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Research Seminar - School of Law and Justice

Presented by: Marcelle Burns - Are We There Yet? Indigenous Cultural Competency in Legal Education

Date: 12 February 2019
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Venue: Toowoomba - Q420, Springfield - A602, or via Zoom
Contact: For more information, please contact Academic Division Seminars.
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Since the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, there has been a sustained call for legal professionals to develop the knowledge and skills to work effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In recent years, this call has been echoed throughout the higher education sector, with Indigenous cultural competency identified as a skill that all students need to develop in their university studies. An important step towards developing ICC in students is to build the capacity of legal academics (who are mostly non-Indigenous) to confidently teach Indigenous content and engage with Indigenous peoples in their work. The Indigenous Cultural Competency for Legal Academics Program (ICCLAP) was devised to articulate what ICC means in the context of legal education and develop workshops and resources to build the capacity of legal academics to foster ICC in their students. This presentation will discuss ICCLAP’s key activities and research findings on the current state of play of ICC in legal education, and guiding principles and strategies for embedding ICC in law curricula.