Congratulations to Danielle Boaz, University of North Carolina Charlotte campus, who has been awarded the 2016 Sir Francis Forbes Prize for Australian legal history for a paper delivered at our Perth conference last December. For more information on the prize and this year’s winner see the Prizes and Scholarships page.
A new edition of law&history is in press. The contents page is available under the ‘Journal’ tab.
There is an opportunity to showcase the wonderful interdisciplinary work many of our members do at the Australian Historical Association conference which is to be held in Newcastle 3-7 July 2017. The conference theme is Entangled Histories and we are keen to have some legal history-specific panels. As the conference call for papers’ deadline is looming please send an abstract of your proposed paper to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Diane.Kirkby@latrobe.edu.au by 30 March 2017.
This new work may be of interest to members.
Granville Sharp’s Cases on Slavery
The purpose of Granville Sharpe’s Cases on Slavery is twofold: first, to publish previously unpublished legal materials principally in three important cases in the 18th century on the issue of slavery in England, and specifically the status of black people who were slaves in the American colonies or the West Indies and who were taken to England by their masters. The unpublished materials are mostly verbatim transcripts made by shorthand writers commissioned by Granville Sharp, one of the first Englishmen to take up the cause of the abolition of the slave trade and slavery itself. Other related unpublished material is also made available for the first time, including an opinion of an attorney general and some minor cases from the library of York Minster.
Dr Andrew Lyall is a retired member of staff in Law at University College Dublin.
Hart Publishing are currently offering a discount to members here
We note a CFP for the XXIIIrd Annual Forum of the Association of Young Legal Historians, to be held in Naples, 30 May-1 June 2017. The theme is “History of Law and Other Humanities: Views of the Legal Culture across the Time”. The Forum will be devoted to the Relations between Law and Humanities, ‘in order to propose new instruments of research’. More information is here, and the CFP closes 15 March. Its somewhat short notice, but it is in Naples! Hat Tip: Legal History Blog.
For those so minded, a reminder…
Nominations for the History Council of NSW awards and prizes close Friday 31 March 2017. Full details.
Nominations for the 2017 Maritime History Prizes offered by the Australian Association for Maritime History and the Australian National Maritime Museum close on Friday 28 April 2017. Full details.
This may be of interest to some of our post-grad members:
Applicants with a background in historical research are sought to work on a legal-historical project based at Melbourne Law School. Professor Ian Ramsay and Associate Professor Paul Ali are currently recruiting a Research Assistant to work with them on a study of bankruptcy laws in nineteenth century Australia. This study forms part of a three year ARC-funded investigation of Australia’s personal insolvency regime. More information is available.