Workshops with Liz Curran in Nottingham on Access to Justice

by | May 1, 2018

This event is organised and hosted Professor Jane Ching and her colleagues at Nottingham Law School and through the Centre for Legal Education.

These are facilitated workshops/roundtables. Liz is and experienced facilitator & researcher and uses conferencing approaches to facilitate. She takes a back seat with guiding questions generated by the discussion. It’s all about asking the right questions, and encouraging all to be able to speak up in a deliberative democratic style. The sessions are designed to have a conversation with invited experts from the United Kingdom and locally in Nottingham, so people can share insights, expertise, experience and ideas by way of facilitated conversation points. Dr Curran has skills in facilitation and restorative facilitation. Her involvement in these sessions is as facilitator to draw out from those in the room insights and even actions and future network opportunities for further change.

The deliberative nature and the valuing of all invitees as experts and the facilitation being about sharing what they do how they do it, research and ideas for how we might think into the future about a range of new approaches to lawyering is what we set out to do in each of the workshops where there is also bound to be some intersectionality.


Wednesday 20th  June 2018 Newton LT3 from 2pm – 7pm: Building collaborations locally – Applying a health justice partnerships model to law clinics curran-seminar-building-collaborations-locally
Monday 25th  June 2018 Newton LT8 from 2pm – 7pm: Alternative ways to approach legal problem solving and disputes to the adversarial process to seek justice
Wednesday 27th  June 2018 Newton LT8 from 2pm – 7pm: New approaches to lawyering and the implications for legal education: equipping our students to meet the changing world

These workshops will explore some of the failings of the adversarial system flagged in four royal commissions in Australia, including family violence, banking and one involving childhood institutional abuse (undertaken very differently to the one underway in UK), an Aboriginal Inquiry into Youth detention and the burgeoning of multidisciplinary practices (including health justice and integrated justice projects) emerging given the limitations in reaching the excluded of traditional approaches to lawyering.

The workshops will explore ways forward and canvas problem solving approaches and restorative practice and holistic and responsive client centred approaches. A suggested reading list will be provided in advance to invitees with some pithy links and articles for workshop participants to help explore new ideas.

Dr Liz Curran teaches practical skills at graduate law level at ANU & was a clinical legal educator/solicitor/ Director of a legal service all based in a community health centre for ten years. She has run a human rights NGO and worked in policy as well as legal practice. She routinely provides professional development to legal practitioners. Liz’s research is on effective legal practice including restorative justice & multi-disciplinary practice.

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