The Centre for Innovative Justice researches, advocates and applies innovative ways to improve the justice system with a particular focus on therapeutic jurisprudence, restorative justice and non-adversarial dispute resolution.

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To achieve racial justice, we must self-determine meaningfully

The global spread of the Black Lives Matter movement, triggered by the murder of George Floyd, has forced the Australian mainstream to reckon with the immense scale of Indigenous incarceration and deaths in custody and has created new momentum for change.

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Human rights under lockdown

The past week has seen Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews taking, what he calls, "extraordinary steps" to enforce at-home restrictions to try and contain the coronavirus, especially for people living in high rise public housing towers. But how far can governments go in a public health emergency before impeding on a person's individual rights and freedoms? And does access to those rights depend on where someone lives?

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Review of Age of Criminal Responsibility

The CIJ recently made a submission to the Council of Attorneys-General as part of their review of the age of criminal responsibility in Australia.

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Intersections of gambling and offending

The intersection of gambling and offending: what integrated financial counselling and legal practice can achieve


A conversation with the Restorative Justice Council

In this podcast episode, Open Circle’s Anna Howard speaks with representative of the UK’s Restorative Justice Council, Jim Simon (CEO), Becky Beard (Trustee) and Rebecca Rushton. Their conversation explores the evolution of restorative justice in the UK, from criminal justice settings to forensic mental health settings, prisons and schools, the RJC’s role in setting RJ practice standards and how RJ might help communities rebuild and recover from Covid-19 related harms.

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Life as a social work student experiencing placement during COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19 restrictions, the six social work students at the Mental Health Legal Centre, Law and Advocacy Centre for Women and YouthLaw have since experienced the most unconventional placement within community legal centres to date.

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COVID-19 and incarcerated women: a call to action in two parts – Part Two

In this two-part series, we draw on our work with partner agencies and people with experiences of imprisonment to argue for women to be prioritised for bail or early release from Victorian jails. This is in advance of a broader CIJ Discussion Paper regarding the imperative for decarceration of women, to be released towards the middle of the year. In the second of this two-part discussion, the CIJ explores the impact on women of measures to manage viral infection in Victoria’s prisons.

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Court Innovation during COVID-19 Crisis

Often out of adversity comes opportunity. COVID-19 is disrupting all aspects of our lives at the moment and will continue to do so for months.

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UK moves to reduce waiting period for spent convictions, removing barriers to employment and rewarding rehabilitation. https://t.co/cP6ECUpKT5
The PIPA webinar is now available to view here https://t.co/mBB7nogtd3 https://t.co/LUfmGqZMBk
ICYMI: the webinar of the launch of the Seven Years of Elder Abuse Data in Victoria report followed by a panel discussion is now available here. @SeniorsRights @NAgeingRI https://t.co/vjgP22TBaV https://t.co/GlBNRhRFQw
Human rights charter guides pandemic response: A-G - Law Institute of Victoria @RMITLaw @AnthonyForsyt10 @bgnaylor https://t.co/eUbMjNMCBs

Talking Innovative Justice podcast

Talking Innovative Justice is a resource for law students, hosted by Rob Hulls and featuring interviews with leading industry figures, panel discussions and recordings of CIJ events.

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CIJ Interview Series

The law can take your career in unexpected and fascinating directions. Our video interview series introduces to our students some of the inspiring people working in the law.

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