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The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University, is named in honour of a distinguished Australian statesman and jurist, and the 19th Governor-General of Australia. The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre is committed to enhancing community understanding of the law and the legal sector’s engagement with the community.
Chinese lawyers get top-class training in Australia

A group of 24 lawyers from China’s Jiangsu province have recently completed our international legal training program in Melbourne, learning about aspects of Australian law, business and politics – as well as the local economy, the Australia-China free trade agreement and other topical issues.

For more information, click here.
Last chance to register - Law and Courts in an Online World conference

How can the legal sector survive and navigate an ever-changing online landscape? Find out at our international thought leadership conference, Law and Courts in an Online World, in Melbourne. Join us on 8 and 9 November 2016 to explore the ways in which disruptive change and emerging business models are reshaping law, courts and tribunals and the community's expectations of justice.

Look out for the robots, a dancing dinosaur, a jazz band and a few fun surprises at the Conference Dinner for the US Presidential Election on Tuesday 8 November

To find out more and register now, click here.
Law Firm Strategy Day

Lawyers in small firms know they need to innovate if they want to survive. But where to start? Our Law Firm Strategy Day will teach you how to use technology to reduce legal fees and administration costs, increase the reach of your marketing and networks, contract with other lawyers to scale your practice and better communicate to clients why to choose your firm. Learn from practicing lawyers how to implement these innovations across all aspects of your practice. 

The Law Firm Strategy Day is sponsored by the Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner. Find out more here.
Muslim women to provide peer support on family violence and family law

TWENTY women from Victoria’s diverse Muslim communities have gained the skills and legal knowledge to support community members who experience crisis situations at home. To read more about the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre's Muslim Women's Legal Training Program, click here.
Where faith intersects with the law

A group of imams from a cross-section of Victoria’s Muslim communities recently took part in a tailored legal education program to increase their knowledge of Australian law. Many religious leaders are challenged when their community duties overlap with secular law.

To read more about their training at the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, click here
School students get lesson in the law

A group of Year 10, 11 and 12 students recently played judge and jury when they took part in a LEAP Into Law program. They attended a one-day workshop on legal studies and Australian politics. To find out more about what they did, click here.
Court sentencing in theory and practice: a hot topic

Does the public want tougher sentences for crimes? To what extent do the public and judiciary agree? How does politics intersect with sentencing laws? These and other challenging questions were tackled recently by Australia’s pre-eminent sentencing expert Arie Freiberg, at a masterclass hosted by the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre. For a full report, click here.
Congratulations and welcome to our new Adjunct Professors and Fellows 

The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre recently hosted a high tea to welcome a new crop of distinguished Adjunct Professors and Fellows. The Centre will hold another event on 6 December 2016 to welcome those who could not be there on the day. 
Our mailing address is:
cowen.centre@vu.edu.au
(03) 9919 1271
Level 2, 295 Queen Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

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