The Second International Conference on Non-Adversarial Justice: Integrating Theory and Practice…

Announcement and Call for Papers

6-8 April 2017

Parkroyal Darling Harbour Hotel

150 Day Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA) is pleased to present the Second International Conference on Non-Adversarial Justice: Integrating Theory and Practice to be held from 6-8 April 2017 at the Parkroyal Darling Harbour Hotel, Sydney, Australia.

The emergence of non-adversarial justice in common law systems is arguably one of the most significant developments in legal systems internationally in the past thirty years.

There have been a wide-range of innovations driven by different theoretical perspectives under the broad umbrella of non-adversarial justice and these continue to evolve and grow.

Many of the different aspects of non-adversarial justice have reached a level of maturity now and have become embedded in justice systems around the world.

At the same time, many who are engaged with non-adversarial justice in one way or another are reflecting on the various practices on a deeper, more critical level and thinking about the future use of the concepts and principles.

Building on the successful inaugural Non-Adversarial Justice Conference hosted by the AIJA and Monash University Faculty of Law in Melbourne in 2010, the second conference aims:

  • To promote discussion and consolidate knowledge about non-adversarial justice practices operating in justice systems today.
  • To promote dialogue between courts and tribunals and the social sciences in relation non-adversarial justice practices.
  • To consider the theoretical and practical challenges facing courts in utilising non-adversarial justice practices and programs including ensuring theory is reflected in the practice of non-adversarial justice and vice versa.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Professor David Wexler, Distinguished Research Professor of Law, Rogers College of Law, Professor of Law & Director, International Network on Therapeutic Jurisprudence, University of Puerto Rico
  • Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg, Monash University, Australia
  • Dr Michael King, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, Australia

More keynote speakers will be updated to the list as they are confirmed.

Topics relevant to the Conference have been identified and are to be found overleaf.

A special edition of the Journal of Judicial Administration containing peer-reviewed conference papers will be published after the conference. Please indicate whether you wish to submit your paper for consideration for inclusion in the special edition.

Closing date for abstracts is 24 October 2016

Link here for the conference website including the submission of abstracts.

Inquiries regarding the conference and the Call for Papers can be sent to:


Concepts of Non-Adversarial Justice

Therapeutic Jurisprudence

Restorative Justice

Procedural Justice

Community Justice

Appropriate or Alternative Dispute Resolution (including mediation, negotiation, expert appraisal, judge led mediation, conciliation and arbitration)

Conflict resolution

Dispute prevention or Preventative Law

Collaborative Law

Creative Problem Solving

Holistic Law

Solution-Focused Courts (also known as Problem Solving Courts or Problem Oriented Courts)

  • Drug courts
  • Mental health courts
  • Community courts
  • Family violence courts
  • Driving whilst intoxicated courts

Interdisciplinary collaboration in the legal context

Diversion and Intervention Programs

Non-adversarial justice and vulnerable groups

Non-adversarial justice and CALD groups

Non-adversarial justice and Indigenous justice issues

Managerial Justice: Non-adversarial and Judicial Control

  • Fact finding and issue identification
  • Court management of expert evidence
  • Case management

Administrative Decision-making/tribunals

  • Inquisitorial/administrative approaches
  • Coroners courts
  • Royal commissions/inquiries

Civil/European Legal Approaches

Truth and reconciliation Commissions

Apology and Forgiveness

Implications of non-adversarial justice for:

  • Judicial officers
  • Court administrators
  • The legal profession
  • Victims of crime
  • Litigants
  • Support services
  • Correctional agencies
  • Legal education

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