The Building & Construction Law Journal started publishing in July 1985, and has now reached its 30th volume.
The first issue opened with an Editorial which noted:
Building and construction law is a rapidly evolving and very complex field. It was felt timely to produce a publication which would provide an overview of the entire area, keeping informed not only specialist lawyers, but also a wide range of others involved in the industry – builders, contractors, engineers, architects, town planners and so on. The objective of this Journal, then, is to keep a watching brief on legal developments of importance or interest to those in the construction industry and their advisers.
- International commercial arbitration and alternative dispute resolution;
- The rights and remedies available to subcontractors;
- Proportionate liability in construction claims;
- Australian Standard Construction Contracts;
- Liquidated damages in construction contracts;
- Security of payment legislation and case law; and
- The advent of dispute avoidance processes, such as dispute review boards.
The Building and Construction Law Journal publishes articles, shorter “Topics of Interest” and book reviews that provide updates on legislative change, as well as debate and analysis on building and construction claims, disputes, contracts and court decisions. Each part also includes the Building and Construction law reports.
As the Journal marks its 30th Volume, it continues to be led by John Dorter, an expert in construction contracts and dispute resolution. In addition, a range of Editors from Australian and global jurisdictions provide their wide-ranging expertise to the Journal.