WALTA Holds a Series of Events with National and International Speakers

(L-R): Bianca Talbot, Dr Augusto Zimmermann, Clarence Ling, Lyndsay Barrett, Bruce Linkermann, and Ellen Penn


It has been a busy couple of months for the Western Australian Legal Theory Association (WALTA). In that time, WALTA has hosted four meetings ranging over a wide variety of topics.


On 16 March 2016, WALTA hosted Dr David Cox, Chair of the Western Australian Law Reform Commission and partner at the law firm Jackson McDonald. This meeting discussed the legacy of recently-passed United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.


On 12 April 2016, Murdoch PhD candidate Joshua Forrester presented on the subject of s 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth). Section 18C is the Commonwealth's "hate speech law", and is the subject of a book by Mr Forrester, Lorraine Finlay and Dr Augusto Zimmermann, No Offence Intended: Why 18C is Wrong.


On 21 April 2016, WALTA hosted a presentation on "The Rise and Fall of Christianity's Influence on Law" by Dr John Stewart, who was visiting from the United States. Dr Stewart has a distinguished background, currently serving as the Executive Director of Ratio Christi International. He has also served as full professor at Trinity Law School in California, where he was also Assistant Dean of the Law Program. Dr Stewart is the author of many books and articles, and has received many awards and recognitions, including an award for excellence in broadcasting. He testified before President George H. W. Bush’s Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Military. Dr Stewart, along with his wife, Laurie, are allied attorneys with the Alliance Defending Freedom. He maintains a law practice in California with Laurie, who is also practicing law in Iowa. Dr Stewart has appeared as a guest on leading media outlets, including CNN, CBS, NBC and ABC, and Good Morning America. He has been mentioned in numerous books and publications, including Time Magazine, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.


On 10 May 2016, Glen McLeod presented a paper on 'The Tasmanian Dam Case and Setting Aside Private Land for Environmental Protection: Who Should Bear the Cost?'. In his presentation, Mr McLeod spoke about the problem of severe land use restrictions that the government can place on landowners, and the lack of legal protection in such cases. Mr McLeod is the principal of Glen McLeod legal is an internationally recognised lawyer who specialises in environmental, town planning and government law. He also has additional expertise in the climate change and renewable energy sectors.


Those interested in joining WALTA should contact Dr Zimmermann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Membership is open to students and members of the public.