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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


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.

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ICCLAP Deliberating Future Directions Workshop

The Indigenous Cultural Competency in Law: Deliberating Future Directions Workshop was held in September 2017 to bring together legal academics and key stakeholders to develop guiding principles and strategies to promote the embedding of ICC in law curricula. Presentations from leading Indigenous lawyers and legal academics were featured at the workshop to stimulate reflection and discussion. The Workshop Final Participant Report (2017) outlines critical success factors and barriers to incorporating ICC in curriculum, together with guiding principles and priorities for action to incorporate ICC in legal education.

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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