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Dr Liz Curran Seminar

Alternative ways to approach legal problem solving and disputes to the adversarial process to seek justice

Liz Curran

This facilitated discussion by Dr Liz Curran of Australian National University will take place from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm with post event informal discussion until 6.30 pm.

Associate Professor, Dr Liz Curran teaches in the Australia-wide Professional Legal Training, Australian National University School of Legal Practice mainly in the ‘Ready for Practice’ and “Becoming a Practitioner’ intensives courses. Liz is Associate Director of the Centre of Profession, Education and Regulation in Law Centre (PEARL) and the Leader of the ‘Access to Justice’ stream of PEARL. Liz was the recipient of the Australian Centenary Medal for ‘services to community and lecturing’.

  • From: Monday 25 June 2018, 2.30 pm
  • To: Monday 25 June 2018, 6.30 pm
  • Registration: 2 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 8, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Monday 25 June 2018, 8.00 am
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Event details

The event will be of interest to academics and practitioners in the justice and conflict resolution sectors and particularly in family and domestic violence support, as well as those with a particular interest in problem-solving and restorative justice. Dr Curran will lead dialogue around alternative approaches to lawyering, including therapeutic, problem solving courts; neighbourhood justice centres, conflict conferencing, round table dialogue and facilitation; inquisitorial. It will focus on family law and areas of law that intersect with family law problems, such as care and protection of children, family violence, self-representation, poverty flowing from separation and abuse that often emerge.

The objective of the event is to bring together a range of academics, professionals and practitioners to look at alternative options given recent universal acknowledgement of the harms, costs and complex processes of the adversarial system. New approaches will be shared by experts in academia and practitioners that might be less problematic and traumatic for participants in the process. e.g. family law, institutional abuse, family violence and so on

The event is jointly hosted by the Nottingham Centre for Children,Young People and Families; and the Centre for Legal Education at Nottingham Law School and is free to attend. Light refreshments will be available. Places are limited so the organisers would appreciate it if anyone who has booked but is later unable to attend advises them of this so that the place can be released.

Liz will be facilitating two further seminars in June:

Dr Liz Curran

Liz was a clinical legal educator/solicitor/ Director of a legal service all based in a community health centre for ten years. She has run a human rights NGO and worked in policy as well as legal practice. She routinely provides professional development to legal practitioners. Liz’s research is around effective legal practice including restorative justice & multi-disciplinary practice where lawyers work collaboratively with non-legal professionals to reach clients unlikely to gain legal help due to barriers. Liz has developed scenarios for students that reflect real life practice and innovations in service delivery with a focus on preparing students for practice in the 21st Century.

She has published research reports (2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017) on outcomes, quality and effectiveness, youth justice and on a ‘Strategic Approaches to Problem Solving’ (March 2013). Liz is ‘expert advisor’ on the Law Council of Australia’s Justice Project. Between 2014 and end 2018, Liz is commissioned to conduct a number of research evaluations of Multi–Disciplinary practice including Health Justice Partnerships (HJP) in Australia and advising in Canada and recently the UK. Visit this page to read her article titled 'How lawyers improve health care'.

Liz is a regular media commentator on human rights and access to justice. Liz is Senior Fellow at Nottingham Trent University and Visiting Scholar (ongoing) University of Portsmouth in the UK.

Visit the following websites to see Liz's publications:


After booking a place, please download the pre-workshop materials from your confirmation email to prepare for the discussions.

Location details


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street


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