True Justice through deep listening on Country: decolonising legal education in Australia

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Bird, Susan, Rawnsley, John Trevor and Radavoi, Ciprian. 2023. "True Justice through deep listening on Country: decolonising legal education in Australia." AlterNative: an international journal of indigenous peoples. 19 (4), pp. 892-901. https://doi.org/10.1177/11771801231198566
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True Justice through deep listening on Country: decolonising legal education in Australia

ERA Journal ID40493
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsBird, Susan, Rawnsley, John Trevor and Radavoi, Ciprian
Journal TitleAlterNative: an international journal of indigenous peoples
Journal Citation19 (4), pp. 892-901
Number of Pages10
Year2023
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1177-1801
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/11771801231198566
Web Address (URL)https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/11771801231198566
Abstract

This article examines the impact of True Justice, a unique continuing legal education programme introduced in 2022 to increase cultural competency in legal practitioners. The programme achieves its purpose via the incorporation of First Nations principles and pedagogies, taking participants beyond the university classroom to learn deep listening on Country. The feedback from participants in the programme in April and May 2022 reveals the powerful experiences that are possible when the university classroom is abandoned in favour of place-based, trauma-informed learning. Incorporating not only First Nations perspectives but also pedagogies is particularly important in the legal profession, where, if these are ignored, practitioners and educators risk reproducing colonial models.

Keywordstrue justice; legal education; decolonisation; indigenous law; Australia
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020450518. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the law
480409. Legal education
Byline AffiliationsCharles Darwin University
Northern Territory Government
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