Rebellious Lawyering Conference

Movement Lawyering for Social Change

Conference – 24 & 25 September 2021

About the Conference

Inspired by the Rebellious Lawyering conferences in the USA and UK, the Rebellious Lawyering Conference Australia: Movement Lawyering for Social Change will bring together lawyers, law students, community organisers and storytellers to explore how we can transform the Australian legal profession to better support grassroots movements for systemic change. 

The conference will open with an international keynote address by Vince Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, leading expert on racial injustice and international educator in movement lawyering, and an Australia keynote address by Professor Megan Davis, Cobble Cobble woman, Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous UNSW and expert in Human Rights and Constitutional law.

Other key speakers include: Larissa Behrendt, Eualeyai/Kamillaroi lawyer, author and filmmaker and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning UTS; Debbie Kilroy, CEO of Sisters Inside; Jennifer Robinson, Human rights lawyer and founder of Bertha Justice Initiative; Marbre Stahly-Butts, Executive Director of Law for Black Lives; members of the Torres Strait 8 climate campaign.

What is Movement Lawyering

Our Team

Meet our organising team

The conference organising team comprises five lawyers who bring diverse experience in organising, community and movement lawyering.

Inaugural Conference – September 2021

The conference will be held online on 24 and 25 September 2021 due to COVID-19 and associated travel restrictions.