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The Legal Intersections Research Research Centre (LIRC)
LIRC is known for its leading edge interdisciplinary research in law, social sciences and the humanities. Approaching research from an interdisciplinary perspective involves breaking down the boundaries of traditional disciplines, particularly that of law, in the interests of producing fresh insights and knowledges. Our methodologies assume that knowledge about the law is inseparable from a range of sometimes competing or conflicting discourses such as philosophy, religion, history, feminism and critical theory, art, theatre, media, cultural studies, sociology, government and politics.
Two key aspects of our research are social justice and public interest litigation, often with an emphasis on law's relationship with vulnerability and pluralism. Social justice projects seek to transform the law and redress social injustices, with real world impacts such as improved protection for women survivors of domestic violence, measures to reduce economic inequality, legal reform to recognise indigenous knowledges and fairer treatment for asylum seekers, consistent with international human rights norms. Public interest litigation refers to litigation intended to benefit the public interest, usually by contributing to systemic legal and societal change in areas where the law is not serving the interests of justice.
The Legal Intersections Research Centre is organised around six themes:
- Regulation of speech and communication
- Democracy, constitutions and human rights
- Law and popular cultures
- Crime and society
- The construction and regulation of subjects
- Comparative Asian law
Ninety years after D. H. Lawrence published Kangaroo, a novel exploring Australian fringe politics after the First World War, renowned interdisciplinary law expert, Professor Desmond Manderson, recently visited Thirroul where the famed English writer penned the novel.
School of Law Senior Lecturer, Dr Julia Quilter, has been making incisive contributions to the current debate about “one punch laws”, drawing on her academic and professional practice experience. Read The Conversation.
REPUTATION BUILDING ON THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE
If reputation building is all about building international collaborations and profiles, as well as having one's promising early career researchers achieving attention on the international stage, LIRC is certainly making its presence felt.
ABC Local Radio, 22 Feb 2013 - 'Oscar Pistorius Case - Advantages & Disadvantages of having cameras in our Courts' featuring Associate Professor Marett Leiboff
Audio courtesy of ABC Local Radio
ABC Radio National -
'Campbell Newman's Defunding of the Queensland Murri Courts'
ABC Radio National -
'Women Lawyers in the Bush' featuring Trish Mundy.
Alessandro Pelizzon Interview