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    dennis altman
    michelle arrow
    paul arthur
    carol bacchi
    ros bandt
    larissa behrendt
    mary besemeres
    richard broome
    chilla bulbeck
    anthony burke
    david carment
    david carter
    jock collins
    liz conor
    greg craven
    martin crotty
    denis cryle
    ann curthoys
    kate darian-smith
    lynette finch
    rae frances
    lucy frost
    stephen garton     heather goodall
    anna haebich
    dennis haskell
    anthony hassall
    jeannie herbert
    jenny hocking
    alison holland
    elizabeth jacka
    bruce johnson
    carol johnson
    mary kalantzis
    marilyn lake
    kateryna longley
    andrew mccann
    chris mcconville
    russell mcdougall
    philip mead
    clive moore
    nicole moore
    stephen muecke
    ffion murphy
    john murphy
    martin nakata
    garth nettheim
    karl neuenfeldt
    christine nicholls
    richard nile
    marguerite nolan
    wenche ommundsen
    darlene oxenham
    maureen perkins
    emily potter
    jan ryan
    kay saunders
    sean scalmer
    bruce scates
    kay schaffer
    joanne scott
    graham seal
    june senyard
    sue sheridan
    judith smart
    tom stannage
    daniela stehlik
    jenny strauss
    sian supski
    hsu-ming teo
    graham tulloch
    james walter
    richard waterhouse
    elizabeth webby
    gus worby
    clare wright

 participants: larissa behrendt
 Larissa Behrendt
Professor of Law and Indigenous Studies
University of Technology, Sydney

Larissa Behrendt is Professor of Law and Indigenous Studies and Director of the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney and Director of Ngiya, the National Institute of Indigenous Law, Policy and Practice.
  • graduated from the University of New South Wales Law School in 1992 and has since graduated from Harvard Law School with her Master of Laws and Doctorate.
  • admitted to the ACT Supreme Court as a Barrister-of-Law and is a Door Tenant at Seven Wentworth, Sydney.
  • has worked as a practicing lawyer in the areas of Aboriginal land claims and family law, has taught at the University of New South Wales and Australian National University Law Schools.
  • was the co-winner of the inaugural Neville Bonner National Teaching Award in 2002.
  • has spent time working in Canada and at the United Nations with First Nations organizations
  • currently undertaking research on regional authority models in Perth.
  • currently sitting on the Administrative Decisions Tribunal, the Serious Offenders Review Council, NSW Sentencing Council, the AIATSIS Council, the ATSIC National Treaty Think Tank, the UTS Council, NSW Native Title Services and the NSW Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee.
  • published on property law, Indigenous rights, dispute resolution and Aboriginal women's issues.
  • Achieving Social Justice: Indigenous Rights and Australia's Future is published by The Federation Press in 2003.
  • won the 2002 David Uniapon Award for her novel Home and is a Director of the Sydney Writer's Festival.
Doctorate of Laws - Harvard Law School (1998)
Master of Laws - Harvard Law School (1994)
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Jurisprudence - University of NSW (1992)
Diploma of Practical Legal Training - University of Technology (1992)
Admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW for practice as a Solicitor (1992)
Admitted to the Supreme Court of the ACT for practice as a Barrister (2000)
1999 Assembly of First Nations (AFN)/National Indian Brotherhood
  • Advised National Chief Phil Fontaine on development of AFN gender equity policy
  • Represented AFN at the United Nations.
1999 South Slave Metis Tribal Council
  • Advice on the parameters, comparisons, and differences between native title in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.
2000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (Rights and Policy Branch)
  • Strategy for development of new directions for an ATSIC rights policy
2000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (Native Title Branch)
  • Development of a culturally appropriate alternative dispute resolution package (with Loretta Kelly)
2000 Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation
  • Development of an Indigenous Rights Strategy (with Mick Dodson and Lisa Strelein)
2000 Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation
  • Drafting of Legislation for Reconciliation (with Mick Dodson and Lisa Strelein)
2001 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (National Policy Office)
  • Assistance with development of national rights policy strategy
2001 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (National Policy Office)
  • Quality Control on Treaty Train the Trainer Modules
2002 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (National Policy Office)
  • Presentation on policy directions for Constitutional reform, native title and land rights
2002 Aboriginal Justice Advisory Council (NSW)
  • Development of discussion paper for the NSW Aboriginal Justice Plan
2002 South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council
  • Scoping paper for a Regional Authority for the Noongar Nation
2002 ATSIC Board of Commissioners
  • Presentation to the new Board of Commissioners about their roles, responsibilities and powers (with the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre)
  • 2003 ATSIC CEO Office
    • To provide advice and technical support to ATSIC CEO for their submission on the ATSIC review
  • 2003 South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council
    • Submission to the ATSIC review
    2003 Curtin University
    • Review of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies
    Editiorial Committees
  • Editorial Committee, Journal of Indigenous Policy 2002-
  • Editorial Committee, Balayi, 2001-
  • Advisory Committee, Indigenous Law Reporter, 2001-
  • Advisory Board, Balayi, 1999-2001
  • Editor, Law Text Culture, 1998-2001
  • Assistant Book Review Editor and Contributor, European Journal of International Law 1997-1998
  • Editor, Polemic 1990-1992
  • Assistant Editor and Contributor, Legal Link 1991-1992
  • Editor, Law School Annual 1991
  • Assistant Editor and Contributor to Legal Link 1991-1992
  • Awards
  • David Uniapon Award for unpublished manuscript – 2002
  • Neville Bonner Teacher of the Year Award – 2002
  • Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship - 1995, 1996 & 1997
  • Queens Trust Award - 1995 & 1996
  • American Association of University Women International Fellowship – 1996
  • Lionel Murphy Foundation Scholarship – 1993
  • University of NSW Alumni of the Year Award – 1993
  • Michael Pandelis Award for the Most Outstanding Contribution to the Life of the Law School – 1991
  • Grants
  • Australian Research Council/DETYA Grant for a project titled “The Protection of Indigenous Rights in Australia and Canada: A Comparative Study”, 2000-2001 ($14,500)
  • ARC Large Grants: With the Public Law Centre (UNSW) and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, a grant for “Public Law Implications of a Treaty”. ($304 083)
  • ARC Large Grants: With Ann Curthoys (ANU), a grant for “Use of Historians as Expert Witnesses in Federal Court cases” ($188 240)
  • Linkages Grants: With the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and the Koori Centre, University of Melbourne, “A Treaty between Our Nations” ($302 941)
  • Publications

    Achieving Social Justice. Annandale: Federation Press, in print. Due February, 2003.

    Dispute Resolution in Aboriginal Communities. Annandale: Federation Press, 1995.

    Home. UQP, in print. Due May, 2004.

    Book Chapters

    “Challenging the status quo: Indigenous activism and the rule of law in Australia”. In W Prest & S Roach Anleu (eds.) Litigation: Past and Present. Sydney: UNSW Press, 2004. 171-185

    “Eliza Fraser: A Colonial and Legal Narrative”. In I McCalman and A.McGrath, Proof & Truth: The Humanist as Expert. Canberra: Australian Academy of the Sciences, 2003.

    “Eualeyai: The Blood that runs Through my Veins”. In Stephen Greymorning (ed.). A Will to Survive: Indigenous Essays on the Politics of Culture, Language and Identity. New York: McGraw Hill, 2003.

    Practical Steps Towards a Treaty – Structures, Challenges and the Need for Flexibility. In ATSIC & AIATSIS, Treaty: Let's get it right. Canberra: AIATSIS, 2003. 18-29.

    Lacking Good Faith: Australia, Fiduciary Duties and the Lonely Place of Indigenous Rights. In Law Commission of Canada & Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians. In Whom we Trust: A Forum on Fiduciary Relationships. Toronto: Irwin Law, 2002. 248-267.

    Lessons from the Mediation Obsession: Ensuring that Sentencing 'Alternatives' focus on Indigenous Education. In John Braithwaite & Heather Strang (eds.) Restorative Justice and Family Violence. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2002. 178-190.

    Playing the 'Other' in Australia's Psychological Terra nullius. In Brad Buckley & John Conomos (eds.) Republics of Ideas: Republicanism Culture Visual Arts. Annandale, Pluto Press, 2001. 33-44

    Introduction. In Sam Garkawe, Loretta Kelly and Warwick Fisher (eds.). Indigenous Human Rights. Sydney: Institute of Criminology/Federation Press, 2001. 3-9

    The Benefits of a Formal Mentoring Relationship: “Not my New Best Friend”. In Bartlett, A. and Mercer, G. (eds.) Postgraduate Research Supervision: Transforming (R)Elations. New York: Peter Lang, 2001. 211-214

    Charting Democracy and Aboriginal Rights in Australia's Psychological Terra Nullius. In Patmore, G., and Glover, D (eds.) New Voices for Social Democracy: Labor Essays 1999-2000. Melbourne: Pluto Press, 1999. 201-215.

    Strong Role Models. In Bin Sallik, M. (ed.) Aboriginal Women by Degrees. St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 2000. 65-76. - Home. In S.Phillips and S. Abbey (eds.) Fresh Cuttings. St. Lucia: UQP, 2003. 119-144.


    “It's Broke so Fix It: Arguments for a Bill of Rights” (2003) Australian Journal of Human Rights, Vol.9, No.1, 257-262

    “Power from the People: A Community-based Approach to Indigenous Self-Determination” (2003) The Flinders Journal of Law Reform Vol.6, Issue 2, 135-150

    “Responsibility in Governance: Implied Rights, Fiduciary Obligation and Indigenous Peoples” (2002) Australian Journal of Public Administration Vol. 6, No.2, 106-118

    “Genocide: The distance between law and Life” (2002) Aboriginal History Vol. 25, 132-147

    “The Link Between Rights and a Treaty” (2002) Balayi: Culture Law and Colonialism, Issue 4, 21-28

    “Indigenous Self-Determination: Rethinking the Relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the State” (2001) University of New South Wales Law Journal 24 (3) 850-861

    'Mind, Body and Spirit: Pathways Forward for Reconciliation' (2001) Treaties and Constitutions Vol.5 No.1 38-52

    “What Path Forward for Reconciliation? The Challenges of a New Relationship with Indigenous People” (2001) Public Law Review , Vol. 12 (2) 79-83

    “Towards Improved Rights Protections”, (2001) Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, Vol. 3(4), 3.

    'Consent in a (Neo) Colonial Society: Aboriginal Women as Sexual and Legal 'Other', (2000) Australian Feminist Studies Vol.15, no. 33. 353-367.

    “The Eliza Fraser Captivity Narrative: A Tale of the Frontier, Femininity and the Legitimization of Colonial Law”, (2000) 63 Saskatchewan Law Review 145

    Edited Editions

    and Saleem Ali, Cultural Survival Quarterly. Spring 2001.
    Community Activities
    Judicial Appointments and Inquiries

    Judicial Member, Serious Offenders Review Board, 2003-2004
    Judicial Member, Administrative Decisions Tribunal (Equal Opportunity Division) 2002-2005
    Member, Consultative Committee on a Bill of Rights for the Australian Capital Territory 2002-2003

    Activities within the Aboriginal Community

    Director, New South Wales Native Title Services Ltd. 2002-
    Member, Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee (NSW) 2002-
    NSW Executive Officer, Black Women's Action in Education 1999-
    Member, Black Women's Action in Education Foundation 1995-
    Administrative Clerk, Black Women's Action in Education Foundation 1992-1994
    Steering Committee, Academic Programs, Garma Fesitval, 2001
    Member, Research Advisory Council, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) 2000-
    Member, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) 1998-
    Chair, Ethics Committee, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 1999
    Member, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Treaty Think Tank, 2000-
    Member, Ngalaya, 2000-
    Member, Aboriginal Provisional Government 1993-2001
    Member, National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association 1993-1994
    Member, UNSW Aboriginal Students Association 1987-1992
    Member, UNSW Aboriginal Students NAIDOC Week Committee 1992

    Other Community Activities

    Director, Sydney Writer's Festival 2002-
    Member, University of Technology, Sydney Council 2002-
    Member, Steering Committee, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Rights Unit, National Children's and Youth Law Centre, 2001
    Indigenous Advisory Council, Inspire Foundation, 2001-
    Member, Documents Reference Group, Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, 2000
    Member, Management Committee, Women's Legal Service (ACT) 1999-2000
    Life Member, University of NSW Alumni Association
    Member, Harvard Native American Alumni Association
    Member, Native American Law Students Association 1994-1997
    Member, Aboriginal Justice Committee, Law Society of NSW 1993-1994
    Member of AIDS Council of NSW Legal Working Group 1991-1992
    Fundraiser, Autistic Children's Association 1986-1987
    AIDS Council of NSW Representative at First National Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Conference, Alice Springs, 1992.

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