The Federation Press

Legal History Turns


This volume concerns legal history turns – that is, new directions or volte-faces in legal history and its interdisciplinarity. Legal history turns include deviations from historically-situated interpretations and practices in law and legal scholarship. The papers in this volume grew from the Griffith Law School’s Legal History Seminar Series, a public lecture initiative intended to contribute to the interest in legal history of the profession, judiciary, academe, and the public. Written by a cast that includes authors with internationally-impressive legal history credentials, this collection illustrates legal history turns’ dynamism and diversity, and is introduced with a foreword by The Honourable Justice Susan Kiefel AC. The papers, in the order of presentation in the collection, are:

  • Dr Karen Schultz on Turns’ topics and optics
  • Professor Emeritus John McLaren on the Comparative Turn
  • Associate Professor Penny Crofts on the Identic Turn
  • Professor Mark Finnane on the Narrative Turn
  • Professor The Honourable William Gummow AC on the Constitutional Turn
  • Professor Emeritus David Saunders on the Biographical Turn
  • Professor Jim Phillips on the Contextual Turn

Table of Contents

The Hon Justice Susan Kiefel AC

Karen Schultz

Legal History Turns: Topics and Optics
Karen Schultz

Chasing the Chimera: Rule of Law in the British Empire and the Comparative Turn in Legal History
John McLaren

The Identic Turn: The Culpability of Accessories and Perpetrators
Penny Crofts

A Politics of Prosecution: The Conviction of Wonnerwerry and the Exoneration of Jerry Durack in Western Australia 1898
Mark Finnane

The Australian Constitution and the End of Empire – A Century of Legal History
The Hon William Gummow AC

The Biographical Turn: Lord Nottingham, His Case
David Saunders

The Many Meanings of Judicial Independence: Examples from British North America
Jim Phillips

Of interest...