Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Australia New Zealand Legal History Conference: Second Call and Update

We note the circulation of a second call–the first is noticed here–for Receiving Laws/Giving Laws: The 31st Annual Conference of the Australia New Zealand Law and History Society, which will be held at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), 10-12 December 2012.  Since the last post, the organizers have announced two plenary speakers (in addition to the keynote panel):
Keynote speaker: Professor Philip Girard, Dalhousie - "Colonization, Culture, Continuity:  The Role of Law"

Plenary speaker: Professor Christopher Tomlins, UC Irvine - "Debt, Death, and Redemption: Toward a History of the Turner Rebellion"

Keynote Panel: "Receiving Laws / Giving Laws: Three Takes" - Professor Anne Orford, Melbourne, A/Prof Katherine Biber, UTS, Dr Damen Ward, Crown Law, Wellington
As the first call explained:
The conference theme is “Receiving Laws/Giving Laws”. It is orientated towards the movement, transmission and transformation of laws and their histories – across Empire, through time, in and between genres and disciplines. The receiving and giving of laws could be addressed in a broad range of ways. How do laws and histories translocate? By what means (doctrinal, processual, cultural) are laws transmitted and received in new places? What transformations happen as a result of this movement? Whose histories, cultures and laws appear and disappear through these transformations? What kinds of interventions can bring about ways of transforming, perceiving and transmitting the law and its histories/cultures?
Inquiries or paper proposals - including a title, brief abstract and brief biography - should be sent to by 31 July 2012. While papers on the conference theme are encouraged, abstracts can be submitted on any legal history topic.
All proposals will be assessed, and successful submitters contacted at the end of July. Conference registration, accommodation and other information will be posted to the conference webpage in August.