Law Reform and Social Justice initiative bears fruit

Law Reform and Social Justice

This is a particularly significant contribution to the law reform process

The ANU College of Law’s Law Reform and Social Justice (LRSJ) program has initiated a research hub for students interested in making submissions to inquiries on contemporary law reform issues.

Associate Professor Matthew Zagor, acting Director of the LRSJ, sees the initiative as an opportunity for students to influence public debate and policy development while honing the skills required of effective legal reformers and advocates.

The project is already bearing fruit, with three submissions made on wide ranging social issues.

Students Matthew Faltas, Roy Leigh, Belinda Ling and Jonathan Lou-Wong prepared a submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Elder Abuse Inquiry. This will inform the discussion paper due to be released in December.

A second submission was to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s Inquiry into the Criminal Code Amendment (High Risk Terrorist Offenders) Bill 2016. This submission was prepared by Katherine Arditto, Rachel Kirk, Belinda Lin, Michael Ma, Matthew Mewing, Mark Rowe, Nathaniel Smith and Daniel Temme. The Committee report, tabled on 4 November, made repeated referenced to the LRSJ submission.

“This is a particularly significant contribution to the law reform process,” Associate Professor Zagor said.

LRSJ Students Rebecca Beard, Karina Curry-Hyde, Max Henshaw, Stefanie Holland, Sienna Lake, Georgina Melrose and Manny Zhang made the third submission, which was to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

Students who are interested in getting involved in future submissions are welcome to contact Associate Professor Zagor, LRSJ Coordinator Justine Poon, or Belinda Lin, who is the student leader of the research hub.

- By PENNY HANLEY

Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team