The Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence

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The Julius Stone institute of Jurisprudence was established in 1999 with the assistance of funds raised from and by the alumni and friends of the University of Sydney Law School, in particular from those who were students of Professor Stone or who had worked with, or been influenced by him. The Institute serves as a focus for theoretical scholarship in Australia, continuing the Sydney Law School’s strong leadership in this field, and recognises, honours and celebrates Stone’s outstanding contribution to legal scholarship.

The Institute is designed to keep faith with Professor Stone’s commitment to the importance of legal theory in its broad sense, which includes philosophical reflection, sociological theory and comparative enquiry. It serves as a focus for new and imaginative work, not only at the University of Sydney, but across Australia. It will serve as a vehicle for extending and deepening Australian legal culture’s engagement with legal theory and issues of social justice, and for projecting Australia’s own contributions internationally. It will stand as a celebration of Professor Stone’s commitment to legal scholarship and law reform.


The Institute plays a leading role in the development, dissemination and application of legal theory in Australia and also fosters the international engagement of legal theorists working in Australia.

It pursues these objectives by:

  • sponsoring lectures, including an annual Julius Stone Lecture in Jurisprudence, as well as seminars, workshops and other similar activities;
  • supporting visits of distinguished scholars of jurisprudence;
  • supporting and funding high quality postgraduate study in the field of legal theory;
  • arranging the publication of papers, reports and other works; and
  • providing information about resources in legal theory.