Centre for Law, Arts & the Humanities

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The Centre for Law, Arts & the Humanities brings together humanities-based research into questions of law and justice, both within the ANU College of Law and across diverse disciplines including art history and theory, literature, philosophy, human rights, history, and cultural studies at ANU.

The Centre is the first of its kind in Australia. Through international collaborations, research and teaching, the Centre will build new bridges and open new dialogues in three dimensions: across disciplines; between critical theory and law; and with the wider community. For current projects and upcoming events, click on the About tab, below.

Last updated date

11.48am Tuesday 18 September 2018

Recently

24
Apr
2017

Big Ideas on ABC Radio National recently recorded an event with ANU Law's Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities. The thought provoking conversation with Alexis Wright, Peter Singer, Russell Jacoby and Jacqueline Dutton will go to air this Monday evening at 7:05pm. You can listen via radio, stream or download the podcast.

2
Nov
2016
Challenging words - a CLAH workshop in November

Challenging Words, led by Dorota Gozdecka, will bring together artists, cartoonists and musicians with students and legal academics in an innovative and creative workshop, the first of its kind in Australia.

11
Aug
2016
Welcome Professor Alex Sharpe

On Thursday 11 August we welcome Professor Alex Sharpe to the Centre for a series of events co-sponsored by the ANU Gender institute.

Alex is based at Keele University UK.  She is an international scholar of issues in transgender, sexualities, and the law, as well as broader interests in contemporary critical theory.  She will be fronting a Q & A session on ‘gender fraud’ at 12pm, Friday 12 August, in the Moot Court.  Then at 4pm, she will be presenting a public lecture entitled Scary monsters: the hopeful undecidability of David Bowie (1947-2016), which promises to be a load of fun.  

Latest news

09
Jul
2019
ANU Bachelor of Arts/Laws (Hons) student Elizabeth Harris and Professor Kim Rubenstein FAAL, FASSA.
A successful appeal on a statelessness case run by ANU College of Law Professor Kim Rubenstein FAAL, FASSA and supported by 36 students has been documented in a new research journal.
23
May
2019
Dr Greg Lehman from the University of Melbourne and ANU Law Professor Tim Bonyhady
An exhibition co-curated by ANU Law Professor Tim Bonyhady has won Best Travelling Exhibition at the Museums and Galleries Australia National Awards.
23
May
2019
ANU Law Professor Desmond Manderson.
ANU Law Professor Desmond Manderson’s new book, "Danse Macabre: Temporalities of Law in the Visual Arts", explores the intersection between time, law and art.
28
Nov
2018
Professor Margaret Thornton stands outside and is wearing a green top
The pros and cons of flexible work for lawyers
24
Oct
2018
Image shows Professor Linda Mulcahy, University of Oxford
Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford

In the Media

07
Jul
2018

The moment of truth

Tim Bonyhady The Australian

Research theme:
14
May
2018

The National Picture: Overwhelming reminder of wilful gaps in Australia's history

Tim Bonyhady interviewed by The Guardian

10
May
2018

The National Picture: Tasmania's Black War

Tim Bonyhady ABC Radio Canberra

08
Dec
2017

My painting road trip with Andrew Sayers

Tim Bonyhady writes in The Australian

20
Nov
2017

OPINION Here’s a plan: the AEC can rule who qualifies

Kim Rubenstein writes in The Australian

10
Nov
2017

Labor can’t have ‘cake and eat it too’: Cormann

Kim Rubenstein quoted in The Australian

08
Nov
2017

News Decoder

Kim Rubenstein speaks to ABC News

04
Nov
2017

David Speers: Pollies should show us their passports

Kim Rubenstein quoted in The Daily Telegraph

Upcoming events

No upcoming events found.

Past events

22
Aug
2019

Visions Not So Splendid: Law, Art, Justice

Rachel Joy, Eumeralla Wars (2017)
12.00PM to 4.30PM

This event brings together artists and scholars from around Australia and overseas, established and early career, working in innovative ways on the cusp between law and visual studies.

23
Jul
2019

In Conversation with Ron McCallum

In Conversation with Ron McCallum
6.00PM to 7.00PM
  • Ron McCallum AO - The University of Sydney
  • Professor Kim Rubenstein FAAL, FASSA - Australian National University

Ron McCallum AO will be in conversation with Professor Kim Rubenstein on Ron's memoir, Born at the Right Time.

12
Dec
2018

Vertigo: Fake news/real theory

Vertigo film poster
9.00AM to 5.00PM

The ANU contemporary critical theory group is hosting a one-day seminar exploring law, art, politics, and society in the 21st century. 

15
Aug
2018

Reading group - Contemporary critical theory: What is it? What's it for?

Reading group
5.00PM to 6.30PM

This reading group, convened by author and philosopher of aesthetics Robyn Ferrell, now an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities, will excavate the history of critical theory from Benjamin and Adorno, with a focus on theoretical work by leading figures in recent years and on contemporary issues of the most urgent importance.  

07-10
Mar
2018

Trumpsformation - A play in three acts

Trumpsformation
7.00PM to 9.30PM

Antigone Law and Theatre Group is delighted to invite you to our performance of Trumpsformation. Our group is comprised of ANU students who came together to critically engage with law and humanities in a performative capacity and connect with other performing artists in Canberra.

Coming up in 2018

Events and activities planned for this year reflect the Centre’s commitment to encourage creative work about the arts, through our research and teaching activities, and equally with the arts, through innovative creative collaborations with cultural institutions both local and national.

  • March 7 – 10, Trumpsformation, a new play on themes of neo-liberalism and contemporary politics written by Associate Director Dorota Gozecka and the Antigone theatre group, will premiere at Gorman House.
  • A new reading group organized by Adjunct Professor Robyn Ferrell will also commence in March and run on a monthly basis to faculty and graduate students working in contemporary critical theory across the campus.
  • April 6, in conjunction with the Incommensurable exhibition at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery, the Centre will host a panel discussion: ‘Incommensurables--Art, Law, Philosophy'.
  • In May: After the success, after the success of last year’s Utopia 500, the Centre again teams up with ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas unit to present a panel discussion on contemporary politics, discourse and conflict. Political Reason—Difficult Ideal, or Contradiction in Terms?
  • 12 May – 20 July, The National Picture is a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia curated by Professor Tim Bonyhady and addressing themes of law, justice and reconciliation on the colonial frontier of nineteenth century Tasmania.
  • July 27, in conjunction with the above exhibition, there will be a major interdisciplinary symposium on the Proclamation Boards, key works in nineteenth century colonial legalism in Tasmania. The symposium leading writers on these iconic Australian images, including both Professors Manderson and Bonyhady.
  • In September, the Centre teams up with the ANU Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies to launch a pioneering new collaboration. The symposium, After the Rule: Interpretation in comparative and cross-cultural perspective, will attract thinkers from a wide variety of disciplines to discuss the rich and underexplored territory of alternative approaches to questions of interpretation of law, norms and rules, from Islamic, medieval, and indigenous legal traditions to questions of the hermeneutics of literature and art.

New Work in a new field

The Centre is the first of its kind in Australia. Through international collaborations, research and teaching, the Centre will build new bridges and open new dialogues in three dimensions: across disciplines; between critical theory and law; and with the wider community.

The Centre is committed to advancing world-class teaching and research in the field. We aim to consolidate and expand domestic and international networks of scholars, and to support new interdisciplinary collaborations.

We are also committed to a strong public engagement with the most important contemporary problems in Australia and around the world—including questions of social justice, human rights, rule of law, globalization, pluralism, and sovereignty. Bringing the insights and traditions of the humanities and the arts to bear on law, justice and ethics in the modern world, has never been more urgent or more necessary.

The Centre reflects the growth of research in law, literature and the humanities—a creative interdisciplinary field in which Australian scholarship leads the world. The Centre is directed by Professor Desmond Manderson, FRSC and draws on his recent Australian Research Council Future Fellowship which pioneered Australian research into representations of law and justice in the visual arts; and by Professor Tim Bonyhady, AO, one of Australia’s leading writers whose work extends from environmental law to art and social history.

Portrait of Professor Desmond Manderson, by Jackie Adcock, 2001

Portrait of Professor Timothy Bonyhady, by Andrew Sayers, Archibald Prize Finalist, 2015

Innovative Teaching

The Centre is taking a university-wide lead in developing major new interdisciplinary courses that will help students bring their degrees and their interests, their career and their passions, together in innovative ways.

New collaborative courses with other humanities disciplines, including art, history, and politics, are already in development, positioning the ANU as a world leader in teaching interdisciplinary courses in law and the humanities. 

Interview of Prof. Desmond Manderson from Richard Sherwin on Vimeo.

An interview with Professor Desmond Manderson on law and the humanities, as part of the 'Visualizing Law in the Digital Age' conference held at New York Law School on 21 October 2011.

Directors


Tim Bonyhady
Professor

Desmond Manderson
Professor

Associate Directors


Dorota Anna Gozdecka
Senior Lecturer

Members


Judy Harrison
Senior Lecturer

Anne Macduff
Senior Lecturer

Joshua Neoh
Senior Lecturer

Kim Rubenstein
Professor

Margaret Thornton
Emerita Professor

Matthew Zagor
Associate Professor
Roseanne Kennedy
Head of Discipline - Gender Sexuality & Culture
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Carolyn Strange
Deputy Head of School
School of History, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Helen Ennis
Director
Centre for Art History and Art Theory, School of Art, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Fiona Jenkins
Associate Professor
School of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences, ANU College of Arts and Social Science
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia

Higher degree research students


Naomi Carde
SJD Candidate

Likim Ng
PhD Candidate

Justine Poon
Manager - LRSJ

Affiliates

Robyn Ferrell
Honorary Professor
Centre for Law Arts & Humanities
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Alice Rumble
PhD Candidate
Aboriginal activism and settler advocacy: appeals for 'justice' through colonial legal and political channels 1830-1890
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
PhD Candidate
Life, Death and Release at Callan Park, 1878-1920
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Alexandra Roginski
PhD Candidate
History of Phrenology in Australia
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
PhD Candidate
Dragged kicking and screaming. The Commonwealth's reluctant assumption of control ever marriage in Australia
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Rhianne Grieve
PhD Candidate
Natural rights in Eighteenth century British natural jurisprudence
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
PhD Candidate
The role and contribution of the military convicts transported to Australia 1788-1868
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Murray Chisholm
PhD Candidate
History of the Opposition to Capital Punishment [in PNG]
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Mareike Riedel
PhD Candidate
Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ), Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet)
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Jennifer Eadie
PhD Candidate
School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, Research School of Humanities and the Arts
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Marie-eve Louiselle
PhD Candidate
Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ), Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet)
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia
Shane Chalmers
PhD Candidate
Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ), Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet)
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia

Visitors


Jonathan Blaine
SJD Candidate

Members of the CLAH engage in many research projects which employ the theoretical and methodological model of law and the humanities.  Their work appears in leading publications and journals around the world. Readers are invited to explore this work on the individual research pages of our members, and to browse our recent publications.

In addition, the Centre works together to develop new collaborations and joint projects.  This involves collaborations with the Early Modern Conversions project at McGill University; an application for funding through the COST program for Literature and the Rule of Law in the New Europe; and the development of a Summer School in Law and the Humanities here at ANU.  We will provide regular updates on these activities and collaborative projects.

Listed below are a selection of recent publications by Centre members, in alphabetical order by surbname under each subheading.

Please note this is not a complete list of all the publications of all our members. Please see the 'People' tab, and click on the link to their personal profile page for more publications and for a link to their ANU Researchers profile for a complete list.

Recent books 

  • Bonyhady, Good Living Street (2011)
  • Gozdecka, Rights, Religious pluralism and the Recognition of difference (2015).
  • Manderson, Kangaroo Courts and the Rule of Law (2012). 
  • Manderson, Littoral Readings –Representations of Land and Sea in law, Literature, and Geography (2015).
  • Strange, C., Honour violence and emotions in history (New York: NYU Press, 2016)
  • Strange, C. et al, eds., Honour Killing and Violence: Theory, Policy and Practice (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

Recent book chapters

  • Henne, K and Shah, R 2016 (in press), Feminist Criminology and the Visual. In Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Crime, Media and Popular Culture. Brown, M, ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Henne, K 2015, Testing for Athlete Citizenship: Regulating Doping and Sex in Sport, Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ, USA.
  • Neoh, J ‘Law and Love in Eden’, in Paul Babie and Vanja Savić (eds), Law, Religion and Love (Routledge, forthcoming)
  • Neoh, J. Rothwell, D and Rubenstein, K, ‘The Complicated Case of Stern Hu: Allegiance, Identity and Nationality in a Globalized World’, in Fiona Jenkins, Mark Nolan and Kim Rubenstein (eds), Allegiance and Identity in a Globalized World (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
  • Strange, C. ‘Mercy and Parole in Anglo-American Criminal Justice Systems, from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-First Century,’ in Paul Knepper and Anja Johansen, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the History of Crime and Criminal Justice Oxford: OUP, 2016

Recent refereed journal articles

  • Gozdecka, DA., 'A Community of Paradigm Subjects?, Rights as corrective tools in culturally contested claims of recognition in Europe', Social Identities, Issue 3, 2015 (forthcoming).
  • Gozdecka, DA. and Jackson, AR., ‘Caught Between Different Legal Pluralisms: Women Who Wear Islamic Dress as the Religious ‘Other’ In European Rights Discourses’, (2012) Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 64:2011
  • Gozdecka, DA., Jackson, AR., ‘Caught Between Different Legal Pluralisms: Women Who Wear Islamic Dress as the Religious ‘Other’ In European Rights Discourses’, (2012) Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 64:2011
  • Gozdecka, DA., ‘Human rights, fundamental rights and the common constitutional traditions in the protection of religious pluralism and diversity in Europe – a study in the democratic paradox’, (2012) Finnish Yearbook of International Law, 2010
  • Gozdecka, DA., ‘Catholic Family Values instead of Equality - Polish Politics Between 2005-2007 Envisioning the Role of Women.’ (2009) in Sulkunen Irma, Nevala-Nurmi Seija-Leena, Markkola Pirjo (eds) ‘Suffrage, Gender and Citizenship - International Perspectives on Parliamentary Reforms’ Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press.
  • Gozdecka, D.A., Kmak Magdalena, and Airytman Ercan Selen, ’ From Multiculturalism to Post-multiculturalism: Trends and Paradoxes', (2015) Journal of Sociology  vol. 50 no. 1 51-64
  • Naffine, N and Neoh, J ‘Fictions and Myths in PGA v The Queen’ (2013) 38 Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 32.
  • Neoh, J ‘The Rhetoric of Precedent and Fulfilment in the Sermon on the Mount and the Common Law’ (2013) Law, Culture and the Humanities.
  • Neoh, J, ‘Text, Doctrine and Tradition in Law and Religion’ (2013) 2 Oxford Journal Law and Religion 175.
  • Neoh, J. ‘Law and Love in Abraham’s Binding of Isaac’ (2015) 9 Law and Humanities 237.
  • Neoh, J. ‘The Name of God on Trial: Narratives of Law, Religion and State in Malaysia’ (2014) 18 Law Text Culture 198 [Special Issue on ‘The Rule of Law and the Cultural Imaginary in (Post-Colonial East Asia’)
  • Roberts, H. ‘Why (Re)Write Judgments: Australian Feminist Judgments (2015) 37 Sydney Law Review 257 (with Laura Sweeney)
  • Roberts, H. ‘Telling a History of Australian Women Judges Through Courts’ Ceremonial Archives’ (2014) 40 Australian Feminist Law Journal 147
  • Roberts, H. ‘“Swearing Mary”: The Significance of the Speeches Made at Mary Gaudron’s Swearing-in as a Justice of the High Court of Australia’ (2013) 34 Sydney Law Review 493
  • Roberts, H. “Law and Literature: Analysing style in judgment writing” in Gabrielle Appleby and Rosalind Dixon The Critical Judgments Project: Rereading Monis v The Queen (with Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby) (The Federation Press, 2016

Recent book review essay

Students with a passion for interdisciplinary research on the intersection of law and justice issues with history, continental philosophy, art theory and criticism, literary and cultural studies are strongly encouraged to undertake higher degree research and doctoral work in law and the humanities at ANU. 

The ANU is Australia’s highest-ranking University, with outstanding international expertise right across law, arts, and the social sciences. The Centre for Law, Art and the Humanities brings together this expertise and works to generate new synergies and a critical mass of intellectual energy. We analyse historical and contemporary issues, drawing on humanistic perspectives through a range of theoretical frameworks in legal and social theory, continental philosophy, and post-colonial studies.

For further information, contact the Directors or Members of the Centre (on the People tab). They can help you craft your proposal and identify supervision resources best able to support your interests.

For examples of the kinds of projects our higher degree research students undertake, please see the list of HDR students on the People tab. Click through to their personal profiles for more information on their thesis projects.

 

Activities archive

24
Apr
2017

Big Ideas on ABC Radio National recently recorded an event with ANU Law's Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities. The thought provoking conversation with Alexis Wright, Peter Singer, Russell Jacoby and Jacqueline Dutton will go to air this Monday evening at 7:05pm. You can listen via radio, stream or download the podcast.

2
Nov
2016
Challenging words - a CLAH workshop in November

Challenging Words, led by Dorota Gozdecka, will bring together artists, cartoonists and musicians with students and legal academics in an innovative and creative workshop, the first of its kind in Australia.

11
Aug
2016
Welcome Professor Alex Sharpe

On Thursday 11 August we welcome Professor Alex Sharpe to the Centre for a series of events co-sponsored by the ANU Gender institute.

Alex is based at Keele University UK.  She is an international scholar of issues in transgender, sexualities, and the law, as well as broader interests in contemporary critical theory.  She will be fronting a Q & A session on ‘gender fraud’ at 12pm, Friday 12 August, in the Moot Court.  Then at 4pm, she will be presenting a public lecture entitled Scary monsters: the hopeful undecidability of David Bowie (1947-2016), which promises to be a load of fun.  

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