True Justice through deep listening on Country: Decolonising legal education in Australia

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Abstract

This article examines the impact of True Justice, a unique continuing legal education programme introduced in 2022 to increase cultural competency in legal practitioners. The programme achieves its purpose via the incorporation of First Nations principles and pedagogies, taking participants beyond the university classroom to learn deep listening on Country. The feedback from participants in the programme in April and May 2022 reveals the powerful experiences that are possible when the university classroom is abandoned in favour of place-based, trauma-informed learning. Incorporating not only First Nations perspectives but also pedagogies is particularly important in the legal profession, where, if these are ignored, practitioners and educators risk reproducing colonial models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)892-901
Number of pages10
JournalAlterNative
Volume19
Issue number4
Early online date23 Nov 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

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