Law & History Conference 2019

Wednesday 11 December 2019 to Saturday 14 December 2019

The 38th Annual Conference of the Australia and New Zealand Law and History Society will be held at Victoria University's City Queen Campus from 11 to 14 December 2019.

The conference invites those who bring an historical perspective on law to consider together the many ways our work has in the past, and continues into the future, to matter.

This historical perspective on law is broadly defined - and includes those who position law in a temporal frame, who write legal history or histories of laws, lawmaking, legal ideas, jurisprudence, jurisdiction or legal institutions and their personnel.

Theme: Does Law’s History Matter? The Politics of our Disciplinary Practices

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.

Call for papers

The paper submission process will be announced here when finalised.

Conference details

  • Dates: Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 December 2019
  • Times: 9am – 6pm
  • Location: City Queen Street Campus, 295 Queen Street, Melbourne, Victoria Australia

Contact us

  • Victoria University College of Law & Justice
  • Contact: College Manager, Diane Storey
  • Phone: +61 3 9919 1898
  • Email:

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11 December 2019, 9:00am to 14 December 2019, 6:00pm


City Queen 256, 283, 295 & 300 Queen Street

Get in touch

Diane Storey
+61 3 9919 1898