Putting justice into practice for National Law Week

Tuesday, 15 May 2018


To mark National Law Week, the University of Newcastle in partnership with The Lock Up will bring together artists, writers, lawyers, academics, students, families of victims, and those interested in areas of social justice for an Art & Law Symposium presented in conjunction with the justiceINjustice exhibition.

The Art & Law: Putting Justice into Practice Symposium will feature panels and facilitated conversations exploring themes of injustice, marginalisation, and personal and professional experience. The event is made possible through the support of Merridy Elphick Lawyers, the University of Newcastle Law School, Sydney Institute of Criminology and Women Lawyers Association of NSW.

In the two part symposium, the first session will include a University of Newcastle Legal Centre panel discussion exploring how student experience informs professional practice, followed by insights into art, crime and interdisciplinary research from Dr Rebecca Scott Bray & Dr Carolyn McKay of Sydney Institute of Criminology.

University of Newcastle’s Head of School and Dean, Professor Tania Sourdin, said the University was proud to be collaborating with the arts and law community to offer insights around putting justice into practice to mark National Law Week from 14th-20th May.

“The public Symposium offers a unique opportunity to learn about how creative responses can offer new perspectives and understandings in relation to justice and law.

“The second session will discuss the justiceINjustice project, delving into the artist, creative producer and curator perspectives to give a holistic insight into the relationship between law and art.”

justiceINjustice is a collaborative exhibition, open for public viewing until May 20, featuring seven contemporary Australian artists and three lawyers to illuminate high-profile public cases that underlie issues of injustice and marginalisation.

Tickets to the Art & Law Symposium on May 18 at The Lock Up – 90 Hunter Street, Newcastle can be purchased for each session via Eventbrite. For more information go to www.thelockup.org.au/whats-on/artandlaw.