Professor Liz Curran explains the differences between UK and Australian legal aid

As a researcher, solicitor, educator, and policy reformer who has spent time in the Australian and United Kingdom (UK) jurisdictions, I have a unique vantage point in examining the differences between the UK and Australian legal aid systems and compare developments both positive and negative.

The context

In the context of the recent strike by criminal barristers over the UK’s legal aid system, I hope my work can inform improvements to ensure people are equal before the law. This is critical to ensure that human rights are protected and to enable recourse and remedies when the fundamental rights of all citizens within a democracy are not accorded. Being open to the innovations and lessons of different ju...

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