The Final Report for the Indigenous Cultural Competency for Legal Academics Program is now available, following release by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. The report provides an overview of ICCLAP including the project's aims and objectives, research process, key activities and a review of the literature on ICC in law. It also sets out ICCLAP's guiding principles for embedding ICC in law and suggested content for curriculum, together with the project's final recommendations and independent evaluation.
The evaluation of the project was overwhelmingly positive, finding that key stakeholders say the project as 'highly necessary' and if anything more time was needed to engage with the topic and with other people involved in this work. Importantly the evaluators found that:
A positive outcome not explicitly intended was the cathartic and liberating sharing of experiences, articulation of frustration, and in some cases, grievances, regarding the invisibility and marginalisation of Indigenous laws and values in legal education. This proved to be therapeutic for many participants.The Project Team hopes that this report will provide valuable information for people already engaged in embedding ICC in law, and also for those wanting to promote ICC in legal education and practice. The final report is available on this link.
One of the key objectives of the ICCLAP project is to promote the incorporation of Indigenous cultural competency (ICC) in legal education. In order to establish a baseline by which to measure the impact of the project, a desktop survey of law schools was conducted in 2016. However the Project Team found that the relevant information was not always publicly available and therefore it was not possible to determine the extent to which ICC had been included in law curricula. Therefore the Project Team resolved to undertake a survey of law schools in 2017, to fills the gaps in our existing knowledge. The survey was distributed to law schools through members of the Council of Australian Law Deans.
The survey had a high response rate with 20 out of 39 of law schools completing the online survey form. Law schools were asked to report on the inclusion of ICC in core and elective units, institutional support for embedding ICC and the numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students in their school. The key findings of the surveyRead more
We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land and waters. We pay our respects to elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge that these have always been places of knowledge, teaching and learning.
Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Government Department for Education and Training. The views expressed by this project do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Department for Education and Training.