Australian Law Journal, The (ALJ)
About the Journal
As one of the oldest and most cited legal journals in Australia, The Australian Law Journal (ISSN: 0004-9611) is the pre-eminent legal journal covering a spectrum of all the important current and historical legal issues. First published in 1927, each monthly Part contains the “Current Issues”, “Conveyancing and Property”, and “Recent Cases” Sections, along with a number of other informative and interesting Sections, as well as two or three articles written by leading legal practitioners, academics, and prominent members of the judiciary.
Justice François Kunc of the Supreme Court of New South Wales (from May 2016).
Assistant General Editors
Angelina Gomez, Lawyer, Perth
Clare Langford, Solicitor, Sydney
Ruth Higgins, Barrister, Sydney
Dr Nuncio D’Angelo, Solicitor, Sydney
• Administrative Law – Justice Melissa Perry
• Admiralty & Maritime – Dr Damien Cremean
• Book Reviews – Angelina Gomez
• Competition & Consumer Law – Robert Baxt AO
• Constitutional Law – Professor Anne Twomey
• Conveyancing & Property – Robert Angyal SC and Professor Brendan Edgeworth
• Corporations & Securities – Robert Baxt AO
• Crime & Evidence – Justice Priest
• Current Issues – Justice Francois Kunc
• Environmental Law – Justice Rachel Pepper
• Equity & Trusts – Justice Mark Leeming
• Family Law – Dr Richard Ingleby
• From the Law Schools – Professor Michael Coper
• Human Rights – Professor Simon Rice
• International Focus – Professor Ryszard Piotrowicz
• The Legal Observer – Michael Pelly
• Overseas Law – Professor Colin Picker
• Personalia – Clare Langford
• Statutory Interpretation – Justice John Basten
State and Territory Editors: Around the Nation
• Australian Capital Territory – Justice John Burns
• Northern Territory – Acting Justice Dean Mildren RFD
• Queensland – John McKenna QC
• South Australia – Justice Kevin Nicholson
• Tasmania – Justice Stephen Estcourt
• Victoria – Justice Clyde Croft
• Western Australia – Justice Kenneth Martin
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The May Part of the Australian Law Journal marks the ALJ’s 90th anniversary since it first started in 1927, and is a Special Issue on Indigenous Australians and the law, with articles curated by Professor Megan Davis, UNSW’s first Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous: “Indigenous Constitutional Recognition: Paths to Failure and Possible Paths to Success” – Shireen Morris and Noel Pearson; “Testamentary Freedom and Customary Law: The Impact Of Succession Law on the Inheritance Needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia” – Prue Vines; “Opportunity is There for the Taking: Legal and Cultural Principles to Re-start Discussion on Aboriginal Heritage Reform in WA” – Lauren Butterly, Ambelin Kwaymullina and Blaze Kwaymullina; “Two New Township Leases on Aboriginal Land in the Northern Territory” – Leon Terrill; “Ensuring Ethical Collaborations in Indigenous Arts and Records Management” – Terri Janke; “Thinking Outside the Constitution on Indigenous Constitutional Recognition: Entrenching the Racial Discrimination Act” – Dylan Lino; “Administrative Law” – Gemma McKinnon; “What Does National Equality Law Have to do with Closing the Gap?” – Laura Beacroft.
This Part also includes the following sections: “Current Issues”; Prof Peter Butt’s final notes on “Conveyancing and Property”; and two new Sections: “The Legal Observer” by Michael Pelly; and “Statutory Interpretation” by the Hon Justice John Basten; as well as Book Reviews.
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.
ALJ Special Issue on Indigenous Australians and Interview with former High Court Chief Justice Robert French
To mark the 90th anniversary of the ALJ in 2017, the upcoming May issue will be a Special Issue dedicated to the theme of Indigenous Australians, as well as new Sections, including on statutory interpretation, as well as a Legal Observer column by Mr Michael Pelly, who sits down for an interview with recently retired High Court Chief Justice, The Hon Robert Shenton French AC, twelfth Chief Justice of Australia.
The Future of Australian Legal Education Conference, Aug 11-13, presented by The Australian Law Journal
To mark the 30th anniversary of the Pearce Report on Australian Law Schools, the Australian Academy of Law (AAL) and The Australian Law Journal are presenting a National Conference on the Future of Australian Legal Education, with the internationally acclaimed Professor Martha C. Nussbaum, University of Chicago Law School, as the keynote speaker. The conference is sponsored by the AAL and ALJ publisher Thomson Reuters, and supported by the Law Council of Australia, and will provide a forum for an informed, national discussion on the future of legal study and practice in Australia, covering practitioners, academics, judges and, of course, students.
The latest Part of the Australian Law Journal contains the following articles: “‘Judges’ Sons Make the Final Sacrifice’: The Story of the Australian Judicial Community in the First World War” – Tony Cunneen; “The Honourable Sir Kenneth Jacobs KBE: A Centenary Appreciation” – Hon William Gummow AC; “The Honourable Septimus Burt KC” – Julian Burt and Angelina Gomez; “The Changing Face of Judicial Leadership: A Western Australian Perspective” – Robert French AC. This Part also includes the following sections: Current Issues; Conveyancing and Property; Around the Nation: Tasmania; Administrative Law; Personalia; Admiralty and Maritime; International Focus; Recent Cases and Book Reviews.
The latest Part of the Australian Law Journal contains the following articles: “Not worth the paper they’re not written on? Executing documents (including deeds) under electronic documentation platforms: Part B” – Diccon Loxton; “Burqas and Niqabs in the courtroom: Finding practical solutions” – Renae Barker. This Part also includes the following sections: Current Issues; Conveyancing and Property; Constitutional Law; Around the Nation: Western Australia; International Focus; Recent Cases and Book Reviews.
We are delighted to announce that Dr Richard Ingleby will be joining The Australian Law Journal team as the new Section Editor of the Family Law section, as our outgoing editor Dr Anthony Dickey QC retires from the post which he has held since 1988. Dr Richard Ingleby becomes the editor of the Family Law Section with extensive experience as ...more
The latest Part of the Australian Law Journal includes the following articles: “Values in public law” – Chief Justice James Allsop AO (based on address given at the James Spigelman Oration 2015, Sydney); and “Not worth the paper they’re not written on? Executing documents (including deeds) under electronic documentation platforms: Part A” – Diccon Loxton. Also in this Part are the following sections: Current Issues; Conveyancing and Property; Family Law; Around the Nation: Northern Territory; Crime and Evidence; Personalia; Around the Nation: Western Australia; Recent Cases; Book Review; and Obituary.
The subject of gender equality has been a hot topic in the media with recent coverage on state and national programs to tackle the bias in the legal profession. The question of why so few women appear before the High Court, and why even fewer have speaking roles has been raised by Professor George Williams ...more
The latest Part of the Australian Law Journal includes the following articles: “Chief Justice Robert French AC” – Chief Justice Wayne Martin; “Appearing in the French Court” – Justice Stephen McLeish; and “The High Court under Chief Justice Robert French” – Harry Hobbs, Andrew Lynch and George Williams. Also in this Part are the following sections: Current Issues; Letter to the Editor; Conveyancing and Property; Constitutional Law; Administrative Law; Personalia; and Recent Cases.