Legal Education for True Justice: Indigenous Perspectives and Deep Listening on Country

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To truly understand law in Australia we must engage in deep listening and reflective practice, on country.  

We must find new ways to incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices in legal education and provide opportunities for law students, lawyers, law schools, the judiciary to listen to people from different positions of experience and authority.  We present an opportunity to engage interpreters, lawyers, traditional owners and academics in this work.

 

The development of this capacity to listen and respond is core to ethical practice from the perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lawyers, and is necessary as a baseline for the development of cultural competency for law students, legal academics, the legal profession and judiciary.

Seeking partners to transform legal education

Winkiku Rrumbangi NT Indigenous Lawyers Aboriginal Corporation and the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) are seeking to engage and partner with law schools, legal organisations, firms, institutions and agencies to support an Aboriginal-led initiative to transform legal education.

We co-design with partners and customise courses focusing on the following participant groups:

  • Law students at different stages of learning

  • Legal Practitioners

  • Lecturers in law

  • Judicial Officers

Our courses draw on established legal education methods and practices that are Aboriginal-led. We will hold these courses in different locations across the Northern Territory, and seek to involve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lawyers from across different nations and to develop a ‘community of practice’ to enable the sharing of insights and perspectives. 

 

To express interest to be involved please email deeplistening@naaja.org.au

 

Objectives

  • To establish intensive, on-country programs which engage law students, legal academics, lawyers and judiciary in increasing cultural competency.

  • Enable future legal professionals, and those already involved in law, to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and critiques about the nature and impacts of state laws and concepts of justice.

  • Develop an understanding of what it means to listen, collaborate and ally themselves with justice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

  • Collaborate to innovate and grow the program to help recalibrate Australian legal education and the legal system for true justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Exemplar course: partnership with the Australian National University (ANU) College of Law

The ANU College of Law is the first partner to deliver this course for law students as part of the Bachelor of Laws.  The exemplar course will take place near Uluru in September 2020. 

 

We are appreciative of this support and as a demonstration of the College's commitment to enabling opportunities for students to hear different Indigenous perspectives related to law and for deep listening and reflective practice, on country.

More information about this course is here or by clicking on the flyer to the right.