One of the most interesting areas of scholarship in recent years has been the relationship between colonialism and the rule of law. Several important books have used the materials of legal history to interrogate the meaning, development, and effects of the rule of law in colonial and post colonial societies.
The new book by Professor Keally McBride is a major contribution to this scholarship. Mr Mothercountry: The man who made the rule of law, draws on original archival research of the writings of James Stephen and his descendants, as well as the Macaulay family; explores the gap between the ideal of the rule of law and the ways in which it was practiced and enforced; and considers what the historical legacy of British Colonialism means for how different groups view international law today.
On the occasion of the visit of Professor McBride to the ANU, this seminar features a panel discussion of the themes and questions raised by this book, in conversation with the author. It is sponsored by the Centre for Law Arts and the Humanities, and the Department of Political and Social Change.