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Welcome to the Australian Academy of Law

The Australian Academy of Law comprises elected individuals of exceptional distinction in the discipline of law who are committed to the advancement of that discipline and to justice according to law in Australia.  

Membership is by invitation by the Board of Directors following nomination by an existing Fellow, together with a Seconder, and consideration and recommendation by the Membership Committee. Fellows are invited from the practising profession, from legal academia and from the judiciary to facilitate collaboration and constructive debate amongst all sections of the legal community. The Academy thereby provides a bridge between all sections of the legal community.   

The objects of the Academy are to:

  • Advance the discipline of law;
  • Establish scholarships and research grants;
  • Promote excellence in legal scholarship, research, education, and the administration of justice;
  • Promote law reform;
  • Promote ethical conduct and professional responsibility;
  • Enhance the understanding and observance of the rule of law;
  • Provide a forum for collaboration and constructive debate amongst all branches of the legal community.

It is important that Fellows consider from time to time other distinguished lawyers who are suitable for nomination as a Fellow. The eligibility criteria are that the person is of exceptional distinction in the discipline of law and demonstrably committed to the objects of the Academy. All Fellows are encouraged to look broadly to nominate candidates and to consider candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Nominations should be forwarded to the AAL Secretariat by 31 August each year.

The AAL expects to elect new Fellows by the end of each calendar year.

The AAL's 2023 annual report has now been published and is to be found here.

Publication of the proceedings of the joint event
with the AIJA and the ALJ: 
Enduring Courts in Changing Times

The AAL has now, with the excellent work of Dr Trischa Mann, edited the papers for publication in book form.

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The book was launched by The Hon Tom Bathurst AC KC, the former Chief Justice of New South Wales, and The Hon Chief Justice Alan Blow AO, the Chief Justice of Tasmania on Tuesday 16 July 2024 at 5.15 pm (AEST) in Court 13A and then the gallery area outside the Banco Court on Level 13, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Queens Square, Sydney.

Newsletter No 6 

24 June 2024

The latest Newsletter of the Academy can be viewed by clicking below:

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Australian Academy of Law
First Nations Scholarship 2024

The Australian Academy of Law again offered the AAL First Nations Scholarship tenable in 2024 for a First Nations final year law student.

The successful applicant was UNSW student Mr Kyle Fox, a proud Wiradjuri man currently in his final year at UNSW studying for a Bachelor of Law and Criminology and Criminal Justice.

The amount of the award is A$5000.

A small ceremony took place on
28 May at UNSW to congratulate Kyle Fox formally and to hand him his certificate. 

See media release here

Australian Academy of Law
Annual Report 2023

A snapshot of what the Academy did in calendar year 2023

Australian Academy of Law
Notice of 2024 Essay Prize 

The Australian Academy of Law invites you to submit an essay for its 2024 Annual Essay Prize.

The Prize is open to anyone, who is studying or has studied legal subjects at a tertiary level, or who is working or has worked in a law-based occupation.

The amount of the Prize is $10,000.

The deadline for the submission of an essay is 31 August 2024 and Essays should be submitted to the Secretariat

The Rules can be accessed on the Academy’s website here 

You should also refer to the Academy’s website here for further information about the actual submission of an entry as well as information on previous winners here.

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