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LSAANZ Call for Abstracts

Submission of Abstracts has now closed.

Registrations are now closed. 

(If you have any questions, please contact us)

Papers or panel proposals (of three to four papers) are invited on a broad range of law and society topics relating to the conference theme of ‘Law in End Times’, primarily (although not exclusively) within the following sub-themes:

  • The end of law? Legal pluralism and the collapse of legal centralism.
  •  The end of culture? Indigenous/First Nations perspectives on resilience, continuity and collapse.
  • The end of identity politics? Contestations in gender, sexuality and the law. 
  • The end of nature? Environmental crisis and socio-legal responses.
  • The end of truth? The rise of ‘fake news’ narratives.
  • The end of science? Contemporary challenges to the scientific method (the end of science)
  • The end of theory? The pressure toward a ‘vocational’ education.
  • The end of history? Failed revolutions and political upheaval.
  • The end of democracy? The state of exception.
  • The end of politics? Political disillusion and anti-politics.
  • The end of humanity? The impact of new and future technologies on human behaviour.

Papers are also invited on all other law and society topics. The committee welcomes proposals across a range of disciplines including (but not limited to) law, humanities, social science, or the sciences.

Higher Degree Research Scholarships

The Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ) offers up to three small conference scholarships to assist Higher Degree Research students with costs of attending the annual conference. A maximum of up to three scholarships will be awarded for reimbursement of travel costs of between AU$400 and AU$850 for New Zealand or Australian resident Higher Degree Research students.

To qualify, students must:

  • be enrolled in a Higher Degree Research qualification (e.g. PhD or research Masters degree)
  • present a paper at the LSAANZ conference
  • attend the LSAANZ Postgraduate Workshop
  • attend the LSAANZ conference
  • be unable to access funding from their home institution to support their attendance at the LSAANZ conference.

Scholarship recipients must attend the conference and present a paper to receive reimbursement of travel costs. Withdrawal or non-attendance will automatically forfeit entitlement to the scholarship.

For more information, visit LSAANZ Higher Degree Research Scholarships page at

Postgraduate Day

The conference, in association with the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ) and the Law, Literature & the Humanities Association of Australasia (LLHAA), offers a Postgraduate Day, to be held on Thursday 5 December (the day after the LLHAA conference the first evening of the LSAANZ conference). The Postgrad Day offers Higher Degree Research students an opportunity to connect with each other and with senior academics on a range of topics relevant to their future careers.

Higher Degree Research students who wish to attend the Postgrad Day must register for either the LLHAA or the LSAANZ conference (or both). Upon registration, Higher Degree Research students must indicate their intention to attend the Postgrad Day.

Publication Prizes

LSAANZ awards up to three publication prizes each year. The prizes will be awarded for the most outstanding contribution to the field of law and society by an Australian or New Zealand scholar (whether by residence or birth) or whose work has a focus on these jurisdictions across three categories:

  1. For a published scholarly book/monograph in the broad field of socio-legal scholarship (this does not include works that are purely doctrinal)
  2. For a published scholarly article or book chapter in the broad field of socio-legal scholarship (this does not include works that are purely doctrinal)
  3. To an early career researcher (ECR) for work nominated for consideration under (1) or (2) above.

The publication must have been published in the 12 months preceding 30 June of the year of the award. The closing date for receipt of the nomination for all three prizes is in July of the year of the award. 

For more information, visit the LSAANZ Publication Prizes page at

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