Conference registration is now open.  There have been unfortunate delays in getting the registration process through Canterbury University up and running, so the Committee has decided to open registration with payment going through the Society’s New Zealand account.
NOTE :  payments into the ANZLHS  account from other countries may incur bank transfer fees. We are trying to find ways to avoid this, and intending registrants may wish where possible to hold off registering for a week or two to see if a better alternative  becomes available.


The Conference registration form is available on this site. Please note the differential registration fee. Students in full-time courses are “unwaged” as are retired persons not in new employment.
Presenters at the conference are reminded they must be financial members of the society before they present, A form for becoming a member of ANZLHS or renewing membership is also available on this site.
In case of queries, questions or problems please contact Jeremy Finn  –


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36th Annual Conference – Accommodation advice

University accommodation

A low-cost option is accommodation in Bishop Julius Hall, 90 Waimairi Road. The Hall is a pleasant 8-10 minute walk from the Law School. Single rooms (shared facilities) are available  at $69 ($60NZ+GST) per night  for room and continental breakfast. Contact or telephone + 64 3 364 2747 for all bookings and enquiries.


As this is a busy time of year in Christchurch and hotel accommodation is at a premium since the Canterbury earthquakes, we have not secured a conference rate for any hotel.  Recommended options are:

Chateau on the Park – Christchurch.  This is the closest good hotel to the University (About a 20-25 minute walk but on a good bus route).

City centre hotels

Crowne Plaza

Ibis Hotel

There are very good bus connections to the University from the centre of the city; the Crowne Plaza is further from the main bus exchange.


The closest motel to the University is the Academy Motel on Creyke road.  As there is a lot of construction work going on on that side of the campus, it may not be the quietest, but usually rooms are in high demand.

Next best choices may be one of the many motels (of varying quality and price) on Riccarton Road.  Those with a street number between about 200 and 350 are convenient walking distance to the University; there are frequent buses which go  from the city centre along Riccarton Road and then along Ilam Road to the University.

An alternative is to book a hotel or motel in the accommodation clusters near the intersection of Bealey Avenue and Papanui Road.  From there take a bus into the central exchange and then another bus to the University or the (less frequent) route 29 to walking distance of the University.

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It is with deep sorrow and an overwhelming sense of loss that we record the death of our highly-esteemed  and much loved colleague Tracey Banivanua-Mar. Tracey will be known to many members of ANZLHS. She first attended our Law and History conference Empires/Colonies/Legal Cultures in 1998 as a PhD student at the University of Melbourne, under the supervision of Patricia Grimshaw and Patrick Wolfe. That work was published as Violence and Colonial Dialogue (University of Hawai’i Press 2007) to much acclaim. She joined the La Trobe History Program in 2007, was awarded an ARC Discovery Grant and then a Future Fellowship  and produced a second monograph Decolonisation in the Pacific (2016). You can read a review of it in law&history (v.3 2016). She was destined for a brilliant, and highly productive career, and a Fellowship to Cambridge beckoned. Her insight, compassion and great imagination gave her scholarship unusual depth. She demonstrated new ways of seeing. Her article in the first issue of law&history (2014) exemplified her great skill in recreating the lives of people who otherwise have had no voice. She inspired us, she inflamed her students’ passion for knowing and doing, and she showed us how to live a loving and joyful  life bravely even as the cruelty of her cancer diagnosis and its treatment took its inevitable toll. She leaves a remarkable body of work and a considerable legacy for a career cut all-too short. It was a privilege to have shared some of her journey. She will be sadly missed.

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Condolences to Canadian law & history colleagues

Condolences to our Canadian law and history colleagues and to the family of Professor Emeritus J.M. Beattie whose death from cancer was announced on Thursday.  Many of us working in this field were influenced by John Beattie’s Crime and the Courts in England, 1660 -1800 and his prodigious work on the history of crime.

John was plenary speaker at the society’s conference in Melbourne in the late 1980s and as Wilf Prest recalls, he was ‘a lovely man and a very fine historian, whose work will continue to be drawn on for generations to come.’

A link to an obituary with more information about his career at the University of Toronto is here.

Members who would like to share their memories of John Beattie or who were at the Melbourne conference can respond here or on our Facebook page

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ANZLHS Facebook page

The ANZLHS now has its own Facebook page. We will be using that page, in conjunction with this site, for keeping members up to date. Please search ‘Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society’ on Facebook and join us! If you have any trouble finding it, or asking to join, email

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The 36th Annual Conference of the Australia and New Zealand Law and History Society will be held at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand on the 14th, 15th and 16th  of December this year.

The conference theme is: “Legal and social change – gradual evolution or punctuated equilibrium?”

This conference theme draws on evolutionary theory about how species form, and asks whether changes in the law and in the effects of particular laws on society occur through a gradual process of incremental change or through periods of relative stasis with intervening major shifts.

This Call for Papers invites submissions for both papers and panels related to any aspect of the conference theme, but would also welcome offers of papers or panels on other areas in the intersection of law and history. Please note if intending to offer a panel that ANZLHS practice is not to include a discussant in a panel.

Inquiries or submissions of papers should be accompanied by a brief abstract and biography and sent to the programme co-ordinator, Professor Jeremy Finn by 21 August 2017.  All proposals will be assessed, and successful submitters contacted as soon as possible, and definitely by the end of August.

It is a condition of presentation of a paper or participation in a panel that the contributor is a financial member of the Australia and New Zealand Law and History Society at the time of presentation.  Membership can be initiated or renewed at the time of registration for the conference.

Keynote speakers for the conference  include  Professors Charlotte McDonald (Victoria University of Wellington); Kjell Modeer (Lund University), and Amanda Nettelbeck (University of Adelaide) and Dr Te Maire Tau (Ngai Tahu Research Centre, University of Canterbury). 

Postgraduate students are welcomed.  The society provides the Kercher Scholarships to encourage postgraduate student attendance.

The Sir Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History Prize is also awarded from the annual conference.

Conference registration will open in early August 2017. Details will be posted on the ANZLHS website along with information as to accommodation options.

For further information about:

  • The Society, see other sections of this website.
  • Christchurch see
  • The University of Canterbury see


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Funding opportunity for postgrads and ECRs

If you are a research higher degree student or early career researcher working in the field of Australian legal history, the Francis Forbes Society is offering some funding. If you have a conference or some archives you’d just love to get to, here is an opportunity for some support.   However the deadline is only a week away.  To apply just describe your research project, what you need funding for in no more than one page and email it to the Francis Forbes Society by cob Friday 23 June 2017.  Please email the secretary Dr Simon Chapple:


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