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Welcome to the Australian Academy of Law

The Australian Academy of Law comprises elected individuals of exceptional distinction in the discipline of law who are committed to the advancement of that discipline and to justice according to law in Australia.  

Membership is by invitation by the Board of Directors following nomination by an existing Fellow, together with a Seconder, and consideration and recommendation by the Membership Committee. Fellows are invited from the practising profession, from legal academia and from the judiciary to facilitate collaboration and constructive debate amongst all sections of the legal community. The Academy thereby provides a bridge between all sections of the legal community.   

The objects of the Academy are to:

  • Advance the discipline of law;
  • Establish scholarships and research grants;
  • Promote excellence in legal scholarship, research, education, and the administration of justice;
  • Promote law reform;
  • Promote ethical conduct and professional responsibility;
  • Enhance the understanding and observance of the rule of law;
  • Provide a forum for collaboration and constructive debate amongst all branches of the legal community.

It is important that Fellows consider from time to time other distinguished lawyers who are suitable for nomination as a Fellow. The eligibility criteria are that the person is of exceptional distinction in the discipline of law and demonstrably committed to the objects of the Academy. All Fellows are encouraged to look broadly to nominate candidates and to consider candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Nominations should be forwarded to the AAL Secretariat by 31 August each year.

The AAL expects to elect new Fellows by the end of each calendar year.

The AAL's 2023 annual report has now been published and is to be found here.

Publication of the proceedings of the joint event with the AIJA and the ALJ: Enduring Courts in Changing Times

The AAL has now, with the excellent work of Dr Trischa Mann, edited the papers for publication in book form.  

View ordering details here.

Chapters include:


LATEST NEWS AND EVENTS 



Australian Academy of Law
First Nations Scholarship 2024


The Australian Academy of Law again offered the AAL First Nations Scholarship tenable in 2024 for a First Nations final year law student.

The successful applicant was UNSW student Mr Kyle Fox, a proud Wiradjuri man currently in his final year at UNSW studying for a Bachelor of Law and Criminology and Criminal Justice.

The amount of the award is A$5000.

The AAL will also offer him a Fellow as a mentor.

Congratulations to Kyle Fox.

The selection panel was Justice Tony Besanko, Federal Court of Australia (Chair); Justice Louise Taylor, Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory; and the Hon Kevin Bell AM KC, former judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria, former Commissioner, Yoo-rrook Justice Commission, Victoria.

A small ceremony will take place in May at UNSW to congratulate Kyle Fox formally and to hand him his certificate. 







Australian Academy of Law
Annual Report 2023

A snapshot of what the Academy did in calendar year 2023





Australian Academy of Law

NOTICE OF 2024 ESSAY PRIZE 

The Australian Academy of Law invites you to submit an essay for its 2024 Annual Essay Prize.

The Prize is open to anyone, wherever resident, who is studying or has studied legal subjects at a tertiary level, or who is working or has worked in a law-based occupation. There is no limit by reference to the age or seniority or experience of, or position held by, a person who may submit an entry. Accordingly, judicial officers, legal practitioners, legal academics and law students are all eligible to submit an essay.

The amount of the Prize is $10,000.

The essay topic for the Prize in 2024 is as follows:

“Taking into account the decision of the High Court in NZYQ v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs [2023] HCA 37 and the response by government to it, what is the law of preventative detention in Australia: Commonwealth, State and Territory? Is it fit for purpose? If not, how and by reference to what principles should it be reformed?”

The length of the essay to be submitted is a maximum of 8,000 words (excluding the abstract).

The deadline for the submission of an essay is 31 August 2024 and this time limit is strictly observed, as the Rules governing the Annual Essay Prize make clear.

Essays should be submitted to the Secretariat at the Australian Academy of Law aalsecretariat@academyoflaw.org.au

The Rules can be accessed on the Academy’s website here 

You should also refer to the Academy’s website here for further information about the actual submission of an entry as well as information on previous winners.






Newsletter No 4   

26 April 2024

The latest Newsletter of the Academy can be viewed here.





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