Why the history of Australian law is not English

second Alex Castles Lecture in Legal History, October 2000

Bruce Kercher

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Abstract

Second Alex Castles Lecture in Legal History, October 2000 - following on from Alex Castle's 1991 speech called 'The Vandemonian Spirit and the Law' in which he argued that Van Diemen's Land had a distinctive legal culture - looking for the ways in which local legal practices were elevated into the formal law of the colonies - what do official and unofficial sources tell us about the Englishness of Australian colonial law - the Privy Council - Crown mercy - advisory opinions - the Colonial Office - recognition of colonial legal practices - recognition of Aboriginal law.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-204
Number of pages28
JournalFlinders journal of law reform
Volume7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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