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Call for Abstracts


The Conference invites submission of papers of original work for consideration for inclusion in the program 

Have we entered a time ‘post-truth’? Emotional appeals frame policy debates, news is fake, lies are excusable, even deemed necessary in some situations, and expert opinion and facts alternate or are secondary to well-crafted (and not so well-crafted) talking points: ‘What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.’

World leaders derail action on climate change by decrying the science and reframing the conversation to meet the concerns of global capital. Patriotism is surging, spread via memes riding exponential waves around the internet. Scaremongering is an everyday social media habit – like, like, like. ‘If you don’t know what’s true, you can say whatever you like and it’s not a lie’ (Jack Holmes, 2016). Social debate has been replaced by social media occupied by partisan bloggers who create/ regulate their online enclaves – virtual retreats that repel opposition (or are they safe havens from vitriolic trolls?).  

Yet, others are reclaiming and naming their truth – standing in their law and traditions, and standing with, and within, social movements that elide the boundaries of the nation-state, call out institutionalised habits of violence and abuse, and name the lines of privilege that trace access to capital, resources, social wellbeing, health – and life itself.


Are we in a ‘post-truth’ world, and if so, what is its shape? How are ‘post-truth’ practices shaping our communities and our collective future? Who can – and who cannot – speak their truth?

What is/ where are laws in this post-truth world? Are there fake laws? Is law simply one big emotional appeal? What does ‘real’ law do?

Are laws real, true, provable? Do facts matter anymore? And if they do, what/ where is the proof – and do we need proof? And does law need lawyers? Who are the ‘real’ lawyers – and what do they do? What kinds of legal reasoning will they need or will they produce?

How can we/ should we reinscribe law in the post-truth space? Whose law? Should law be deconstructed, de-centred, de-colonised? What/ where are the alternatives? Can our diversity unite and guide us to reimagine our future and this post-truth world?

This conference is being hosted by Southern Cross University’s School of Law and Justice at its Gold Coast campus, Bilinga (Coolangatta). 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 last year from the Australasian Law Teacher’s Association to 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. All submissions are welcome but those from ALAA members will be given preference.

Those who wish their abstract to be considered as part of one or more particular ALAA Interest Group(s) should indicate this clearly: 

  • Legal Education (Legal Education, Law for Non-Law Students, and Clinical Legal Education and Practical Legal Training) 

  • Private Law (Property Law, Torts and Contract, Equity and Trusts, and Family Law)                                                       

  • Public Law  (Constitutional Law, Environmental Law, and Criminal Law, and adding Administrative Law)                      

  • Commercial Law  (Company Law, Competition and Consumer Law, Revenue Law, Labour Law, and Intellectual Property)                                   

  • International and Comparative Law (Comparative and Asian Law, and International Law)                                              

  • Jurisprudence and Legal History (Legal History, Legal Theory, Law and Economics, and Legal Research and Communication, and adding Law and Literature)                                                                                                   

  • Law and Society (Law and Medicine, Law and Social Justice, Indigenous Peoples and the Law, Law and Computers, and Law in Context)                 

  • Legal Professional Practice (Ethics and the Legal Profession, Evidence and Procedure, and Dispute Resolution)          

  • South Pacific Legal Studies

Please note that notwithstanding the above options, the Conference Committee reserves the right to allocate accepted proposals to panels according to stream or subject areas.

Presentations will generally be 15 minutes in length, including introduction, and normally will be followed by 5 minutes for question time.

Selection Criteria
Submissions will be reviewed on the following criteria:

  • Significance and relevance of paper to the conference’s themes

  • Choice of topic and analysis of issues

  • Quality of originality and research

  • Clarity and coherence of argument, structure and conclusions


The ALAA 2018 Committee will provide rolling acceptances and will notify authors no later than 20 May 2019. All presenters will be required to register for the conference by 3 June 2019 to be included in the Conference program (early bird registration will close on 31 May 2019). Accepted presenters who fail to register by the deadline will be withdrawn from the Conference proceedings. Please note that all Conference costs, including registration fees, must be met from the presenter’s own resources.

The lodgement of a submission does not indicate automatic inclusion in the Conference program. Receipt and acceptance will be acknowledged to the person submitting. Further communication will be with the submitting author only unless otherwise directed.

For further information please email the conference organiser Promaco Conventions on


* Formerly ALTA – the Australasian Law Teacher’s Association

Deadlines & Key Dates

Call for Abstracts Open

Mid March 2019


Registration Open

Early April 2019

Call for Abstracts
EXTENDED until 7th June

Authors Notified on Accepted Submissions

31 May

Early Bird Deadline

EXTENDED until 10 June

Author Registration Deadline

14 June