Australasian Law Reform Agencies Conference (ALRAC) 2020

On 13 and 14 July 2020, the Australian Law Reform Commission will host the Australasian Law Reform Agencies Conference (ALRAC) in Brisbane, Australia.

ALRAC 2020 will bring together people involved in law reform across Australasia and beyond, to explore what is working – and what is not – in the field of law reform today. The Conference will focus on family law and family violence reforms, and also on the processes and administration of law reform agencies. Speakers will include legal experts, experienced government lawyers and leading practitioners.

Call for papers now open.

Funding support applications for residents of Pacific Island countries now open.

Keynote Speaker Announced

The Honourable Lady Wise

Lady WiseThe Honourable Lady Wise (Morag Wise QC) was appointed Judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland in February 2013. She is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland (LLB ( Hons) 1985, LLD 2015)  and McGill University, Montreal, Canada (LLM 1995). She qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and worked for an established Edinburgh law firm, Morton Fraser, from 1989 to 1992, practising in general civil litigation. She called to the Scottish bar in 1993, working as an advocate in civil litigation and specialising in family law. In 2005 she was appointed Queen’s Counsel (QC). She was a member of the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Faculty of Advocates from 2005 and between 2008 and 2013 sat part time as a Temporary Judge in the Court of Session. She was Chair of the Advocates Family Law Association and of the Family Law Arbitration Group Scotland prior to her elevation to the bench.

Between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2018 Lady Wise was a Judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, sitting for 12 weeks per year hearing appeals in Edinburgh and in London. In May 2016 she was appointed for a four year term as a Judicial Member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland, the body charged with making recommendations for judicial appointment. Lady Wise is also one of two specialist Family Court Judges sitting in the Court of Session with exclusive jurisdiction to hear international family cases such as  applications under the Hague Conventions 1980 and 1996. She has been an International Hague Network Judge since 2016.

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