Law Reform and Social Justice

Law Reform and Social Justice

Through its teaching curriculum, academic research and social justice initiatives, Law Reform and Social Justice at the ANU College of Law provides opportunities for students to explore and interrogate the complex role of law in society, and the part that lawyers play in promoting both change and stability.

Law Reform and Social Justice supports the integration of law reform and the principles of social justice into teaching, research and study across the College. It also facilitates a broad range of student projects, hosts a regular series of events, and produces a PDF icon guide to legal volunteering in the ACT (448.93 KB).

To find out about opportunities to get involved, see our Facebook page for LRSJ

Last updated date

1.34pm Wednesday 20 October 2021

Latest news

15
Nov
2021
Lauren Skinner
Lauren Skinner (BA/LLB (Hons) ’19) aspires to use her Rhodes Scholarship to make 'a more just, more equitable society' a reality.
18
Oct
2021
Jessica Hodgson
If your interest in law extends beyond studying it to shaping it, the ANU Law Reform and Social Justice Research Hub is the project for you.
15
Sep
2021
Gender Identity and Sexuality Law Moot
Law students from across Australia and New Zealand are preparing to compete in the ANU Gender Identity + Sexuality Law Moot, which runs 27 September to 8 October 2021. 
14
Jun
2021
GreenLaw members appear at the Inquiry into Renewable Energy Innovation in the Australian Capital Territory
ANU Law Reform and Social Justice project GreenLaw have urged the ACT to adopt community-scale battery storage systems at a local government inquiry.
23
Mar
2021
Alice Crawford
Alice Crawford (BA '14/LLB (Hons I) '14, GDLP '16) reflects on her time at ANU and how it helped pave the way in turning a childhood passion into an emerging career. 

In the Media

10
Mar
2021

Online surveillance bill a dangerous overreach

Kieran Pender quoted in Human Rights Law Centre

Research theme:
24
Sep
2018

Royal Commission may expose human rights shortfallings

writes in Australian Ageing Agenda

Research theme:
21
Aug
2017

Uni hot-desk to aid civil law

Judy Harrison The West Australian

10
May
2017

Drug testing 5,000 welfare recipients

Peter Christensen speaks to ABC Radio Newcastle

22
Mar
2017

Everything you need to know about changes to the Racial Discrimination Act

Margaret Thornton speaks to News.com.au

Research theme:
09
Dec
2015

Justice Connections 4 – Institutional Law Reform and Justice

talks to Justice Connections

02
Mar
2015

Social change lawyers

speaks with ABC Radio National

Upcoming events

No upcoming events found.

Past events

02
Nov
2021

Climate change and human rights at COP26

Climate and Human Rights at COP26
7.00PM to 8.30PM

Join ANU Law Reform and Social Justice (LRSJ) and Amnesty International in this discussion on Climate change and human rights at COP26.

20
Oct
2021

Alumni panel: Careers in social justice, law reform and advocacy

Alumni Panel
5.30PM to 6.30PM

Join our alumni panel in this online discussion hosted by ANU Law Reform and Social Justice that explores careers in social justice, law reform and advocacy.

18
Oct
2021

Modern slavery in supply chains: Assessing corporate reporting

 Modern slavery in supply chains: Assessing corporate reporting
5.30PM to 6.30PM

Who makes our clothes and under what conditions do they work? Join experts and student research interns from ANU College of Law who will discuss the emerging patterns of corporate reporting on modern slavery.

07
Aug
2021

LRSJ presents 'Collective' movie screening and panel discussion

Collective (2019)
5.00PM to 7.30PM

Join ANU Law Reform and Social Justice (LRSJ) and ANU Film Group in the movie screening of Collective (2019), a documentary about a team of investigative journalists who uncover massive health care fraud in the wake of the devastating 2015 fire at the Colectiv club in Bucharest, Romania.

04
Aug
2021

Working in Indigenous justice: In conversation with Anthony Hopkins

Belonging
6.00PM to 7.30PM
  • Associate Professor Anthony Hopkins

Interested in working in the area of Indigenous justice or the justice system more widely? Join us for an in conversation with Associate Professor Anthony Hopkins. We will discuss Anthony’s new book, 'Belonging: A Novel', and how to effectively work in the sector with integrity.

The ANU College of Law has an explicit commitment to the themes of law reform and social justice as core components for understanding the law.

College academics teach, research and engage across a broad spectrum of social justice topics including: access to justice, due process, civil society, human rights, legal ethics, health justice, transitional justice, Indigenous and refugee justice and youth justice.

The idea of law reform is integral to the study of law at the College with students encouraged in their studies to ask: where does a law come from, what is its purpose, is it working as it should, and how could it be different? Staff at the College integrate the study of law reform into their teaching, conduct research into the need for law reform in particular areas, and contribute their expertise to formal law reform processes.

Student-run projects are a key feature of the work supported by Law Reform and Social Justice. These projects provide a practical outlet for students to use their research skills, and assist students to understand the operation of law in society through community engagement. Students also have the opportunity to interact with academic staff outside of the classroom and work with students in other year cohorts. The projects aim to foster a commitment to social justice and law reform through volunteer activities. All students of the ANU College of Law – undergraduate, JD, and graduate – are welcome to be involved in current projects, and to suggest new activities.

Law Reform and Social Justice holds events with prominent speakers, film screenings, and panels discussing important contemporary issues. These events foster further engagement with the law and expose students to ideas of how they can work within and beyond the legal profession to achieve law reform and social justice.

The Director of Law Reform and Social Justice is Associate Professor Matthew Zagor.

Research themes

 

An active approach to studying law

PDF icon This guide (448.93 KB) provides law students with information about how to take an active approach to studying law, and useful contacts for legal organisations in Canberra that accept student volunteers. 

 

Directors


Matthew Zagor
Associate Professor

Advisory board

Senior Lecturer
ANU College of Law
Canberra, Australia
Lecturer
ANU College of Law
Canberra, Australia
Senior Lecturer
ANU College of Law
Canberra, Australia
PhD Candidate
ANU College of Law
Canberra, Australia
Elizabeth Curran
Senior Lecturer
ANU College of Law
Canberra, Australia

Law internships

Through the ANU College of Law internship program, students can contribute to the work of a social justice agency of their choice and conduct research that will support the agency's work. Most internships can be undertaken as courses for which students receive credit to their degree, and some provide a unique experience for volunteers.

Internships provide students with unique opportunities to make use of their developing legal skills in areas of need, building on their knowledge and putting it into context.

LRSJ offers internships for later year students, done through the LAWS4230 Internship Program. All LRSJ internships are subject to the course assessment criteria.

To discuss possible internships, please contact Matthew Zagor, Director of the LRSJ Program.

Law Internship course

The LRSJ Program at the ANU College of Law takes in two student interns each semester as part of the course LAWS4230: Law Internship.

LRSJ interns will conduct research into current issues in areas of law and social justice, adding to the knowledge base of the Program and enhancing the resources provided through the Program's website.

Areas of research could include:

  • poverty
  • discrimination and human rights
  • access to justice
  • the concerns of the elderly, migrants and refugees, indigenous peoples and/or other disadvantaged groups.

An active approach to studying law - the guide

Law Reform and Social Justice produces this useful PDF icon guide to legal volunteering in the ACT (448.93 KB)

Law Reform

The idea of law reform is integral to the study of law at the ANU College of Law. We encourage students to ask: Where did a law come from? What is its purpose? Is it working as it should? How could it be different?

Staff integrate the study of law reform into their teaching, conduct research into the need for law reform in particular areas, and contribute their expertise to formal law reform processes

ACT Law Reform Advisory Council

The ANU College of Law collaborates with the ACT Attorney-General's Department to operate the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council (LRAC), based at the ANU College of Law.

The Council’s role is to provide expert advice and recommendations to the ACT Attorney-General on terms of reference dealing with law reform matters referred to it by the Attorney-General.

The Council includes a panel of expert members with a broad range of expertise who are selected by the Attorney-General to serve for a period of up to three years.  Members are appointed for their expertise in matters relating to law and legal policy, and not as representatives of an organisation.

Information about LRAC membership is available on their website.

Contact: Dr Tony Foley

LRAC Links

 

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