The President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, has been appointed as Chairperson of the Juris Doctor Advisory Board at RMIT University.
The role of the Advisory Board is to ensure that the Juris Doctor programs maintain relevance to the contemporary needs of the legal profession, as well as facilitating practical opportunities for students to enhance their career prospects.
Triggs has been President of the AHRC since 2012 and was previously Dean of the Law School at the University of Sydney.
She is a passionate advocate for human rights and has a keen interest in public international law and law reform more generally.
Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT, Martin Bean CBE, said he was thrilled that Gillian Triggs had agreed to Chair the Juris Doctor Advisory Board.
“Having Gillian Triggs on board will ensure that our Juris Doctor program continues to innovate and offer exciting employment options for our students,” he said.
“Her passion and wealth of experience will be a huge asset for our University.”
Triggs said she was interested in ensuring that the justice system was a positive intervention in people’s lives.
“I’m pleased to be associated with a law degree that focuses on innovation, restorative and therapeutic practices as well as exceptional student experiences,” she said.
Designed for non-law graduates, the Juris Doctor is a postgraduate law program focusing on business law, international law and the justice system, and leads to entry into the legal profession.
The course offers life-changing, hands-on clinical education experiences for students through the Centre for Innovative Justice, directed by former Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls.
The Juris Doctor Advisory Board comprises leading figures in the Victorian legal community who advise on courses and other aspects of the program.
Members include representatives from the Federal Court of Australia, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the Victorian Bar, legal firms, and the community legal sector.
Triggs will chair her first meeting of the RMIT Juris Doctor Advisory Board on 8 June.
Story: Gosia Kaszubska