JD Study Tour (CIJ) - Innovative Justice and Court Innovation - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Supplemented
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Proposal - Research proposal (10%) , Research Paper - Research paper & presentation (90%)

Unit provided by

2016 Fees
Domestic 4,080.00

Please note: Students who wish to apply should e-mail bus.enrichment@rmit.edu.au to receive a study tour application form. Students must be accepted by RMIT before enrolling into the unit.

This unit provides an introduction to the theory and practice of court innovation and innovative justice for the legal practitioner. Innovative Justice includes alternatives to traditional approaches to criminal justice, civil dispute resolution and legal service provision. Court innovation refers to the development of new legal institutions and approaches such as drug courts, mental health courts and Koori Courts. The Centre for Innovative Justice at RMIT University is dedicated to improving justice systems, locally, nationally and internationally by researching, translating, advocating and applying innovative or alternative practices with a particular focus on appropriate/non-adversarial dispute resolution, therapeutic jurisprudence, restorative justice and affordable justice.

The aim of the JD Study Tour is to introduce students to new approaches to the organisation of justice systems and the delivery of legal services, including innovative approaches that have been implemented in international jurisdictions. The unit will assist students to develop an understanding of innovative justice, court innovation and affordable justice and to engage with legal and practical issues that may accompany the adoption of such practices in Australia.

On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of innovative justice practice and court innovation being implemented in Victoria, elsewhere in Australia, at two key centres in New York or at the alternative international destinations.
  • Show an awareness of the global issues associated with developing and implementing innovative approaches to justice practice.
  • Critique the theory and practice in this area and to suggest options for law reform.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the practical issues that arise in relation to innovative justice and court innovation.
  • Proposal — Research proposal (10%)
  • Research Paper — Research paper & presentation (90%)

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Broadband access
  • Includes Travel

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Studying Innovative Justice and Court Innovation during the study tour.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Non-Adversarial Justice

    By:Michael King & Arie Freiberg &

    ISBN: 9781862879744


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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