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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Restorative justice in forensic mental health settings – report by student Eliza Hew

Historically, people with serious mental illness have not been included in restorative justice practices, with exclusion hinging on the assumption that this population do not have the capacity to meaningfully participate. More recently however, literature suggests that this assumption is unsubstantiated (and discriminatory); there exist significant potential benefits for patients, staff, victims and the broader community.

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Victoria introduces spent convictions bill to parliament

CIJ's Stan Winford talks with The Wire's Steven Riggall about Victoria's new Spent Convictions Bill

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Open Circle internship – my experience

This piece is written by Juris Doctor & Masters of Social Work student, Eliza Hew, about her experience undertaking an online internship at CIJ's Open Circle.

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Systemic Reform

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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SupportingJustice.net wins Gold in the Good Design Awards ‘Social Impact’ category!

This week we’re excited to confirm that the SupportingJustice.net online resource has been recognised with an Australian Good Design Gold Award in the social impact category.  

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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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The CIJ’s Student Program and adapting to COVID19

For Semester 2, the CIJ has been working closely with our community legal centre partners LACW, Young Workers Centre and Youthlaw to offer ten online internship opportunities to RMIT Juris Doctor students.

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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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As part of the ongoing work around Adolescent Violence in the Home, CIJ's Elena Campbell has partnered with the Centre for Family Research & Evaluation @DrummondStreet to develop an Issues Paper examining this issue during COVID-19 lockdowns https://t.co/2BUhGPArfr
ICYMI: watch the insightful #RaiseTheAge panel discussion with @BuchananLiana, @NeritaWaight, Anoushka Jeronimus & hosted by @HullsRob here https://t.co/AWxXyUWkCP
Registrations for this webinar close at 3.30pm today so get in quick if you haven't done so already! https://t.co/viDQLWJyvD

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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