Australian constitutional news

In Australia this past week the Garma Festival has put the Uluru Statement back in the national news.  The Statement from the Heart composed by Australia’s Indigenous communities in May 2017 had the potential to move Australia’s constitutional relations with Indigenous peoples closer to New Zealand’s treaty model.  Its dismissal by the government has caused dismay and led the Australian Historical Association [AHA] to write an open letter to the PM.  We are an affiliate of the AHA and so in the interests of our members, the letter is now available on our News page.  You can read about the process of constitutional reform that resulted in the Statement on the Referendum Council website.

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CFP British Legal History Conference 2019

The CFP  is out for the British Legal History conference. 10-13 July 2019 at St Andrews. The theme is Comparative Legal History. Abstracts (strict maximum 250 words) to by 15 September 2018. More on the conference website.


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Deadline for cfp for 2018 conference extended

37th Annual Conference of the Australia and New Zealand Law and History Society

 Exclusion, Confinement, Dispossession:
Uneven Citizenship and Spaces of Sovereignty
University of Wollongong, 10-12 December 2018 

Call for papers now extended to 31 July.

Keynote Speakers 

 Professor Audra Simpson, Columbia University

 Associate Professor Angela Wanhalla, University of Otago

Joint keynote address (with LSAANZ)

Professor Renisa Mawani, University of British Columbia

Plenary Speakers:
As. Prof. Penelope Edmonds (UTas); Dr Timothy Jones (La Trobe);
Crystal McKinnon (RMIT)
For more information see the Conference page.

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Vol 5:1 law&history

The latest issue of law&history vol.5:1 (2018) has Tim Rowse considering the moral position of the colonial Native Police and legal historians illuminating issues of importance in colonial and imperial history:  the ownership of mapping knowledge (Isabella Alexander), the outlawing of witchcraft in Africa and the Caribbean (Danielle Boaz), contradictions in the policy of Aboriginal governance (Ann Hunter) , and the Australian High Court’s unprecedented deportation of Pacific Islanders on the basis of race (Peter Prince).

In an unusual form of presentation, Australian historians and legal academics acknowledge the 180th anniversary of the Myall Creek massacre in New South Wales  with Ann Curthoys leading a forum discussion on its significance and meaning as genocide with contributions from former Senior Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi, criminologist Jennifer Balint and international lawyer Daniel Joyce.

Once again we are pleased to publish the winner of the Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History prize for the best paper presented by an early-career researcher or postgraduate student at the annual Law and History conference. We appreciate the support of the Francis Forbes Society for this important encouragement of junior researchers.
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ANZLHS has created a $1000 prize to honour the memory and continue the work of Tracey Banivanua-Mar.  The award will be for the best article published in the society’s journal law&history over the previous 2 calendar years and that engages theoretically with the themes of race and colonialism.

For terms and conditions see our prizes and scholarships page.

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Announcing the Sir Francis Forbes Society for Legal History prize

Congratulations to Jon Piccini, University of Queensland, who has been awarded the 2017 Sir Francis Forbes Prize for Australian legal history for a paper delivered at our Christchurch conference last December. Jon’s paper, ‘“A new government with new policies and new attitudes”: The human rights ‘breakthrough’ in 1970s Australia’ was praised by the judges as engagingly presented, ‘It provides a comprehensive literature survey of human rights thinking in Australia over several decades. Significantly it resonates with current human rights debates – indigenous rights and the sovereign state – with respect to Indigenous recognition in a way that makes it a worthy recipient of the prize.’

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Preliminary call for papers for 2018 conference

After the success of our 2017 conference in Christchurch comes an early call for papers for Wollongong in 2018.

37th Annual Conference of the Australia and New Zealand Law and History Society


Exclusion, Confinement, Dispossession:

Uneven Citizenship and Spaces of Sovereignty

University of Wollongong, 10-12 December 2018


In 2018 the conference will be held adjacent to the Conference of the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ), which will run from 12-15 December, also in Wollongong. Our conferences will feature a joint keynote address from:


Professor Renisa Mawani, University of British Columbia


Further keynotes and plenary speakers TBA.


In the context of the humanitarian crisis on Manus Island, recent developments around marriage equality, Brexit, renewed US immigration restrictions, and the assertion of Indigenous sovereignty embodied in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, we invite submissions that reflect on the variety of ways that legal regimes have historically produced exclusion, confinement and dispossession. We particularly encourage papers that explore citizenship and sovereignty – and the changing legal contexts that have shaped these concepts over time.


Paper proposals might consider the following themes:


  • Indigenous sovereignty and treaties
  • Marriage, intimacy and intimate lives
  • Citizenship and the production of difference
  • Biopolitics
  • Slavery and Trafficking
  • Borders/Border crossings/Colonial (im)mobilities
  • Imprisonment/confinement/carceral spaces



We are calling for proposals of both individual papers (20mins) and panels of either 3 or 4 speakers. Individual paper proposal should include an abstract of not more than 300 words and a 100-word biographical statement for each speaker. For panels, please also include a title and brief rationale for panels as a whole. Please send proposals to by 20 July 2018.




Conference Convenors:

Jane Carey, Julia Martinez and Sharon Crozier-de Rosa


Hosted by the Colonial and Settler Studies Centre, University of Wollongong

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