Australasian Law Teachers Association

Promoting Excellence in Legal Academic Teaching and Research

2002 ALTA conference


Law - What is it good for?


29 September to 2 October 2002


It is with great pleasure that the School of Law at Murdoch University welcomes you to the 57th Australian Law Teachers Association Conference.

The conference will be held from Sunday 29th September through to Wednesday 2nd October 2002.

There will be an enormous range of papers presented in the various Interest Groups that will be run over the 3 days of the Conference. Some relate directly to our theme this year: "Law- What is it good for?", although it is fair to say that most do not. That is as it should be. These Conferences are a major part of the process of bringing us together in our community of interest as teachers of law in universities. We are an increasingly diverse community with a great deal of value to say to one another.

As has been the case in past Conferences, this year we have a number of plenary sessions that will provide us with the opportunity to hear presentations from the distinguished guests of the Conference on matters related closely to our theme. That theme was chosen to reflect the fact that 2001/2002 presented us with some very significant challenges. These included the terror attack on September 11, governance breakdowns, the plight of refugees, and the response of government to these phenomena. I would Particularly commend those presentations to you, and encourage you to participate in the debate we are hoping they will stimulate.

This year, we also have two other plenary events, one on a project to involve legal educators and their students in a social justice initiative with international resonances, and the other to discuss the accreditation of legal education. Both of these, on our final Conference day, will, we hope, provide all of us with even more food for thought. The sustenance is not, however, simply intellectual. There is a rich social program that should also serve to strengthen our community of interest that is the best justification for these important annual events for legal educators across our region.

Welcome to Perth!

Ralph Simmonds
2001-02 ALTA President

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