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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 can’t live up to this challenge? In this address, Tamara will reflect on her own legal advocacy ‘failures’ in the areas of homelessness, courts, and corrections. She will consider the role of lawyers, and the law, in social change discussing what can and can’t be achieved through the legal system. In particular, she will highlight the fact that well-meaning law reform efforts can have unintended adverse consequences if we fail to listen to and involve those who have lived experience with the problems we are seeking to solve.

  • Date - Thursday 6 October 2022
  • Time - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Location - Bond University, Building 6, Level 3, Theatre 3 (3_29)
  • Parking - Complimentary parking is available on campus for pre-registered vehicles in PG9 or PG10 carpark.

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

Please register your attendance by 9am Friday, 30 September, 2022.

About the Speaker

Tamara Walsh is a professor of law at The University of Queensland. Her research interest is in the broad field of social welfare law. Her work focuses on the human rights of vulnerable people including children and young people, people experiencing homelessness, people on low incomes and people with disabilities. Tamara runs the UQ Deaths in Custody Project (established in 2016) and the UQ/Caxton Human Rights Project (established in 2020). In 2008, Tamara designed and established the UQ Pro Bono Centre, which facilitates student and staff participation in pro bono legal activities and public interest research. Tamara undertakes pro bono legal practice in child protection, and she teaches human rights law and child and family law.