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Legal History Turns

1st Edition

Edited by Karen Schultz

Federation Press

136 pages

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This volume concerns legal history turns - that is, new directions or volte-faces in legal history and its interdisciplinarity. Legal history turns include deviations from historically-situated interpretations and practices in law and legal scholarship. The papers in this volume grew from the Griffith Law School's Legal History Seminar Series, a public lecture initiative intended to contribute to the interest in legal history of the profession, judiciary, academe, and the public. Written by a cast that includes authors with internationally-impressive legal history credentials, this collection illustrates legal history turns' dynamism and diversity, and is introduced with a Foreword by The Honourable Justice Susan Kiefel AC. The papers, in the order of presentation in the collection, are:

Dr Karen Schultz on Turns' topics and optics

Professor Emeritus John McLaren on the Comparative Turn

Associate Professor Penny Crofts on the Identic Turn

Professor Mark Finnane on the Narrative Turn

Professor The Honourable William Gummow AC on the Constitutional Turn

Professor Emeritus David Saunders on the Biographical Turn

Professor Jim Phillips on the Contextual Turn

Table of Contents


Karen Schultz

Legal History Turns: Topics and Optics

Karen Schultz

Chasing the Chimera: Rule of Law in the British Empire and the Comparative Turn in Legal History

John McLaren

The Identic Turn: The Culpability of Accessories and Perpetrators

Penny Crofts

A Politics of Prosecution: The Conviction of Wonnerwerry and the Exoneration of Jerry Durack in Western Australia 1898

Mark Finnane

The Australian Constitution and the End of Empire - A Century of Legal History

The Hon William Gummow AC

The Biographical Turn: Lord Nottingham, His Case

David Saunders

The Many Meanings of Judicial Independence: Examples from British North America

Jim Phillips

About the Editor

Dr Karen Schultz is a Lecturer at the Griffith Law School, and Chair of the Organising Committee for Griffith Law School's Legal History Seminar Series, established in 2011. Her teaching and research is focused in legal theory, constitutional law, equity, and legal history. Admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, she has a background in private practice (at Feez Ruthning, now Allens) and in public sector research (at the Queensland Law Reform Commission, Litigation Reform Commission, and Queensland Court of Appeal). She has been an editor of the Griffith Law Review and the Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Legal History
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology