The SLJ, together with the Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia (LLHAA), and the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ), convened and hosted the 2019 LLHAA conference, and the 2019 LSAANZ conference, respectively titled “Juris Apocalypse Now! Law in End Times”, and “Survive. Thrive. Die. Law in End Times” from 2-7 December 2019.

These two conferences, held at the Gold Coast campus, attracted 250 attendees with presenters hailing from Australia, New Zealand, North America, the UK, Europe and South Africa. Although distinct and separate, the two conferences were nonetheless connected by a shared overarching theme, and a shared joint Postgraduate Day.

Law in End Times, December 2019, conference organising committee members from L-R: Associate Professor John Page, Dr Alessandro Pelizzon, and Professor William MacNeil at the LSAANZ conference opening.

Law in End Times, December 2019, conference organising committee members from L-R: Associate Professor John Page, Dr Alessandro Pelizzon, and Professor William MacNeil at the LSAANZ conference opening.

The conference featured 191 papers representing 56 universities from around the world; 201 attendees including 45 postgrad students; 16 keynote speakers presenting in 13 plenary sessions, and 94 individual sessions in which two or four papers were presented.

We also hosted 4 publication prizes including the Penny Pether Prize, 4 book launches, 6 artists in conference, and the 2019 Greta Bird Lecture in Legal Theory and Critique.

A special thanks to lead conference organiser, Dr Alessandro Pelizzon, who put together an amazing and unforgettable program that well and truly put the SLJ on the Law & Society and Law & Humanities maps.

The conference website will continue to be available at sljresearch.net.au/lawinendtimes.