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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Sad news

The international community of legal history scholars is mourning the death last week of Wes Pue in Vancouver.

We reported on his ill-health recently but now sadly have to express our condolences to Wes’s family.  We have an obituary by Wilf Prest who worked with Wes for a semester at University of Adelaide on our news page.

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Call for papers now open

The CFP for our 2019 conference is now open.  Deadline for proposals is 30 May 2019.  Please see the conference page for details.

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LSAANZ prizes for our members

Congratulations to members Amanda Nettelbeck and Tanya Josev for winning two of the three prizes awarded at the 2018 conference by the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand.

Congratulations to Amanda Nettelbeck for ‘Creating the Aboriginal Vagrant: Indigenous Mobility & Colonial Governance’ Pacific Historical Review, Vol. 87 No. 1, Winter 2018; (pp. 79-100) for a published article or book chapter


Tanya Josev for Campaign against the courts (Federation Press, 2017) early career researcher prize.

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News from the society’s 2018 AGM

One of the enjoyable parts of our AGMs is the announcement of our annual and biennial prizes.  This year our congratulations go to Shaunnagh Dorsett whose book Juridical Encounters won the 2018 Legal History prize.

Congratulations also to Penny Edmonds who won the inaugural TRACE award for an article published in law&history.

You can read about both these awards and the judges commendations on our Prizes and Scholarship page.

We now have a new president, Prue Vines (UNSW) and vice-president, Amanda Nettelbeck (UAdelaide).  Details of the 2018-19 executive and contact details are available on the About page.

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