Better Law for a Better World: New Approaches to Law Practice and Education

I: The case for change – a need for innovation in the law, teaching and practiceContext and recent researchAdversarial approaches, problems and a need to do law differentlyRationale for new approaches to law and the teaching of lawEmpowerment modelsThe vexed issue of legal empowerment: the literature examinedA human rights approach to empowerment?Legal empowerment modelsClient empowerment: a role for lawyersCommunity empowerment: a role for lawyersNon-legal professional supporter empowermentEmpowerment to participate in policy and systemic reformConclusionClient-centred approachesBackground to client-centred approachesLinking lawyer duties with conduct rules and client-centred practiceWhat is client-centred practice?Why centrality of client care is critical for underpinning law and ethical practiceClient-care centrality in a legal professional practice contextContinuous learning, development and improvementConclusionMultidisciplinary practiceBackground to multidisciplinary practiceExamples of multidisciplinary practice (non-HJPs) in AustraliaHealth-justice partnershipsNote of caution for services starting up multidisciplinary practiceConclusionRestorative practiceWhat is restorative practice?Restorative practice and responsiveness to communityThe restorative practice processPractice-informed theoretical frameworkApplications of restorative practice in the civil law areaInternational conflictDoing court differentlyConclusionInterdisciplinary student clinics and joint learning opportunitiesBackground to interdisciplinary student clinics and joint learning opportunitiesChallenges for universities working across disciplinesBenefits for universities working across disciplinesII: Practical skills for new approaches to lawyeringEffective communication and problem-solving skillsCollaborationCollaboration and teamwork skills in higher education and professional developmentRubric to assist in identifying collaboration skillsCommunity development and professional developmentPolicy research, submission writing and advocacy for changeInterdisciplinary learning in higher educationIII: The ethics of reflective practice and evaluationReflective practiceThe importance of evaluationIV: ResourcesAppendix 1: – Checklists and tipsAppendix 2: – Author publicationsAppendix 4: – Relevant legal principles and inquiries
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