JCU Legal Studies Conference

JCU Legal Studies Conference

The JCU College of Business, Law and Governance hosts an annual Legal Studies Conference alternatively on our Townsville and Cairns campuses. All high school legal studies students and teachers from across state, catholic and independent schooling sectors in the region are invited to attend.

The Conference format was refreshed in 2015 to include breakout group presentations on various areas of law, such as Health Ethics and the Law, Sports Law, Metadata and Privacy Law, Criminal Law, Indigenous People and the Law, International Law and Environmental Law, and a Q and A Panel session featuring representatives from a range of community and legal organisations.

2018 Legal Studies Conference

The 2018 Conference will be held in Townsville on the 26 July and will feature a keynote address by David Orr, LLB/GlobStud (ACU), Third Secretary for Political and Economic Affairs to Timor-Leste, as well as a Q and A Panel on diversity and opportunities in law. Please send any enquiries about this event to cblgadmin@jcu.edu.au

2017 Legal Studies Conference

The 2017 Conference was held in Cairns on the 20 July and featured a keynote address by Katie Richards, award winning entrepreneur, lawyers, educator, author and innovator. Panelists on the Q and A panel discussed the topical issues of non-consensual sharing of photographs, use of metadata and youths in detention, and included:

  • Ms Linda Cooper, Councillor
  • Magistrate Sandra Pearson
  • Mrs Jackie Charles, The Rule of Law Institute of Australia
  • Ms Peta Parsons, Solicitor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (ATSILS)
  • Ms Trish Price, Principal Solicitor, Legal Aid
  • Sergeant McGarry, Cairns Police
  • Murray Jones, 4CA Radio Presenter and JCU Law graduate (host)
  
  
  
  

2016 Legal Studies Conference

The 2016 Conference was held in Townsville on the 21 July and featured a keynote address by Mr Benedict Coyne, President of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) and Associate at Anderson, Fredericks, Turner. Panelists on the "Justice and the Media" Q and A panel included:

  • Dr Nikola Stepanov, Director, Centre for Health, Ethics, Law & Education in Tropics (CHELE)
  • Mr Bill Mitchell, Principal Solicitor Townsville Community Legal Service
  • Mrs Jackie Charles, The Rule of Law Institute of Australia
  • Ms Lorelei Billing, Senior Court Support Officer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service Townsville
  • Mr Ewan Jones MP
  • Ms Christie Anderson, Court Reporter Townsville Bulletin
  • Inspector Glen Doyle, Southern Patrol Group Townsville Police District

2015 Legal Studies Conference

The 2015 Conference was held in Cairns on the 23 July and featured a keynote address by Mr Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre. Panelists on the "Justice and the Media" Q and A panel included:

  • Justice Henry
  • Mr Craig Crawford, Member for Barron River
  • Mr Julian Tomlinson, Deputy Editor The Cairns Post
  • Ms Renee Lees, Lawyer Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH)
  • Mrs Jackie Charles, The Rule of Law Institute of Australia
  • Senior Constable Russell Parker, Cairns Police Service Media Unit