I was fortunate to participate in a conference, Law and Injustice, organised by the Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence (JSI) in December 2022. It was such an intellectually rich and enjoyable few days, and I received a lot of helpful comments and encouragement on my research. I knew I wanted to come back to continue some of those conversations, and I feel incredibly fortunate that this fellowship made that feasible.
I focused on my book project, which looks at victims' duties in the context of oppression. I'd presented Chapter 3 in December, and spent my fellowship revising that chapter and working on Chapter 4, which was the subject of my JSI seminar in July.
I was surprised by the level of intellectual activity going on at the law school given that my visit coincided with the end of term, exams, and marking — which usually spells doom for all intellectual activity!
There were several seminars and reading group meetings, a visiting professor (Prof. Damiano Canale) and post-doctoral fellow (Dr. Meir Yarom) — all of which provided several formal opportunities for discussing research.
Equally important, though, were the impromptu conversations I had with members of the faculty and the JSI. It's difficult to overstate the importance of these conversations — they not only helped me solve problems in my own writing, but pointed me to other sources, helped me make connections I hadn't seen, and introduced me to research topics I hadn't encountered before.
The conversations and walks with various members of the JSI and law faculty, often around your beautiful campus. A scholarly life is often thought to be a solitary life of the mind. Whether or not this is true (or desirable), it is vastly enhanced by a community of generous and curious interlocutors in a place of natural beauty. Sydney Law School and the JSI has these in spades.
Visiting Tasmania. And encountering 'bin chickens'!
Applications are now open for Sydney Law School's 2024 Visiting Fellowships scheme. The deadline for applicants to contact a prospective academic host is Friday, 15 September 2023. Applications close on Monday, 25 September 2023.