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‘Real’ laws in the post-truth world

2019 Australasian Law Academics Association* Conference

4-5 July 2019

This year’s Australasian Law Academics Association (ALAA) Conference will be held this July in beautiful Coolangatta, hosted by the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University.


The SCU conference committee looks forward to welcoming law academics and scholars from Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, Papua New Guinea and other parts of the world. We are confident that our conference program will be an engaging and thought provoking event.

* Formerly the Australasian Law Teachers Association

Conference Theme

‘Real’ Laws in the Post-Truth World and was chosen to engage and question emerging dialogues on ‘post-truth’ – their influence on policy and social debate, and how post-truth practices are shaping laws and how truth is and isn’t part of legal and socio-legal dialogues. We intend this theme to provoke questions on whether we should and how we might reinscribe law in post-truth spaces, whether and how laws should be deconstructed, de-centred, and de-colonised, and whether or not our diversity can unite and guide us to reimagine our collective futures.

The Conference Committee is also proud to be hosting this year’s event as it will be the formal launch of our renamed and restructured legal academic’s association. As resolved at the 2018 ALTA AGM held during last year’s wonderful Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference at Curtin University, ALTA is being relaunched as the Australasian Law Academics Association (ALAA). This conference, the very first ALAA conference, will continue to provide a supportive environment for law academics to present papers on their areas of their scholarship in teaching and research, as well as a great place to develop networks and friendships with other legal academics within Australasia. 

On behalf of SCU’s Conference Committee, we trust all delegates will have an intellectually stimulating and enjoyable time at this year’s conference. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the beautiful southern part of the Gold Coast this July.


Associate Professor Jennifer Nielsen
Chair, SCU Conference Committee

Deadlines & Key Dates




Call for Abstracts Open

Mid March 2019

Registration Open

Early April 2019

Call for Abstracts 

EXTENDED until 7 June



Authors Notified on Accepted Submissions

31 May

Early Bird Deadline

EXTENDED until 10 June

Author Registration Deadline

14 June

SCU Conference Committee

Associate Professor Jennifer Nielsen
Committee Chair

Professor William MacNeil, Dean and Head of School 
Ms Helen Walsh | Dr Paula Hallam | Mr Lance Jones

Ms Ellen Kronen | Ms Jane Gilmour