Public lecture: can we fix it? Law, lawyers and social change


Can we fix it? Law, lawyers and social change

Presented by Professor Tamara Walsh

Social justice advocates often look to the law to solve complex social problems. But what if the law is not up to this challenge? In this keynote, Tamara will reflect on her own legal advocacy “failures” in the areas of homelessness, courts and corrections. She will examine the role of lawyers and the law in social change by discussing what can and cannot be achieved through the legal system. In particular, she will highlight the fact that well-intentioned law reform efforts can have unintended negative consequences if we do not listen to and involve those who have lived experience of the issues we seek to address.

  • Date – Thursday, October 6, 2022
  • Time – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Location – Bond University, Building 6, Level 3, Theater 3 (3_29)
  • Car park – Free parking is available on campus for pre-registered vehicles in parking lot PG9 or PG10.

This is a free event open to the general public. Staff, students and members of the community are welcome. The conference will be followed by a reception at the University Club.

Please register by 9 a.m. on Friday, September 30, 2022.

About the speaker

Tamara Walsh is a law professor at the University of Queensland. His research interests focus on the broad area of ​​social protection law. Her work focuses on the human rights of vulnerable people, including children and young people, homeless people, low-income people and people with disabilities. Tamara directs the UQ Deaths in Custody Project (created in 2016) and the UQ/Caxton Human Rights Project (created in 2020). In 2008, Tamara designed and established the UQ Pro Bono Center, which facilitates student and staff engagement in pro bono legal activities and public interest research. Tamara engages in pro bono legal practice in the area of ​​child protection and teaches human rights law and child and family law.


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