ACJI events

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

Upcoming Events

Call for Abstracts: Monash Courts and Tribunals Research Roundtable 

The Australian Centre for Justice Innovation at Monash University is pleased to host the Monash Courts and Tribunal Research Roundtable on 18 September. The Roundtable will focus on empirical civil justice research on courts and tribunals, and will be held at Monash University Law Chambers in the Melbourne CBD.

Topics of interest may include (but are not limited to):

  • examining civil justice activity in courts and tribunals
  • evaluating law reforms or innovations in case management, and
  • research methods, techniques and challenges in court and tribunal settings.

The roundtable will be an opportunity for researchers and policy makers in this field to share insights, practices and findings in connection with empirical civil justice research in court and tribunal settings. Works in progress are appropriate.  Early career and PhD researchers are particularly welcome, and bursaries to fund attendance will be offered to up to three early-career or PhD participants.

Abstract submission

Please send the title of your presentation and a short abstract (up to 250 words) by 21 July to

You can view the PDF version of the Call for Abstracts here.

Responding to the litigant in person challenge: Where to from here?

Presented by Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin and Justice Kevin Bell AM

The Australian Centre for Justice Innovation is delighted to host a public lecture about future directions for policy and practice regarding self-represented litigants. 

The rise of self-represented litigants has been recognised as a phenomenon across the common law world. The last decade has seen increasing attention given to the issue by policy makers, researchers, lawyers and the judiciary. This discussion will consider the evidence base and responses developed to date and ask, "where should we go from here"? This question will be considered in terms of future directions for research, policy, and practice, with particular reference to Justice Bell’s decision in Matsoukatidou v Yarra Ranges Council [2017] VSC 61.

Date: Tuesday 19 September 2017
Time: 5:30-7pm
Venue: Monash Law Chambers,
555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Registrations for this event will open in August.

Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin About Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin

Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of the Legal Issues Centre, University of Otago New Zealand. Bridgette studied law and political studies at the University of Auckland and has an LLM from Harvard Law School, where she studied as a Frank Knox Fellow. She has worked as an intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, a High Court Judges' Clerk, as a human rights lawyer at Cambodian Defenders Project in Phnom Pehn and as a civil litigation in New Zealand and Australia. In 2015 she completed her PhD examining litigation in person in the New Zealand civil courts. Bridgette’s research has an empirical focus, investigating access to justice, the legal profession, judging, dispute resolution and civil procedure.

Judge Bell

About Justice Kevin Bell AM

Justice Kevin Bell AM has been a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria since2005.  Before that, his Honour was a barrister for twenty years, eight as Queens Counsel.  He has delivered many leading judgments in the human rights field and the duty of courts towards self-represented persons, including Matsoukatidou v Yarra Ranges Council [2017] VSC 61 (28 February 2017), which examines the subject from the point of view of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic).  In the Australia Day Honours List, Justice Bell was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the law and the judiciary, human rights and native title, and the community.

Recent Events...

Careers in Legal Tech and Entrepreneurship

Digital disruption is coming for the legal profession.
Will you lose your job to a robot? How will you adapt to the changing legal landscape?

The rise of technology and artificial intelligence presents unique challenges for future lawyers. It also provides opportunities for making the justice system more accessible and user-friendly.

ACJI collaborated with the Monash Law Students' Society on 10 May 2017 to bring students a panel discussion about how thinking innovatively can shape their future career. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from legal innovators and entrepreneurs on how they’ve harnessed technology to solve legal problems.


  • Eloise Burge - Litigation Lawyer turned User Experience Designer at Portable.
  • Kate Ashmor - Founder of Melbourne-based ‘digital’ law firm, Ashmor Legal.
  • Alex Lia - Founder of legal services business, Lexicon Law, and current Arts/Law student.

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 YorkView video

Jurisdictions 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.His Honor Justice Alex M. Calabrese

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.

Recorded 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.

Cost: $55.00

Purchase enquiries:

Purchase includes:

  • The full webinar recordingProf Adrian Evans
  • The presentation slide deck

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.

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Executive and Continuing Education

What's On!


Title Dates CPD*  
International Entertainment Law
An Alumni & Friends Masterclass
22, 23, 26 & 27 June 2017
9.00am - 4.30pm

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Commercial Equity
An Alumni & Friends Masterclass
3, 4, 10 & 11 July 2017,9.00am - 4.30pm24

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Animal Law, Regulation and Policy
An Alumni & Friends Masterclass
Wednesdays 5, 12, 19 & 26 July 2017, 9.00am - 4.30pm24

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Regulatory Methods
An Alumni & Friends Masterclass
6, 7, 10, 11, 12 July
9.00am - 4.30pm

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Australian Legal System
An Alumni & Friends Masterclass
12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 July (Revision)
9.30am - 4.30pm
& 9.30am -12.30pm on 21 July
Arbitration of International Commercial Disputes
An Alumni & Friends Masterclass 
24, 25, July & 14, 15 August
9.00am - 4.30pm

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The "Expert" Expert Witness2 August
9.30am - 5.00pm 

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Commercial Alternative Dispute Resolution
An Alumni & Friends Masterclass
10, 17, 24, 31 August
9.00am - 4.30pm

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Australians Detained Abroad
An Alumni & Friends Masterclass
17, 18, 21, 22 August
9.00am - 4.30pm 
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Managing High Conflict People in Legal Disputes
3 day workshop 
6, 7, 8 September  
8.30am - 5.00pm

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Managing High Conflict in Family Law
1 day workshop 
11 September, 9.00am - 4.30pm 6

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Mediating High Conflict People
Live Webcast Only
Practical 1 day workshop

Including an in-house seat in Live Webcast!

12 September,
9.30am - 11am
9.00am - 4.30pm


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Private Investment Law
An Alumni & Friends Masterclass 
12, 13, 16, 17 October 9.00am - 4.30pm24click to register
Advanced Mediation Skills Part A 3-day Workshop

19 - 21 October, 8:30am - 6.00pm


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Advanced Mediation Skills Part B + NMAS evaluation 3-day Workshop16 -18 November, 8.30am - 6.00pm  18

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Confidentiality vs Professional Duties: Legal Ethics and Climate Change

Webinar Recording 1 Email us to purchase now.

*Please check with your member scheme to confirm how many CPD units you can accrue.

Single Unit Enrolments

Did you know that Single units are an alternative to completing an entire postgraduate degree? These are open to graduates of any discipline who wish to gain an understanding of a particular area of law or build on existing legal knowledge.  It is another way to fulfil Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

Single units are taken outside an award course.   More information about the units available can be found on our Postgraduate Single Units page.

Exclusive for Alumni and Friends of Monash Law

Our valued Alumni and their friends have an exciting opportunity to take part in selected Masters electives for professional development without the onerous requirements of a full student enrolment and at a fraction of the cost. This is a dual delivery mode where Alumni & Friends registrants and Monash students share their classroom experience.
(No further discounts will apply.)

Discounts & Other information

10% discount off full rate applies to Group Bookings (3 or more) or Monash Alumni. This offer excludes Alumni & Friends of Monash Law offerings.

More Information
Contact Nina Massara or call 03 99038528.

Registrations will close one week prior for each event.