Law Reform & Legal Services

About the Hub

The goals of NENA’s Legal Hub are to:

  • Support the development of legal expertise and legal services that can support people in the new economy, by:
    • enabling legal practitioners, legal students and members of NENA to meet via the internet or in person, to discuss legal and governance issues
    • research and understand barriers to the provision of appropriate legal services for people and organisations in the new economy
  • Build the capacity of NENA to develop law reform proposals as/when appropriate and coordinate the development of effective law reform proposals by NENA as a whole
  • Work with other NENA Hubs to share ideas, collaborate and develop initiatives that support the New Economy
  • Provide input into network-wide strategies for building NENA and building the New Economy in Australia

Hub coordinators: Lyb Makin and Michelle Maloney – email: nena@neweconomy.org.au

Hub members include: Lyb Makin, Michelle Maloney, Bronwen Morgan, Alan Greig, Ann Apps, Carolyn Suggate, Antony McMullen, Sidsel Grimstad

Current Projects

  • Developing a series of events for 2020 that will bring legal practitioners together to explore ways to provide peer-to-peer support and mentor students and young lawyers, to work in the community lawyering/new economy sector
  • Developing a number of webinars that will bring legal practitioners and non-legal members of NENA together for discussions about key issues in the new economy
  • Working to provide input into the NENA Strategy Documents

Resources

Opportunities - Law Reform

Australian Law Reform Commission - community consultation

The Australian Law Reform Commission is asking: where next for law reform in Australia? What areas of law should be the subject of an ALRC Inquiry?
All NENA members are encouraged to participate in the ALRC's community consultation process.

The ALRC has initiated a national conversation about priorities for law reform over the next three to five years. The ALRC will consider all suggestions and then submit to the Commonwealth Attorney-General a proposed programme of law reform projects for consideration. To stimulate discussion, they have outlined some potential law reform topics on their website, including a specific paper contemplating potential reform of the Australian Constitution. For more information, see: https://www.alrc.gov.au/inquiries/where-next-law-reform.

The ALRC is keen to hear from as many people as possible. You can tell them your views by completing their online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/lawreformpriorities (until 30th June) or attending a public seminar. As at 12 June, seminars are planned for Sydney on 29th May, Canberra on 12th June, Melbourne on 18th June and Brisbane on 20th June – the Melbourne seminar will be live streamed. Details will be added to the ALRC website as they are confirmed.

For more information - https://www.alrc.gov.au/inquiries/where-next-law-reform

Any queries about the project can be sent to the ALRC directly: reformpriorities@alrc.gov.au