Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice (CRRLJ)

CRRLJ staff and fellows

Director - Richard Coverdale

Richard Coverdale

Richard Coverdale is the founding Director of the Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice and Secretary of the National Rural Law and Justice Alliance. Before establishing the Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice, Richard worked as a Research Fellow in the School of Law, undertaking research across a range of justice issues for rural communities.

His most recent research reports include:

Richard initiated the inaugural National Rural Regional Law and Justice Conference in 2010, opened by the Honourable Robert French, Chief Justice of Australia, and participated in a Working Group arising from the conference to establish the National Rural Law and Justice Alliance.

Richard's research is grounded in his practical experience. He has worked extensively in community sector organisations, including managing emergency housing services, establishing housing co-operatives and participating in housing policy and tenancy law reform activities. He was also responsible for the formation of the Geelong Community Legal Service, the first legal Victorian service outside metropolitan Melbourne and founded and managed Villamanta Legal Service, a state-wide disability legal service and its publishing and commercial consulting arm, based in Geelong.

Prior to joining Deakin University Richard was Director of Publishing with the Victoria Law Foundation, publishing an extensive list of 'plain language' titles including award winning secondary school texts and practical legal guides. He also established and managed Rural Law Online, a website of the Victoria Law Foundation, providing legal information and topical forums to rural Victorians.

Research interests

  • Socio-legal research of rural/regional law and justice issues
  • Agriculture and the law
  • Provision of legal services to regional communities and industry
  • Sustainable regional communities.

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