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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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Indigenous Cultural Competency in Law Workshop – 3 July 2019 – Southern Cross University – Gold Coast Campus

ICCLAP hosted a workshop on ICC in law in conjunction with the Australasian Law Academics Association 2019 Conference. The workshop provided an interactive and supportive space for participants to discuss the opportunities and challenges that embedding ICC in law presents, in conversation with experienced practitioners in the field. The workshop was facilitated by Dr Norm Sheehan and Ms Janine Dunleavey, from Gnibi Wandarahn, Southern Cross University. Presenters at the workshop included:

  • Assistant Professor Narelle Bedford, Faculty of Law, Bond University
  • Marcelle Burns, ICCLAP Project Leader, Lecturer, Law School, University of New England
  • Eddie Cubillo, Senior Indigenous Fellow, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne
  • Annette Gainsford, Lecturer, Law and Justice Studies, Indigenous Academic Fellow; Associate Professor Alison Gerard, (former) Director, Centre for Law and Justice; Kim Bailey, Discipline Coordinator (Law); Marcus Smith, Senior Lecturer and Course Director in Law, Centre for Law and Justice, Charles Sturt University.
  • Dr Heron Loban, Senior Lecturer, Law School, Griffith University
  • Associate Professor Simon Young, School of Law and Justice, University of Southern Queensland

Over thirty people, including legal academics and professionals, participated in the lively discussions. A feature of the workshop was the use of connective-art to explore ideas and visualise the ICCLAP goals. The workshop was sponsored by the ICCLAP, University of New England Law School, and Southern Cross University, School of Law and Justice.


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