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ACJI hosts a variety of public lectures, seminars, events and executive and continuing education featuring experts from Australia and overseas.

Public Events

Community Courts: Producing Better Results Internationally Using
Procedural Justice, Therapeutic and Problem-Solving Principles

Speaker: Hon Alex M Calabrese, Presiding Judge, Red Hook Community Justice Center, New York

JHis Honor Justice Alex M. Calabreseurisdictions across the world are establishing community courts to build trust between court, police and community, to reduce crime, recidivism and incarceration while saving millions of dollars. In this presentation Judge Calabrese will discuss the principles used by community courts to produce better results for courts, communities, police, victims and offenders.

The problem-solving approach has received international and national attention, attracting high level government officials, Chief Justices and a steady stream of visitors. Community courts based on the Red Hook and Neighbourhood Justice Centre models have opened across the United States and around the world as the community court movement expands. Red Hook and Neighbourhood Justice Centre are seen as models for the successful application of procedural justice and fairness principles and therapeutic resolutions.

Date: 8 March 2017

Time: 5.15pm (Registration & Refreshments), 5.45 - 6.45pm (Seminar)

Venue: Monash Law City Campus, 555 Lonsdale St, Melbourneclick to register

Cost: Free

RSVP: Before 2 March 2017

Hon Alex M Calabrese, Presiding Judge
Alex M. Calabrese is an Acting Supreme Court Justice of the State of New York and the Presiding Judge of the Red Hook Community Justice Center, the most comprehensive community court in the United States. As the only Justice that presides over this court, with Criminal, Family and Housing Court jurisdiction, Judge Calabrese is able to administer justice by offering an array of sanctions and services, including drug and mental health treatment, youth services, education and training programs and peacemaking.

Judge Calabrese advises and presents nationally and internationally on community justice, problem-solving courts and procedural justice/fairness principles. He is an Adjunct Professor at the New York University Graduate School of Social Work and he co-authored a treatise entitled “Criminal Law and Practice” which is published and revised annually by the New York State Bar Association.

The Red Hook Community Justice Center has received the 2006 Problem-Solver Award from the American Bar Association, the 2008 NCJA Outstanding Program Award, the 2013 Robin Hood Heroes Award and the 2014 CEI Education Award.

Live Webinar:

Legal Ethics and Climate Change
Confidentiality vs Professional Duties

Is there an emerging duty on lawyers to protect shareholder value by blowing whistles about their clients' activities?

Legal ethics has traditionally valued client confidentiality above all other professional duties, but confidentiality generally is disintegrating and the underlying loyalties of lawyers are increasingly important.

Where are the legal implications for stakeholders, including lawyers, when client confidentiality is at odds with shareholder interest?

This webinar will explore these and related issues, including the notion of excessive adversarialism, lawyers' honesty and their connections to the Australian Solicitors' Conduct Rules.

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Date: 21 March 2017

Time: 2.00 - 3.00pm

Venue: Online Delivery

Cost: $55.00

Can't make the date?

All participants are sent a post webinar email including:

  • The full webinar recordingProf Adrian Evans
  • The presentation slide deck
  • Additional resources and presenter feedback

Presented by Prof Adrian Evans
Adrian Evans has taught, practised law and consulted in a clinical legal education context for thirty five years at LaTrobe and Monash Universities, Australia.  He has published in relation to quality clinical-traditional links in law teaching, client attitudes to lawyers, the values of legal practitioners, monitoring and controlling lawyer corruption and the ethical environment in which lawyer’s fidelity compensation is addressed locally and internationally.

He is currently exploring the emerging links between legal ethics and climate defence. His latest book is The Good Lawyer, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 2014.


Independent Medical Examinations, Sick Leave and Return to Work: international perspectives

This seminar held on 29 November 2016, our visiting researcher Associate Professor Silje Maeland presented recent research comparing sick leave decisions by GPs, insurance physicians and occupational physicians in several different countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, The Netherlands). She also introduced work  currently underway in Norway evaluating the impact of independent medical examinations on return to work, using an unusual RCT design.

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About Associate Professor Silje Maeland

Associate Professor Silje Maeland (Bergen University College, Norway) is a physiotherapist by background with an interest in GPs' experiences and attitudes in relation to sickness absence. In her doctoral work, she investigated the diagnoses GPs in Scandinavia apply to patients with severe subjective  health complaints and the key factors shaping sick leave decisions. Maeland and her colleagues have used a video vignette method to explore cross-national differences in sickness absence assessment. More information is available on her Research Gate profile HERE

Mediation: Saving Your Small Business
A Panel Discussion

Monash Law School's Australian Centre for Justice Innovation (ACJI) partnered with Monash Business School to host a panel discussion with leading experts: Professor Anne Lytle, (Monash Business School), Ms Anne Sutherland-Kelly, (ACJI/Monash Law School) and special guest from the Office of the Victorian Small Business Commissioner, Mr Lou Vatousios and Ms Anna McRae-Anderson. The event held on 15 November 2016 was chaired by ACJI's Dr Paula Gerber, Co-Director.

Professor Anne-Louise LytleMs Anne Sutherland-KellyMs Anna McRae-AndersonLou VatousiosDr Paula Gerber

Lean more about the panellists

Disputes for small businesses can be costly, stressful and time consuming. Mediation can be the 'life saver' because:

  • It enables parties to focus on what is important to them
  • It can retain and even enhance business relationships
  • The parties are the decision makers and retain control of the outcome
  • The process is faster, less costly, and more flexible compared to litigation

Learn from these dynamic experts how mediation can save your small business.

Webcast: Mediation and High Conflict People

Proudly presented by Monash University Australian Centre for Justice Innovation and featuring Bill Eddy LCSW Esq, President of the High Conflict Institute in California, this complimentary webcast explores mediation in high conflict disputes.

Hear about ‘New Ways for Mediation’, a new, highly-structured method developed by Bill Eddy in his professional family mediation practice. It is specifically designed for mediating high-conflict disputes by guiding the parties in using simple self-management skills to their maximum ability.

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Bonus: Don't forget to click on the "Resources" tab to access the slide deck, the Q&A transcript for unanswered questions, and your bonus article by Bill, "New Ways for Mediation".

Mr Bill Eddy

Bill Eddy LSCW Esq.

Bill Eddy is a professional family mediator, family lawyer and family counsellor. He is also the President of the High Conflict Institute based in San Diego, which provides training for professionals in managing high-conflict disputes in mediation, legal disputes, workplace, healthcare and educational  disputes. He is the author of several books (including So, What’s Your Proposal? Shifting High-Conflict People from Blaming to Problem Solving in 30 Seconds), free articles and training videos in the New Ways for Mediation method.

“Think of the stories of Steve Jobs, a high conflict individual who was well managed."
Bill Eddy

SmartCompany catches up with Bill ahead of the ‘It’s All Your Fault at Work!’ workshop at Monash Law School. Read more

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Executive and Continuing Education





Workshop:  Advanced Mediation Skills including NMAS evaluation

Part A: (3 days) 8.30am - 6.00pm
9-11 February 2017
18-21 October 2017

Part B: (3 days) 8.30am - 6.00pm
Choose from:
16-18 March 2017,
30 March-1 April 2017
16-18 November 2017
23-25 November 2017



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Workshop:  Managing High Conflict Personalities6 - 8 September 2017, 8.30am - 5.00pm18Registrations Opening S

*Please inquire with your state CPD scheme to ascertain how many CPD units you can accrue for attending any of these offerings.

Registrations close one week prior for each event.

Discounts & Other information

10% discount applies to Group Bookings (3 or more) or Monash Alumni.

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