Sep
5
Thu
Eco-legality or, Putting Nature into Natural Law @ Southern Cross University
Sep 5 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Eco-legality or, Putting Nature into Natural Law @ Southern Cross University | East Lismore | NSW | AU

Eco-legality or, Putting Nature into Natural Law


The ‘nature’ in classical natural law theory, secular and not-so-secular, consists of human nature. In this context, ‘nature’ refers to an inherent quality or characteristic, rather than the physical world as a whole. It is the derivative of natura but not of physis even though both concepts appear in modern English simply as ‘nature’.


The ‘nature’ of natural law is immanent, and not available to the senses. Thus, natural law concerns what Kant called ‘the moral law within’ rather than the ‘starry heavens above’ (or anything in between). By contrast to ‘natural law’ the ‘laws of nature’ refer to the observable regularities of the physical world, the realm of physis. But physical nature is regarded as the antithesis of the law applying to humans. Various attempts have been made to narrow the divide between physical nature and human law, but these efforts have been hampered by the abstract and entirely anthropocentric conception of law that is the stuff of legal theory. In this seminar I will consider possibilities for connecting physical materiality and its observable regularities with what we understand to be human law.


Can an idea of law be conceived that is not dependent on a separate social sphere for human beings? Is an eco-legality possible?




Professor Margaret Davies, Flinders University


After studying law and English literature at Adelaide University in the 1980s, Margaret completed a doctorate in critical legal theory at Sussex University. Margaret was a foundation staff member of the Law School at Flinders University and has been a visiting scholar at Birkbeck College, Umea University, UBC, and Victoria University of Wellington, and has held a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship at the University of Kent. She has been a recipient of four Australian Research Council grants, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Academy of Law. Margaret is author of five books – Asking the Law Question (4th edition 2017), Delimiting the Law (1996), Are Persons Property (with Ngaire Naffine, 2001), Property: Meanings, Histories, Theories (2007), and Law Unlimited (2017, winner of the SLSA Theory and History Book Prize). From 2010 to 2012 Margaret was a member of the Humanities and Creative Arts Panel of the ARC College of Experts, and chaired the panel in 2011. Margaret is on the advisory boards of Social and Legal StudiesFeminist Legal Studies, and the Macquarie Law Journal.

Dec
2
Mon
Law in End Times: Juris Apocalypse Now! (LLHAA) // Survive, Thrive, Die. (LSAANZ) @ Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Campus
Dec 2 @ 8:00 pm – Dec 8 @ 4:00 am



Southern Cross University School of Law and Justice is proud to convene and organise, together with the Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia (LLHAA) and the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ), the 2019 LLHAA conference and the 2019 LSAANZ conference, respectively titled JurisApocalypse Now! Law in End Times, and Survive. Thrive. Die. Law in End Times.


The two conferences, although distinct and separate, are nonetheless connected by a shared overarching theme, and are articulated around a shared Postgraduate Day. Scholars are invited, in a profoundly interdisciplinary manner, to participate in either or both conferences.




Key Dates



  • LLHAA 2-4 December 2019

  • Postgraduate Day 5 December 2019

  • LSAANZ 5-7 December 2019





  • Submission of Abstracts opens on 1 March 2019.

  • Closing date for submission of Abstracts is 31 July 2019.

  • Presenters must register by 31 August 2019.





  • Early Bird until 31 July 2019

  • Full Price from 1 August – 15 November 2019




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Juris Apocalypse Now! Law in End Times – 2-4 December 2019




The conference will explore the intersection of legality, temporality and eschatology, the normatively uncertain and yet inherently creative space originated by the conflicting encounter between the orderly desire of law and the entropic tendency of apocalyptic narratives, with both forces cast against the backdrop of the ever-­deferred notion of time itself.


LLHAA conference registration automatically entitles you to become a member of the Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia (LLHAA) for a period of 12 months. Your contact information will be supplied to the LLHAA in order to receive Association communication. This includes information about prizes and upcoming relevant events. Your contact information is not given out to a third party except those institutions hosting LLHAA associated events. If you do not want this to happen then tick the box (below) asking to opt out of communications. You can also opt out of Association membership per se but you cannot opt to eliminate the membership fee from your conference registration. You can choose to opt out of LLHAA membership at checkout. 





 


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Survive, Thrive, Die. Law in End Times. 5-7 December 2019





Social upheaval, political uncertainty, the end of history, or climate collapse: increasingly, such narratives seem to justify the state of exception in a plethora of contexts, slowly eroding the idea that social, political, and environmental stability can ever be achieved through the rule of law. The conference invites socio-legal scholars to re-imagine the question of law in the face of the ‘end times’.







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Additional Information


Visit the website: sljresearch.net.au/lawinendtimes



  • Submission of Abstracts opens on 1 March 2019.

  • Closing date for submission of Abstracts is 31 July 2019.

  • Presenters must register by 31 August 2019.


For each conference:



  • Early Bird $390 until 31 July 2019

  • Full Price $450 from 1 August – 15 November 2019

  • Conference Dinner $80


Attend BOTH conferences



  • Early Bird $580 until 31 July 2019

  • Full Price $680 from 1 August – 15 November 2019


One-day only attendance options will be available shortly.