Annual Information Statement 2019

Legal Name
Australian Academy of Law

About the charity

Charity size
Is the charity an incorporated association?
Does the charity intend to fundraise in the next reporting period?
Basic Religious Charity

Activities and Beneficiaries

Did the charity operate in the 2019 reporting period?
Main activity
Other education
Description of charity's activities and outcomes
Public lectures and similar events
Throughout its existence the Academy has sponsored public lectures, seminars, and debates. The Academy has a current policy of holding at least one major public event in each capital city each year, as well as the "Patron's Address".

Patron’s Address
The 2018 seventh Patron’s Address – Back to the future? How local history, customs and traditions are still shaping or legal orders, was given by the Rt Honourable Dame Sian Elias, GNZM, then the Chief Justice of New Zealand, in Melbourne.

Other events
The following is a selection of the Academy’s other public events that were held in 2018-2019.
• 9 May 2019 – Roundtable – How government should best get its legal advice, Canberra - The Hon Mary Finn, former Judge, Family Court of Australia, Ian Govey AM, former Australian Government Solicitor, Russell Miller AM, former Chair, Minter Ellison
• 2 April 2019 – A day in the life of a Federal Court Judge, Canberra – Justice Alan Robertson, Canberra.
• 25 March 2019 – The Hayne Royal Commission: Implications for Lawyers, Sydney – panel debate.
• 15 January 2019 – A tale of two ships – the Tampa and the Afghan, the Hon Justice Stephen Gageler AC, Adelaide
• 29 November 2018 -Islands and their entitlements, Professor Donald Rothwell, Henry Burmester AO QC, Canberra
• 20 October 2018 'Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Are we Asking Too Much of the International Criminal Court?' Professor Tim McCormack, Canberra
• 4 October 2018 - Litigation Funding: Access and Ethics, the Hon Justice Sarah Derrington, President of the Australian Law Reform Commission, Brisbane.
• 17 September 2018 – ‘Austin Asche Oration’, given by Robert French – Free speech and the law on campus, Parliament House, Darwin.
• 26 July 2018 – Overcoming financial barriers to justice, a debate chaired by Dr Warren Mundy, former Productivity Commissioner.

Public events generally attract between 50 and 200 people, including judges, academics, lawyers, student and members of the public.

Book Launch
28 November 2018, The Future of Australian Legal Education, by Professor David Barker, Sydney

Annual Essay Prize
Beginning in 2015 the Academy has offered an annual essay prize of $10,000. The prize in 2018 was won by Ashleigh Mills for her essay Rights and freedoms under the Australian Constitution: what are they and do they meet the needs of the contemporary Australian society?
The prize is open to anyone, wherever resident, who is studying or has studied legal subjects at a tertiary level, or who is working or has worked in a law-based occupation. The Judging Panel is chaired by Professor William Gummow AC QC.
Collaboration between the AAL and the Australian Academy of Science

The AAL now holds annual public debates with the Australian Academy of Science (AAS).
A public debate was held in Sydney on 23 August – Are you sure? The AAL and the AAS also communicate about related legal and science issues and governance.
Where the charity conducted activities during the 2019 reporting period
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia
Will the charity change or introduce any activities in the 2020 period?
Main beneficiary
General community in Australia

Annual report

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Human Resources

Human resources
  • Full time employees: 0
  • Part time employees: 1
  • Casual employees: 0
  • Full-time equivalent staff (FTE): 0.50
  • Estimated number of volunteers: 0

Financial Reporting

Charity's 2019 reporting period
1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019
Accounting method used in the 2019 reporting period

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