More than 300 students from years 11 and 12 around the state will visit UTAS today (10am-3pm, Wednesday 5 September) for LawFest.
LawFest is a free event at UTAS which gives Legal Studies students the opportunity to participate in a day of interesting talks and debates (with the chance to ask questions) on a range of topical issues concerning the law and governance.
The students will hear talks from a range of experts throughout three topical sessions: minority governments, same-sex marriage and the effectiveness of prisons in fulfilling the aims of punishment.
UTAS academics from the Faculty of Law and the School of Government will speak as well as Senator Christine Milne, Guy Barnett, Mr Barry Greenberry (Manager of Risdon Prison), Jim Wallace AM, Chief Magistrate Michael Hill, Julie Collins MP and others.
UTAS Chancellor Professor Damian Bugg will welcome the students to the event.
Dean of the UTAS Faculty of Law, Professor Margaret Otlowski, said LawFest gave college students the opportunity to hear from experts but also interact with the speakers by asking questions and drawing their own conclusions.
“This event is about encouraging students to critically analyse the arguments put forth and to form their own opinion, while also benefiting from the expertise of the speakers who have kindly donated their time for LawFest.”
Image: Dean of the UTAS Faculty of Law, Professor Margaret Otlowski, welcomes students to LawFest and discusses the benefits of studying law and politics.