On 17 November 2010 Dr Lisa Ford of UNSW, delivered the 2010 Forbes Lecture (entitled “Thinking Big about Early NSW: Colonial Law in Global Perspective”) in the Banco Court, Supreme Court of NSW. The event was chaired by Justice Virginia Bell of the High Court of Australia. Dr Ford was introduced by Emeritus Professor Bruce Kercher, Dr Ford’s paper was published in (2011) 34 Aust Bar Rev 204.
The Lecture provided an occasion to celebrate the success of Lisa’s Settler Sovereignty: Jurisdiction and Indigenous People in America and Australia, 1788-1836 (Harvard University Press, 2010). In 2008 it won the Thomas J Wilson Memorial Prize awarded by Harvard University Press for “outstanding content, style and mode of presentation” of a “first book” approved by that publisher for publication. In 2010 it won two further awards. First, it won the 2010 NSW Premier’s Prize for the best general history book. Subsequently it was awarded the 2010 Littleton-Griswold Prize for the best book in any subject on the history of American law and society, awarded by the American Historical Association.