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Feature Articles

Featured articles from the current and past issues of the Alternative Law Journal.

A new chapter for the Alternative Law Journal

Melissa Castan, Bronwyn Naylor and Deb Candy

Friends, after more than 40 years of independent publishing, the Alternative Law Journal is turning over a fresh page with a new publishing arrangement. From 2017, we will be joining Sage Publications which will coordinate the production and delivery of the Journal.

As many of you know, the traditional models of academic publishing face increasing pressures on all fronts: financial, technological and in production. In evaluating our future in the evolving publishing world, we believe that the Journal required the financial and production support available from a larger organisation. We have been fortunate in coming to an arrangement with one of the world's largest academic publishers which will ensure the on-going sustainability of our journal.

Our topical, critical and informative analysis will not change, however the back-of-house production and subscription management will be supported by the expertise and international reach of Sage.

With this new relationship, the AltLJ will be able to process the administration and editing of submissions more efficiently and easily, and provide a global audience for the journal's articles and commentary.

We are honoured to have been involved over the past decades in the editorial coordination and publication of the AltLJ; it has been wonderful to be part of an incredible community of authors, referees, editors, readers and subscribers who have sustained this unique publication. This community would not have been successful without the commitment of all who have contributed in so many different ways. We are proud of the journal we have all helped to shape, and look forward to your continued involvement.

The editorial team remain committed to bringing you the best in Australian scholarly writing on law reform, human rights, and social justice issues. Many of our readers have been long-standing supporters of the values embedded in our journal, and recognise the important part that it plays in the Australian legal landscape.

We hope you will continue on this journey with us, and support the journal in its next chapter.

Melissa Castan, Bronwyn Naylor and Deb Candy
The AltLJ editorial team

From 1 January 2017, subscriptions to the Journal will be handled by Sage at http://alj.sagepub.com. There will be some adjustment in subscription prices; we thank you for continuing to support the journal.

If you have any queries regarding your subscription to the Alternative Law Journal, please contact SAGE:

SAGE Publications Ltd, 1, Oliver's Yard, 55 City Road, London EC1Y 1SP.
Subscriptions Department: Tel: +44 (0) 20 7324 8701


The legal status of animals: The world rethinks its position

Geeta Shyam

animal-legal-status-skneebone-smThe world rethinks its position

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.


Animals are legally categorised as property in Australia, a legacy of the common law system that Australia inherited from Britain. Since then, however, scientific, philosophical and cultural views about animals have changed. It is thus sensible to reconsider the appropriateness of the property status of animals.

This article concludes that the justification for classifying animals as property is weak and it is therefore timely to initiate a dialogue about alternative legal classifications of animals in Australia. In particular, this article explores the lessons Australia might learn from developments in other countries, to ensure that the most effective mechanisms are adopted.

(2015) 40(4) AltLJ 266


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