LLHAA 2019 Speakers
Behrouz Boochani graduated from Tarbiat Moallem University and Tarbiat Modares University, both in Tehran; he holds a Masters degree in political science, political geography and geopolitics.
He is a Kurdish-Iranian writer, journalist, scholar, cultural advocate and filmmaker. Boochani was writer for the Kurdish language magazine Werya; is Honorary Member of PEN International; winner of an Amnesty International Australia 2017 Media Award, the Diaspora Symposium Social Justice Award, the Liberty Victoria 2018 Empty Chair Award, and the Anna Politkovskaya Award for journalism; he is non-resident Visiting Scholar at the Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre (SAPMiC), University of Sydney, adjunct associate professor in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at UNSW Sydney and Visiting Professor at Birkbeck Law School. He publishes regularly with the Guardian, and his writing also features in the Saturday Paper, Huffington Post, New Matilda, the Financial Times and the Sydney Morning Herald. Boochani is also co-director (with Arash Kamali Sarvestani) of the 2017 feature-length film Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time; collaborator on Nazanin Sahamizadeh’s play Manus; and author of No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison (Picador 2018).
Claire G. Coleman
Claire G. Coleman is a writer from Western Australia. She identifies with the South Coast Noongar people. Her family are associated with the area around Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun. Claire grew up in a Forestry settlement in the middle of a tree plantation, where her dad worked, not far out of Perth.
She wrote her black&write! fellowship-winning book Terra Nullius while travelling around Australia in a caravan. The Old Lie is her second novel.
Dr Carwyn Jones
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington
Dr Carwyn Jones is a New Zealand Māori of Ngāti Kahungunu descent and is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington. He completed undergraduate study at Victoria University of Wellington and his graduate study in Canada (at York University and the University of Victoria). Prior to joining the faculty in Wellington, Carwyn worked in various roles at the Māori Land Court and Waitangi Tribunal. His primary research interests relate to the Treaty of Waitangi and Indigenous legal traditions, and he has published numerous articles on these topics.
Carwyn is the author of New Treaty, New Tradition – Reconciling New Zealand and Māori Law (UBC Press, 2016) and co-editor of Indigenous Peoples and the State: International Perspectives on the Treaty of Waitangi (Routledge, 2018). He is Co-Editor of the Māori Law Review and of AlterNative – an international journal of Indigenous peoples, and is a member of the editorial board of MAI Journal – a New Zealand journal of Indigenous scholarship. He was a United Nations Indigenous Fellow in 2012 and is a member of the Independent Monitoring Mechanism for the Implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand. Carwyn also served as a negotiator for his community, Ngā Iwi me ngā Hapū o Te Rohe o Te Wairoa, in the settlement of their historical claims against the Crown.
Professor Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos
Professor of Law & Theory, University of Westminster
Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, LLB, LLM, PhD, is Professor of Law & Theory at the University of Westminster [more], and founder and Director of The Westminster Law & Theory Lab. He is regularly invited to talk in institutions around the world and holds permanent professorial affiliations with the Centre for Politics, Management and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School since 2006, and the University Institute of Architecture, Venice since 2009.
Andreas has been awarded the 2011 OUP National Award for the Law Teacher of the Year, and has since been invited to join the Judging Committee. He has also been awarded the IUCN Global Senior Distinguished Environmental Law Education Award in 2016 for his radical interdisciplinary teaching. His research interests are also interdisciplinary and include space, bodies, radical ontologies, post-humanist studies, critical autopoiesis, literature, psychoanalysis, continental philosophy, gender studies, art theory, and their connection to the law. Andreas is also a practicing artist, working on photography, text and performance under the name of picpoet. His recent art publication is called a fjord eating its way into my arm, published by AND publishers, London. He is also a fiction writer, with his first book The Book of Water published in Greek and currently translated and prepared for publication in English, Italian and French.
His academic books include the monographs Absent Environments (2007), Niklas Luhmann: Law, Justice, Society (2009), Spatial Justice: Body Lawscape Atmosphere (2014), and the edited volumes Law and the City (2007), Law and Ecology (2011), Observing Luhmann: Radical Theoretical Encounters (co-edited with Anders La Cour, 2013), Knowledge-creating Milieus in Europe: Firms, Cities, Territories (co-edited with Augusto Cusinato, 2015), Environmental Research Method Handbook (with Victoria Brooks, Elgar, 2017) and the Routledge Research Handbook on Law and Theory (2018). Andreas is the editor (with Christian Borch) of the Routledge Glasshouse series Space, Materiality and the Normative and the WUP Law and the Senses series. He is currently completing a monograph on Material Justice (2020).
Dr Barbara Nicholson
Senior Wadi Wadi woman, poet, activist and published author of multiple works.
Dr Nicholson has held executive positions on the Human Research Ethics Committee at University of Wollongong, the Ethics Committee for the Australian Institute Of Criminology, and the Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Watch Committee.
Dr Nicholson graduated from the University of Newcastle with a triple major in English Literature. She went on to teach Aboriginal Studies at the University of New South Wales and University of Wollongong. She is the project leader of “Dreaming Inside”, a creative writing program at Junee Correctional Centre that comprises a series of workshops with Aboriginal inmates. The project has resulted in the publication of six volumes, of which Dr Nicholson is the Chief Editor.
Dr Nicholson was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Wollongong School of Law in 2014.
Associate Professor Jill Stauffer
Associate Professor and Director of the program in Peace, Justice and Human Rights at Haverford College
Jill Stauffer is Associate Professor and Director of the program in Peace, Justice and Human Rights at Haverford College. She is on the Board of Directors for the non-profit book series Voice of Witness, which illuminates human rights crises through the stories of the women and men who live through them. Her academic interests include philosophy of law, political philosophy, continental philosophy, and ethics. She has published articles on practices of hearing that succeed or fail, legal and political responsibility, political reconciliation, child soldiers, settler colonial silences, and the rule of law. Her edited volume, Nietzsche and Levinas: After the Death of a Certain God, was published by Columbia University Press in 2009. Her book Ethical Loneliness: The Injustice of Not Being Heard was published by Columbia University Press in 2015. She is currently working on a book called Lapse Time: Interruption and Resistance in International Law and the Settler Colonial State.
Professor Karin van Marle
University of the Free State
Karin van Marle is professor in the Department of Public Law at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, where she teaches legal philosophy and interpretation.
Her research falls within law and the humanities and involves critical theory, legal philosophy and jurisprudence. Her work engages the crisis of modernity and a rethinking of legal theory along lines of fragility, finitude and a ‘giving up of certitudes’. She is an ethical feminist and her research and writing are inspired by and embedded in feminist theory.
LSAANZ 2019 Speakers
Professor Margaret Davies
Margaret Davies is Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor at Flinders University.
She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and author of five books on legal theory and the philosophy of property.
Her latest book is Law Unlimited: Materialism, Pluralism, and Legal Theory (2017).
plangermairreenner man of the Turbuna-Meenamatta (Mt Ben Lomond) region
Jim Everett – puralia meenamatta was born at Flinders Island, Tasmania in 1942.
Jim Everett is a plangermairreenner man of the Turbuna-Meenamatta (Mt Ben Lomond) region, a clan of the greater Cape Portland nations in North-east Tasmania. Jim left primary school at 14 years to start work. His working life includes 15 years at sea as a fisherman and merchant seaman, Australian Regular Army for 3 years, and over 50 years of formal involvement in the Aboriginal Struggle. He has a long history of involvement in Aboriginal community-based organisations and in the public service, and has traveled Australia visiting many remote Aboriginal communities. Jim began writing poetry at an early age. His first play, We Are Survivors, was produced in 1984, and he directed and acted in it. His written works include plays, political and keynote papers and short stories. He produced One People Sing Freedom (ABC-TV 1988), and has been associate producer in many documentary films. He is published in many anthologies. Jim lives on Cape Barren Island writing and maintaining his involvement in cultural arts nationally.
Professor John Flood
Professor of Law and Society, Griffith University
John Flood is Professor of Law and Society at Griffith University. He is also Honorary Professor of Law at University College London and Research Fellow in the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies. He has researched in the field of legal profession, globalisation of law, and law and technology for ever.
By training and disposition John is an ethnographer. He did his PhD with Howard Becker. His most recent publications are “Professions and Expertise: How Machine Learning and Blockchain are Redesigning the Landscape of Professional Knowledge and Organisation” (with L Robb) 73(2) University of Miami Law Review’s 2018 Symposium, Hack to the Future: How Technology is Disrupting the Legal Profession 312-351 (2019); and “Legal Professionals of the Future: Their Ethos, Role and Skills”, in New Suits: Appetite for Disruption in the Legal World (eds) M DeStefano and G Dobrauz-Saldapenna, Stampfli Verlag (2019).
He tweets at @johnaflood
Mary Heath lectured in law at Flinders University for 25 years. Her research focused on rape law reform, theories of the state and legal education.
In 2018 she took voluntary redundancy in order to become an organiser for Extinction Rebellion, which is using nonviolent civil disobedience to drive action on the climate and ecological crisis.
Sue Higginson is a public interest environmental lawyer, the former CEO and Principal Solicitor of EDO NSW, and was the Greens candidate for the seat of Lismore in the 2019 state election.
Sue is a graduate of the School of Law and Justice, and celebrated alumnus. In 2018 she was keynote speaker at the annual Michael Kirby Lecture which was the first time a distinguished graduate of the SLJ joined the ranks of Kirby lecturers. Sue’s compelling paper, ‘The Lawfare Problem: A Case for an Environmental Rule of Law’ explored the critical role of public interest environmental litigation in protecting the environment and upholding the rule of law.
“Working in the pursuit of environmental justice, as hard as it can be, is very rewarding. It involves being positive and having an optimistic vision. When we work to protect the environment we are doing so in the public interest, it often involves speaking up for things and places that cannot speak for themselves.”
Justice François Kunc
Supreme Court of NSW
The Honourable Justice François Kunc was appointed to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in April 2013 and sits in the Equity Division. After graduating with degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney he practised as a solicitor with Allen Allen and Hemsley from 1986. He was called to the Bar in 1992 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2007. He was a leader of the commercial bar appearing in courts throughout Australia for major government, corporate and individual clients.
An inaugural member and past President of the Law and Literature Association of Australia, Justice Kunc has had a long interest in law, language and literature. He was a member of the specialist committee which wrote the Recommended National Standards for Working with Interpreters in Courts and Tribunals under the aegis of the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity.
Justice Kunc is currently the General Editor of The Australian Law Journal and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Equity. Outside of the law he is the Chairman of the Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation and a director of the Opera Australia Capital Fund.
Dr Anne Poelina
Managing Director of Madjulla Inc., Chair of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council and Deputy Chair of the Walalakoo Aboriginal Corporation (Native Title Body Corporate)
Dr Poelina champions the need to strengthen Indigenous peoples’ capacity to uphold their human, cultural and economic rights. Her work bridges culture shared lived experiences and understandings as being integral to transformational change. Bringing these threads together these relationships are grounded in collective wisdom; traditional ecological knowledge, customary law with trans-disciplinary knowledges; ecological, archaeological, heritage, arts and cultural values. This aligned with the rights of nature as the solutions for planetary health and wellbeing through an earth-centred regional governance provides the hope necessary to re-imagine the future now!
Dr Anne Poelina, is a Nyikina Warrwa Traditional Owner and a guardian of the Mardoowarra, Lower Fitzroy River in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Anne is the Managing Director of Madjulla Inc., Chair of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council and Deputy Chair of the Walalakoo Aboriginal Corporation (Native Title Body Corporate).
Dr Poelina’s life career in Indigenous, human and environmental advocacy spans four decades achievements include Master Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Master Education, Master Arts (Indigenous Social Policy), Doctor of Philosophy & Doctor of Health Science Scholar.
Peter Cullen Fellow (2011), Laureate Women’s World Summit Foundation (Geneva) (2017). Adjunct Senior Research Fellow the University of Notre Dame (Nulungu Institute of Research), Adjunct Research Fellow Charles Darwin University.
Lecturer, School of Law and Justice, SCU
Aidan Ricketts is an academic with the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University and is also an internationally recognised social change trainer. Aidan is the author of “The Activists Handbook: A Step by Step guide to Participatory Democracy”, first published in 2012 and distributed internationally, including in the UK, North America, Australia and the Pacific.
Aidan has over thirty years experience participating in, researching and writing about social movements. This has included civil liberties campaigns in Qld in the 1980’s, the Daintree campaign, forest campaigns in NSW in the 1990’s and 2000s; more recent work with Lock the Gate and the Bentley Blockade in 2014, and most recently, Extinction Rebellion and the school climate strike. Aidan provides consultation to many social movement organisations on topics as diverse as media, police liaison, non-violent direct action and leaderful organisational models. In his academic work he analyses internal dynamics in social movements and also keeps abreast of rapidly advancing anti-protest laws around Australia.
Aidan is a regular speaker at conferences, festivals and other events around Australia where he is often asked to help inspire emerging activists to stay motivated in the face of the dire and challenging times we live in. Aidan’s response, grounded in a study of complex systems theory, is as follows “The more dire the times are, the more we need to step up. We don’t get to choose our time in history, but we get to choose what we do in it. At times like this where the entire planetary system is in crisis, the potential for abrupt shifts and transformation is also increased. Adaptation will outlive backlash and we need to be at the forefront of an adaptive response to our collective predicaments.”
Dr Nicole Rogers
Senior Lecturer, School of Law and Justice, SCU
Dr Nicole Rogers is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law and Justice, Southern Cross University and was a founding member of the School. She researches and writes in the areas of wild law, climate law, climate activism and performance studies theory and the law.
From 2014 to 2017 she instigated and co-led the Wild Law Judgment project. She is co-editor of Law as if Earth Really Mattered: The Wild Law Judgment Project (Routledge, 2017) and author of Law, Fiction and Activism in a Time of Climate Change (Routledge, 2019).