ALTA Conference 2018


An exciting line up of well-respected speakers shall be presenting at the ALTA 2018 Conference.


Rosalind CroucherEmeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM FRSA FACLM (Hon) FAAL TEP

President of the Australian Human Rights Commission

Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher commenced a seven-year term as President of the Australian Human Rights Commission on 30 July 2017. Prior to joining the Commission, Rosalind was President of the Australian Law Reform Commission (2009–2017) and Commissioner (2006–2009), where she led a number of significant law reform inquiries. She has lectured and published extensively, principally in the fields of equity, trusts, property, inheritance, legal history and increasingly in public policy. In 2011 she was recognised as one of the 40 ‘inspirational alumni’ of UNSW, where she gained her PhD. In 2014 Croucher was acknowledged for her contributions to public policy as one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac awards; and for her ‘outstanding contribution to the legal profession’ was awarded the Australian Women Lawyer’s award. In 2015 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for ‘significant service to the law as an academic, to legal reform and education, to professional development, and to the arts’; and in 2016 Macquarie University conferred on her the title of Emeritus Professor.


Nicholas Hasluck AM, QC

Author and former Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia

Nicholas Hasluck AM, QC studied law at UWA, then Oxford, before practising law in Perth. He became a Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. He has chaired the Literature Board of the Australia Council, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. In addition to Legal Limits on law and literature, he has written 13 novels including Dismissal and The Bellarmine Jug (Age Book of the Year). His novel The Bradshaw Case concerns a native title claim in the Kimberley affected by Aboriginal rock art. His latest work Jigsaw: Patterns in Law and Literature is published by Australian Scholarly Publishing.


Mitch Kowalski

University of Calgary Law School

Mitchell Kowalski is the Gowling WLG Visiting Professor in Legal Innovation at the University of Calgary Law School where he researches and teaches innovation in the global legal services market. He is also a strategic advisor to in-house legal departments and law firms on the redesign of legal service delivery. Before that, he was a partner at a large international law firm, and he has also acted in the role of in-house legal counsel. Mitch is frequently asked to speak about legal service innovation at conferences and client-gatherings around the world and he is the author of the critically-acclaimed books, The Great Legal Reformation: Notes from the Field and Avoiding Extinction: Reimagining Legal Services for the 21st Century. Follow him on Twitter @mekowalski or visit his website


William MacNeilProf William MacNeil

Southern Cross University

Professor William MacNeil is the inaugural holder of The Honourable John Dowd Chair in Law, as well as the Dean and Head of the School of Law and Justice, Southern Cross University, Lismore NSW and Coolangatta, Qld. Prior to coming to Australia, Professor MacNeil taught and/or worked at the University of Hong Kong and the London School of Economics, and holds degrees in law (Dalhousie, London, Columbia) and literature (Toronto). A well-known scholar of jurisprudence and cultural legal studies, MacNeil’s most recent book, Novel Judgements: Legal Theory as Fiction (Routledge, 2012), won the 2013 Penny Pether Prize for Scholarship in Law, Literature and the Humanities. He is the founding editor of the book series, ‘Edinburgh Critical Studies in Law, Literature and the Humanities’, and sits on the editorial boards of Law, Culture and the Humanities, the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law and Polemos: An International Journal of Law, Literature and Culture. At present, he is working on a book on the philosophy of law in science fiction, fantasy and horror. Professor MacNeil is a member of several international and national professional associations, including the Australian Academy of Law; and is, currently, serving a two year term as chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans.


Kieran TranterA.Prof Kieran Tranter

Griffith Law School

Associate Professor Kieran Tranter, Griffith Law School, researches law, technology and the future. His research draws up the humanities to chart how humans legislate, live with and are changed by technology. In researching law, technology and the future Kieran's work often engages with cultural narrative connecting humans, law and technology and past configurations of humans, law and technology. In 2018 Kieran’s book Living with Technical Legality: Science Fiction and Law and Technology will be published by Edinburgh University Press and also his co-edited volume Law and Justice in Japanese Popular Culture: From Crime Fighting Robots to Duelling Pocket Monsters (co-edited with Ashley Pearson and Thomas Giddens) by Routledge. He is currently working on a book Envisioning Legal Futures for Routledge to be published in 2019.


Raelene WebbRaelene Webb QC

Barrister Murray Chambers

Ms Raelene Webb QC has recently returned to practise as a barrister after a five year term as President of the National Native Title Tribunal. Prior to her appointment in 2013 Raelene was recognised as one of the leading native title silks in Australia. She has appeared in the High Court in many landmark constitutional and land rights cases and is one of the few women to have regularly made oral submissions in the High Court.

Raelene first obtained a BSc (Hons) and commenced her working life as a physics teacher. She has remained passionate about education throughout her life. With a strong focus on communicating ideas, Raelene is in demand as a public speaker and has presented or chaired sessions at various conferences throughout Australia and internationally, including in Washington DC at all Annual World Bank Conferences on Land and Poverty between 2015 to 2018. She has given a number of public lectures at Australian and Canadian universities and has delivered the following key annual lectures: Richard Cooper lecture (2013); Sir Frank Kitto lecture (2016); and the Michael Kirby lecture (2017). She also presented a paper at the 2016 Western Australian Bar Association French Colloquium in honour of Chief Justice Robert French.

Raelene is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. She was awarded the Law Council of Australia President's Medal in 2014, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the legal profession in Australia.