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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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Council of Australian Law Deans: Statement on Australian Law’s Systemic Discrimination and Structural Bias Against First Nations Peoples

On 3 December 2020, the Council of Australian Law Deans issued a statement on systemic discrimination and structural bias against First Nations Peoples. This statement is a positive affirmation of the role that law schools can play in contributing to addressing institutional racism through their core activities of teaching, research and service. The statement is available at

https://cald.asn.au/blog/2020/12/03/cald-statement-on-australian-laws-systemic-discrimination-and-structural-bias-against-first-nations-peoples/

New Australian Law Schools Standards include Indigenous perspectives as part of the knowledge required for a law degree.

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The Australian Law School Standards, developed by the Council of Australian Law Deans, have recently been updated to include new areas of knowledge required for law degrees. In 2020 this includes a statement that curriculum will ‘develop knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives on and the intersections with the law.’

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

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.

FUNDING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

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.

CONTACT

Marcelle Burns

School of Law, University of New England

Phone: 02 6773 2686

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