It’s a busy time for the Society in the coming weeks!
Professor Mark Finnane (https://experts.griffith.edu.au/academic/m.finnane) will deliver the Plunkett lecture on 27 September 2016 at 5.15pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. Professor Finnane is ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of History at Griffith University. He has published widely on the history of criminal justice, policing, punishment, and criminal law in both Australia and Ireland.
The title of Professor Finnane’s lecture is “Does the criminal trial have an Australian history? Lessons from the Prosecution Project”. The Prosecution Project is a project in which the history of the criminal trial in Australia is being investigated, and involves digitising records of available Supreme Court cases between 1850 and 1960. Professor Finnane will discuss the aims of the project and the new knowledge that is opened up by this exercise, not only about the changing patterns of prosecution process and outcomes, but also about the many actors within the criminal justice process – from judges and defence lawyers to prosecutors and police, from defendants to victims, from witnesses to juries.
Australian Legal History Tutorials
The Very popular tutorial series this year commenced with an introduction by Keith Mason AC QC to Australian legal history, which he presented on 27 July 2016. The most recent tutorial was presented by Justice Emmett on Roman Law, on 30 August 2016. His Honour has generously agreed to deliver a ‘Part 2’ of his paper on 30 November 2016 in which his Honour will explore the Roman influences on Western systems of law and legal education.
The following tutorials are scheduled for October and November, all of which will be held at 5.15pm in Banco Court – and they all FREE!
- Justice Black will deliver a legal history tutorial titled, ‘The History of Corporations Law’ on 26 October 2016
- Chief Justice Bathurst will deliver a legal history tutorial titled, ‘The History of Contract Law’ on 9 November 2016.
- Justice Emmett will deliver the second part of his tutorial on Roman Law on 30 November 2016.
Oxford Edition of Blackstone
Oxford University Press is offering Forbes members a discount on the ‘Oxford Edition of Blackstone: Commentaries on the Laws of England: Books I, II, III, and IV’ edited by one of our members, Wilfrid Prest (Professor Emeritus of History and Law University of Adelaide) – see the attached flyer. blackstone_oxfordeditionofblackstone
2016 Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 22 November 2016 in Court 1 at Hospital Road at 5.15pm. A formal notice of the meeting will be sent in due course. All members are welcome.