PhD Scholarship: A Relational Theory of Procedural Justice, Macquarie University

Macquarie University is seeking a PhD candidate to join an interdisciplinary research project in law and philosophy.

The project is concerned with procedural justice in the context of resolving legal disputes. Its overall aim is to develop a theory of procedural justice that builds on relational theory in philosophy by incorporating relational concerns in the moral evaluation of legal procedures.

The theory will be used to evaluate the procedural practices of a designated legal institution (the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal).  A case study will investigate the extent to which the theory explains, justifies or provides reasons for revising the procedural practices of the NCAT.

The PhD candidate will either work on the normative aspect or the institutional legal aspects of the project, depending on their qualifications and background.

More information can be found at (click on ‘Faculty of Arts’, then ‘Philosophy/Macquarie Law School’).

Call for Papers: Australian Society of Legal Philosophy Conference

The Annual Conference of the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy will be hosted by the University of Auckland, Faculty of Law from Friday 14 July to Sunday 16 July 2017. The conference will feature keynote addresses by Alan Brudner (University of Toronto) and Colleen Murphy (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) as well as a book symposium on Jane Norton’s recent book: The Freedom of Religious Organisations (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Call for Papers

The Society welcomes proposals for papers on any topic in legal theory, broadly understood. The aim of the ASLP Annual Conference is to provide a forum for the discussion and debate on a range of issues in legal theory and philosophy of law. It is not restricted to analytic legal philosophy, and we strongly encourage the involvement of participants from other disciplines and the inclusion of topics from across legal fields.

Pre-Conference Postgraduate Workshop

A Postgraduate Workshop for PhD students will be held on Friday immediately prior to the formal commencement of the conference. The ASLP Postgraduate Workshop provides PhD students with the opportunity to receive feedback on works-in-progress in a supportive and collaborative environment. We welcome submissions on any topic in legal theory, broadly defined.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts for both the ASLP Conference and the Postgraduate Workshop should be submitted via email by Friday 28 April to Arie Rosen, Auckland Law School

Save the Date: Australian Society of Legal Philosophy Conference, University of Auckland, 14-16 July

This year’s ASLP Conference will take place at the University of Auckland on 14-16 July. Please put the date in your calendars! Further details will be available shortly.

Please also note that entries for the annual ASLP Essay Competition close on 24 February. The competition is open to current doctoral or masters students in any discipline. Details can be found here:

Australian Society of Legal Philosophy Essay Competition

The Australian Society of Legal Philosophy Essay Competition is designed to encourage original research and writing in legal theory and philosophy of law by early career scholars around the world. The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of AU$1,000, plus a contribution of up to AU$500 towards the cost of attendance at the Society’s Annual Conference to present the essay as a paper.

The competition is open to students currently enrolled in a post-graduate degree program (Master or Doctoral) in any discipline. Graduates in one discipline reading for a first degree in a different discipline (such as a Juris Doctor) are not eligible.

Submissions may be on any topic in legal theory or the philosophy of law. Essays must be in English and not exceed 15,000 words. It is a condition of being awarded the ASLP Essay Prize that the winning essay be submitted for publication in the next issue of the Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy.

The deadline for the 2016 Competition is Friday 24 February 2017. Entries must be emailed to the ASLP President, Professor Jonathan Crowe, at

Rundle on Fuller’s Internal Morality of Law

Kristen Rundle, ‘Fuller’s Internal Morality of Law’ (2016) 11 Philosophy Compass 499

Abstract: Teased out through a playful tale about a king who failed in eight ways to make law, Lon L. Fuller’s eight principles of the ‘internal morality of law’ became an important contribution to legal philosophy and rule of law theory alike. Moreover, it was Fuller’s claim that his principles were not just internal to the enterprise of law, but also ‘moral’ in character, that precipitated a particular kind of ‘natural law versus legal positivism’ contest that continues among legal philosophers today. But as a recent revival of interest in Fuller’s thought indicates, his scholarly agenda around the idea of ‘the internal morality of law’ was wider still and deserves revisiting for the range of avenues of inquiry it opens up.

Call for Papers: Australian Feminist Law Journal

The Australian Feminist Law Journal is still accepting submissions for its general issue to be published in December 2016.

The Australian Feminist Law Journal focuses on scholarly research using critical feminist approaches to law and justice, broadly conceived. As an international critical legal journal,  we publish research informed by critical theory, cultural and literary theory, jurisprudential, postcolonial and psychoanalytic approaches amongst other critical research practices.

The journal encourages research into the practices of history, space, time, spirit, image, word, writing and political theology. We particularly wish to encourage interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary writing focusing on law.

The AFLJ is an international journal, with an Editorial Board and Advisory Board drawn from scholars in Australia, United Kingdom, and Canada, and publishes research from scholars located in any jurisdiction which supports critical legal scholarship, including Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, United States of America, and Europe, amongst others.

Prospective authors are encouraged to submit articles electronically to the Managing Editors at: The length of an article is generally between 8,000 and 12,000 words, although shorter articles are welcome. Please include an abstract of up to 300 words with your article.

Any submissions would receive expedited review and publication if accepted.

Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory

Call for Papers

Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory

23-24 November 2016

Reckoning: in place, in person, in practice

The ninth Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory will be held at the Melbourne Law School on 23-24 November 2016. The forum brings research students and early career researchers together to engage in methodological, political and theoretical questions that arise when we think with law. The theme this year is reckoning. We welcome abstracts from all disciplines and diverse scholarly perspectives.

The forum is particularly concerned with questions of method: How do we reckon with law? Reckoning holds this tension – how can we meet our scholarly responsibilities in the present and live the outcomes as our institutional lives? In actuarial disciplines, reckoning is about calculating risk and speculating on potential. In courtroom contexts, we balance probabilities and entertain reasonable doubts. Reckoning recalls how Australia learned to count at the polls in 1967, but it also orients us towards the unfinished business that addresses competing assertions and claims to sovereignty in this place. The verb is procedural, ambiguous and challenging, but there is finality in the noun. It contemplates the point at which we will understand and account for the gravity of our actions. But is that a conclusion or an extant demand? Are there viable redemptive legal methods and forms? When we think as jurists, jurisprudents or lawyers, does reckoning precede, follow, or arise with judgment? Reckoning speaks in formal registers of counting and accounting, weights and measures, judgment and balance but also – in the Australian vernacular – of situation, experience and perspective.

We welcome papers from all areas of law, and from scholars in all disciplines whose work engages questions of method, law or theory. Participants are invited to give conventional papers or present their work in visual, aural, multimedia or other creative formats. Presenters might wish to reflect on the themes of the conference in the following terms:

  • How do we account for our practices and how does this account become manifest and visible in our work?
  • What kind of reckoning is available through the concerns, histories and methods of environmental law; international law; constitutional law; Indigenous laws; relations and engagements between colonial and Indigenous laws; criminal law; administrative law; feminist legal theory; economic law; law and religion and religious laws; family law; military law; or property law?
  • How do we reckon with the responsibilities of our roles, the obligations of office, and the politics of persona?
  • Within legal structures and relationships, how do we reckon with innovation, technological advance and change?
  • How do we conceive of places of reckoning within the global South?
  • In the practice of international law, how do we balance the demands of diplomacy, politics and legal method? How do our methods of reckoning differ at home and abroad?

A limited number of bursaries will be available for interstate and international presenting participants who are unable to claim funding to cover the full cost of travel from their home institution. Bursaries are intended to contribute towards travel expenses. Please indicate in your application whether you would like to be considered for a bursary.

For more information, visit

Send abstracts max 500 words and biographies max 100 words to by Friday 5 August 2016. Confirmation of accepted abstracts will be communicated by 30 September 2016.