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Keynote Speakers


Professor Lynn Mather, Emerita
Keynote Presentation: Is Law Inside or Out? And Why Does It Matter?
Sponsored by the Law Foundation of South Australia. 

Lynn Mather, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, is professor of law and political science and former director of the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. A leading international scholar in the field of law and society, Mather served as president of the international Law and Society Association in 2001-02. 

She has published extensively on lawyers, legal professionalism, women in the legal profession, courts in popular culture, and trial courts and public policy. Her current research explores lawyers’ ethical conduct through empirical study of attorneys in different areas of practice. 

Professor Margaret Davies
Keynote Presentation: Law's Aliens

Margaret Davies is Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor at Flinders University. She was a foundation staff member of the Law School and has been a visiting scholar at Birkbeck College, Umea University, UBC, University of Kent, and Victoria University of Wellington. She has been a recipient of three Australian Research Council grants, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Academy of Law.   

Margaret writes broadly in the area of legal theory, especially property theory, feminist legal theory, and legal pluralism. She is the author of Asking the Law Question (2008), Delimiting the Law (1996), Property (2007), and Are Persons Property? (2001, with Ngaire Naffine). Her new book, to be published in 2016 is provisionally titled Law Unlimited.


Associate Professor Jacinta Ruru
Keynote Presentation: Why First Laws Must Be In

Jacinta teaches first year law and upper level optional courses in Maori Land Law and Law and Indigenous Peoples at the Faculty of Law, University of Otago, New Zealand.  Her more than 90 publications explore Indigenous peoples’ legal rights to own, manage and govern Maori land, national parks and coastlines.  She has co-led several national and international research projects on the common law doctrine of discovery, Indigenous peoples’ rights to freshwater and minerals, and multidisciplinary understandings of landscapes.  She has won awards in teaching, research and for supervision.  She is on the leadership team of Nga Pae o te Maramatanga New Zealand’s Maori Centre of Research Excellence (joining Associate Professor Tracey McIntosh as co-director in 2016) and is an associate at the Indigenous Law Centre, University of New South Wales. 



The following speakers (and many more) have confirmed their attendance at this years conference:

Richard Collier
Kathleen Daly
Heather Douglas
Rachael Field
Laura Grenfell
Fiona Kelly
Andrew Kenyon
Wendy Larcombe
Trish Luker
Kathy Mack
Rob McQueen
Shaun McVeigh
Angela Melville
Timothy Peters
Sharyn Roach Anleu
Olivera Simic
Margaret Thornton
Bridgette Toy-Cronin
Lisa Webley

Panel Members

Barbara Baird
Kim Economides
Lee Godden
Nicole Graham
Ngaire Naffine
Sally Sheldon
Phil Thomas
Margaret Thornton