The Role of Law Schools in the Promotion of Human Rights

7 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2010

Date Written: January 10, 2009


One of the IALS conference topics is, ‘educating our students for what?’

Not too long ago, the answer in Australia would have been relatively easy. We were educating our students for legal practice in the local jurisdiction. Let me comment briefly on both of those components – legal practice and the local jurisdiction – the latter first.

As US lawyers will readily understand, educating lawyers for practice in the local jurisdiction in a federal system, as you have here and we have in Australia, necessarily entailed a serious lack of national mobility for lawyers. But, in the last decade in particular, our system in Australia has been transformed by moving effectively to a national legal profession. Admission to practice in any one jurisdiction now carries with it the right to admission to practice in any other jurisdiction.

Suggested Citation

Coper, Michael, The Role of Law Schools in the Promotion of Human Rights (January 10, 2009). ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 10-34, Available at SSRN: or

Michael Coper (Contact Author)

ANU College of Law ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200

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