The 2017 Annual Law Futures Centre Conference
24-25 November 2017, Ship Inn Function Centre, Southbank, Brisbane
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Aim and themes
The major aim of this Conference is to bring together all interested stakeholders – industry, government, Indigenous organisations, the legal profession, non-governmental organisations and the academe – to consider the legal and policy framework for Northern Australia’s ecological future.
The conference themes will address four strategic areas for creating an effective legal and policy framework to secure a rich and robust northern ecological future: 1) governance; 2) regulation; 3) values in development; and 4) knowledge bases for policy and decision-making. Each theme will serve as a platform for a round table discussion, followed by a thirty minute open discussion. Each round table will be led by a well-known moderator, with participation by 5 discussants. Below we list confirmed participants, with others to be advised.
These four themes form the basis of the Northern Australian Law Futures (NALF) Research Program. For background on the themes and involvement in the NALF Network visit: https://www.lawfutures.org/northern-australia-law-futures-network
Confirmed Moderators and Discussants
Roundtable 1: Governance
Broad question: How to move from fragmented governance towards integrated governance that is capable of addressing the cumulative social, cultural, economic and environmental aspects of northern land, sea and resource use?
Moderator: Professor Allan Dale, Professor of Tropical Regional Development, the Cairns Institute, James Cook University (Qld)
- (Industry) Mr Grant Maudsley, President, Agforce Queensland (Qld)
- (Government) Mr MarkCoffey, Head, Office of Northern Australia (NT)
- (Government) Dr Cathy Robinson, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO (Qld)
Roundtable 2: Regulation
Broad question: How to move from compartmentalised regulation towards legal tools that have capacity to regulate the cumulative effects of a wide range of ecological, cultural, social and economic impacts on terrestrial, marine and freshwater environments?
Moderator: Ms Clare Martin, Chair, Territory Natural Resource Management (NT)
- (Legal profession) Mr Jeremy Fisher, Principal, Kingfisher Law (NSW)
Roundtable 3: Values in Development
Broad question: How to move from a development model based on the economic priorities associated with apparent southern models of development towards political and legal frameworks that are capable of embracing diverse values derived from the north’s unique ecological (and related social and cultural) characteristics?
Moderator: Ms Sheriden Morris, Chair, Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (Qld)
- (Indigenous) Ms Kelly Gardner, Land & Sea Regional Coordinator, Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (Qld)
- (Legal profession) Mr David Morris, Principal Lawyer, EDO NT and Charles Darwin University (NT)
- (Academe) Professor Ruth Wallace, Director of Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University (NT)
- (NGO) Dr Kate Andrews, Consultant and EO NRM Regions Australia (Qld)
- (Academe) Dr Jane Addison, College of Business, Law and Governance, James Cook University (Qld)
Roundtable 4: Knowledge Bases for Policy and Decision-making
Broad question: How to move from narrow scientific knowledge bases underlying environmental regulation towards an approach to decision-making required by environmental law that is capable of being informed by, and captures, a diverse range of knowledge bases including scientific and Indigenous world-views?
- (Academe) Associate Professor Sue Jackson, Principal Research Fellow, Australian Rivers Institute (Vic)
- (Industry) Dr Christine Lauchlan Arrowsmith, Group Manager/Principal Engineer, Water Technology (Vic)