Australasian Law Teachers Association

Promoting Excellence in Legal Academic Teaching and Research

The Australasian Law Teachers Association (ALTA) is a professional body representing the interests of law teachers, academics and scholars in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.  

Membership is open to teachers of law and law librarians in tertiary institutions in these countries. ALTA's aim is to promote excellence in legal academic teaching and research with particular emphasis on early career academics in the areas of:

  1. Legal research and scholarship;
  2. Curriculum advancement of pedagogical improvements in view of national and international developments, including law reform;
  3. Government policies and practices that relate to legal education and research;
  4. Professional development opportunities for legal academics;
  5. Professional legal education and practices programs. 

ALTA has just under one thousand members across the Asia Pacific offering both individual and institutional membership. Please see our membership categories for further information.

Upcoming events

Sir Zelman Cowen Centre public lecture

On 21 November 2018 the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre will host a public lecture on Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) to be delivered by Shannon Salter, Chair of the Civil Resolution Tribunal in British Columbia, Canada. ODR is of particular interest to the legal sector in Victoria given VCAT is currently piloting the State’s first ODR system.

The public lecture is also part of the ODR: The State of the Art symposium, which has sponsorship from a number of Victorian agencies, including the Department of Justice & Regulation, VCAT, Victorian Legal Services Board & Commissioner and the Transport Accident Commission.

Registrations for the Public Lecture can be made here.

2018 Global Legal Skills Conference (GLS-13)

Hosted by the Melbourne Law School, with ALTA participating in cooperation, the 2018 Global Legal Skills Conference will be held from 9 - 12 December. 


ALTA interest groups

ALTA members have access to over 29 Interest Groups across a range of teaching and research fields. These can be accessed via the Members Area (members need to login to access this). If your area of research is not represented and you are keen to start a new group please contact the Interest Group Coordinator.

Each Interest Group is headed by a Convenor.  Presently we have a  number of Convenor vacancies so if you are interested in getting involved please get in touch. Here's everything you need to know about the Responsibilities of Interest Group Convenors.


Contact us +61 2 6125 4178

ALTA Secretariat hosted by the ANU College of Law

The Australian National University, 5 Fellows Road, Canberra  ACT 2601

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