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Australian Society of Legal Philosophy Conference

Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:00 PM - Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM (AEST)

Australian Society of Legal Philosophy Conference

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
REGULAR, early rate Ended A$215.00 A$0.00
STUDENT, early rate   more info Ended A$110.00 A$0.00
Conference Dinner   more info Ended A$76.00 A$0.00
REGULAR, late rate   more info Ended A$320.00 A$0.00
STUDENT, late rate   more info Ended A$160.00 A$0.00
REGULAR, single day rate   more info Ended A$140.00 A$0.00
STUDENT, single day rate   more info Ended A$70.00 A$0.00

Event Details

AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY OF LEGAL PHILOSOPHY, 2012 CONFERENCE and the Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics at Macquarie University are proud to host the 2012 Australian Society of Legal Philosophy (ASLP) annual conference. The conference will be held at Dunmore Lang College right next to Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, starting at midday on Friday 20th July and ending at 1pm on Sunday 22nd July.

The conference provides a forum to discuss current work in all fields of legal philosophy. In addition, this year's highlighted topic is neurolaw, conceived broadly to include law and neuroscience, law and psychology, law and behavioural genetics and related sub-fields. Keynote speakers will include:

Keynote bios and a draft programme are at the bottom of this page.


This year's book symposium (Saturday afternoon) will be devoted to Professor James Allan’s (University of Queensland) book The Vantage of Law (Ashgate, 2011). Commentators will include:


Attendence at the conference requires registration (this applies equally to attendees and to contributed paper presenters). To register please purchase the appropriate ticket at the top of this page.

Early registration is available at a reduced rate until 5pm on Friday, 22nd June 2012. Late registration fees (approximately 50% higher, as indicated) will apply after this date.

Regular tickets are intended for full-time academics or other employed people. Student tickets are intended for full-time students, for the unemployed, or for those in financial need. Proof of eligibility for the Student rate will need to be emailed to Ms Anke Snoek ( after registration and payment are complete.

The conference registration fee does not include the cost of the Conference Dinner. If you wish to attend the conference dinner (held on Friday evening at Café Inferno, Macquarie Shopping Centre) then please purchase a Conference Dinner ticket at the top of this page. will process your payment and generate a receipt. The ticket prices shown above include's credit card and processing fees (6% + $0.99).



Cancellation requests must be sent to Ms Anke Snoek in writing (, and the following cancellation fees will apply:

  • 20% fee on cancellation requests received by 22nd June 2012;
  • 40% fee on cancellation requests received 23rd June – 6th July 2012;
  • 60% fee on cancellation requests received 7th July – 19th July 2012; and
  • No-shows without a prior cancellation request will not be eligible for a refund. does not refund credit card and processing fees on partial refunds, so any refunds processed will be for the base ticket price (approximately 7% lower than the actual amount paid) less the applicable cancellation fee.



The conference will be held at Dunmore Lang College, which is situated right next to the main campus of Macquarie University, just 5 minutes walk from Macquarie University train station — please see the map in the top-right corner of this page. If traveling by public transport, catch a Northern Line train and get off at Macquarie University train station. A ride from Central station takes approximately 40 minutes — please see the CityRail map for details (the Northern Line is indicated in red). If you are planning to travel by bus then this page provides information about which bus routes service Macquarie University.

Delegates should arrange their own accommodation. Dunmore Lang College offers clean, tidy and modern rooms at very competitive rates inclusive of breakfast. Alternatively, the following hotels are conveniently located to the conference venue:

  • MGSM Executive Hotel & Conference Centre
    99 Talavera Road
    Macquarie Park  NSW  2113
    T: +61 2 9850 9300
    F: +61 2 9850 6090
    NOTE: The MGSM Hotel (and the Travelodge below) is essentially on the Macquarie University campus, so it is very conveniently located, however the conference will not be held at the MGSM conference centre.

  • Travelodge Macquarie North Ryde
    81 Talavera Road
    North Ryde  NSW  2113
    R: 1300 886 886
    T: +61 2 8874 5200
    F: +61 2 8874 5300
    NOTE: The Travelodge will give a discounted rate to people who are travelling on University business. To obtain this rate make sure to request the reduced rate and mention that you are attending a conference held at Macquarie University when making your booking.

  • Stamford Grand North Ryde
    Cnr Epping & Herring Roads
    North Ryde  NSW  2113
    T: +61 2 9888 1077
    F: +61 2 9805 0655
    NOTE: If you are a staff member or student of a university, the Stamford Grand will give a government rate to those traveling on university business. To obtain this rate make sure to request the reduced rate and mention the university you are affiliated with when making your booking.

  • Marriott Courtyard North Ryde
    7-11 Talavera Road
    North Ryde  NSW  2113
    T: +61 2 9491 9500
    F: +61 2 9491 9555
    Toll-free: 1 800 78 0 833



Please direct questions and requests for further information to Ms Anke Snoek (



An overview of the conference programme is shown below, and the full programme including abstracts is available on the web site.

FRIDAY, 20 JULY 2012

12.00-12.50 Registration

12.50-13.00 WELCOME: Jeff Goldsworthy

13.00-14.30 KEYNOTE: Antony Duff


            A. Steven Curry

            B. Eric Ghosh

            C. Allan McCay

15.15-15.30 Afternoon Tea (15 min)


            A. Shay Keinan

            B. Martin Krygier

            C. Anson Fehross


            A. Piero Moraro

            B. Patrick Emerton

            C. Tim Dare

17.30-18.30 Welcome Drinks

18.30-21.30 Conference Dinner




            A. Kevin Walton

            B. Mirko Daniel Garasic

            C. Sascha Callaghan & Christopher Ryan


            A. Andrew Donnelly

            B. Sandra Marshall

            C. Aileen Kennedy

10.55-11.10 Mini Break (15 min)


            A. Dale Smith

            B. Ben Wardle

            C. Imogen Goold & Hannah Maslen


            A. Hrafn Asgeirsson

            B. Nicholas Smith

            C. Frédéric Gilbert

12.35-13.45 Lunch Break (70 min)

13.45-15.15 KEYNOTE: Nita Farahany

15.15-15.30 Mini Break (15 min)

15.30-17.00 BOOK SYMPOSIUM

17.00-17.30 Annual General Meeting


SUNDAY, 22 JULY 2012


            A. Michael Sevel

            B. Thomas Simon

            C. Adrian Carter & Wayne Hall


            A. Jonathan Crowe

            B. Kieran Hardy

            C. Jeanette Kennett

10.55-11.10 Morning Tea (15 minutes)

11.10-12.40 FINAL KEYNOTE: Joel Eigen



  • Antony Duff (University of Stirling and University of Minnesota) is a leading expert on the philosophy of punishment and is internationally recognized for his expertise in criminal law and its structure. He is widely acknowledged as having catalyzed renewed interest in criminal law theory through his major works: Intention, Agency, and Criminal Liability: Philosophy of Action and the Criminal Law (Blackwell, 1990); Criminal Attempts (Oxford, 1996); and Answering for Crime: Responsibility and Liability in the Criminal Law (Hart 2007). Additional landmark books that have influenced thinking on punishment theory and philosophy include Trials and Punishments (Cambridge, 1986) and Punishment, Communication and Community (Oxford, 2001). He recently led a three-year interdisciplinary study of the criminal trial and with three colleagues produced The Trial on Trial, published by Hart in three volumes (Truth and Due Process, 2004; Judgment and Calling to Account, 2006; Towards a Normative Theory of the Criminal Trial, 2007). He has taught contemporary and historical moral philosophy, philosophy of action, and philosophy of law to law and philosophy students. He is founding co-editor of Criminal Law and Philosophy and serves on the editorial boards of Legal Theory and Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1996 and a Fellow of the British Academy in 2004. He received an honorary D.Jur. from the University of Oslo in 2008.

  • Nita Farahany (Duke University School of Law) focuses on the legal, philosophical and social issues arising from developments in the biosciences, particularly related to behavioral genetics and neuroscience. Her published work has appeared in legal, philosophical and scientific publications as well as the mainstream media. She is the editor of The Impact of Behavioral Sciences on Criminal Law (Oxford University Press), which includes essays from experts on the use of behavioral genetics and neuroscience in the criminal justice system. She is currently examining how these emerging scientific developments inform agency and responsibility theory, and challenge existing doctrines in constitutional law. Professor Farahany presents her work widely and to varied audiences, including past presentations to the Second Circuit Judicial Conference, the National Judicial College, the Stanford Center for the Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy. In 2010, Professor Farahany was appointed by President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

  • Joel Eigen is a Professor of Sociology at Franklin & Marshall College, Pennsylvania. His innovative and interdisciplinary research is at the forefront of contemporary scholarship on criminal responsibility. It includes mental derangement and criminal responsibility, juvenile justice and discretion and capital punishment and race. His publications include: (1) “Unconscious Crime, Mental Absence and Criminal Responsibility in Victorian London”. (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003) (Named Director’s Circle Book of 2003, The Johns Hopkins University Press.) (2) “Witnessing Insanity: Madness and Mad-doctors in the English Court”. (Yale University Press, 1995) (Recipient of the 1997 Mannfred Guttmacher Award for “Distinguished contributions to the field of forensic psychiatry,” co-sponsored by the American Academy of Law and Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association.)
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Dunmore Lang College
130-134 Herring Road
Macquarie Park, 2113

Friday, July 20, 2012 at 1:00 PM - Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM (AEST)

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