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2021 ALAA Conference

2021 ALAA Conference

Sunday 4 July – Tuesday 6 July 2021

Conference theme:
 Boldly Academic: Defining, Supporting and Celebrating Legal Scholarship

The ALAA conference will be jointly hosted by The University of Sydney Law School and University of Technology Sydney Law Faculty. The conference will be a hybrid model, with all conference sessions being accessible for in-person attendance or Zoom attendance. Speakers may elect to present either in-person or via Zoom. In-person attendance will depend on state and federal government health guidelines in place at the time of the conference.

The theme of the Conference has been chosen to enable exploration and celebration of legal scholarship and the role of the academic.

Legal academics are not failed practitioners or wannabe sociologists. Law schools are not adjuncts to the profession. Legal teachers and researchers have made and continue to make significant contributions to the law, the legal profession, the community and society at large. The 2021 ALAA conference will celebrate these contributions. We will explore the role of legal scholars and the legal academy in the 21st century; identify and commemorate the heroes of legal scholarship; examine ways to better define, measure and support legal research; celebrate innovation within Australasian law teaching and scholarship; and identify strategies for supporting academic wellness, professional development and career success”.

Keynote speaker: The Honourable Justice Sarah Derrington, President, Australian Law Reform Commission

The Honourable Justice Sarah Derrington was appointed President of the Australian Law Reform Commission and a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia from 10 January 2018.

Prior to her appointment, Justice Derrington was the Dean of Law at the University of Queensland and a barrister specialising in maritime and shipping law, general commercial law and arbitration.

Justice Derrington is a Director of the Australian Maritime College (AMC), the Commonwealth’s Admiralty Rules Committee, the Council of the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) and is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and of the Australian Academy of Law. She served as a Director of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) from 2012 until December 2017 and is a past President of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ). She was elected as a Titular Member of the Comité Maritime International in 2016.

Conference theme

The conference theme is a broad one, but sub-theme areas may include:

  • Why legal scholarship matters
  • The future of legal scholarship in a neoliberal higher education environment
  • Problematising Western hegemony in contemporary legal scholarship
  • Indigenous perspectives on legal scholarship
  • The relationship between legal scholarship and impact
  • The role of the law school in the 21st century
  • Teaching and scholarship in a post-COVID world
  • The relationship between scholarship and legal education and the tension between knowledge and skills
  • Legal scholars we admire and their influence
  • The contemporary relevance of the ‘great man’ approach to legal scholarship
  • ALAA interest groups are encouraged to propose sub-themes relating to their interest group focus
  • Other
Call for abstracts has now closed


Conference program

Please find a link to the draft program here (updated 22/6/21)


Monday and Tuesday conference days will be held at the University of Technology, Sydney located in Ultimo.

The Sunday session will be held at the University of Sydney Law School.


Early Bird in-person fee (until 10 May): $350
Full fee in-person (from 8 May): $400
Early Career Researcher (ECR): $250
Online fee: $100
Conference dinner (Monday 5 July): $120
Eastside Bar & Grill, located opposite UTS building at Kensington Street restaurant precinct

Register here

**Conference speakers are required to register by 11 June**

Tickets to the general public will close on 1 July

Refunds: A full refund will be issued for cancellations received up to 10-working days prior to the event. If you are unable to attend in person due to COVID-19 related issues, your fee will automatically default to the ‘online’ fee, and you will receive a refund of the conference fee difference.
Accommodation options (local to UTS, Ultimo)

The Mercure Sydney – discount offer
Call the Mercure Sydney reservations team on +61 (2) 92176797 or email H2073@accor.com and quote booking code: ‘ALAA0721’, which will give access to the negotiated 10% off best available rate, the booking window will be open from 16th April 2021 until 2nd June 2021 and is for bookings made during the period of 2nd July – 11th July 2021.

The Old Clare Hotel – discount offer
Kent room – $230, Connell Room – $240, Chippendale Loft $270, Abercrombie Room $290 and Clare Suite $320.
For the booking process, please email reservations@theoldclarehotel.com.au or call +61 (2) 8277 8277 and simply mention the ALAA conference for the team to apply those rates.

Conference Convenors
Professor Penny Crofts, UTS Law and Professor Jason Harris, Sydney Law School
General enquiries please contact:  law.events@sydney.edu.au


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