Doing lawyering differently and in a non-adversarial way to better respond to community

Date & time
12–2pm Thursday 7 February 2019

Phillipa Weeks Library

ANU College of Law, 5 Fellows Road, Acton ACT 2601 ANU

Dr Liz Curran, ANU College of Law


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Presented by ANU School of Legal Practice & Centre of the Profession, Education and Regulation in Law

College seminar
Elizabeth Curran

Australian inquiries and recent empirical findings from Curran research

This seminar and conversation will explore recent public inquiries in Australia and Dr Liz Curran’s research over the past six years suggesting a less adversarial approach may be necessary. These inquiries have considered:

  • The impact on different cultures of colonial and adversarial practices (Australia, Canada etc);
  • The effect of the adversarial approach in family violence and family law where children involved;
  • Institutional abuse by churches and similar organisations and by defence forces;
  • The effect of poverty and an unequal bargaining position – where for example, industry groups with immense resources routinely exploit this advantage to wear those without resources down i.e. ‘repeat players’ in human rights and equal opportunity and employment law cases to disempower complainants, cost of litigation;
  • Barriers to access to justice – navigability, confidence, capacity and engagement issues.

There is a great deal of international research on this as well, some of which would be flagged.

Then there will be a conversation with participants about their views, experiences and ways forward.


  • Liz Curran »

    • Associate Professor, School of Legal Practice ANU College of Law (including ANU Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice)
    • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
    • Associate Director ANU International Centre for the Profession, Education & Regulation in Law (Melbourne based)
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