Research and Policy Program

The Centre is developing a research program as part of a renewed strategic focus on facilitating research on aspects of pro bono legal services.

The Centre’s Research and Policy Committee is working towards creating a research agenda, developing research partnerships with interested organisations including Australian universities, government, research organisations and the pro bono community, and facilitating research projects.

The purpose of the program is to facilitate the production of substantial research that:

  • advances the understanding of pro bono legal practice in Australia
  • facilitates pro bono legal work that is effective in providing access to justice for disadvantaged people
  • provides an evidence base for advocacy to remove constraints to undertaking pro bono; and,
  • deepens the APBN’s relationships with universities, peak bodies, industry partners and research bodies.

About the Committee

The Committee is currently comprised of:

  • Prof Lesley Hitchens (Dean, UTS Law School and APBC Director)
  • Dominique Hanson (Manager, Law Access WA and APBC Director)
  • Monica Taylor (Director, University of Queensland Pro Bono Centre)
  • Amanda Alford (Director, Policy and Advocacy, National Association of Community Legal Centres)

Sue Hunt, the Centre’s Senior Policy Officer, is the Committee Manager.

More information

A list of draft topics to be canvassed by the Committee can be found here. The Committee welcomes feedback on these topics.

Join and participate in our LinkedIn group.

Contact Sue Hunt to discuss your involvement.