2 years ago

22 April, 2016


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Law Society

SULS is opening applications for our first quarterly publication for 2016, 'Nanny State or Necessary Crackdown? Lockout Laws and the Regulation of Civil Disobedience'. Apply by following this link: http://goo.gl/forms/W9JvM0NmtE. Applications close April 22nd.

Growing discourse and tense debate about the NSW government's approach to alcohol and drug fuelled violence has led to increasing political antagonism in NSW. Across the political spectrum, in parliament and the wider community, bold arguments have been made about the efficacy (or lack thereof) of the lockout laws in tackling binge drinking in Australian society and incidences of alcohol and drug fuelled violence. These claims have arguably only contributed to a climate of misinformation, political reductionism and highly principled discussion on what is an incredibly important, and highly active issue.

It is in this absence of extensive, evidence based research that it is necessary to explore these issues in a rigorously academic context. For while we have a clear obligation to address trends associated with the overuse of alcohol and drugs that have serious effects on victims, whether that is public violence or violence occurring within the home, it is unclear currently whether the lockout laws are the best method of redress.

Relatedly, these issues impact not only upon governmental approaches to the regulation of civil disobedience, but also on factors stemming from alcohol and drug abuse, such as addiction, cultural attitudes towards drug use, and patterns of structural disadvantage. Without adequate consideration of these issues, it is difficult to reach any consensus on the factors contributing to alcohol and drug abuse or the solutions we need to employ.

Within this framework, SULS is looking to compile a publication that focuses on the lockout laws and their impact on NSW. Within this, we would also like to explore related issues like the war on drugs, police powers, and the rights of individuals and businesses operating in the nightlife economy.


The publication will mostly consist of short to medium length journal articles (800-2000 words) that are academically researched and fully referenced. You are able to write these articles individually or as part of team. Ideally in your application you will pitch two ideas for submission. We will also help in refining the scope of successful applicant's submissions.

If this issue is of interest to you, and you feel that you would like to contribute to our quarterly publication, please apply by the 22nd of April at http://goo.gl/forms/W9JvM0NmtE.

We are seeking applications for all aspects of the publication, not just writers. If you would prefer to be on the editorial or design team, please specify that in your application. You can be involved to the extent that you are willing and able, and we will consider all applications on that basis.

If you have any questions about this publication or would like to talk with us before you apply, please feel free to get in contact with our Publications Director for 2016, Kieran Hoyle, at publications@suls.org.au