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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 and existing Fellow and consideration by the Membership Committee.  Fellows are invited by the Academy from the legal profession, from legal academia and from the judiciary.   The Academy thereby provides a bridge between each of those sections of the legal community.    The Academy's objects as listed in its Constitution are pursued through its public conferences and debates and its publications and newsletters, and the promotion of those objects through the individual activities of the Fellows.  The AAL's 2021 annual report has now been published and is to be found here.



Winner of the 2021 Inaugural First Nations Scholarship 


Mikeyli Hendry , an Arrernte woman from Alice Springs, Northern Territory and final year law student at the University of Adelaide in 2021.

Winner of the First Nations Scholarship in 2022

Lillian Ireland, a Melukerdee woman from Lutruwita (Tasmania) and a final year Science and Law (Honours) student at the Australian National University in 2022.


The Australian Academy of Law again offers the AAL First Nations Scholarship in 2023 for a First Nations final year law student at any Australian law school or the Diploma of Law through the NSW Law Extension Committee. The amount of the award is $5,000 for one year only. The successful applicant may, additionally, have the opportunity of being mentored for up to a year by an AAL Fellow.

Applications based on the selection criteria are through nominations by the respective Law Deans to the AAL Secretariat by the closing date of 20 March 2023 at 5 pm AEDT. The winner will be announced by the end of April 2023.

Further details are available here.


Newsletter No 2, 27 February 2023

The latest Newsletter of the Academy can be viewed here. 

We extend a warm welcome to the following distinguished lawyers who have accepted the Board's invitation to become Fellows of the Academy:

The Hon Justice Marcus Solomon, Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

The Hon Justice Andrew Beech, Judge of the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Western Australia.


The Treaty Negotiation Framework for Victoria 

This seminar was held on 1 March 2023 in Melbourne. 

The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria is recognised under the Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Act 2018 (Vic) as the Aboriginal Representative Body that works with the State of Victoria to establish by agreement the elements necessary to support future Treaty negotiations.  On 20 October 2022, by an agreement, the First Peoples’ Assembly and the State of Victoria established the Treaty Negotiation Framework.  The Framework provides for a process for negotiating and formalising a treaty to recognise historic wrongs and address ongoing injustices. It identifies the minimum standards with which a party must comply in order to enter into treaty negotiations. It imposes reporting requirements and provides for a process for resolving disputes together with mechanisms for enforcement.

The Speakers were:

The Hon Kenneth Hayne AC KC

Karri Walker

Rueben Berg

The event was  chaired by the Hon Pamela Tate AM KC.

A copy of the Treaty Negotiation Framework: First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria and the State of Victoria is available here

Is it Better to Review or Monitor Terror Law. The UK and Australian Positions Compared

The UK Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, Jonathan Hall KC, and Dr James Renwick CSC SC, Australia's third Independent National Security Legislation Monitor 2017-2020 (INSLM), joined a friendly debate in London in November 2022. The AAL is very pleased to host a reprise of that debate in Sydney, chaired by Bret Walker AO SC of the New South Wales Bar and Australia's inaugural INSLM (2010-2014)