The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration is pleased to announce the Forces of Change – Defining Future Justice Conference will be held at the Stamford Plaza Brisbane, Queensland from 24 – 26 May 2018.

A central theme of the conference will be conceptualisation of future justice and conversation on the fundamental principles which must be adapted in a period of significant change and disruption.

The conference will discuss the following drivers for change:

  • Macro demographic, sociological, economic and political influences – these include for example: the aging population; globalisation (and the increase in cross border disputation);  economic pressure particularly upon the younger generation; diversification in our community; the changing shape of work and employment.
  • Emerging technologies including: online service delivery and transaction; artificial intelligence (which is predicted to inform dispute resolution processes); and the potential for virtual registries and distributed court rooms.
  • Consumerism and increasing demand and expectation for timeliness, certainty, lower cost, and, greater convenience. This includes the proportion of people who either have to (or do elect) to represent themselves for all or part of their dispute.
  • Changes in legal practice and the legal sector: – market has reduced tolerance for exorbitant charges; upcoming young lawyers who may insist on different practice and approaches; the changing shape of law firms; the emergence of “bundling” of services; and incorporation of new technologies to achieve efficiencies in for example discovery and legal research..
  • Big data and government’s goals for greater transparency, exchange of and access to critical personal information (see for example Cth mygov).

This conference will continue the conversation on procedural justice and access in a rapidly changing world.

Courts will not be immunised from change and must plan for judicial and court administration in this context.  There will be opportunities.  There will also be challenges and maybe threats to fundamental principles which underpin the core of justice.

Courts and tribunals need to be ready to shape policy and future justice, identifying those bed rock principles which must be preserved and translated into this new environment.

October 2017

Registration Opens

30 March 2018

Early Bird Registration Closes

24 May 2018

AIJA Oration

25 - 26 May 2018

Forces of Change – Defining Future Justice Conference


Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Corner Edward St & Margaret Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

Who Should Attend

  • Judicial Officers
  • Court Administrators
  • Legal Practitioners
  • Policy makers
  • Social Scientists
  • Academics
  • Non-Government Organisations

Conference Managers

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Becoming a sponsor of the Forces of Change – Future of Justice Conference will benefit your organisation by giving you:

  • Excellent networking opportunities with delegates and other sponsors
  • The opportunity to profile your company and enhance your brand
  • Direct access to your target market
  • Prominent presence in the conference program

For further information please visit Sponsorship Opportunities.

Plenary Speakers & Committee Members

Plenary Speakers

We are pleased to announce the following plenary speakers have been confirmed for the Conference. Click here for biographies of the speakers and their topics.

Coming Soon

Organising Committee


  • Professor Gregory Reinhardt
    Executive Director, Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration

Committee Members

  • Deputy Chief Magistrate Jelena Popovic
    Magistrates’ Court of Victoria
  • Justice Helen Winkelmann
    Court Appeal of New Zealand
  • Ms Belinda Cassidy
    Principal Claims Assessor, State Insurance Regulatory Authority
  • Mr Clive Elliott QC
    Barrister, Shortland Chambers

About the Association

The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA) is a research and educational institute associated with Monash University. It is funded by the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council (LCCSC) and also from subscription income from its membership.

The principal objectives of the Institute include research into judicial administration and the development and conduct of educational programmes for judicial officers, court administrators and members of the legal profession in relation to court administration and judicial systems.

Conference Managers

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