The Research Network connects the justice, community and academic sectors to enable knowledge sharing and encourage collaboration among those working on legal research and evaluation related to access to justice issues.
We do this by holding events throughout the year showcasing exciting international and domestic access to justice and legal need developments. Learn about these developments and meet and connect with colleagues working in this space.
Who can join?
The Research Network is relevant to those working on access to justice related research and evaluation.
Do you have research or projects you’d like to present on? Get in touch.
Previous Research Network events
Real Life Research in Partnership
Understanding civil law needs of older people and building research capacity in community legal centres.
This presentation from Barwon Community Legal Service (BCLS) and Deakin University’s Criminology program, will share findings from the Knowledge Building Project, a Victoria Law Foundation funded project, which developed a partnership model to explore the civil law needs of older people in the Barwon region.
Migrant and Refugee Women in Australia: The Safety and Security Study
Migrant and Refugee Women in Australia: The Safety and Security Study will explore the survey design and implementation, as a national first focused on migrant and refugee women's self-report data on domestic and family violence as well as experiences of crime, trust in/attitudes towards institutions including police, and broader financial security.
This discussion revolves around the impetus for the survey, the challenges and benefits of undertaking a survey such as this and the ways in which ongoing research, and research partnerships to lead such work, are important.
Identifying and responding to need
Putting people at the centre of service design and provision is central to practical access to justice . To design responsive and appropriate services, organisations must understand the needs of the community.
So how does an organisation identify and respond to needs?
Legal Services from Nonlawyers (Human and Digital)
Regulatory changes, research discoveries, and technological developments are changing the way law is practiced and legal services are delivered. These changes open up opportunities to deliver legal services and access to justice for ordinary people in new ways and to people and communities historically excluded.
In this session Professor Sandefur discussed some of these developments, and reviewed some of the evidence about what could work.
The cost and value of access to justice - and access to justice 2.0
Unmet legal need is a challenge the world over, and Professor Farrow’s recent book ‘The Justice Crisis’ explores several key topical issues, and what is and isn’t working.
In the context of the growing international access to justice crisis, Professor Farrow discussed recent research on the cost and value of access to justice, which he argued is important for moving forward with an ‘access to justice 2.0’ agenda.
Integrated paths to justice in times of financial crisis
Financial and legal problems are fundamentally interrelated. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these issues and brought this relationship into stark relief.
This session explored how we can effectively meet these interrelated needs, and how legal and financial assistance can be integrated to improve client outcomes.
Triage and client centred services – what can we learn from practice?
Around the world, demand for publicly funded legal assistance services outstrips supply. We must make difficult decisions about who and what to prioritise, and how might we move towards a more democratic and rational approach. This session explored critical issues in resource allocation and service design.