ALTA Conference 2018

Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you, on behalf of Curtin Law School, to the 73rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Law Teachers Association.

Curtin Law SchoolALTA has a long and proud history and it is a particular privilege for one of Australia’s youngest law schools to host the Annual Conference.

The Conference will be held in downtown Perth, at 57 Murray Street, home of the Curtin Law School in the city, from 4 – 6 July 2018.

ALTA has an important central function, to stimulate discussion and new ideas about teaching law.

Our conference theme is drawn from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, an iconic play that speaks to our times. They may not be ‘the best and worst of times’ but, we all live with great uncertainty, and in parts of the world, seemingly immutable enmities. We hope that the famous trial scene especially will provide ample material for stimulating discussion around a variety of themes. The plenary speakers and various supporting activities will explore the conference theme in various ways and thus provide a stimulating – and theatrical – backdrop for the conference proceedings and the discussions.  

It is a singular honour for our young Law School to host a Conference that goes back to the middle of the 20th century, using as our leitmotif a play from the beginning of the 17th century. We hope to have some fun with it.  And to learn much from each other.

Perth is a beautiful and serene location, and we hope you will take the time to visit the city, its museums and of course the surrounding countryside and wonderful vineyards. On behalf of the Curtin Law School I look forward to welcoming you to Perth and trust that you will have a wonderful Conference.


Professor Paul Fairall

Foundation Dean of Law, Curtin Law School



Conference Organising Committee

Prof Paul Fairall
Dr Prafula Pearce
Dr Eileen Webb
A.Prof Helen Hodgson
Dr Hugh Finn
Dr Anna Bunn
Dr Narrelle Morris
Ms Fiona Davin
Ms Tanya Castlemain
Mr Leigh Smith




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