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Dr Liz Curran

BA/LLB (Monash); Masters in Law (Uni of Melbourne); RSA (Oxon); Grad. Dip. Teaching (ACU); Doctorate (La Trobe Uni), Cert Conflict Resolution (Conferencing and Mediation) (La Trobe Uni)
Senior Lecturer, ANU School of Legal Practice (GDLP). Associate Director PEARL Centre. Convenes & teaches 'Becoming a Practitioner' intensives; Ethics, GDLP Mentoring and 'Ready for Practice'.. Senior Fellow, Nottingham Trent University
ANU College of Law
T: Melbourne based

Areas of expertise

  • Law 1801
  • Access To Justice 180102
  • Human Rights Law 180114
  • Law And Society 180119
  • Legal Institutions (Incl. Courts And Justice Systems) 180120
  • Legal Practice, Lawyering And The Legal Profession 180121
  • Public Health And Health Services 1117

Research interests

Measuring Effectiveness and Quality Services (legal assistance services and non-legal community services)

Access to Justice

Multi-disciplinary Practice

Health and Justice Partnership Evaluation and Impact

Effective Legal Practice

Youth Justice

Human Rights (domestic with specific interest in people with vulnerability or experiencing disadvantage)

Clinical Legal Education

Community Legal Education (community development approach)

Ethics and Legal Professionalism

Rule of Law, Participatory Democracy and Good Governance

Legal and Policy Reform

Social Justice for Vulnerable and People Experiencing Disadvantage

Family Violence Project Evaluation

Restorative Justice

 

Biography

Senior Lecturer in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the ANU School of Legal Practice of the ANU College of Law and a solicitor. 

Assoc. Director of the International Centre for the Profession, Education and Regulation in Law Centre (PEARL) https://pearl.law.anu.edu.au/ leads its 'Access to Justice' research cluster.

Appointed Senior Fellow, Nottingham Trent University (2017-2022).

Former Director of the West Heidlberg Community Legal Service in Victoria; Lecturer at La Trobe University superviser clinical legal education program; Executive Director human rights organisation for four years. Worked in community legal centres, in private practice, for a humanitarian organisation and for legal aid. Her current research: evaluation of legal services, Health Justice Partnerships, domestic human rights and access to justice.

Seconded by ANU to the Consumer Action Law Centre (CALC) in Melbourne. This keeps her up to date with legal practice and the intersection between practice, research and education.

Published reports and journal articles on access to justice, human rights, quality legal service, legal professionalism, ethics and clinical legal education. Liz has also been involved in many successful law reform initiatives. Teaches legal ethics, ready for practice and consumer protection law. Mentor for practitioners in Adaptive Leadership Training, ANU College of Law's Law Reform and Social Justice Advisory. She has a Certificate in Conflict Resolution Conferencing and Mediation from La Trobe University.

Held positions: Victorian Council of Legal Education, the Committee, Liberty Victoria and Ministerial Advisory on Youth Justice, past Co-Convever of the Federation of Community Legal Centre’s Human Rights Working Group. Doctoral thesis  - comparative analysis of what makes a good youth justice system.

Member, Australasian Society of Evaluators

Member, Victorian Restorative Justice Association

Awards

Australian Centenary Medal in 2004 for ‘legal services to community and lecturing’, National Carrick Australian Award for University Teaching, Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2006 and same for LTU.

 

Researcher's projects

Liz has recently been appointed 'expert adviser' to the Law Council of Australia's 'Justice Project'. The Law Council of Australia is undertaking a comprehensive national review into the impediments to justice in Australia, focussing on those facing significant social and economic disadvantage in community. The work will culminate in a Final Report at the end of November 2017 following a literature review and consultation process.

Liz is the Leader of the 'Access to Justice Stream of the ANU Profession, Education and Regulation in Law Stream (PEARL). Also Assoc. Director. https://pearl.law.anu.edu.au/content/cluster/access-justice.

Some articles below available publically- See https://digitalcollections.anu.edu.au/advanced-search?query=Dr+Liz+Curran&sort_by=score&order=desc&rpp=10&etal=0&start=0

and on SSRN  http://ssrn.com/author=2030109 and Google Scholar https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=U8danSwAAAAJ&hl=en&cstart=20&pagesize=20

For people who seek to use Dr Curran’s work.

Dr Liz Curran’s Background Intellectual Property (including approaches, tools, questions and methodologies) emerge not only from her academic research, her practice experience, personal journey and teaching experience. They also emerge from the people over many years who have collaborated and shared their experiences with Dr Curran based on relationships of trust and courage. This input shapes the journey Dr Curran is on of improving service delivery, human rights and access to justice. It forms part of the lineage and authenticity of her work, that goes back in time and experiences others have shared and her own teachers in life and practice. For this reason, Dr Curran asks that people using her work (which she has shared with not-for profit agencies, policy makers and on SSRN) is acknowledged as a mark of respect, as an honouring of her work over many decades and the contributions of those to it who have trusted her to share their insights. This acknowledgement also ensures the authenticity of those who seek to use her work as a basis for their own.  

Some 2017 publications just out:

Chapter - ‘Enabling Marginalised Voices to Be Heard: The Challenge to LawReform Bodies’, New Directions for Law in Australia:Essays in Contemporary Law Reform, edited by Ron Levy, Molly O’Brien,Simon Rice, Pauline Ridge and Margaret Thornton, published 2017 by ANU Press, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, Chapter 48, 517 -  527. dx.doi.org/10.22459/NDLA.09.2017.4

Articles:

  1. ‘Multi-disciplinary Practice Health Justice Partnerships–Working ethically to ensure reach to the most in need’, 26 Nottingham Law Journal (2017) 11 -36.
  2.  ‘Lawyer Secondary Consultations: improving access to justice and human rights: reaching clients otherwise excluded through professional support in a multi-disciplinary practice’ 8(1) Journal of Social Inclusion (2017) https://josi.journals.griffith.edu.au/index.php/inclusion/article/view/81
  3. ‘Reflecting on community development practice: Working with communities for effective change by enabling access to justice’ with P Taylor Barnett and A Vernon, 19 (1) Flinders Law Journal, (July, 2017).
  4. ‘The Partnership between Health and Law to Ensure Human Rights’ (Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog, (OxHRH) 28 November 2016) http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/the-partnership-between-health-and-law-to-ensure-human-rights
  1. 'Freedom of Speech or Enabling a Right to Insult? The Australian Debate over Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975’ (OxHRH, 16 May 2017) http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/freedom-of-speech-or-enabling-a-right-to-insult-the-australian-debate-over-section-18c-of-the-racial-discrimination-act-1975.
  2. ‘Government Response to the Productivity Commission Ignores Substance and Significance of the Problems of Access to Justice in Australia’ International Legal Aid Group, 31 October, 2016 http://internationallegalaidgroup.org/index.php/papers-publications/articles/19-government-response-to-productivity-commission-ignores-substance-and-significance-of-the-problems-for-access-to-justice-in-australia (4,392 hits as at 24 May, 2017)

Liz has been commisioned on behalf of ANU to provide the following research evaluations:

September 2017 – 2019

Evaluation for The Consumer Action Law Centre ‘Responding Effectively to Family Violence Dimensions of Debt and Credit through Secondary Consultations & Training with Community Workers.’ 

2015 - 2018

Research Evaluation for Upper Murray Care (auspicing the Hume Riverina Community Legal Centre), 'Invisible Hurdles - better outcomes for young people experiencing family violence'  - multi-disciplinary practice (with Pamela Taylor-Barnett, ANU).

2014 - 2016

Research Evaluation of the Health Justice Partnership in Bendigo a joint project of ARC Justice and Bendigo Community Health Service for ARC Justice.

Final Research and Evaluation Report, 2016 (forthcoming end of year)

July 2014- end May 2015

Research Evaluation of the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre Family Violence Project (Report published May 2015) for ARC Justice Ltd.

2015 -ongoing

Grant Assessor for the Legal Services Board Victoria

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External Consultancies:

2016 - 2019

Adviser (pro bono) Portsmouth University, UK on a trial student multi-disciplinary practice student clinic research & evaluation

2014 - 2017

 Advising the Legal Services Board Victoria on Consistent Benchmarking for Health Justice Partnership evaluation for LSB Funded Projects

2015 - 2016

Advice on the Aboriginal Health Justice Partnership Evaluation for the Redfern Community Legal Service's Indigenous Legal Clinic at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney (pro bono) 

2015- Ongoing

Advising Law Clinics, Ontario, Canada on Health Justice Partnership Start-ups

December 2015- December 2019

Adviser (consultancy) Evaluation of Legal Secondary Consultation Project. (Halton Community Legal Services & Community Advocacy and Legal Centre, Ontario, Canada)

mid 2013 - current

Adviser (pro bono) Belle Ville Community Advocacy & Legal Centre, Ontario, Canada

2015

Adviser (pro bono) on their evaluation Evaluation of the Community West's Mortgage Wellbeing Service withdrew December 2015.

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Reports Authored by Dr Curran

Draft Working Paper for a Research and Evaluation Report for the Bendigo Health–Justice Partnership: A Partnership between ARC Justice Ltd and Bendigo Community Health Services (December 20, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2887846 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2887846

L Curran, T Willcox & Jillian Williams, 'Evaluating Consumer Action's Worker Advice Service', June 2016. 

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2835377

S Ball, C Wong (Victorian Legal Service Board (LSB)) & L Curran , Facilitator and Adviser for Health Justice Partnerships for LSB, 'Health Justice Partnerships Development Report', 2016 http://www.lsbc.vic.gov.au/documents/Report-Health_Justice_Partnership_Development-2016.PDF

L Curran, ‘Encouraging Good Practice in Measuring Effectiveness in the Legal Service Sector’, May 2013 http://www.naclc.org.au/resources/final_version_measurementreport_gb_lc_reformatted_sf_21.5.13_1.pdf

or http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2395031

http://consumeraction.org.au/report-encouraging-good-practice-in-measuring-effectiveness-in-the-legal-service-sector/

 L Curran,’Solving Legal Problems: A strategic approach’, March, 2013 http://consumeraction.org.au/new-report-solving-problems-a-strategic-approach/

or http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2297705

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Liz has been referred to and cited heavily with some recommendations adopted in recent reports on access to justice and human rights including but not limited to:

Victorian Government Department of Justice, Access to Justice Review, Report August 2016, cited with approval by the Inquiry. See details below.

 https://myviews.justice.vic.gov.au/application/files/1914/7554/7818/Access_to_Justice_Review_-_Report_and_recommendations_Volume_2.PDF

Curran Cited Vol 2 at 372 and 422

https://myviews.justice.vic.gov.au/application/files/2414/7554/7522/Access_to_Justice_Review_-_Report_and_recommendations_Volume_1.PDF

 (Curran Cited Vol 1, Curran on pages 70, 180, 169, 165, 155)

The Final Report of the  Government Review of the Human Rights Charter in Victoria (September 2015 -17 Times). 

https://myviews.justice.vic.gov.au/2015-review-of-the-charter-of-human-rights

The Productiviy Commission Full  Final Report (Vol 1 & 2) on Access to Justice Arrangements (September 2014 - at least 30 times)

http://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/completed/access-justice/report

The Allen Consulting Review for the Commonwealth Attorney Ceneral's Department (July 2014 - at least seven times in each of the draft, interim and final reports)

http://www.acilallen.com.au/projects/23/justice/126/review-of-the-national-partnership-agreement-on-legal-assistance-services/

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Other Reports:

‘I Can See Now there’s Light at the End of the Tunnel’ Legal Aid ACT: Demonstrating and Ensuring Quality Service to Clients, Legal Aid ACT, 2012. (Undertaken through Dr Curran's Consultancy)

Making the Legal System More Responsive to Community: A Report on the Impact of Victorian Community Legal Centre Law Reform Initiatives. Research and Report (2007) funded by the Reichstein Foundation. ISBN 978 – 0-646-47603-2

Ensuring Justice and Enhancing Justice: A Report on Improving Legal Aid Service Delivery to Reach Vulnerable and Disadvantaged People. Research and report funded partly by the Victorian Law Foundation (2007) ISBN 978-1-86446-585-3

Literature Review for the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department in February 2012 to inform a Review of the National Partnership of Legal Assistance Services. These services include Legal Aid Commissions, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, Family Violence and Prevention Services and Community Legal Centres. This Literature Review was made available by the Department on its web site.(Undertaken through Dr Curran's Consultancy).

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Limited licenses of Background IP including instruments of measurement and questions (subject to attribution) to:

Refugee Law

Mortgage Wellbeing Service

Therapeutic Justice Program, Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre

Legal Services Board

Redfern Legal Service and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Halton Community Legal Services, Ontario, Canada

Portsmouth University Schools of Law and Nursing

Community Advocacy and Legal Centre, Canada

WELMA Centre, initiation of a pilot clinical legal education project in a cancer ward, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen

Women’s Legal Service Victoria

Recent International and National Conferences:

With Ryder, Isobel and Strevens SFHEA, Caroline, 'An Interdisciplinary Student Clinic at University of Portsmouth (UoP): Future Practitioners Working Collaboratively to Improve Health and Wellbeing of Clients' International Journal of Clinical legal Education ad European Clinical legal Educatio Network Conference, (Presentation Slides) (July 5, 2017) available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2997597

Seminar Thursday 10 November 2016 ‘Reaching those most in need and those currently excluded from legal help: Health Justice Partnerships’ and Workshop Friday 11 November 2016 ‘Measuring Impact and evaluation – how and why? and some tips’, 10 – 11 November 2016 Law Centres UK National Conference http://www.lawcentres.org.uk/training-and-events/year:2016/month:10/event:challenging-injustice-rebalancing-the-scales-lcn-national-conference-and-agm-2016

Seminar by visiting scholar Liz Curran ‘Improving access to justice through multi-disciplinary practices': Health Justice Partnerships’ Date: Tuesday 22 November 2016 Time: 5 pm – 7 pm. Location: Lecture Theatre 8, Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, NG1 4BU

http://www4.ntu.ac.uk/apps/events/15/home.aspx/event/189681/default/seminar_by_visiting_scholar_liz_curran

Key Note Speaker Nottingham Law Centre Annual General Meeting, 28 November 2016- ‘Challenges world-wide for Access to Justice for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in times of austerity’

2016 Completed

“Realizing the Right to Health for the Most Disadvantaged– Health Justice Partnerships ", Seminar/workshop for the Oxford Human Rights Hub, Law Faculty, Oxford University, 1 November 2016.

‘Realizing the right to health and access to justice for the most disadvantaged – Health Justice Partnerships,’ A seminar for Copenhagen University (Law Faculty and WELMA (Centre for Legal Studies in Welfare and Market) 14 October, 2016, Copenhagen

‘Access to Justice, Effective and Impact Lawyering and Health Justice Partnerships,’ Presentation organised by the Legal Action Group Policy Advisory Group. Monday 19th September 2016 at 5.30 in the National Pro Bono Centre, Chancery Lane, London, UK

International Lessons on Health Justice Partnerships: their applicability for pro bono partners and managers,’ Panel Presentation, ‘Ukademy’ (‘UKademy’ is the UK Collaborative Plan for Pro Bono, with planning support from the Association of Pro Bono Counsel. Includes lawyers and managers employed by law firms who coordinate law firm pro bono programmes across the UK) Wednesday 14 September 2016 at Shearman and Sterling, Spitalfields, London UK.

‘Health Justice Partnerships (HJP): Working ethically to reach those in most need of legal and medical support & to improve outcomes – research evidence,’ Seminar for City, University of London (Law School) 13 September, 2016, London, UK (event streamed: https://www.city.ac.uk/law/research/centre-for-the-study-of-legal-professional-practice/events/_recache)

‘Health Justice Partnerships (HJP) Research, Evaluations and Findings, and ‘how to,’ Presentation for the Legal Education Foundation UK & Allen & Overy, 12 September 2016, London, UK.

‘Health Justice Partnerships Research & Start-up Suggestions,’ Presentation to the China EU High Level Legal Aid Policy Dialogue Meeting, Beijing, 1-2 September, 2016, In absencia, kindly delivered by Simon Rice, ANU.

‘Health Justice Partnership - Multi-Disciplinary Practices Research Evidencing Working Ethically to Ensure Reach to Those in Most Need & Improve Outcomes,’ Conference Paper, 14 July 2016, International Legal Ethics Conference (ILEC) VII, Stein Centre, Fordham University, NYC, USA.

‘Increasing access to justice – exploring a new lawyering paradigm through clinical education and reflective practice,’ Symposia International Journal of Clinical Legal Education & Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education Conference, University of Toronto (with Michele Leering, Queen’s University, Canada; Chris Casey and Professor Mary Anne Noone; La Trobe University, Australia).

‘Health Justice Partnership Research, Start-Up Support and Evaluation Workshop’ Community, Advocacy and Legal Centre, Belleville, Ontario, Canada, 7 July 2016

Health Justice Partnership Research, Start-Up Support and Evaluation Workshop,’ for Halton Community Legal Services Centre Canada, 6 July 2016.

Justice and Health and Systemic Reforms for Better Health Outcomes, Workshop for Justice Health Networks, 80 Bond Street, Toronto, Canada, 5 July 2016

'Law Reform: Practical effective, inclusive processes and approaches that lead to responsive, connected policy by enabling voices to be heard.' National Law Reform Conference April 2016, Australian National University and University of Canberra, ANU, Canberra, April 2016.

2015

The Under-rated Value of Secondary Consultations in reaching clients with vulnerability or experiencing Disadvantage, National Conference of Community Legal Centres Conference, Melbourne 28 August 2015

'Holistic approaches to reaching and assisting clients experiencing vulnerability or disadvantage - Health Justice Partnerships in Australia and beyond – with a focus on the emerging value of secondary consultations’ International Legal Aid Group Conference in Edinburgh June 2015

'Access to Justice – Making it come alive and a reality for students and practitioner/teachers' Centre for Legal Education Trent University Nottingham UK, June 2015

2014

 Evaluating Advocacy Health Alliances- the Challenges’, Growing Health Justice Partnerships Forum in the NSW, Department of Premier and Cabinet, 30 September 2014

 ‘CLCs Having an Impact on Lives -Strategic Approaches to Problem Solving’,National Conference of Community Legal Centres Alice Springs, Friday 15 August 2014 

With Vivienne Holmes, ‘Developing Students’ Capacity to Cope with Ethical Dilemmas in Legal Practice Through Teaching ‘Giving Voice to Values’ Techniques’, International Legal Ethics Conference, London, 10-12 July 2014

 Building capacity to cope with ethical dilemmas in legal practice through teaching ‘giving voice to values’ , Panel , International Legal Ethics Conference, London, 10-12 July 2014

2013

With A Crockett, 'A Practical model for Demonstrating and ensuring quality legal aid service: A Case study in Applied Research', International Legal Aid Group, The Hague, June 2013 http://www.ilagnet.org/jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/filemanager/files/The_Hague_2013/Session_Papers/Session_3_-_Liz_Curran_and_Andrew_Crockett.pdf

With T Foley, 'Ensuring and Assessing Quality in Clinic- An exploration of two quality measures- a good client interview and quality community legal education, International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference and the 12th Australian Clinical Legal Education Conference, Brisbane, July, 2013.

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Policy Submissions:

Submission Oral and Written to the Department of Justice ‘Access to Justice Review, 29 January 2016

Submission to the Government Review of the Charter of Rights and Responsibilities, May 2015

Submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence, May 2015

Oral submission Submission April 2014 to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Access to Justice Frameworks in Australia. Recorded in Hansard.

Submissions Response to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Access to Justice Frameworks in Australia Draft t Report, February 2014.

Submissions Part B, November, 2013 and Part B, November 2013 to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Access to Justice Frameworks in Australia.

Submissions Part A, October 2013 and Part B, November 2013 to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Access to Justice Frameworks in Australia.

Submission, Senate Committe Inquiry Into Justice Reinvestment, 2013.

 'Submission on Youth Justice System, Department of Justice Legal Workshop, ANU College of Law to the Victorian Government', 2012.

Other Consultancies

2013

 Family Violence and Prevention Programs, 2012-2013, Effective Change

2011 and 2012

 Advising the Commonwealth Government Attorney General’s Department on Legal Assistance Service Quality and Outcomes

 Demonstrating and Ensuring Quality Service to Clients Evaluation, Legal Aid ACT

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Publications

Projects and Grants

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