Research and Policy Program

The Centre conducts a research program on aspects of pro bono legal services.

The Centre’s Research and Policy Committee oversees a research agenda and is seeking to develop research partnerships with interested organisations including Australian universities, government, research organisations and the pro bono community.

The purpose of the research 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 Centre’s relationships with universities, peak bodies, industry partners and research bodies.

In October 2018, the Centre conducted a research roundtable where key professionals with expertise in either research methodologies, social impact, legal assistance service delivery or pro bono legal practice, were invited to join the Centre to help shape a national research agenda for pro bono legal services. A report of this Roundtable is available for download here.

About the Committee

The Committee is currently comprised of:

  • Prof Lesley Hitchens (Dean, UTS Law School and APBC Director)
  • Dr Justine Rogers, (Senior Lecturer, UNSW Law; Convenor, Lawyers, Ethics & Justice;
    Chief Investigator, ARC Linkage Grant on Professionalism and Regulation and APBC Director)
  • Monica Taylor/Francesca Bartlett (Director, University of Queensland Pro Bono Centre)
  • Amanda Alford (Director, Policy and Advocacy, National Association of Community Legal Centres)

More information

A topics list, which includes broad areas of research and examples of specific research topics, can be found here.

The list is a living document and the Centre welcomes feedback on potential research topics.

Join and participate in our LinkedIn group. Please contact info@probonocentre.org.au to discuss further.