Research seminar: The Court as Archive

This seminar will outline research conducted for a recently completed project entitled ‘The Court as Archive: Rethinking the Institutional Role of Superior Courts of Record’.

The project (conducted with Professor Kim Rubenstein and Ann Genovese) engages a unique investigation into the institutional purpose and civic responsibilities of courts through their archival role. While it has long been acknowledged that courts have constitutional and procedural duties to documents as a matter of law, the project asks what obligations courts have to care for those materials in a way that understands their public meaning and public value for the communities they serve, in the past, in the present, and for the future. 

About the Speaker

Dr Trish Luker is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney. Her research focuses on analysis of legal decision-making, court processes and evidentiary assessment, drawing on approaches in the humanities, particularly theories of documentation, settler-colonialism, and feminism.  

She is co-editor of three collections, The Court as Archive (ANU Press, 2019) (with Ann Genovese and Kim Rubenstein), Evidence and the Archive: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Emotion (Routledge, 2017) (with Katherine Biber) and Australian Feminist Judgments: Righting and Rewriting Law (Hart Publishing, 2014) (with Heather Douglas, Francesca Bartlett and Rosemary Hunter).

All welcome. This is a free event, though registration is required via Eventbrite.

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