LegalJune 18, 2020

Complimentary WebinarThe Future of Law Reform

Find out what future law reform inquiry topics have been suggested, and contribute your ideas on a draft shortlist

Please find your Supporting Documentation (1 PowerPoint & 2 Handouts) here.

The Australian Law Reform Commission has initiated a national conversation about priorities for law reform over the next three to five years. This conversation is about giving Australians a say in what areas of law should be the focus of a law reform inquiry by the ALRC. One focus topic of the project is potential reform of the Australian Constitution itself, although suggestions are welcome in relation to any aspect of Australian law.

The project forms part of the ALRC’s longstanding commitment to broad public participation in law reform. The ALRC has held public seminars, consultations and an online survey. Selection criteria have been published on the ALRC website and are being used to create a shortlist of the most appropriate topics. The project will culminate in a proposed three to five year programme of law reform projects that the ALRC will submit to the Commonwealth Attorney-General for consideration.

This webinar will cover:

  • the project process so far, and still to come;
  • some of the law reform topics suggested by the public;
  • a draft shortlist of topics being considered by the ALRC; and
  • aspects of the topics requiring further consideration.

Participants will have the chance to ask questions and:

  • comment on the draft shortlist of topics;
  • suggest elements of a potential inquiry reference for shortlisted topics.

Webinar Learning Outcomes:

Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the existing and potential role of institutional law reform in Australia, and about current thinking on potential topics for future law reform inquiries. Participants will be able to contribute ideas and influence the future direction of the project.

Suited to:

In the course of this project, the ALRC has sought and received input from a broad section of the Australian public, as well as legal stakeholders. Members of the public and all professionals are welcome to participate in this webinar. Lawyers and academics with specific ideas about potential inquiry references may particularly be interested in the opportunity to comment and make suggestions regarding the draft shortlist of topics.

Presenter Bio:

Micheil Paton is a Principal Legal Officer at the Australian Law Reform Commission, which he joined in 2018. He has wide ranging professional experience of more than 15 years in a combination of private legal practice, courts, the community sector, consultancies, academia, and working for government. Micheil has worked in remote Australian communities as well as capital cities, and in the Asia-Pacific region. He holds a master’s degree in international human rights law and has contributed to a number of academic publications.

You will be provided with:

  • Any Supporting documentation 
  • Webinar Recording to view multiple times for up to 6 months (regardless of whether you attend the session)
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