The landmark 2017 High Court decision of Brown v State of Tasmania formed the catalyst for the journal article ‘Of protest, the commons, and customary public rights: an ancient tale of the lawful forest’, co-authored by the SLJ’s Dr. Cristy Clark and Assoc. Prof. John Page.

Accepted for publication in March 2019 in one of Australia’s leading law reviews, the University of New South Wales Law Journal it was described by reviewers as
‘one of the most interesting and engaging pieces I have read for a long time on a topic that is seldom tackled at this fundamental level. I regard it as a unique and valuable contribution to the literature. There is nothing like it currently available.’ The paper explores the contested space of protest, public property, and ancient custom dating back to the Forest Charter of 1217.
Clark and Page’s Lawful Forest was presented at the Association of Law, Property and Society’s annual conference in Maastricht, The Netherlands in May. It will also form part of a Critical Property Panel at the Law & Society Association of Australia and NZ’s 2018 meeting in December that features SLJ academics alongside property theorists Distinguished Professor Margaret Davies (Flinders), Assoc. Professor Nicole Graham (USyd) and Dr. Sarah Keenan (Birkbeck, Univ. of London).

Pictured is an image of Dr. Bob Brown in the Lapoinya Forest, used at the ALPS conference presentation, and reproduced with the permission of the Bob Brown Foundation.