W. Wesley Pue Memorial Panel

This special panel session is dedicated to the late Professor W. Wesley Pue (1954 - 2019), foundation Nemetz Professor of Legal History at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

W. Wesley Pue (1954 - 2019)

W. Wesley Pue died in Vancouver earlier this year at the age of 64. Wes (as he was universally known) had colleagues, friends and admirers around the world, not least in Australia, where he first attended Law in History conferences at La Trobe University from the mid-1980s.  In the 1990s, together with colleagues at the ANU and Canada’s Victoria University, Wes developed a pioneering internationally-taught online course 'Legal History: Law, State and Society in Canada and Australia'.

His widely-published writings on the modern history of law and the legal profession were also global in range, besides involving numerous Australian researchers as co-contributors. So it is entirely fitting that the Australia and New Zealand Law and History Society should celebrate and honour the memory of this fine scholar and ‘great encourager’.

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The panel will be held at 6:00 pm in room 920, level 9 at the Melbourne Law School on Friday 13 December 2019. Drinks and food will be available to attendees. Brief presentations will be followed by opportunities for the audience to share their appreciation of Wes and his work. This event forms part of the 2019 ANZLHS Conference entitled "Does Law's Histroy Matter? The Politics of our Disciplinary Practices", held at Victoria University from the 11 - 14 December 2019.

The panel will consist of Ian Duncanson (co-founder of the La Trobe Law in History conferences); Louise Falconer (whose UBC thesis was supervised by Wes); Robert McQueen (Senior Associate at Melbourne Law School and Professor, Griffith Law School) and Meherea San Rocque (another of Wes’s former students, now teaching at the UNSW Law School) with Wilfrid Prest (History and Law, University of Adelaide) as chair and convenor.