Program and Keynotes

Full program

LSAANZ Conference 2018 – Full Program

Note: participants will be provided with a copy of the full program at the conference. If there are any further changes to the program we will update the brief program below.

Program – in brief

LSAANZ Conference 2018 – Brief Program

Program at a Glance

Day 1: Wed 12 December 2018

  • Postgraduate Day: 9.00-15.45
  • Main conference commences
    • 15.15: Registration
    • 16.15: Keynote # 1 Professor Renisa Mawani, Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia
    • 17.30: Welcome drinks

Day 2: Thu 13 December 2018

  • Main conference
  • Plenary Panel #1: The Perspectives of Australia’s First Peoples on Inclusion, Exclusion and Democracy
  • Keynote # 2 Professor Anne Griffiths, Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh, UK

Day 3: Fri 14 December 2018

  • Main Conference
  • Keynote #3 Professor Leti Volpp, Berkeley Law, University of California, US
  • Conference dinner:

 Day 4: Sat 15 December 2018

  • Main conference
  • Plenary Panel #2: Public Spaces, Private Lives
  • Keynote #4 The Hon. Justice Brian Preston SC, Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of NSW, Australia
  • Conference close


Keynote speakers

Professor Renisa Mawani, Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia, Canada


Renisa Mawani is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia and recurring Chair of the Law and Society Program. Other affiliations at UBC include: Faculty Associate, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, the Institute for Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Justice, Green College, and the Science and Technology Studies Program. She has a PhD from the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include Colonial Legal History; Critical Theory, Race and Racism; Affect; Time and Temporality; Oceans and Maritime Worlds; Indigeneity; Colonial India and the Diaspora; Posthumanism.

To date, her work has aimed to write histories of indigenous dispossession and “Asiatic” migration (from China and India, in particular) as conjoined and entangled colonial legal processes that are central to the politics of settler colonialism, historically and in the contemporary moment. Her first book, Colonial Proximities (2009), details legal encounters between Indigenous peoples, Chinese migrants, Europeans, and those enumerated as “mixed race” along Canada’s west coast. Her second book, Across Oceans of Law (2018), traces the currents and counter-currents of British and colonial law and Indian radicalism through the 1914 journey of the S.S. Komagata Maru, a British-built and Japanese owned steamship. Professor Mawani’s current book project explores piracy and anticoloniality as intersecting and overlapping histories. Professor Mawani’s second set of interests, “legalities of nature,” coalesce at the juncture of science, law, and history.

Professor Anne Griffiths, Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh, UK


Anne Griffiths has just retired from holding a personal chair in Anthropology of Law at the School of Law, Edinburgh University. Her research focuses on anthropology of law, comparative and family law, African law, gender, culture and rights. Some key publications include In the Shadow of Marriage: Gender and Justice in an African Community (1997), The Power of Law in a Transnational World: Anthropological Enquiries (2009) and Subjectivity, Citizenship and Belonging in Law: Identities and Intersections co-edited with S. Mustasaari and A.M. Petaja-Leinonen (2017). Over the years she has held a number of research grants and affiliations, including a research fellowship on Framing the Global at the University of Indiana, funded by UI, Indiana University Press and the Mellon Foundation, as well as being a senior research fellow at the International Research Centre on Work and the Human Lifecycle in Global History, Humboldt University, Berlin. She has worked with colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in  Halle/Saale, Germany and has had visiting appointments at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, Spain, the University of Texas-Austin School of Law, the Southern and Eastern African Regional Centre for Women’s Law (SEARCWL) University of Zimbabwe, and the University of Witwatersrand South Africa. She is a former President and currently Board Member of the Commission on Folk Law and Legal Pluralism, a branch of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES).

Professor Leti Volpp, Berkeley Law, University of California, US


Leti Volpp is the Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law at Berkeley Law, where her research and teaching focus on questions of immigration and citizenship. She is also the Director of the campus-wide Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley.  Her honors include two Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowships, a MacArthur Foundation Individual Research and Writing Grant, the Association of American Law Schools Minority Section Derrick A. Bell, Jr., Award and the Professor Keith Aoki Asian Pacific American Jurisprudence Award.  Her most recent publications include “Passports in the Time of Trump” in Symploke (2018), “Feminist, Sexual, and Queer Citizenship,” in the Oxford Handbook of Citizenship (2017), “Immigrants Outside the Law: President Obama, Discretionary Executive Power, and Regime Change,” in Critical Analysis of Law (2016) and “The Indigenous As Alien” in the UC Irvine Law Review (2015).  She is the co-editor of the forthcoming Looking for Law in All the Wrong Places (Fordham University Press, with Marianne Constable and Bryan Wager) and the co-editor of Legal Borderlands: Law and the Construction of American Borders (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006, with Mary Dudziak).  After graduating from Columbia Law School in 1993, Volpp clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Thelton E. Henderson ’62 of the Northern District of California, and then worked as a public interest lawyer for several years, at Equal Rights Advocates, the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, the Voting Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and the National Employment Law Project.  She began teaching at the American University, Washington College of Law in 1998 and visited at UCLA School of Law in 2004-05. She joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 2005.

The Hon. Justice Brian Preston SC, Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of NSW, Australia


Justice Preston is the Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales. Prior to being appointed in November 2005, he was a senior counsel practising primarily in New South Wales in environmental, planning, administrative and property law. He has lectured in post-graduate environmental law for over 26 years. He is the author of Australia’s first book on environmental litigation and 123 articles, book chapters and reviews on environmental law, administrative and criminal law. He holds numerous editorial positions in environmental law publications and has been involved in a number of international environmental consultancies and capacity-building programs, including for judiciaries throughout Asia.

Justice Preston is an Official Member of the Judicial Commission of NSW, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW, Honorary Fellow of the Environment Institute of the Australia and New Zealand and also a member of various international environmental law committees and advisory boards. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney and at Western Sydney University.