2013 Sydney Law School Postgraduate Conference
31 October and 1 November 2013
Sydney Law School
New Law School Building
Camperdown, University of Sydney
Further 2013 information will be provided in due course.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Deadline Monday 23 September 2013 (by 5pm)
Abstracts of no more than 250 words (plus a short biography) should be submitted to . Please use the Abstract Submission Form.pdf to submit your abstract.
The University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Law Students Committee invites the submission of abstracts for the 2013 Postgraduate Law Conference. The theme of the conference is "Stability and Transformation".
"Change is the only constant" (Heraclitus, Greek philosopher, 535-475 BC)
Legal principles, practices, institutions and scholarship are characterised by stability and transformation, and by the interplay between them. Law both responds to and shapes social, economic and political transformations, while the rule of law connotes stability and continuity. As legal scholars, are we rule-bound, rational or radical? Are our lenses microscopic, telescopic or panoramic? And what is the role of law in the context of shifting alliances and emerging priorities?
The Committee invites research students in law and related disciplines (including sociology, cultural studies, philosophy, political economy, history, economics and business) to submit paper proposals that engage with the conference theme.
We encourage you to interpret the theme widely and creatively: to apply it to your experience of scholarship, to your particular research area, or to current national and global events.
The conference will take place at the New Law School Building, University of Sydney. Day One will include the keynote address and concurrent presentation sessions. Day Two will run as a half day and will include discussion sessions on aspects of the PhD experience facilitated by leading academics. Research students are welcome to attend without presenting.
2013 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Professor Rosalind Croucher, President, Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC).
AN ACADEMIC IN THE WORLD OF LAW REFORM-OF WRITING AND 'JOUSTING WITH DEMONS'
The process of research and writing, of the kind that all research students are engaged in, is akin to jousting with demons. There are other metaphors one might use-gazing at oceans, walking through mud, but they are about the same thing: how you work through a research process and end up with a finished product. It is about finding stability in your endeavours and transforming them into an argument sustained over the period of candidature.
In this presentation Professor Croucher will draw parallels between the way the ALRC works through a law reform project, and academic research and writing more generally. She will also comment on how academic researchers can add value to law reform in a really meaningful, ‘impactful’ way.
PROFESSOR ROSALIND CROUCHER
BA(Hons) LLB PhD AMusA FRSA FACLM(Hon) FAAL TEP
Professor Croucher was appointed to the Australian Law Reform Commission on 5 February 2007, and on 14 December 2009 as President, after a distinguished period of 25 years in University teaching and management, most recently as Dean of Law at Macquarie (Nov 1999-Feb 2007). Professor Croucher has lectured and published extensively, principally in the fields of equity, trusts, property, inheritance and legal history. She served as Dean of Sydney Law School 1997–1998; Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans (2002); Vice President of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (1998-2005); Rapporteur for the 8th biennial conference of the International Association of Women Judges, 2006; and accepted as a full member of the international Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners in 2008. Professor Croucher was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Australian College of Legal Medicine in 2004, a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2007; and on 25 October 2013 was made an Honorary Life Fellow of the Women Lawyers’ Association of New South Wales.
At the ALRC Professor Croucher was the Commissioner in charge of the following inquiries: Privilege in Perspective: Client Legal Privilege and Federal Investigations (ALRC 107); Secrecy Laws and Open Government in Australia (ALRC 112); Family Violence-A National Legal Response (ALRC 114); Managing Discovery-Discovery of Documents in Federal Courts (ALRC 115); Family Violence and Commonwealth Laws-Improving Legal Frameworks (ALRC 117) and Access All Ages-Older Workers and Commonwealth Laws (ALRC 120). She is currently leading the inquiry into legal barriers for people with disability in Commonwealth laws. Professor Croucher also continues her academic writing where she can, around the exigencies and demands of ALRC inquiries. Professor Croucher enjoys choral singing and is delighted to have rediscovered her oboe playing.