Dr. Cristy Clark’s reputation as a leading international scholar of the human right to water was further highlighted in 2018 with three related publications, and late news in October, that she along with a team from Deakin University, were successful in obtaining external grant funding for a project that investigates water quality and lead contamination levels in remote communities.

Along with the co-authored ‘Can You Hear the Rivers Sing?’ and ‘An Ancient Tale of the Lawful Forest’, Cristy’s single authored publications will appear in the UK Community Development Journal (‘Water justice struggles as a process of commoning’, 2019), and the edited book, Governance, Rights and Justice in Water: New Rights and Realities (‘Race, austerity and water justice in the US: Fighting for the human right to water in Detroit and Flint, Michigan’, Routledge, 2019).

In impact outside academia, Cristy regularly writes for The Conversation. Her article ‘#MeToo exposes legal failures but trial by Twitter isn’t one of them’ had over 11,000 hits, and led to an interview on ABC Radio’s State-wide Weekends. Cristy is also the current monthly environment columnist for Eureka Street, and is a co-founder and co-convener of the Feminist Writers Festival in Melbourne and Sydney

Professor Bee Chen Goh and Dr. Rohan Price received good news in March, being successful in obtaining internal seed funding for their project ‘Food Security in China: An Investigation into the Regulatory Framework in Organics’. Partnered with the Faculty of Law at Shandong University, and the Van Horne Institute in Canada, the duo have met with stakeholders in organic certification and regulation, and visited organic food sites in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Bee Chen and Rohan are presently working with City U HK Press on an edited book arising from the project.

Professor Goh will also visit Thailand in November to learn more about its importance to China in bilateral organic trade, as well as visiting Chiang Mai University Law Faculty, where she will explore the potential of recruiting a capacity-building doctoral candidate on organic regulation. Bee Chen will also be presenting to an international conference in Bangkok in November.

In other research news, Professor Goh, along with colleagues from Bond University, has secured an international book contract with Springer for a festschrift on Emeritus Professor Mary Hiscock.

Dr Rohan Price’s international reputation as a prominent legal historian of the Far East continued in 2018, with two new books pending publication. The first, Violence and Emancipation in Colonial Ideology, published by City U Hong Kong Press, is slated for release in late November. The second, Anatomy of a Riot: A History of Obscured Purposes in Southern China (1950-1963) will be published in 2019 by Routledge History.

Anatomy of a Riot has been described by a reviewer in the South China Morning Post as ‘a terrific read, written with passion’, while Violence and Emancipation in Colonial Ideology was described in its peer review as ‘ a work of argumentative strength and forthright originality. The author has succeeded in bringing to the fore the importance of colonial ideology … to South East Asia. I can think of few texts that do this for the region.’

Rohan will be a guest of the City University of Hong Kong in November to host a dinner for Hong Kong’s academic historians.

Pictured right is Rohan at the Malaysian National Archive along with Ms Hemalatha Ramasami, Head of Reference and Access (on the right) and Ms Suhan Mat Tehor, Archivist (left). “We had a great discussion about digitisation, researchers photographing documents as well as archive acquisition and preservation issues”, Rohan reported. “I also managed to dig up some useful documents on the legality of KMT branches in regional areas in the colonial era”.

Professor William MacNeil’s decanal duties did not stand in the way of a busy research year. Conference presentations included: a post research–seminar presentation of ‘Possessing Laura’ at the International Crime Fiction Association conference at Bath Spa University in June; invited panellist at the Australasian Society of Legal Philosophy’s conference at Bond University in July; keynote speaker at the closing plenary of the Australasian Law Teachers Conference at Curtin Law School, also in July, with the paper, ‘Is Portia a good advocate?’; and opening speaker at the Italian Association of Law & Literature conference in Verona in November exploring the ‘Fables of the Law’.
In publication news, Prof. MacNeil’s ‘Machiavellian fantasy and the game of laws: rex, sex and lex in George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire’ was published in Envisioning Legality: Law, Culture and Representation (Routledge, 2018), and his closing plenary paper from LSAANZ 2016, has been accepted for publication in Australia’s foremost socio-legal journal, the Griffith Law Review.

Dr. Alessandro Pelizzon’s profile as a significant international figure in ecological jurisprudence was affirmed by his invitation to attend the 10th Anniversary celebration of the Ecuadorian Constitution (the first to recognise the rights of nature) in September in Quito, Ecuador.

His co-authored paper ‘Can You Hear the Rivers Sing? Legal personhood, Ontology and the Nitty-Gritty of Governance’ likewise continues his scholarly focus on the rights of nature. Co-written by the SLJ’s Dr. Cristy Clark, Assoc. Prof. John Page and former colleague Dr. Nia Emmanouil, this lyrically titled journal article will be published in late 2018 in the University of California Berkley’s Ecology Law Quarterly. Alex has also been invited to be a co-author of a new ‘Earth Law’ text to be published by the Earth Law Centre in 2019.

Assoc. Professor Jennifer Nielsen’s scholarship in 2018 focused on her passion to promote Indigenous cultural competency in legal education. Working in collaboration with Marcelle Burns, (Project Leader Indigenous Cultural Competency for Legal Academics Program, UNE) and Prof. Simon Young (USQ/UWA), she co-authored the article ‘The Difficulties of Communication Encountered by Indigenous Peoples: Moving Beyond Indigenous Deficit in the Model Rules for Legal Practitioners’. This paper was presented at the 2018 Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference, held in July at Curtin University, WA, and is currently under consideration for a forthcoming special edition of the Legal Education Review, along with a second co-authored article, ‘Dealing with the “wicked” problem
of race and the law: a critical journey for students (and academics)’.

Assoc. Professor Nielsen also contributed a chapter, ‘The Problem with Research’, to a forthcoming collection titled Feminism, Postfeminism and Legal Theory: Beyond the Gendered Subject, edited by Drs Anne MacDuff and Dorota Gozdecka (ANU), (Routledge, 2019). That chapter explores the opportunities postfeminist methods might open to decentre Western perspectives and engage pluralistic conceptions, capable of more meaningful, respectful, and productive dialogues with diverse local and Indigenous voices and knowledges. In addition, Jennifer’s new co-authored book, Learning Law, was published in April by Cambridge University Press, while the fifth edition of the successful title co-authored with Dr. Rohan Price, Principles of Employment Law (Thomson Reuters) was released in September.

Dr. Evgeny Guglyuvatty’s NTRO report into the indirect taxation of e-commerce and cryptocurrency transactions in Australia and Singapore was the culmination of a productive collaboration with academic colleagues in Russia, and external grants success from the Singapore Management University and the Tax Academy of Singapore – Centre for Excellence in Taxation. Evgeny is returning to Singapore in November to discuss the findings of this report.

Evgeny’s international profile as a researcher in carbon tax policy and climate change was also enhanced in 2018 by a presentation at the Russian International Taxation Week conference in Moscow in April.

Arguably, the SLJ’s most recognised activist-academic Aidan Ricketts likewise enjoyed research success in 2018. Outputs include ‘Roadside drug testing: incoherent policy or uncertainty by design” in the Alternative Law Journal, and guest speaking roles at the Byron Writers Festival ‘Writing for social change’ and elsewhere across the region. Aidan is also a guest editor of a special themed edition of volume 19 of the Southern Cross University Law Review, ‘Non-Violent Non-Negotiable: Protest, People and Power’.

Away from themes of protest and activism, Aidan has also published on flexible learning in the Pacific, in the University of South Pacific’s celebration of 50 Years of Flexible Learning released in August.

Dr. Natalia Szablweska was selected to participate in the prestigious ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Fellowship Mentoring Scheme 2018-19 to be held at the University of Melbourne in December. This scheme is aimed at Australia’s outstanding early career female researchers in the humanities and social sciences – for a week-long mentoring program on research leadership and conducting best practice in research activity.

Natalia’s publication successes in 2018 likewise continue to add to her impressive record, with co-authored articles appearing in the Social Marketing Quarterly (‘Anti-Human Trafficking Campaigns: A systematic Review’), and the peace studies journal Global Change, Peace & Security (‘Sexual and gender-based violence: the case for transformative justice in Cambodia’). Natalia has had a single-authored chapter, ‘Human Trafficking in Australasia’ appear in The Routledge Handbook of Human Trafficking. In other outputs, Natalia’s research interest in modern slavery formed the basis of a submission to the NSW Parliament in June – as part of the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights submission to the Modern Slavery Bill.

Natalia will be spending 3 weeks in the UK in 2019, having been awarded an International Fellowship from the Open University. Natalia will also be a Special Editor of two upcoming themed editions of the Journal of Social Marketing.

The Materiality of Connection: Walking, Place, Law. July 2018. In Conversation: Vanessa Berry and A/Prof John Page

Walking as a flexible practice can be used across disciplines: in visual art, as part of a writing practice, or as a way of engaging with place – public and private space – that has legal and political implications.

Drawing from the exhibition, “From Here to There: Australian Art and Walking”, an In Conversation event – with Mirror Sydney author Vanessa Berry, and Associate Professor John Page from the School of Law and Justice at SCU – explored the diverse ways in which walking engages and enriches our many relationships with place, people, environment, borders and boundaries.

Presented by Lismore Regional Gallery in conjunction with the School of Law & Justice.