The University of Tasmania Law Review (UTLR) is a double-blind peer reviewed academic journal, published by the University of Tasmania. The Journal covers a wide range of content with a focus on international and comparative law, but including articles with an Australian or Tasmanian focus.
Content of the Journal
Since its first issue in 1958, the University of Tasmania Law Review has published a diverse range of law-related articles from Australia and around the world dealing with topics such as legal history, current legal issues and future directions of the law.
Managed and edited by a student editorial board, the Review is a refereed journal and all articles are assessed through a formal peer-review process. The Review is proud of its streamlined editorial process, which ensures articles are as current as possible while maintaining the best standards of content and presentation.
The following articles have appeared in recent issues:
- 'The Worst of the State Constitutions: Why Aboriginal Constitutional Recognition Must Be Framed Against a Wider Reform of Tasmania’s Constitution Act' by Brendan Gogarty
- 'The Hague Child Abduction Convention’s Grave Risk of Harm Exception: Traversing the Tightrope and Maintaining Balance between Comity and the Best Interests of the Child' by Danielle Bozin
- 'The Applicability of Comity and Abuse of Rights in World Trade Organisation Dispute Settlement' by Son Tan Nguyen
- Criminalising Emotional Abuse, Intimidation and Economic Abuse in the Context of Family Violence: The Tasmanian Experience by Marilyn McMahon and Paul McGorrery
- Can a Regional Insurance Mechanism Enhance Resilience to Slow Onset Impacts of Climate Change? by Joseph Wenta, Jeffrey McGee and Liam Phelan
The journal also regularly features case notes and book reviews.Past issues are available online on AustLII twelve months after publication.
On behalf of the Faculty of Law, the 2016 Editors of the University of Tasmania Law Review are delighted to present Volume 35(2) of the Review, which recently went to print. This general edition contains five peer-reviewed articles that traverse various topics, including Tasmanian criminal law, climate change law, real property law, constitutional law and human rights law. Each adds to the literature in each of their respective fields. Two articles are highlighted here.
The first has a strong Tasmanian nexus - the Volume opens with Criminalising Emotional Abuse, Intimidation and Economic Abuse in the Context of Family Violence: The Tasmanian Experience by Associate Professor Marilyn McMahon and Mr Paul McGorrery. The authors argue a review of Tasmania's two criminal offences proscribing economic abuse and emotional abuse and intimidation is necessary in order to address the rarity of prosecutions and the potential uncertainty in the law they bring in light of the significance of the offences. Second, Mr Joseph Wenta, Dr Jeffrey McGee and Dr Liam Phelan affirmatively argue in Can a Regional Insurance Mechanism Enhance Resilience to Slow Onset Impacts of Climate Change? that such a mechanism would contribute to adaptation strategies as well as efforts to address loss and damage as a result of climate change.
Volume 35(2) also includes a non-peer reviewed competition essay entry by fourth-year student Bryanna Workman, which came second place nationally at the Sir Anthony Mason Constitutional Law Essay Prize competition in 2016. The paper examines two recent High Court decisions which have applied the principle set down in Chu Kheng Lim v Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs that the executive can detain persons if the detention is 'reasonably capable as being seen as necessary' to achieve a non-punitive purpose. The essay concludes that these cases demonstrate the principle is ineffective at preventing the executive from undertaking arbitrary detention in Australia.
The Volume concludes with three book reviews by 2016 Board Members. The 2016 Editors would like to thank the Faculty Supervisors Dr Peter Lawrence and Dr Brendan Gogarty for their guidance throughout the production of Volumes 35(1) and 35(2). We would also like to warmly thank the 2016 Editorial Board and 2017 Editors for their assistance in bringing this Volume to fruition. We hope you enjoy this general edition of the Review.
We welcome the submission of articles, preferably between 4,000 and 10,000 words (inclusive of footnotes) and on topics of relevance to academics and the legal community. It is required that all articles be accompanied by an abstract of approximately 200 words in length. Contributors should note that the University of Tasmania Law Review has a particular focus on Australian, Asia-Pacific and international legal issues. Articles should contain useful headings. References must be footnoted in accordance with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (3rd ed, 2010). The Guide is available online.
All articles considered to be of the appropriate format and subject matter are refereed using a double-blind process. This process of refereeing takes approximately two month. Authors will be notified of the Editors' decision regarding publication and will be kept informed throughout the process.
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically in a format that may be edited (ie, no PDF files or read-only documents) to Law.Review@utas.edu.au.
The deadline for submissions for volume 36(1) has now passed. We welcome submissions for issue two to be published in December.
Submissions may be sent to:
University of Tasmania Law Review
Private Bag 89
Tasmania, Australia, 7001
The journal is published twice a year. The cost of the Journal is:
- $55.00 per issue for domestic subscribers, and
- $60.00 (AUD) for overseas subscribers (delivered economy airmail).
The prices are both inclusive of postage and handling and GST where applicable. Subscriptions can be organised by contacting the Law School Publications Officer below.
Intending subscribers should contact:
Faculty of Law
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 89
Tasmania, Australia 7001.
Fax: (03) 6226 7623
Phone: (03) 6226 7552
Readers can also purchase a one-off copy of a particular issue.
You may either send a cheque with your subscription notice, or we will
invoice you when you receive your first issue.
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- Ryan North
- Sophie Hey
Editorial Board Members
- Bryanna Workman
- Callum Purcell
- Connie Beswick
- Darrell Choong
- Heidi White
- Manfred Ewikowski
- Meghan Scolyer
- Rose Mackie