ALTA 2011

Brisbane Square Art
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I attended the Australian Law Teachers Association ALTA2011 Conference at the Stamford Plaza Hotel, Brisbane, Australian from 3-6 June 2011.

You can access a copy of my presentation here.

I am writing commentary on the sessions that I attended, together with the abstracts supplied by the presenters. Not all presenters supplied full papers at the conference and I did not attend all sessions. I should emphasise that these posts are my opinions with errors and omissions excepted. If I have erred in my interpretation of what was said in a session please do let me know via the comments dialogue.

The substantive plenary and sessional presentations commenced on Monday 4 July with a welcome to country followed by the official conference opening by Professor Peter Coaldrake AO Vice Chancellor, Queensland University of Technology.

Professor Coaldrake spoke on the challenges to higher education overseas and in Australia and the importance of measuring quality in legal education in Australia. He said it is important that the community get value for its investment in legal education and standards are a part of this. Professor Coaldrake also observed that the academic workforce is aging and in need of regeneration, and that there are funding and investment challenges ahead.

I will progressively upload further commentary on the plenary and sessional presentations I attended  via the ‘ALTA2011’ menu bar at the top of the page.

Keynote Speech by Chief Justice Robert French AC High Court of Australia