ANU-NJCA Joint Conference: Therapeutic Jurisprudence

Presented by ANU College of Law

This joint conference brings together members of the judiciary, academics, policymakers and other experts to consider current issues and challenges in the Australian justice system.

The focus of the 2023 conference is therapeutic jurisprudence. The 2023 NJCA-ANU Joint Conference will provide judicial officers, academics, policymakers and other experts the opportunity to discuss and examine mechanisms for introducing therapeutic practices into Australian courtrooms.
Presenters from across Australia will share their experiences and lessons learned from existing therapeutic programs as a foundation for extending, developing and implementing practices in a range of judicial settings.

Day 1 - 25 February 2023
Day 1 will explore the origins of therapeutic justice, the principles that underlie it, and provide practical lessons on its implementation. Day 1 will also examine how therapeutic practices provide an opportunity to address the effects of intergenerational trauma on First Nations peoples.

Day 2 - 26 February 2023
Day 2 will examine opportunities to expand therapeutic jurisprudence into family law and alternative dispute resolution, and how it could be used to support participants in the justice system with a disability. In the closing session, participants will share their experiences in establishing and maintaining therapeutic practices, including the importance of evaluative evidence of their success.

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