Forthcoming Events and recent News of Note

Latest Announcements:


The Society is delighted to note the publication later in December 2018 by Federation Press of G D Woods’ second volume on the history of criminal law in NSW, The New State, 1901-1955. FURTHER DETAILS AVAILABLE AT:  A History of Criminal Law in New South Wales


Details of the 2018 Essay Competition are available on the following link: 2018 Essay Conditions and Guidelines


The Holt Prize

Sponsored by Federation Press.


The Prize is awarded every two years to a first-time author of an unpublished legal work of an academic or practical nature. The Holt Prize winner will receive a $12,000 cash prize and a publishing contract with The Federation Press.

Further Details available at: The-Holt-Prize-2019



This year’s AGM was  held on Wednesday 14 November 2018 at 5:15pm in the Bar Association Common Room. 

Click on the following link for the Annual Report which outlines the various activities of the Society: ANNUAL REPORT 2018 – 13.11.18

We welcomed Ben Chen to the Council during the meeting.

Ben is a longstanding member of the Society . In his final year of undergraduate studies, Ben served as Tipstaff to Justice Lindsay. He has published in legal history and helped organise legal history tutorials for members and friends of the Society. Ben later worked as a judge’s associate at the ACT Supreme Court (in 2013-14) and a sessional academic at the Australian National University (in 2014-16). While at Columbia, he worked as a researcher for Professor Elizabeth S Scott, the chief reporter for Restatement of Children and the Law.

Ben joined Sydney University Law School in 2018. He is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University School of Law and at the Australian National University Research School of Economics. His legal research focuses on mental incapacity in private law, using behavioural-economic and historical approaches. His economics research develops contest theory (a branch of game theory) to capture behavioural biases and social preferences, and then applies it to model civil litigation.



The latest edition of the Forbes Flyer, July 2018, edited by David Ash, is available at the following link: Forbes-Flyer-No-37-Spring-2018


  • Special Note Legal History 3 

  • The Journal, Legal History is commissioning a special Law and War Edition. Call for papers has been released. Click on the following link for details: Legal History CFP – Law and War