The University of the West Indies, July 11-13, 2018, Keynote Speaker Maya Jasanoff.
CFP deadline: 15 January 2018 – send to
This conference follows the successful conference on the Legal Histories of the British Empire held at the National University of Singapore in 2012, and is similarly designed to bring together senior and emerging scholars working in the fields of imperial and colonial legal history. We invite paper or panel proposals addressing legal histories of empires broadly, and encourage participants to think in particular how their research connects with the theme of the conference: perspectives from the colonized.
More info at, including suggested areas for papers, details on submission of abstracts.
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Extension of Early Bird Registration

Owing to continuing problems with credit card payments for this year’s conference, the period for early bird registration has been extended until 24 November 2017.

We are now also offering payment of registration through our Australian account so Australian members can pay in Australian dollars.  Here is the registration form for payment in Australian dollars including banking details.

Any queries, please continue to direct them to Professor Jeremy Finn:


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Draft Conference Program now available

This first draft of this year’s conference program is available here: Conference draft timetable.

Please let our conference convener, Professor Jeremy Finn, know of any clashes or problems by email:
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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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