16 & 17 February: Annual Australian Legal Geography Symposium


16 & 17 February 2017, Australian Legal Geography Symposium, Melbourne Law School


The Institute of Australian Geographers Legal Geography Study Group, supported by the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (CREEL) and the Institute for International Law and Humanities (IILAH) at Melbourne Law School.

The Institute of Australian Geographers Legal Geography Study Group has convened in a workshop setting in various cities along the eastern seaboard over recent years. This symposium was the continuation of those past summer time meetings, and the first in Melbourne.

Symposium Aims

The symposium offered a collegial environment to be kept abreast of the research of study group members, to broaden our network, to support PhD scholarship, and to explore research synergies and collaborations.

Twenty participants presented a lightly developed work-in-progress paper with the purpose of receiving constructive peer guidance, and with the aim of drawing connections with the research of others. The overarching goal of the symposium was to form research themes for forthcoming conferences for which participants will further develop their papers, and in doing so to highlight our collective scholarly contribution.

Symposium Themes

Participants’ papers explored a topic, method or concept in the field of legal geography. Framed by the reflective keynote address from legal geography pioneer, Professor Lee Godden, the symposium will allow participants to recall the progress the Institute of Australian Geographers Legal Geography Study Group has made in less than a decade of shared scholarship and to consider future research within the field.

The symposium will follow the conclusion of the Annual Colloquium of Environmental Law Teachers and Researchers.


Unlike past workshops and meetings, the goal of the symposium was not to develop a themed publication, rather to share work-in-progress papers that can be further developed and presented at later conferences in a shared thematic context.