The SLJ’s Research Seminar Series was launched last year: its objective to enhance the research culture of the SLJ by welcoming leading scholars from Australia and overseas, and showcasing the exciting research of our own leading colleagues in the School. Details of the full 2018 program are available from the Research page at

It is worth re-visiting our full program to underscore the impressive range of speakers who presented at our Lismore and Gold Coast campuses and the diversity of topics covered.

The year began with visiting Professor Renata Salecl from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana and Birkbeck College, London, who spoke provocatively to ‘Ignorance in Times of Post-Truth’.

In February, UK legal historian, Dr. Gregory Durston provided a lively overview of the little known ‘Admiralty Sessions Court in the years 1535-1834’.

In April, Dean of the SLJ, Professor William MacNeil gave us a preview of his paper based on the 1944 film classic, Laura, ‘Waldo’s Beautiful Things: Possessing and Possession in Laura’, including excerpts from the film in their full black and white cinematographic glory.

In May, leading Australian property theorist, Associate Professor Nicole Graham from Sydney Law School, also gave us a first glimpse of her upcoming work ‘Property and Proportionality’. This was followed by distinguished tort scholar, Professor Mark Lunney, and his discursive journey through ‘Tort’s place in Australian history: different views, different stories’ – part of his book of the same name published this year by Cambridge University Press.

In July, the SLJ’s Dr. Cristy Clark transported us to the contemporary water crises in Michigan, with ‘Race, austerity and water justice in the US: Fighting for the human right to water in Detroit and Flint’.

Dr. Ed Mussawir from Griffith Law School added his theoretical heft to the series in early August with a delightful presentation that reached back to Roman jurisprudence, ‘Several bees or a full swarm?’

Dr. Olga Jurasz, from the Open University, UK, added an international law perspective to the series later in the same month with ‘Feminist engagements with fragmented international law: the case of jus post bellum’. And continuing the global theme, our last international visitor for the series was Dr. Julen Etxabe, from the University of Helsinki, whose paper in early October explored ‘‘The Travelling and the Troubled Language of Human Rights’.

The series ended on October 19th with ARC Future Fellow, Professor Heather Douglas from the University of Queensland, who gave us an early public presentation from her just-ended Future Fellowship research, ‘‘Using Law and Leaving Violence: Women’s Voices’.