- Land and Environment Court of NSW Seminar: Cultural Landscapes. The term “cultural landscape” is a familiar one in heritage practice. However, it is interpreted in many ways, and on many scales of magnitude and can be an inexact and difficult concept. Cultural landscapes reflect and demonstrate layers of human activity, and inevitably evolve and change through time. Specific places with heritage value all exist within a cultural landscape, are part of it, and inevitably affect and are affected by the fate of the cultural landscape itself. The key features, extent and significance of particular cultural landscapes can be the subject of considerable debate and uncertainty. Yet the definition, assessment and conservation methodology of cultural landscapes is a vital part of heritage conservation practice. Professor Sharon Sullivan AO, through a series of examples, will address these issues, and cover elements such as such as definitions of and types of cultural landscape, the assessment of their significance, and factors needing consideration in decisions about their conservation.
- Children’s Court of NSW; NJCA: Family Violence Training. The National Judicial College has designed, specifically for judicial officers, a program on Family Violence in court. This one day program will cover the National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book usage, family violence incidence in Australia, community views and perceptions of family violence, behaviour and dynamics, control of the courtroom, communicating from the bench and judicial self-care.
- Ngara Yura Program Seminar: The Uluru Statement – First Nations Voice towards
achieving sovereignty. The Ngara Yura Program aims to increase awareness among judicial officers about contemporary Aboriginal society, customs and traditions, and their effect on Aboriginal people in the justice system. Seminars focus on a wide range of issues relating to Aboriginal people and their intersection with the law.
- Land and Environment Court of NSW Seminar: Climate Change Litigation
As one of the developed countries feeling the earliest effects of climate change, Australia has been at the forefront of litigation over limiting greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to impacts. Australia has seen more climate-related cases than any
jurisdiction in the world other than the United States, and has led the world in cases addressing adaptation concerns. To date, most cases in Australia have focused on local and state-based land use and environment questions, either regarding coal-fired
power plants or community development choices. The existence of specialized environmental courts and planning tribunals at State level has encouraged the litigation’s more local focus; unlike the United States, Australia lacks a comprehensive
environmental statutory regime at the federal level with strong third party enforcement provisions However, as innovative forms of litigation emerge around the world, such as the Dutch Urgenda case and Pakistani adaptation case, questions arise over how Australian climate change litigation might develop in the future. What lessons can it learn from other jurisdictions? What forms might a “next generation” of climate litigation take? This seminar will focus on addressing those issues, considering pathways for the future based on Australia’s past approaches and legal system and comparisons with other jurisdictional approaches.
- Local Court of NSW Magistrates’ Orientation Program: This five-day residential program assists recently-appointed magistrates with their transition to judicial office, with a focus on knowledge and fundamental judicial skills about court craft, decision-making, sentencing, judicial administration and judicial conduct.