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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Latest vol of law&history is available. Special Edition ‘The Criminal Trial in Australia: Offenders and Victims’

The latest vol of law&history is out. A special edition on The Criminal Trial in Australia: Offenders and Victims, guest edited by Mark Finnane.

Don’t forget the journal is available via HeinOnLine, Informit and EBSCO! We are double blind peer reviewed and submissions can be sent to

Table of Contents:

The Criminal trial in Australia: offenders and victims

Guest Editor’s Comments

1. Lisa Featherstone
Women’s rights, men’s rights, human rights: discourses of rights and rape in marriage in 1970s and 1980s Australia

2. Tanya Mitchell
The rise to prominence of the victim in the summary criminal jurisdiction in the twentieth century

3. Lisa Durnian
Police Practices and the Judges’ Rules, 1926-1961
4. Alana Piper and Lauren Vogel
Co-offenders before the court: The joinder effect in Victoria, 1861-1961

5. Andy Kaladelfos
Gender, Victimisation and Prosecutorial Discretion:[in] the Attrition of Sexual Offences

6. Arlie Loughnan
Women’s Responsibility for Crime: Dynamics of Change in Australia since the turn of the Twentieth Century



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Past ANZLHS president made a member of the Royal Society Te Apārangi

Congratulations to Professor David Williams of Auckland University who has been elected to the Academy of the New Zealand Royal Society:  ‘Election to the society is an honour that recognises true international distinction in research, scholarship and the advancement of knowledge.’

This society has benefited from David’s active engagement for many years including filling the role of president 2010-2012.  We are delighted to see this public acknowledgement of his international scholarship.

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Political Interference in research

The executive of this society expresses its grave concern over political interference in the awarding of ARC grants.  In Senate Estimates on 25 October it was revealed that more than $AU4 million were denied to Humanities projects in 2017 and 2018.

The minister’s response was poor, indicating that he does not understand the importance of independent humanities research and of the peer review process; his response implied that research should be funded on the basis of its popularity with the public.

This action harms the international reputation of the Australian university sector and risks collaborations between Australian and international researchers.

On behalf of the society we affirm our support for the long standing traditions of academic freedom and critical inquiry inherent in both our disciplines.

Links to an article co-authored by an ANZLHS member, to media releases from the Australian Academy of Humanities and Council of Australian Law Deans are available on our news page where a copy of a statement by the Australian Historical Association has also been shared.

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