Reminder to register for our 2019 conference

Registrations are open for this year’s conference, Does Law’s History Matter? The Politics of our Disciplinary Practices in Melbourne.  Online registration is available here

You will also find a draft of the exciting conference program here.   

In other news, Hart Publishing are offering ANZLHS members a 20% discount on Free Hands and Minds a new book on Australian legal scholars Geoffrey Sawer, Peter Brett and Alice Erh-Soon Tay.  Another good reason to renew your annual membership. Details are on our News page.  

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Some important deadlines

Postgraduate students wishing to attend this year’s conference, and especially those who have had a paper accepted, can apply for a Kercher Scholarship to assist with costs. Please note that the deadline for applications is 31 August. Further information is available on the Prizes and Scholarships page and on this year’s conference website.

Nominations for this year’s prize in legal history close on 18 September 2019. Details about eligibility and how to nominate are available on the Prizes and Scholarships page here.

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Conference 2019

Does Law’s History Matter? The Politics of our Disciplinary Practices

Information about this year’s annual conference, the society’s 38th, including key note speakers, draft program and information about the society’s Kercher scholarships for postgraduate students is available here.

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Student Research Colloquium: American Society for Legal History, Nov 2019

The American Society for Legal History will host a Student Research Colloquium (SRC) on Wednesday, Nov. 20, and Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, immediately preceding the ASLH’s annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.  The SRC annually enables eight Ph.D. students and law students to discuss their in-progress dissertations and articles with distinguished ASLH-affiliated scholars. .  The ASLH will provide at least partial and, in most cases, total reimbursement for travel, hotel, and conference-registration costs.

ASLH-SRC CFP 2019, including how to apply. This is a great opportunity for graduate students. The application deadline is July 15, 2019.  More information is available.

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Call for Nominations: Cromwell Article Prize

The William Nelson Cromwell Foundation Article prize is awarded annually for the best article in American legal history published by an early career scholar. Articles published in 2018 in the field of American legal history, broadly conceived, will be considered. There is a preference for articles in the colonial and early national periods. Articles in the Law and History Review are eligible for the Surrency Prize and will not be considered for the Cromwell Article Prize.

The author of the winning article receives a prize of $5,000. The Foundation awards the prize after a review of the recommendation of the Cromwell Prize Advisory Committee of the American Society for Legal History.

The Cromwell Foundation makes the final award, in consultation with a subcommittee from the American Society for Legal History. This subcommittee invites nominations for the article prize. Authors are invited to nominate themselves or others may nominate works meeting the criteria that they have read and enjoyed. Please send a brief letter of nomination, no longer than a page, along with an electronic copy (or URL of the publication site) of the article, by May 31, 2019, to the subcommittee chair, Prof. David Konig, at

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Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History Prize: Timothy Calabria

We have a winner! Congratulations to Ph.D student,Timothy Calabria, (History, La Trobe University) who has won the Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History prize for 2018 for his paper presented at the ANZLHS Annual conference in Wollongong.

Judges Report
“The Bungalow and the Transformation of the ‘Half-Caste’ Category in Central Australia: Race and Law at the Limits of a Settler Colony, 1914-1937” by Timothy Calabria is moving in its discussion of the impacts of colonialism on Topsy Smith and her children, particularly Emily Geesing, but also ambitious in its goals. The strength of the paper lies in its use of critical race studies theory to place Australian law in the broader context of colonialism and its deliberate structuring of a racial hierarchy to suit Australian settler colonialism. The paper thus explores a lot of material and theoretical ground which was impressive and highly engaging. It combines some compelling local history and stories of the peoples involved in ‘the Bungalow’ project, and litigation on the meaning of ‘half-caste’, along with an awareness of theoretical perspectives on racialised versions of history and colonialist policies and perspectives. The paper is well written and the author seems to have read widely and wisely: a highly commendable piece of work.

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Latest edition of law&history [2019] 6:1

the latest edition of law&history is out. Contents can be seen on the ‘Journal’ page and the whole will be available soon via Heinonline; Informit etc.

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