Issue 13
Tuesday, 02 August 2016
Charles Darwin University
Law lecturer Felicity Gerry QC
Law lecturer Felicity Gerry QC

Conference to highlight Indigenous justice and law

By Katie Weiss

Legal experts from across the country will explore ways that Indigenous people are affected by policy and law, during a Charles Darwin University School of Law event.

About 20 speakers will present papers on a range of unique issues faced by Indigenous people in the legal justice and prison systems during the “Empowering and Disempowering First Nations People through Law and Policy” showcase and workshop.

Law lecturer Felicity Gerry QC said the event would aim to explore topics including sentencing, Indigenous intimate partner violence, Indigenous constitutionalism and the prospect of establishing community courts.

Ms Gerry said speakers would also explore policies and laws affecting youth offenders with mental health issues, women’s health, sexual and family violence, and Indigenous education.

“The conference will aim to explore empowerment issues and suggest ways to improve current legal systems, and will also aim to assist lawyers in understanding their clients’ needs,” she said.

Event keynotes will include Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Tribunal vice president Sally Gearin, Northern Australia Aboriginal Justice Agency community legal educator Mark Munnich and former Victorian Attorney General, Centre for Innovative Justice director Rob Hulls.

The event is supported by the Office of Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership and includes a showcase of the CDU Indigenous Justice and Exoneration Project, which is supported by the Law Society NT Public Purposes Trust.

The free two-day event will be held at the Moot Court at Charles Darwin University Casuarina campus on Tuesday, 9 August from 2pm to 4pm, and on Wednesday, 10 August from 8am to 4pm.

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