News & Insight
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).
The Australian Law Journal is delighted to announce the launch of two new sections, “Class Actions” (headed by The Hon Justice Michael B Lee) and “Technology and the Law” (co-edited by Associate Professor Lyria Bennett Moses and Anna Collyer), as well as the appointment of John Kettle for the “Competition and Consumer Law” section, and Associate Professor Jason Harris as the new “Corporations and Securities” Section Editor.
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.
Featuring an obituary penned by the Hon Reg Barrett, the Australian Law Journal has joined the legal profession in paying tribute to Professor Bob Baxt AO, one of the Journal’s most longstanding section editors and contributors, following the news of his passing on 11 March 2018.
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.”
With the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry now underway, the Company and Securities Law Journal’s (C&SLJ) just published Special Issue on Customer Protection in the Financial Services Industry (Volume 35 Part 7) is timely. In his editorial, Bob Baxt spoke of being “overwhelmed” by the number of court cases ...more
We are pleased to announce that Professor Paul Babie has been appointed as the new General Editor of the Property Law Review. Professor Babie will replace Professor Brendan Edgeworth, Professor Pamela O’Connor and Dr Cathy Sherry who recently stepped down as General Editors. We would like to thank the outgoing General Editors for their contribution ...more
The Future of Australian Legal Education conference was successfully co-hosted by The Australian Law Journal and the Australian Academy of Law, on 11-13 August at the Federal Court of Australia, Sydney. Professor Martha C. Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago Law School, presented the keynote speech to open a weekend of lively discussion and debate on themes influencing the future of lawyers and law schools in Australia, including: “What every lawyer should know”; “Digital technology and its impact on teaching, learning and legal practice”; “New skills and essential knowledge for lawyers”; and “Making connections: law interacting across disciplines and international borders”.