National Rural/Regional Law and Justice Conference

Held 18-20 May 2012 - Coffs Harbour, NSW

Following the success of the inaugural National Rural and Regional Law and Justice Conference in 2012, the University of New England School of Law, in collaboration with Deakin University School of Law, hosted the second National Conference in Coffs Harbour on 18-20 May 2012.

The aim of the conference was to bring together academic, researchers, policy makers, practitioners, service providers, and non-government organisations to consider and discuss the law and justice issue confronting rural and regional Australia.

The conference focused on:

  • Sharing knowledge among attendees with different professional backgrounds and concerns, and a shared interest in the future of rural and regional Australia.
  • A critical analysis of issues and problems
  • Practical strategies for delivery greater social justice for rural and regional communities.


Guest speakers covered a wide range of issues from legal education, rural law, managing rural conflict, indigenous inclusion.

"The Coffs Harbour conference included a fantastic array of speakers and was such a brilliant opportunity to meet other researchers, academics, legal practitioners and activists, all passionate about access to justice issues for rural, regional and remote communities" - Dr Lucinda Jordan

dance group

Dancers open the conference

Trish Mundy

Trish Mundy, University of Wollongong

Sher Campbell

Sher Campbell, University of New England


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