Intersections: The inaugural ANU Law HDR forum

Date & time

9am–5pm Friday 5 May 2017


Common Room

University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, Acton


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Justine Poon
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On 5 May 2017, the ANU College of Law will hold its inaugural ANU Law HDR Forum with the theme of ‘Intersections’. This is a student-led initiative that aims to facilitate the building of connections both between ANU Law HDR students and with the wider ANU Law community. Recognising that many HDR students are not able to be present on campus regularly, and that this can hinder the development of connections amongst the cohort, this event aims to bring students together by providing a forum which facilitates conversation, networking and collaboration, and which builds capacities.

The forum has been formed based on discussions amongst HDR students at all different stages of their research and with academics with experience as research students and as supervisors. As such, those at the beginning, middle and later stages of their research will benefit from the range of sessions. Emphasis will be on identifying intersections between work being done, challenges and opportunities faced by PhD students working in different areas and by researchers at different stages in their careers; and on exploring intersections between research, policy work, politics, business and legal practice.

The program will include panel sessions, small group sessions facilitated by ANU Law academics and a networking function. Students will present on and share their own work, participate in group sessions and also benefit from hearing from and engaging with leading researchers and guest speakers. 

The event is free to attend for participants and will be fully catered. For the event to be a success and to ensure it becomes a regular feature of the academic calendar, student participation is vital. 

Draft program

We have put together an engaging and interactive program for the Forum, which features a variety of sessions and speakers designed to facilitate discussion and reflection on some of the key challenges involved in undertaking the PhD. The program includes:

  • A panel session on the experiences, opportunities and careers from doing higher degree research in law;
  • An opportunity for each student to provide a short outline of their research so that we can find out what other people are working on and find areas of common interest for ongoing discussion and support;
  • A legal research workshop with the Law librarians;
  • Small-group break-out sessions on methodology; and 
  • Small-group sessions for feedback on writing.

A wide range of ANU CoL academic staff have agreed to join us for these sessions, to share their own knowledge and experience, and help guide our discussions.

We also propose to organise an informal evening event on Thursday 4 May, to maximise the opportunity for engagement with HDR students who are not normally based in Canberra. Please indicate in your registration form whether you would be interested in participating so that we can find an appropriate venue. 

Research Matters! Cocktail reception

Immediately following the Forum, you are invited to attend the Research Matters! Cocktail Event. This reception, hosted by the ANU College of Law HDR students, is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the challenges and rewards of academic research, and share the legal research journey with other members of the ANU College of Law's academic community. We will invite all members of the ANU CoL academic staff, and particularly hope that members of HDR Supervisory Panels and Directors of Research Groups will attend.  We are excited to announce that the reception will include guest remarks from Dr John Hewson AM.

This should be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the HDR community and the individual achievements of the cohort, and get to know other members of the ANU CoL academic community. Registration is essential for catering purposes.

Call for Submissions

To get the most out of the Forum we will require a few things from you prior to the day itself.  We have compiled a Forum Briefing which provides additional detail about the program, and sets out what we will require from you in advance to ensure full participation in the organised sessions. All the relevant details are set out in the Forum Briefing, but please note that there will be two deadlines: 

  • 7 April 2017 - a photo of yourself (clear and portrait style), the title of your research project, a 250 word description of your research project and your preferred email address for other attendees to contact you
  • 19 April 2017 - one PPT slide that embodies your research, nominate a methodology workshop group and submit a piece of writing (up to 2000 words)

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