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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 and existing Fellow and consideration by the Membership Committee.  Fellows are invited by the Academy from the legal profession, from legal academia and from the judiciary.   The Academy thereby provides a bridge between each of those sections of the legal community.    The Academy's objects as listed in its Constitution are pursued through its public conferences and debates and its publications and newsletters, and the promotion of those objects through the individual activities of the Fellows.  The AAL's 2021 annual report has now been published and is to be found here.


2022 Annual Essay Prize Presentation - Brisbane 20 October 2022

The $10,000 prize for the winning essay Recommendations to Alleviate Gendered, Racial and Socio-Economic Inequalities in the Administration of the Bail System was awarded jointly to Catherine Bugler and Alice Muir.  Congratulations to both!

Winning Essay

Media Release  

Newsletter No 11, 25 November 2022

The latest Newsletter of the Academy can be viewed here

It reports on recent and forthcoming events, the essay prize, donations to the public fund and new fellows elected to the Academy. 

As to 2023, the State and Territory based event organising committees are meeting on 13 December to map out events proposed for 2023. If any fellow wishes to propose a topic for an event please contact the Secretariat or Alan Robertson before then.

In September 2023, there will be a joint event with the Australian Law Journal and the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration: Enduring courts in changing times. This will mark some important national legal bicentenaries, including for New South Wales, the Third Charter of Justice promulgated on 13 October 1823 establishing the Supreme Court and, for Tasmania, the first sitting of the Supreme Court of Van Diemen’s Land on 10 May 1824.