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'Encouraging and monitoring performance - responsibilities and techniques' - European College Teaching & Learning Conference, Athens, Greece, June 2005. ISSN 1539 8657, article 153 (8 pages)


'Towards an ethical framework for regulating claims over corpses', 15th World Congress on Medical Law, Sydney, August 2004. CD-Rom ISBN 1 877040 22 3.


'Mutual wills - an old doctrine in new places', Wills, Succession and Estate Planning Conference, LexisNexis, Perth, November 2004.


'Medical Science and the Will-Writer', Wills and Estates Specialists' Day, CLE Centre, June 2004.


'An Update on Wills and Probate' CLE Centre, 99.22.1, 22 March 1999, (52 pages).


'Law and Medicine at the Frontier - The Isues in Context', introduction from the Chair, Law and Medicine at the Frontier: The Body, Property and Reproductive Technology, 11 March 1999, Health Law Seminar Series 1999, Faculty of Law University Sydney (6 pages).


'Update on Wills and Probate', continuing legal education seminar paper, published by CLE CENTRE (98/60), Sydney, 2 Nov 1998, 54 pages.


'Bodies, Death and Incapacity - an overview of Australian law' paper presented at the annual meeting of the Internatinal Academy of Estate and Trust law, Sydney, 20 - 24 September 1998 (38 pages)


'Family Provision Legislation in Common Law Jurisdictions', International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, Proceedings of the Paris meeting, 1997 published in the Papers of the Academy, 'Australia' 7.1-7.16, August 1998.


'The Place of Legal History in the Teaching of Comparative Law and in Comparatists Formation - the example of Australian Land Law', Australian National Report for the legal History and Ethnology seciton for the International Congress of Comparative Law, Bristol July 1998


'Modern Probate Litigation', College of Law Continuing Legal Education, October 1995. Published by the College of Law, Sydney.


'Continuity and Discontinuity of Law in Times of Social Revolution - The Unfinished Revolution: widows and property', Australian National Report for the Legal History and Ethnology section for the International Congress of Comparative Law, Athens, 1994. Published in the collection of Australian reports, Australian Law and Legal Thinking in the 1990s, eds A E-S Tay, C Leung, Sydney, 1994, 1- 25.


'Wills Reform In Australia', Proceedings of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, New Orleans meeting, 1993, pp 3.1-3.10


'Probate Litigation since the 1989 Amendments: Problems and Prognosis', College of Law Continuing Legal Education, March 1993. Published by the College of Law Sydney (73 pages)


'The wise and just husband and father: wives and daughters and the Family Provision Ace', as part of 'Aspects of Property Law: the Impact upon Women', Sydney Law School, 1 December 1992 (59 pages)


'Recent Developments in Wills and Probate 1992', (33 pages) Business Law Education Centre in conjunction with Longmans Cheshire, proceedings of CLE Updates 1992, October 1992


'Will Drafting and the Family Lawyer - Divorce and Wills', College of Law Continuing Legal Education, June 1992. Published by the College of Law, Sydney (93/17.3), 46 pages


'Litigation under the Dispensing Power: the Chartered and Uncharted Territory', pp 33-87 in 'Probate Problems', College of Law Continuing Legal Education, May 1992. Published by the College of Law, Sydney, 91 pages


'Probate Litigation since the 1989 Amendments: Problems and Prognosis' College of Law Continuing Legal Education Programme, Sydney, June 1990; and in a revised form at Bathurst, March 1991, and Newcastle, June 1991. Published by the College of Law, Sydney, 1990 (90/41); 1991 (91/16/1)


'Wills and Probate: Developments and Issues', Business Law Education Centre, Sydney September 1990; and in a revised and extended form as 'CLE Update - Wills, Probate and Family Provision', March 1991 (46 pages)


Book Review

Law And Religion

[see book cover opposite]


The intersection of law and religion is a growing area of study for academics working in both subject areas. This book draws together research on several collisions between the two arenas, including a study of religious clauses in the US constitution and the interplay between religion and law in Canada, Australia and South Africa. With an emphasis on common law traditions, this book will be essential reading for researchers and advanced students of law and religion.


Details of Book:

Book: Law And Religion

Author: Rosalind Atherton, Denise Meyerson, Peter Radan

ISBN: 0415343534

ISBN-13: 9780415343534, 978-0415343534

Binding: Hardcover

Publishing Date: Jan 2005

Publisher: Routledge

Number of Pages: 344

Language: English


Rosalind F. Atherton is Professor and Dean of Law at Macquarie University, Australia.

Denise Meyerson is Professor of Law at Macquarie University, Australia.

Peter Radan is Senior Lecturer in Law at Macquarie University, Australia.



OUTLINED IN THE LAW REPORT Tuesday, March 16, 1999




Last year, Dayne Childs died in England, aged 26, but eight months later, Dayne has still not been buried. That's because his Aboriginal birth mother and his English adoptive family are embroiled in a legal dispute in England's High Court over where and how Dayne should be laid to rest.


According to Associate Professor Rosalind Atherton, of the University of New South Wales, disputes over bodies are more common than you might think, and the law has evolved to cope with them.


Rosalind Atherton: The real rule goes back to the early 17th century and a string of cases really that arose out of the awful trade of what Charles Dickens described as 'The Resurrectionists', those rogues who would go and steal fresh corpses in order to supply the early medical schools for anatomy. And out of those cases came a proposition that no-one can own a dead body. And even to the point that the deceased person can't control what happens to their own body, and out of that came this response, 'Well someone has to', and the law developed a number of responses to say, 'Well, certain people have a duty to bury, or to dispose of the body, and others in particular have a pre-eminent right, namely the Executor, the deceased's chosen person, has got a special right.'



Croucher: A Man For All Seasons Professor John Croucher, who takes up his appointment as Professor of Management in Statistics at MGSM in early 2004, is as well known outside Macquarie University as he is within.

A sought after media commentator in print, radio and television, he talks to the public regularly on issues as diverse as statistics, gambling, sport, cheating and plagiarism. For four years he has written a regular column, Number Crunch, in the Good Weekend magazine of Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, in Melbourne.

Professor Croucher's brilliant career as a statistician began in humble circumstances at Parramatta High School. He was the first of his family to complete the Leaving Certificate and, despite being awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship, lack of financial support forced him to abandon the idea of university study for the time being. For the following three years he worked as a clerk, determined to save enough money to finance his further

education. This delay in starting his degree was Macquarie University's gain, as he began his tertiary studies as part of the university's first intake, ultimately being among its first bachelor graduates and its first honours graduate in mathematics. He graduated with a double major in mathematics and statistics in his undergraduate degree, starting when E7 was the only building on campus, taking an astonishing 11 subjects in his first year. He continued his postgraduate studies at the University of Minnesota in the USA where he gained a Masters Degree in Mathematics and his first PhD in Operations Research. He has just completed his second PhD thesis, this time in modern history at Macquarie.

Ever mindful of his origins, in late December 2003 he delivered a speech to current students, and the Parramatta High School's John S Croucher Prize for Excellence in Mathematics. The previous year, he had presented the occasional address at one of Macquarie University's graduation ceremonies and given invited lectures to the Royal Statistical Society in England. Professor Croucher's eclectic interests have led him to work as a television presenter on Channel 10's rugby league telecast between 1984 and 1991, as a journalist on the former Sydney Sun newspaper, a columnist for ten years in Big League Magazine where he made his own football predictions and compiled statistics on rugby league. He has made more than 300 television and radio appearances, including many overseas in the USA and South Africa. He is the prolific author of fourteen books with sales of well over $2 million, in addition to publishing over sixty papers in academic journals and dozens of refereed conference proceedings. He is currently under contract to Cambridge University Press and Pan Macmillan to produce two further books in 2004. His success in bringing his profession to the public at large led to him being awarded Macquarie University's inaugural Community Outreach Award in 2001. Professor Croucher's association with MGSM began when he commenced teaching as an Adjunct in

1998 and he has continued to teach in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. He has been a visiting professor both at the University of Minnesota and Birkbeck College, University of London where he was recently invited to deliver a series of seminars on world's best teaching practice. He also won a Macquarie University's Outstanding Teacher Award in 2003. Professor Croucher is a Fellow of the Australian Mathematical Society and a member of the Australian Society of Operations Research. Last year he was awarded a Macquarie University External Collaborative Grant, in conjunction with the Australian Hotels Association (NSW) to look at the effectiveness of biotechnology in detecting self-excluded gamblers. For ten years he conducted continuing education courses in medical statistics for healthcare professionals and many times has acted as a consultant to both government and private enterprise.


Just over two years ago a chance meeting with Macquarie University's Dean of Law, Professor Rosalind Atherton, led to the recent announcement of their engagement. They will marry next year.

- Robin Edwards


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Commissioner Croucher for the ALRC Posted Jan 25 2007, 12:00 AM by Lawyers Weekly


NEW COMMISSIONER of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC), Professor Rosalind Croucher, has been appointed for three years.


With 25 years’ experience as an academic lawyer, including seven years as dean of law at Macquarie University, Croucher begins her role on 5 February 2007. She is a foundation fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, fellow of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences and Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and an honorary fellow of the Australian College of Legal Medicine.


“I believe the skills and experience that [Croucher] brings to the ALRC are particularly well suited to the work of the Commission at a time when it is conducting reviews of privacy laws and legal professional privilege,” Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said. “I believe she will contribute greatly to the profile and standing of the ALRC, one of the leading law reform bodies in Australia and our region".

Australasian Law Reform Agencies Conference (ALRAC)

The 2008 ALRAC Conference was organised by the University of the South Pacific - School of Law. It was held in Port Vila, Vanuatu from 10 - 12 September, 2008.



That Law Reform Bodies are the Best Vehicles for Law Reform Affirmative - Ian Davis, Queensland Law Reform Commission & Rosalind Croucher, Australian Law Reform Commission


Negative - Simon Rice, Australian National University, College of Law & Robin Banks, Public Interest Advocacy Centre



Since its foundation the Francis Forbes Society has encouraged the study of the

history of Australian law through an annual public lecture. The Forbes Lecture has become an important date in the legal calendar.


2008 Forbes Lecture

On 6 November 2008 Professor Rosalind Croucher, a Commissioner of the Australian

Law Reform Commission, delivered the 2008 Forbes Lecture (entitled “150 Years of

Torrens – Too Much, Too Little, Too Soon”) in the Common Room of the NSW Bar Association. She was introduced by Anna Katzmann S.C., President of the Association. Her paper will be published in the new year.






Rosalind F. Croucher


“The cloak of confidentiality may be used as a device to conceal improper

practices as well as to advance proper ones.”

“Confidentiality kept merely to maintain secrecy is a form of paranoia in power.”


See the rest of the essay at

Elliott Johnston Tribute Lecture and Alex Castles Memorial Legal History Lecture 2008


Professor Rosalind Croucher, Full-time Commissioner, Australian Law Reform Commission presented the Alex Castles Memorial Legal History Lecture, titled "'Carthago Delenda Est!'  


Sir Robert Richard Torrens and his attack on the evils of conveyancing and dependent land titles - A reflection on the occasion of the sesquicentenary of the introduction of his great law-reforming initiative".


Excluding the self-excluded : reasonable force and the problem gambler in Australia

Croucher, Rosalind, Croucher, John; Macquarie University

2006; conference paper

problem gamblers, compulsive gambling


A key aspect of self-exclusion programs for problem gamblers is the signing of a deed, embodying the aspirations and obligations of a self-identified problem gambler who wishes to exclude himself or herself from nominated gaming areas. A central aspect of this deed, and the legal issues more generally, is the issue of forcible removal from the premises identified in the instrument. This question is at the heart of enforcement of the expectations and aspirations of self-exclusion programs. In legal terms the issue is an old one, sitting within the law of trespass, assault and battery. In practical terms, the issue affects the key stakeholders in self-exclusion schemes: the gaming establishment, its staff and the self-excluded problem gambler. This paper examines the concept of ‘reasonable force’ in the removal of the problem gambler from nominated premises.


15 page(s) less A key aspect of self-exclusion programs for problem gamblers is the signing of a deed, embodying the aspirations and obligations of a self-identified problem gambler who wishes to exclude himself or herself from nominated gaming areas.

15 December 2009 | by The New Lawyer    

ATTORNEY-General, Robert McClelland, today announced the appointment of Professor Rosalind Croucher as the president of the Australian Law Reform Commission.

“I congratulate Professor Croucher on her appointment and look forward to her leading Australia's foremost law reform institution” McClelland said.  Professor Croucher has been a member of the Australian Law Reform Commission since 2007 and has had a distinguished career in University teaching and management over 25 years, most recently as Dean of Law at Macquarie University since 1999.  See full announcement.