and ECRs the opportunity to explore new methodologies and network with established academics and leading history professionals.

To register your interest, please email a 150-word overview of your research, a brief biography (50 words) and your time zone to by 1 December 2021.

Imperial Genealogies of Crime is convened by Dr Meg Foster, Newnham College, University of Cambridge and Dr Katy Roscoe, International Criminological Research Unit, University of Liverpool and is generously hosted by their institutions.

For further details or to subscribe for updates, please visit

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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.

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2021 conference postponed

The 2021 Conference Organising Committee is sad to announce that, in light of the ongoing Delta outbreak in Sydney and associated uncertainties, it has taken the difficult decision to postpone this year’s conference to next year. We are optimistic and enthusiastic about welcoming you to UTS and Sydney in 2022. The conference theme will be the same so please do hold on to your abstracts and ideas. 2022 will be the 40th anniversary of the first annual conference so we look forward to some additional celebrations!

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