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.


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

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Who Should Attend

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

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Plenary Speakers & Committee Members

Plenary Speakers

We are pleased to announce the following plenary speakers have been confirmed for the Conference.

  • The Honourable Susan Kiefel AC
    Chief Justice of Australia
  • Justice Robert Gotterson
    Court of Appeal, Queensland
  • Mr Mark Pesce
    Futurist, author, inventor and Honorary Associate at Sydney’s University’s Digital Cultures Program
  • The Right Honourable Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd
    The former Lord Chief Justice, Head of the Judiciary England and Wales and President of the Courts of England and Wales
  • The Honourable Justice Helen Winkelmann
    Court of Appeal, New Zealand
  • Mr Warwick Soden OAM
    Chief Executive Officer, Federal Court of Australia
  • Mr Athol Birtley
    Co-inventor of Family Law AI Lawyerbot – Settify
  • Mr Adrian Cartland
    Lawyer –Inventor of AILIRA (Artificially Intelligent Legal Information Resource Assistant)
  • Professor Michael Milford
    Queensland University of Technology
  • His Honour Chief Justice Peter Kidd
    Chief Judge of the County Court of Victoria
  • Mr Dean Cartoggio
    General Manager National Institute of Forensic Science
  • Mr Robert Morgan
    Senior Forensic Project Officer NIFS
  • Dr Carolyn McKay
    University of Sydney
  • Ms Enid Hughes
    Change Management Expert, Deloitte

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 of Appeal,New Zealand
  • Ms Belinda Cassidy
    Special Counsel, Stacks Goudkamp and Claims Assessor, State Insurance Regulatory Authority
  • Mr Clive Elliott QC
    Barrister, Shortland Chambers
  • Julie-Anne Burgess
    State Courts Administrator, Adelaide SA
  • Craig Reilly
    Chief Information Officer, Federal Court
  • The Hon Justice Julie Ward
    Chief Judge in Equity Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Jane Reynolds
    Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia
  • Elizabeth Porter
    Media Officer, AIJA

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