W. Wesley Pue Memorial Panel
Melbourne Law School
Room 920, Level 9
185 Pelham Street
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 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’.
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.
Mr Ian Duncanson, Institute for Postcolonial Studies
Mr Ian Duncanson
Institute for Postcolonial Studies
Ian Duncanson’s principal interests are in sociolegal and political theory and in their use to produce and understand social change. He had degrees from Southampton, Durham and Melbourne universities. He helped establish and worked in legal advice and referral centres in the UK. In Australia he established the annual series of Law and History and Law and Society conferences which began in the early 1980s and has written about the issues of refugees and the careers of civility and repression in AngloAustralian societies. His academic posts have been at Northumbria and Keele Universities in the UK and at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Currently he is adjunct professor in the SocioLegal Research Centre at Griffith University and Research Associate at the Institute for Postcolonial Studies.
Ms Lousie Falconer, Women's Health West
Ms Lousie Falconer
Women's Health West
Louise is Head of Evidence and Impact at Women's Health West, a notforprofit organisation dedicated to women's health equity and justice in Melbourne's western regions. She is also a former student of Wes' at University of British Colombia
Dr Robert McQueen, Senior Associate
Dr Robert McQueen
Melbourne Law School
Dr Robert McQueen has previously been Foundation Head of the Law School Law Victoria University, Melbourne; Head of School and Dean at Griffith University, Gold Coast. Robert is now a Senior Associate at Melbourne Law School and Professor at Monash University.
Ms Mehera San Roque, University of New South Wales
Ms Mehera San Roque
University of New South Wales
Mehera San Roque joined the UNSW Faculty of Law in 2002, having previously taught at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include Evidence, Feminist Legal Theory, Law and visual/popular culture and surveillance studies, and she has a particular interest in crossdisciplinary collaborations, including an ARC funded multidisciplinary and international project examining the participation of deaf citizens as jurors, working with linguists, NSW Legal Aid, interpreters and colleagues from Interpreting and Translation Studies. With colleagues in law, forensic science, psychology and medicine, she is involved in research on identification evidence and surveillance technologies aimed at improving the reliability and evaluation of evidence in criminal trials. She is a member of the EvidenceBased Forensics Initiative at UNSW and on the Council of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Professor Emeritus Wilfrid Prest, University of Adelaide
Professor Emeritus Wilfrid Prest
University of Adelaide
Wilfrid Prest was educated at the University of Melbourne (BA Hons.) and the University of Oxford (DPhil, Modern History). After a brief stint as publishing trainee in London, he came to a lectureship in the Department of History in 1966. Apart from two years as Assistant Professor at The Johns Hopkins University (196971) and visiting posts elsewhere (ANU, Cambridge, Oxford, Princeton, St Andrews), Prest taught and wrote history at Adelaide until 2002. He then took up an ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship, transferring to the Law School in 2003; his final academic appointment before retirement was as Professor of Law. He is currently Emeritus Professor and Visiting Research Fellow in History and in Law, a Fellow of Queen's College, University of Melbourne, the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the Royal Historical Society (UK), and a member of the Council of the Selden Society.