Sir Zelman Cowen Centre Courts and Tribunals Academy

The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre’s Courts and Tribunals Academy provides training and research opportunities for the legal sector, including courts and tribunals staff.

In 2015, the Academy was launched by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Honourable Marilyn Warren.

The Courts & Tribunals Academy focuses on how technological innovation can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of courts and tribunals.

Our thought leadership events feature national and international experts. Past activities include:

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Sir Zelman Cowen Centre

The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre at Victoria University specialises in law and cultural diversity.

The Centre is named in honour of the late Sir Zelman Cowen, jurist and former Governor-General of Australia. We have adopted Sir Zelman Cowen’s vision to ‘…enhance community understanding of the law and deepen the legal profession’s understanding of community issues’.

Our projects include:

  • training for the legal sector in Australia and internationally
  • education programs for people seeking a better understanding of law, governance and regulation
  • community engagement initiatives which promote multiculturalism, social cohesion and equality of opportunity.

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