• 11 December 2019, 9:00am to 14 December 2019, 5:00pm
City Queen Campus
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The Australian and New Zealand Law History Society Conference, 11 – 14 December 2019, addresses the question: Does Law's History Matter? The Politics of our Disciplinary Practices.

Those who consider the historical perspective on law are invited to attend the conference at Victoria University's City Queen Campus. A panel of international experts will offer insight into our discussion topic.


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.

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