2019 ANZLHS Conference

Wednesday 11 December–Saturday 14 December 2019, 9am–6pm

Event details

The 38th annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society (ANZLHS) invites those who bring an historical perspective on law to consider together the many ways our work has in the past, and continues in the future, to matter.

This historical perspective on law is broadly defined – and includes those who position law in a temporal frame, who write legal history or histories of law, lawmaking, legal ideas, jurisprudence, jurisdiction or legal institutions and their personnel.

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

Writing law's history has long been understood as a purposeful practice, both necessary and never complete, as the eminent British historian FW Maitland noted more than a century ago. Today, with the flourishing of imperial and postcolonial scholarship, Maitland's advocacy of researching law's past prompts renewed attention to the progenitors, methods and politics of our disciplinary practices.

The imperative of capturing and presenting that knowledge seems greater than ever before. Yet for those of us engaged in historical study it can often appear that what we do, and why we do it, is not always well recognised or as valued as it should be. Simultaneously, questions abound about the implications of our practice and its political impact or purpose.

This conference will examine the value of studying law's history in its many forms.

Keynote speakers

The Honourable Justice Chris Maxwell AC, President of the Victorian Court of Appeal

Martha S Jones, Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History, Department of History, John Hopkins University

Professor John Hudson, University of St Andrews

Shaunnagh Dorset, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney

Damen Ward, Senior Crown Counsel, Crown Law Office, Wellington, New Zealand

George Williams AO, Anthony Mason and Scientia Professor, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales

Peter Greste, UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communications, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Queensland

'From Encounter to Treaty' panel

Ann Genovese, Associate Professor, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne

Mark McMillan, Professor and Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Education and Engagement, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University

Julie Evans, Associate Professor (Honorary), Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne

Joanna Cruickshank, Senior Lecturer in History, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University

Shaun McVeigh, Associate Professor, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne

Crystal McKinnon, Vice Chancellor Indigenous Research Fellow, Media and Communication, RMIT University

Conference committee members

Dr Jason Taliadoros, Deakin Law School and 2019 ANZLHS Conference Convenor

Dr Diane Kirkby, ANZLHS Liaison

Dr Hannah Robert, La Trobe Law School

Dr Chris Brien, Victoria University College of Law & Justice

Dr Michael Stuckey, Victoria University College of Law & Justice

Dr Ann Genovese, Melbourne Law School

Call for papers

Please email proposals for either individual papers (20 mins), panels of three or four speakers or both to the ANZLHS Organising Committee.

Individual paper proposals must include an abstract (no more than 300 words) and a biographical statement (no more than 100 words) for each speaker.

Panel proposals should include the above, plus a panel title and brief rationale for the panel as a whole (no more than 300 words).

Deadline 21 July 2019.

The Organising Committee plans to notify successful proposals in late July/August 2019.

All presenters must be financial members of the Australia and New Zealand Law and History Society for 2019. Please go to the ANZLHS website to register or renew your membership.

Kercher Scholarship

Postgraduate students who are currently enrolled in an Australian or New Zealand university may apply for a Kercher Scholarship to help them attend the conference.

Two scholarships are usually awarded, one to an Australian and the other to a New Zealand postgraduate student, on the basis of merit through a process of application to the conference organisers.

Each Kercher Scholarship is valued at AUD$500 and is a contribution towards the cost of an economy class airfare to attend the conference and/or accommodation. Recipients will also have the conference registration fee waived and will be awarded a year's membership of the society.

Please email your application to the Conference Convenor, Dr Jason Taliadoros by 31 August 2019.

Find out more

Please contact the ANZLHS Organising Committee with any questions you may have or to express your interest of contributing to the conference.

You can also visit the ANZLHS website for further information.

ANZLHS website

Key information

Date and time

Wednesday 11 December–Saturday 14 December 2019
9am–6pm each day


City Queen Campus, Victoria University
256 Queen Street 
Victoria 3000