The Future of Australian Legal Education Conference took place in August 2017 in Sydney and was proudly co-hosted by The Australian Law Journal and the Australian Academy of Law. Opened by the Chief Justice of the Federal Court, the Hon James Allsop AO, the conference was a collaborative event to celebrate the 90th anniversary of The Australian Law Journal and the 10th anniversary of the Australian Academy of Law, and marked 30 years since the release of the Pearce Report on Australian Law Schools. The conference provided a national forum for the entire legal profession to come together and discuss formally the future of legal education.
The keynote speaker at The Future of Australian Legal Education Conference was world-renowned philosopher, distinguished author and law professor, Professor Martha C. Nussbaum. Professor Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago Law School. She is also appointed to the Philosophy Department at the University of Chicago and an associate in the Classics Department, the Divinity School and the Political Science department.
In part 3 of this extended Australian Law Journal (ALJ) 4-part video series, Professor Martha Nussbaum continues speaking to General Editor, the Hon Justice François Kunc, and Assistant General Editor, Dr Ruth Higgins SC, about her forthcoming book, The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis (Simon & Schuster, 2018). Professor Nussbaum also touches on the theme of her keynote address at the Future of Australian Legal Education Conference – the importance of the humanities and why lawyers need a broad social education. This includes a look at the interdisciplinary approach of Professor Ernst Freund, the political scientist and social critic who founded the University of Chicago Law School.
Check out part 3 of the extended video series below. Also, don’t miss parts 1, 2 and 4.