Thomson Reuters is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Dianne Nicol as the new Co-General Editor for the Australian Intellectual Property Journal. Dianne is a professor of law and Chair of Academic Senate at the University of Tasmania, and is director of the Centre for Law and Genetics (CLG), which is housed in the Law Faculty. Dianne’s research at the CLG particularly focuses on the legal and social issues associated with the commercialisation of genetic knowledge and patenting of genetic inventions. In addition to being a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee and the Embryo Research Licensing Committee at the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council from 2015 to 2018, she has also been involved in the Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee of the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator. She is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.
Thomson Reuters also warmly welcomes the return of Professor David Brennan as co-General Editor on AIPJ. David is a Visiting Academic at the University of Technology Sydney and currently teaches copyright law at Monash University. Formerly a professor of patent law at Oxford University, he specialises in the fields of patent and copyright law, with a particular focus on their connections with contracts, property, restitution, international and trade law. David served as General Editor from 2007 to 2012 prior to Professor David Lindsay taking on the role.
Thomson Reuters is very pleased to welcome Edmund Finnane to his new role as General Editor of the Company and Securities Law Journal (C&SLJ), taking over from the late Professor Robert “Bob” Baxt, who was the Founding Editor of the Journal. Edmund is a barrister at Thirteen Wentworth Selborne Chambers in Sydney and a Director of the Commercial Law Association of Australia. Edmund is the co-author of the books Pleading Precedents and Equity Practice and Precedents, the 2019 edition (2nd) of which is to be published shortly. He has also had articles published in the Law Society Journal and the Commercial Law Quarterly, and has been writing annotations for the Corporations Legislation volumes of Thomson Reuters since 2010.
Commodore Sir Laurence Street AC KCMG QC, the fourteenth Chief Justice of the NSW Supreme Court and former Lieutenant-Governor of New South Wales, died on 21 June 2018, and a state funeral was held in his honour at the Sydney Opera House on 5 July 2018. This obituary and tribute was written by The Hon Arthur R Emmett AO QC, Acting Judge of the New South Wales Court of Appeal (to be published in the forthcoming July issue of The Australian Law Journal).
November 2017 marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Lord Atkin in Tank Street, Brisbane, Queensland. In his article, “Lord Atkin: Principle and Progress” (previously published in The Australian Law Journal Vol 90 Part 10), Justice Peter Applegarth chronicled the philosophy, influences and enduring legacy of Lord Atkin, whose landmark judgment in Donoghue v Stevenson continues to guide the common law to this day.
Lord Atkin’s remarkable life and achievements are commemorated in the currently ongoing exhibition “Lord Atkin: From Queensland to the House of Lords”.
This month, the ALRC released its Discussion Paper on its Inquiry into Class Action Proceedings and Third-Party Litigation Funders (June 2018), inviting submissions and outlining its key proposals and questions around whether and to what extent class action proceedings and third-party litigation funders should be subject to Commonwealth regulation. The President of the ALRC, the Honourable Justice Sarah Derrington, identifies some of the ALRC’s early findings and emphasises the need to look to counterpart jurisdictions to ensure a global approach in developing the class actions regime in Australia.
Thomson Reuters is extremely pleased to announce that Professor Michael Legg has joined the Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice as its new Co-General Editor, working alongside the current General Editor Roderick Joyce QSO QC. A Professor of Law at UNSW Sydney, Michael is the Director of the IMF Bentham Class Actions Research Initiative at UNSW Law, and Director of the Law Society of NSW Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) research stream in the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation at UNSW Law, having played a key role as the academic committee member on the ground-breaking FLIP Report launched by the Law Society of New South Wales in March 2017. The Journals Team warmly welcomes Professor Legg to the Journal looks forward to his insights and ideas in helping readers to navigate the current and future landscape of civil litigation and procedure in Australia and beyond.
Thomson Reuters was saddened to learn of the passing of Professor Bob Baxt AO on 11 March 2018. “Professor Baxt was renowned for his longstanding commitment and contribution to business law in Australia,” the Managing Director of Thomson Reuters Legal ANZ, Jackie Rhodes said. “He was one of our leading authors and will be greatly missed by all.”
Behind the Scenes of the ALJ: It’s the journal traditionally heralded as holding the most topical of legal issues. With a new General Editor and expanded editorial board, The Australian Law Journal (ALJ) is going through an exciting process of rejuvenation. To celebrate its 90th anniversary, we look behind the scenes of the ALJ and learn more about the Editorial Board and their collaborative content selection process.
The Australian Law Journal (ALJ) first rolled off the presses 90 years ago in May 1927. To mark this milestone, Thomson Reuters hosted a special 90th Anniversary celebration in the Banco Court of NSW, joined by luminaries such as Hon Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE GBS, the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and former ALJ General Editor the Hon Peter Young AO, with a timely ALJ 90th special edition focusing on the theme of Indigenous Australians and the Law, curated by Guest Editor Professor Megan Davis, UNSW’s first Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous.
The upcoming May special issue of The Australian Law Journal features an interview with recently retired High Court Chief Justice, The Hon Robert Shenton French AC, twelfth Chief Justice of Australia. This is published in a new Section called “The Legal Observer” written by Mr Michael Pelly. Meanwhile, you can read the transcript of the interview here.