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In Brief

The Indigenous Cultural Competency for Legal Academics Program (ICCLAP) aims to increase the inclusion of Indigenous cultural competency in legal education. This will improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student outcomes in law as well as developing Indigenous cultural competency in all students. This will lead to better legal service delivery for Indigenous communities in the long term.

ICCLAP is a cross institutional project involving five universities including the University of New England, University of Technology (Sydney), RMIT University, Australian National University, and Queensland University of Technology. The project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

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Dealing with the ‘wicked’ problem of race in the law: using theory as praxis

ICCLAP Project Leader, Marcelle Burns and Associate Professor Jennifer Nielsen (SCU) recently presented for Southern Cross University’s Law and Justice research seminar series on their experience of using theory as practice to challenge the wicked problem of racism in the law classroom. The presenters also reflect on the value of team teaching in this complex and dynamic teaching space and the significance to engaging students in critical learning on race and whiteness for legal institutions and the profession. An audio-visual recording of the seminar is available at



We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.


Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Government Department for Education and Training. The views in this project do not necessary reflect the views of the Australian Government Department for Education and Training.


Marcelle Burns

School of Law, University of New England

Phone: 02 6773 2686

Email: mburns7@une.edu.au or info@icclap.edu.au