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Extra funding for legal assistance services should only be a start

8 December 2014 3:40 PM

The Productivity Commission raised a few eyebrows when it called for an additional A$200 million for legal assistance services to disadvantaged Australians, who are “more susceptible to, and less equipped to deal with, legal disputes”.

In justifying its unusual call for this significant funding injection, the commission’s report, which was tabled in parliament last week, found:

… numerous studies show that efficient government-funded legal services generate net benefit to the community.

Behind this headline call is a detailed final report of more than 1000 pages. It makes 83 recommendations to improve access to justice in Australia.

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Deakin (Students) Speaking - Practical Legal Skills Training and the Vis Moot

28 November 2014 1:30 PM

In my previous post on Deakin Speaking, I commented on 10 years of involvement - as a student, judge and coach - with the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, and the Vis (East) Moot in Hong Kong. In that post, I foreshadowed three further contributions to Deakin Speaking, addressing the Vis Moot. This is the first of those contributions - Deakin (Students) Speaking - on the topic of practical legal skills training and the Vis Moot.

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Reflections on 10 Years with the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

7 November 2014 12:00 AM

On Wednesday 5 November 2014, students from the Deakin Law School commenced their preparations for the 2014 / 2015 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, and its sister competition - the Vis (East) Moot in Hong Kong.  Deakin Law School has a distinguished history in the event - taking part each year, in both Vienna and Hong Kong, that it has run.  This year's event, however, has personal significance as well - marking a decade of my own involvement, in various forms.  Having taken part as a student, judged practice rounds for the Deakin Law School for two years, and now coaching my seventh season - what might one say, on reflection, about 10 years with the Vis Moot?

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Sexuality Education Matters - Deakin University

Sexuality Education Matters is a Deakin University series of videos showing footage of pre-service teachers and lecturers discussing their experiences and challenges, as well as some examples of teaching and learning activities in action.

Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific Seminar Series - Deakin University

The Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific (CHCAP) seminar series aims to bring together academics and practitioners to discuss key issues facing cultural heritage and museums. The CHCAP is a leading research centre in the heritage and museum studies field, based in the Alfred Deakin Research Institute and the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University. Established in 2001, as part of an agreement signed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and Deakin University, the aims of CHCAP are: - To develop a critical knowledge base in which to understand the diverse ways in which cultural heritage (embodied in places, collections and exhibitions as well as in intangible forms of cultural production) constitutes a medium to value and understand the relationship between past, present and future as well as the need to conserve, manage and interpret cultural heritage. - To advocate for an understanding of heritage that not only influences and shapes cultural identity, but fosters cross-cultural understanding within our increasingly globalised world. - To inform the development of policy and practice in the interrelated field of heritage and museum studies by undertaking research which is both nationally and internationally relevant and addresses the most pressing issues in this field.

Environmental Science - Deakin University

Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) allows you contribute in a professional capacity to the study and management of wildlife populations both in Australia and overseas. Wildlife and Conservation Biology has a strong focus on hands-on fieldwork. Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability) provides you with the skills and knowledge to manage the interaction between people and the environment, and to satisfy society's needs for clean water, fresh air and healthy soils through the sustainable use of natural resources, environments and ecosystem services.

Changing Contours of Global Order - Noam Chomsky

Professor Noam Chomsky presented a lecture 'Changing Contours of Global Order', a look at our drastically changing world, and the implications for domestic and world order on 4 November 2011. This was a free public lecture and was Professor Chomsky's only public appearance in Melbourne, Australia. Professor Chomsky was an invited guest of Deakin University's School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Social Media & Technology in Australia - Deakin University

Social media and mobile technologies have taken off in Australia. This collection of audio and video content looks at the various perspectives from business to sporting organisations to security and families.

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