International conference: Law & Courts in an Online World

This event has already taken place.

Tuesday 8 November 2016
Wednesday 9 November 2016

An international conference on how exponential technological change presents unique opportunities for reshaping efficient & effective client-centred, accessible justice delivery.

"…might there be entirely new ways of organizing professional work, ways that are more affordable, more accessible, and perhaps more conducive to an increase in quality than the traditional approach?"

– Richard Susskind & Daniel Susskind, The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts (2015) Oxford University Press

This international conference will bring the legal sector together to explore the ways in which disruptive change and emerging business models are reshaping law and legal institutions.

Who should attend

The conference has been designed to take advantage of smart and competitive technologies in the delivery of justice. It provides professional development for the following:

  • practitioners
  • judicial officers
  • court and tribunal administrators
  • public sector agencies
  • community sector lawyers
  • practice managers
  • solo and small firm practitioners
  • anyone making strategic decisions.

Keynote speakers

Keynotes include:

  • Jim McMillan, Principal Technology Consultant from the National Center for State Courts (USA)
  • Judge Dory Reiling, Judge and Court IT expert in online dispute resolution, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Shannon Salter, Chair of the Civil Resolution Tribunal, Vancouver (Canada)
  • Chief Justices, CEOs and CIOs from Australian and international jurisdictions.

Program themes

Some of the themes of the conference include:

  • Law for All  access to justice information and legal services via emerging technologies to deliver client centred solutions
  • Online Dispute Resolution breakthroughs from across the world, opportunities and challenges
  • The Future of Courts and Tribunals  cyber security, big data, business analytics, performance measurement, networked/joined-up technology, video conferencing and beyond, digital evidence, e-filing, devices, records, reporting, IT governance
  • Small Office/Home Office in an Online World (SOHO)  ‘tricks of the trade’ to improve efficiency, productivity, and reduce risk
  • The Future of the Profession disruptive change and emerging business models, implications for legal education and training, new work/new jobs.

Further information

Link to conference website: Law and courts in an online world

Further details are available on the full conference website.

You can also view the conference brochure for offline reading.

Feature sessions

Indicative feature sessions* include:

  • Roundtable on the Year of Digital Inclusion – Implications for Law
  • Distributed courtroom simulation
  • ‘Out of Africa’ – lessons from developing countries leapfrogging industrial infrastructure
  • Global case studies of success and failure
  • E-Discovery / Due Diligence tools
  • International Chief Justices Roundtable – pressing issues for key decision makers
  • Networking for collaborative sharing of ideas, experiences and solutions, at the Conference and beyond
  • Pop-up primers ("digital for dummies") throughout the week.

*All sessions are subject to change or modification

Price & registration

  • Conference 2 days (Early bird / register by 31 August 2016): $605.00 each (GST inclusive)
  • Conference 2 days (after 1 September 2016): $715.00 each (GST inclusive) 
  • Conference 2 days (students / academics / presenters / community legal sector):  $605.00 each (GST inclusive)
  • Conference dinner (8 November): $130.00 each (GST inclusive)

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Key supporters include:

  • BarNet JADE
  • Department of Justice & Regulation Victoria
  • Portable Solutions
  • Victoria Legal Aid
  • Victorian Legal Services Board & Commissioner
  • WorkSafe Victoria

Opportunities for sponsorship

Take advantage of the following opportunities at the conference:

  • Exposure to leading design concepts, technologies and solutions demonstrated to make a difference
  • Privileged networking opportunities with internationally-renowned innovators and thought leaders
  • Unprecedented access to key client groups.

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This event has already taken place.

  • 8 November 2016 9.00am - 5.00pm
  • 9 November 2016 9.00am - 5.00pm.

Pre & post conference events

  • 7 November 2016: Innovation & Design Thinking Workshop for selected savvy thought leaders across the legal sector
  • 10 & 11 November 2016: Masterclasses (offered by our international keynote speakers on IT and courts and online dispute resolution).

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Get in touch

Megan Tucker
Legal Projects Officer
Migration Law office
9919 1271