The Academy is holding an on-line session on Whistleblowing - what is it, who does it, when is it lawful, when is it mandatory? on 19 November 2020. A distinguished panel of Professor A J Brown (Griffith), Professor John McMillan AO (ANU), Ms Kate McClymont AM (Investigative Journalist) and Mr Bret Walker SC will be chaired by Justice Julie Ward of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Registration details under events
The Academy has sponsored the publication of this collection of papers and speeches of one of Australia’s leading jurists, the Hon Robert French AC. The book is divided into ten parts, each reflecting an aspect of French’s career including Indigenous issues, human rights, public law, commercial dispute resolution and the judicial system. French’s contributions are put into context through commentaries by leading legal academics, judges and practitioners. Further details through Federation Press
The Academy's Ninth Annual Patron’s Address will be delivered by Her Excellency the Hon Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales. Her Excellency will examine the historical and changing relationship between the Common Law and Australian Aboriginals. The address will be held on-line on 22 October 2020. Please see registration details under events.
This online event is a fantastic opportunity for those who have an interest in the history of the transport of cargo in the days of sailing ships through to container shipping in the 21st century and the law that developed around it. A ten minute extract from a documentary film, World in a Box-50 years of containerisation in Australia, will be shown based loosely on The Homeward Trade, written by Martin Orchard in 2006 on a commission from Shipping Australia. Along with Martin Orchard, we will hear from Justices Angus Stewart and Sarah Derrington chaired by Chief Justice James Allsop AO. Registration is essential.

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Annual Essay Prize 2020

The Australian Academy of Law is pleased to announce the offering of its Annual Essay Prize for 2020

24 August 2020 

AAL Newsletter [2020] No. 7 dated 24 August 2020


11 July 2020

AAL Newsletter [2020] No. 6 dated 11 July 2020


Date  23 Sep 2020

World in a Box - 50 years of containerisation in Australia


Date  22 October 2020

Patron's Address:  Aboriginal Australians and the Common Law

Date 19 November 2020

Whistleblowing - what is it, who does it, when is it lawful, when is it mandatory?

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