Professor William MacNeil

As a global thought-leader in law, literature and the humanities, our Dean of Law and Head of School is a key figure in the School’s research culture. His scholarly outputs in 2019 included:

Journal articles

‘Boundary, Crossing, Pathway: Margaret Davies’ Province of Jurisprudence Un-Determined’, Book Symposium on Margaret Davies’ Law UnLimited: Materialism, Pluralism and Legal Theory (2018) 43 Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 135-140.

‘Lacanian ink and leather “down under”: Queensland’s “bikie” legislation and its crimes of fashion’ (2017 26(4), Griffith Law Review, 615-631, published on-line, January 2019 and in print March 2019.

Book chapters

‘Promethean Longing: Ridley Scott’s Speculative Legalism’, in Law and the Humanities: Cultural Perspectives, C.Battisti and S. Fiorato (eds), (DeGruyter, Berlin, 2019), 523-36.

‘The Litigating Dead: Zombie Jurisprudence in The Walking Dead, World War Z and The Rising’, in Law and the New Media: West of Everything, C. Delage, P. Goodrich & M. Wan (eds), (EUP, Edinburgh, 2019) 138-155.

Edited volumes

Series Editor, Edinburgh Critical Studies in Law, Literature and Humanities: K.I. Baxter, Imagined States: Law and Literature in Nigeria (Edinburgh: EUP, 2019).

Series Editor, Edinburgh Critical Studies in Law, Literature and Humanities: J. Gaakeer, Judging from Experience: Law, Praxis, Humanities (Edinburgh: EUP, 2019).

Bill has four journal articles in progress, together with a new monograph, Speculative Legalism: The Philosophy of Law in Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Professor William MacNeil

Professor William MacNeil, Dean of Law and Head, School of Law and Justice, SCU.

Associate Professor Nicole Rogers

August 2019 saw the publication of Nicole’s scholarly monograph Law, Fiction and Activism in a Time of Climate Change (Routledge). Widely acclaimed, this highly topical book has now been shortlisted for the prestigious UK Socio-Legal Studies Association Book Prize for 2020.

In the words of the SLJ’s Distinguished Visitor, Professor Bernhard Schlink:

I learned a lot from it [Law, Fiction and Activism in a Time of Climate Change], and enjoyed it very much. Being of a generation that smoked innocently, celebrated nuclear energy, admired the romanticism of industrial landscapes with smoking chimneys, and seeing the Club of Rome’s prophecies fail, I didn’t find my way easily into taking the threats of climate change seriously. Even now I see that the young generation has an emotional response to climate change that I lack; I understand the necessity of fighting climate change with my mind, not with my heart. And precisely because of that I enjoyed your book. The way it blends legal discourse, reflexions on fiction and reporting on activism, has spoken to me in a way other books on climate change hadn’t. The way it blends was also a good experience, because the generation I come from learned not to mix genres, and your book shows how well it can work.

Assoc. Professor Rogers is pictured right at the official launch of her book at the Law in End Times conferences in December.

Other recent publications by Nicole include book chapters, Brendan Mackey and Nicole Rogers, ‘Promising the Earth: the need for Engelian Covenant-making in the Anthropocene’ in The Crisis in Global Ethics and the Future of Global Governance (Edward Elgar, 2019); and Nicole Rogers, Greta Bird, Jo Bird and Michelle Maloney, ‘Re-imagining the Common Law: the Wild Law Judgment Project and Rights of Nature and People’s Tribunals’ in Representations and Rights of the Environment: Conceptual Foundations (Cambridge University Press, in press).

Journal articles in the pipeline include ‘Climate Activism and the Extraordinary Emergency Defence’, in the March 2020 issue of the Australian Law Journal, and an invitation to contribute an article to a 2020 special issue of the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, on ‘From Student Strikes to the Extinction Rebellion’.

Nicole’s research into the use of Queensland’s ‘extraordinary emergency’ defence for climate activists was used in in a May 2019 trial, where she played an advisory role and appeared as an expert witness. And again in October, Nicole advised the legal defence team in the trials of four Extinction Rebellion activists. This attracted national and international media attention with articles appearing in Al Jazerra (, an ABC podcast (, an interview on Melbourne radio 3AW, and articles appearing on the Sydney Defence Lawyers website, and in the Green Left Weekly ( and (

Other speaker engagements in a busy 2019 calendar included Melbourne Law School, QUT, an Australian Conservation Foundation community forum at the Gold Coast, a NSW Environmental Defenders Office panel session at the Environmental and Planning Law Association in Sydney, and giving evidence before the Senate Environment and Communications Committee Inquiry into the Faunal Extinction Crisis in Tasmania.

Associate Professor Nicole Rogers

Associate Professor Nicole Rogers at the official launch of her book at the Law in End Times conferences in December.

Associate Professor John Page

Associate Professor John PageThe School’s Deputy Dean (Research) had a busy year of collaborations and quality publications in 2019 – that began with the publication of ‘Property, Values and the Empirics of Place’ in the Griffith Law Review, a critical property/legal geographic critique of three very different communities in the Northern Rivers.

In March, the co-authored article, ‘Of protest, the commons, and customary public rights: an ancient tale of the lawful forest’ appeared in the UNSW Law Journal, written with former SLJ colleague, Dr. Cristy Clark.

In April, another SLJ collaboration, ‘Can You hear the rivers sing’ (Clark, Emmanouil, Page & Pelizzon), appeared in Ecology Law Quarterly, widely regarded as in the top 5 of US environmental law reviews.

In May, John signed a book contract with Routledge for his second monograph ‘Property and the Public Realm: owning, belonging, connecting’ – due out in late 2020/early 2021. Also in May, John was appointed an Editor at the Journal of Law, Property & Society (Fordham Law School, New York), and along with Dr. Clark, finalised the last volume 19 of the Southern Cross University Law Review. To finish the month off, John was awarded a travelling scholarship to visit the archives of the Communal Studies Center in Indiana, slated for May 2020.

The year ended with the news, announced at LSAANZ’s Law in End Times conference in December, that the jointly authored article ‘The Lawful Forest’ (Clark & Page) won the LSAANZ Journal Publication Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in the field of law and society.

Professor Bee Chen Goh

Professor Goh’s 2019 research calendar included:

March: Submitted the final seed grant funding report, ‘Food Security in China’ to the Centre for Organics Research at SCU.

May: Convened the visit of Justice Francois Kunc, Supreme Court of NSW, as part of the SLJ’s Judge-in-Residence Program.

August: Published a book chapter, ‘Forewarned is Forearmed: Sino-Western Negotiation Pitfalls and Tactics‘ in Negotiation Essentials for Lawyers (American Bar Association).

October: Publication of the co-edited book Scholarship, Practice and Education in Comparative Law: A Festschrift in Honour of Mary Hiscock (Springer), together with two book chapters, ‘An Idea for a Better World: Human Rightsponsibility’, and a joint chapter with John Farrar on ‘Introduction: Comparative Dimensions of Law in Context’.

October: Commenced Visiting Professorship at the Faculty of Law, Chiang Mai University, Thailand that explored future research collaboration on ADR, Organics, and Social Justice issues, plus fostering collaborative relations with the National Economics University in Hanoi, and discussions with Peking University School of Transnational Law. The Visiting Professorship also included the presentation of the paper, ‘Negotiating in the Asian Century’ at the 1st International Conference on ‘Law, Legality and Legitimacy in Asia, Faculty of Law, Chiang Mai University on 1 November.

December: Submitted Organics Manuscript (co-edited with Dr Rohan Price) to Springer.

Professor Bee Chen Goh

Professor Bee Chen Goh (third from left)

Associate Professor Jennifer Nielsen

Associate Professor Jennifer NielsenJennifer is a scholar of critical race and whiteness theory. Her research reflects her commitment to social justice and inclusion especially for rural communities.
As the SLJ’s Deputy Dean (Teaching and Learning) Jennifer’s research outputs in 2019 included:

January: Publication of book chapter, ‘The Problem with Research’, in Dorota Gozdecka and Anne Macduff (eds), Feminism, Postfeminism and Legal Theory: Beyond the Gendered Subject (Routledge, 2019).

February: Invited to present paper to the Indigenous Judgments Project workshop, Faculty of Law, University of Queensland, “Bringing Indigenous Voices into Judicial Decision Making: Commissioner of Corrective Services v Aldridge (No. 2) [2002] NSWADTAP 6 (25 March 2002)”

June: Chair of Conference Organising Committee, Australasian Legal Academics Association, Southern Cross University, Gold Coast.

August: Paper presented to the 2019 National Indigenous Legal Conference, ‘Moving Beyond Indigenous Deficit in the Model Admission Rules for Legal Practitioners’ with Marcelle Burns, Charles Darwin University, Darwin.

November: PhD graduation of Dr Kirste Pavlovic (as Principal Supervisor).

Dr Rohan Price

Dr Rohan PriceAdopted by the reference collections of Stanford, Princeton, the Library of Congress, the CIA and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, Rohan’s international standing continues to grow.

Highlights include:

August: published Violence and Emancipation in Colonial Ideology with City University Press (HK) which continues his exploration of colonial compensation systems and the timing of decolonisation.

December: Submitted Organics Manuscript (co-edited with Professor Bee Chen Goh) to Springer.

January: published Resistance in Colonial and Communist China (1950-1963) with Routledge.

Dr Alessandro Pelizzon

Alessandro’s global reputation in Ecological Jurisprudence and his role as a founding member of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, was recognised with the prestigious honour of chairing the ‘Harmony with Nature’ panel at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in April (pictured below). The panel is an annual dialogue between the General Assembly, members of the judiciary, government leaders, academics and activists from across the world.

Dr Alessandro Pelizzon

Alessandro has also led exciting cross-institutional collaborations and colloquia: the Ecological Justice Colloquia, and the Martuwarra Project. The latter is a collaboration with academics at Melbourne University, QUT, University of Canterbury NZ, and the University of Canberra, along with SCU colleagues and the Fitzroy River Land Council – exploring the implications of environmental personhood for the Martuwarra (Fitzroy River, WA).

Other scholarly research-related achievements for the year include:

February: Invited speaker, ‘The Law is the Land’ symposium, Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney.

March: Publication of the co-authored journal article (Clark, Emmanouil, Page & Pelizzon), ‘Can you hear the rivers sing: legal personhood, ontology, and the nitty-gritty of governance’’ (2019) 45 Ecology Law Quarterly 787.

June: Conference presentation, ‘The intergenerational force and culture of things’, Insituto de Sociologia Juridica, Onati, Spain.

July: Publication of the journal article (with J Kennedy), ‘Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country: (Re)Conciliatory Protest’ (2019) 7(1) Contention 13.
August: with Associate Professor John Page, ‘The river and the law’, Inter-disciplinary Rivers Symposium, Southern Cross University, Lismore.

December: Chair of Conference Organising Committee – Law in End Times conferences, Association of Law, Literature & the Humanities, and LSAANZ, Southern Cross University, Gold Coast.

A book chapter written with Dr Erin O’Donnell has also been accepted for publication in 2020.

Dr Evgeny Guglyvatyy

Dr Evgeny GuglyvatyyEvgeny is a scholar of environmental taxation, forest policy, climate change law and commercial law. His research outputs in 2019 included:

May: Conference presentation – ‘Land clearing and deforestation: assessing the effectiveness of Qld’s VMA’ – Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment, Tokyo, Japan.

Journal article: Cassandra Pickering and Evgeny Guglyuvatyy, ‘Negative Impact of Land Clearing and Deforestation on the Great Barrier Reef: Assessing the Effectiveness of Queensland’s Vegetation Management Act 1999 (Qld)’ (2019) 3 Carbon and Climate Law Review 1.

Guglyuvatyy, Evgeny, (2019), Failing to See the Wood for the Trees? A Critical Analysis of Australia’s Tax Provisions for Land and Forest Conservation, Austaxpolicy: Tax and Transfer Policy Blog, 19 February 2019 (at

Evgeny has a further journal article, ‘GST treatment of electronic commerce: Comparing the Singaporean and Australian approaches’, currently under review, along with a grant proposal with the CPA, the accounting profession’s peak industry body for the project, ‘Cryptocurrencies in Australia, Singapore, China and Hong Kong: Preventing double taxation and non-taxation’.

Mr Aidan Ricketts

Mr Aidan RickettsAidan enjoys a high-profile national reputation as climate activist, social movement organiser, advocate and scholar. Invitations to conferences, keynote presentations, guest lectures, together with traditional scholarly outputs are listed below:

February: Invited panelist, Ngara Institute Lismore Politics in Pub: ‘Compassion and Politics’.

July: Presented a paper at the Australian Law Academics Association Conference entitled: ‘Framing the law question, the history of law in Australia’, which critically examined the treatment of prior Indigenous occupation and legal systems in first year law textbooks.

September: Invited guest lecture to international US students as part of SIT program.

October: Guest speaker at “Reforming our drug laws” event hosted by Ballina MP Tamara Smith and NSW MLC Cate Faehrmann.

December: Chaired the Opening Plenary Panel, ‘Climate emergency and the problem of democracy’, and presented the paper “Disruptive protest the climate emergency and anti-protest laws in Australia” at the LSAANZ conference.

In the pipeline, Aidan has had the journal article, ‘We have the right to be arrested: The power of police liaison at the Bentley blockade’, accepted for publication in Journal of Australian Studies for 2020 and he will speak as an invited keynote and panelist at the 2020 Newkind conference in Tasmania.

Mr Aidan Ricketts, Associate Professor John Page and Associate Professor Nicole Rogers all had articles appear in The Conversation in the latter part of 2019.

the SLJ has well and truly matched journalistic style with academic rigor in 2019.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Reading Group

In 2019, the School’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Reading Group spread its wings and embarked into writing and conference presentations. The Group’s paper, ‘Student evaluations: pedagogical tools, or weapons of choice?’ was presented at the ALAA Conference held at the Gold Coast in July, and has now been submitted to the Legal Education Review.

The group meets monthly in the Lismore boardroom to read, discuss and critique the scholarship of legal education.