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Disruption, Temporality, Law: The Future of Law and Society Scholarship

2016 Conference of the Law & Society Association of Australia and New Zealand
Brisbane, Queensland
30th November - 3rd December 2016
We are delighted to release the draft programme for the 2016 Law & Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference (see attached). If you have any questions in regards to the programme, please let us know. A final programme with full details of abstracts, chairs and venue information will be released in the coming weeks.
If you would like to chair a session, please also respond to this email and let us know your availability.
The conference opens on the evening of Wednesday 30th November with a public debate on "The Future of Legal Education" and the conference will be preceded by a Postgraduate Workshop on the 30th November (running from 9.30am to 4.30pm).
In addition, the Early Bird Registration has been extended until 24th October 2016. Registration for the conference is available via the conference website.
Finally, for those that have already registered, there has been technical difficulties in producing tax receipts. Please note that we are aware of this problem and it is being addressed. You will receive a tax receipt in due course.
Kind Regards,
The 2016 Conference Organising Committee
Professor John Flood, Dr Timothy Peters, Dr Edwin Bikundo, Mr Shahram Dana, Dr Roshan de Silva Wijeyeratne, Associate Professor Susan Harris-Rimmer, Dr Robyn Holder, Ms Heron Loban, Dr Jennifer Nielsen, Professor Charles Sampford, Dr Karen Schultz, Ms Kandice Cherry and Mr Dale Mitchell.
Conference Enquiries: 


Lawyers’ Empire: Legal Professions and Cultural Authority, 1780-1950
by W. Wesley Pue
(UBC Press, 2016)
Hardcover, 516 pages, $75.00
20% discount available exclusively for your readers: Use discount code EMPIRE20 on the UBC Press website when ordering (
Approaching the legal profession through the lens of cultural history, Wes Pue explores the social roles lawyers imagined for themselves in England and its expanding empire from the late eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century.
Each chapter focuses on a critical moment when lawyers -- whether leaders or rebels -- sought to reshape their profession. In the process, they often fancied they were also shaping the culture and politics of both nation and empire as they struggled to develop or adapt professional structures, represent clients, or engage in advocacy.
As an exploration of the relationship between legal professionals and liberalism at home or in the Empire, this work draws attention to recurrent disagreements as to how lawyers have best assured their own economic well-being while simultaneously advancing the causes of liberty, cultural authority, stability, and continuity.
W. Wesley Pue is a professor of law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. He is past president of the Canadian Law and Society Association, past provost at UBC’s Okanagan campus, and past vice-provost for UBC’s Vancouver campus. His work has been published in law journals around the world, and his book-length publications include Law School: The Story of Legal Education in British Columbia; Lawyers and Vampires: Cultural Histories of Legal Professions (co-edited with David Sugarman); Misplaced Traditions: Colonial and Post-colonial Approaches to Legal Professions in British Colonies (co-edited with Robert McQueen); and Pepper in Our Eyes: The APEC Affair. Pue is the general editor for the Law & Society Series at UBC Press.

The Law of Deliberative Democracy by Ron Levy and Graeme Orr published by Routledge.

Developing the Right to Social Security – A Gender PerspectiveBeth Goldblatt, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, Series: Routledge Research in Human Rights Law.


Adelaide Law School, 2017 Wellness for Law Forum, 16-17 Feb 2017, Adelaide (coincides with Adelaide Fringe Festival).
NZ Sociology Association Conference, Dunedin: tentative dates 4-6 December 2017
LSAANZ Annual Conference, Dunedin: 6-9 December 2017
Sydney Law School, Indigenous Legal Research Workshop, Friday 10 February 2017, University of Sydney (PhD mentoring workshop)

Disability Studies Conference: Disability Matters: Making the Convention Real, 26 – 29 November 2017, University  of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand 

Following on from the highly successful 2011 Inaugural Disability Studies Conference, Every Body In, we invite you to our 2017 conference, Every Body In Again: Making the Convention Matter.

Conference theme:
The conference offers a forum for discussion of disability matters, with a particular focus on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). New Zealanders played a significant role in the development of this Convention – how are we doing now in terms of its implementation?
We look forward to sharing a breadth of perspectives, practice, policy and research initiatives regarding the implementation and impact of the UNCRPD in all aspects of people’s lives, across national and international contexts.
A conference for every body (not just academics):
As with the 2011 conference, we encourage participation by disabled people, families-
whānau, students, practitioners, policy-makers, researchers, representatives of self-
advocacy, advocacy, service, community organisations and government departments –
anyone who is interested in disability matters.
A Call for Papers is forthcoming...
In the meantime, please save the date and plan to come to Otago in November 2017.
Queries? Email

Call for papers

2017 International Association of Genocide Scholars Conference

The International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) will hold its thirteenth meeting in Brisbane on 9 – 13 July 2017, at the St Lucia campus of The University of Queensland. The conference is jointly hosted by the T.C. Beirne School of Law and the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

The conference theme is “Justice and the Prevention of Genocide”.

Nearly seven decades after the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the hopes embedded in that document remain largely unfulfilled. The theme of the 2017 IAGS conference revisits the two core components of the Convention: justice for acts of genocide, and prevention of future genocides.

While the conference theme will concentrate on these twin themes of justice and prevention, the 2017 IAGS conference is open to any whose work connects with the study of genocide. We aim to bring together scholars, activists, artists and survivors to examine genocidal violence from a wide range of disciplines and approaches. Criminology topics include perpetrators, gender, causes, application of criminological theories to mass atrocity crimes, punishment/sentencing, victims, and atrocity crime prevention.

Please see the Call for Papers webpage for more information; the deadline for abstract submissions is 15 December 2016.

Further information about the conference is available on the website. Please send any enquires to

Book Launch

You are cordially invited to attend the launch of The Law of Deliberative Democracy by Ron Levy and Graeme Orr published by Routledge.
The book will be launched by Justice Peter Applegarth of the Supreme Court of Queensland. After the formal proceedings, we would be pleased if you would join Professor Graeme Orr, Dr Ron Levy and invited guests for light refreshments.
We hope that you are able to join us and look forward to your response at your earliest convenience.
Date: Tuesday 15 November 2016
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Venue: Supreme Court Library, Level 12
QEII Courts of Law, 415 George St, Brisbane
RSVP: by Friday 11 November 2016

Academic Positions, Doctoral scholarships, etc

Sydney Law School, Associate Professor or Professor in Contract Law
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Griffith Law School, Law Futures Centre, Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

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University of Wollongong School of Law, Criminal Justice PhD top up grant
PhD top up grant of $10k p.a. available for a topic in the field of criminal justice (see
Sydney Law School, Julian Small Scholarship 2017
The Scholarship is open to commencing, fulltime domestic and international applicants seeking to be admitted to a PhD or LLM by research degree, at the Sydney Law School.  Further information and how to apply can be found on the website:
Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology, six doctoral positions (65%, TV-L E13)  starting 1.April 2017. please find more information here
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