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Evolution or Revolution?  Challenging Legal Education and Scholarship

7 - 9 July, 2022

Monash University

Melbourne, Australia

& online


Evolution or Revolution?  Challenging Legal Education and Scholarship

Legal education is ever-changing. Legal pedagogies and classrooms have regularly been redeveloped and reimagined, and the experience of law school has evolved not just generation-by-generation, but year-by-year.
The Australian university sector more generally is undergoing a period of significant change, providing both challenges and opportunities. Remote teaching and flexible learning have become entrenched, and we have had to grapple with new ways of working and engaging. In some places, these changes have been rapid and revolutionary, while in others they have been a slower evolution of changes and trajectories that were already taking their course.
The 2022 ALAA Conference asks us to consider whether legal education and scholarship is in a state of evolution or revolution? How is legal education and scholarship being challenged by external forces, and how are we internally challenging legal education and scholarship? What are the defining features of a 2022 law school, law teacher and law student? How can we better reflect the diverse experiences of our student cohort by recognising and redressing disadvantage, especially where this has been exacerbated in recent years? How can we better support both academics and students? How have recent challenges and opportunities presented in different legal disciplines? Which changes should we hold onto, and which should we disregard? And where is further change required, in order to maximise our potential as places of excellent learning, teaching and scholarship?

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We welcome paper and panel submissions broadly discussing the above themes and related areas.

​The conference is planned to be held both in-person in Melbourne and online.

Please send all paper and panel submissions to by 14 April 2022. 

Paper abstracts should be 150-200 words; panel submissions should be 350-400 words.

Early career academics and PhD candidates are encouraged to attend the Early Career Day on Thursday 7 July 2022. The Early Career Day is an opportunity to present 10-minute ‘snapshots’ (e.g. works in progress, research updates or explaining your research profile) and build connections with early career colleagues across a diverse range of backgrounds and career stages. Please advise in your submission if you wish to be considered for this session. ‘Snapshot’ abstracts should be 100 words.



ALAA is extremely grateful for the generosity and support of the host law schools of past conferences.

2021: Online, co-hosted by UTS and University of Sydney, NSW
2019: Southern Cross University NSW
2018: Curtin University WA
2017: University of South Australia SA
2016: Victoria University of Wellington NZ
2015: LaTrobe University VIC
2014: Bond University QLD
2013: Australian National University ACT
2012: University of Sydney NSW
2011: Queensland University of Technology QLD
2010: University of Auckland NZ
2009: University of Western Sydney NSW
2008: James Cook University QLD
2007: University of Western Australia WA
2006: Victoria University VIC 
2005: University of Waikato NZ
2004: Charles Darwin University