Teaching law for the 21st century at Southern Cross University

Teaching law for the 21st century at Southern Cross University

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[Music] When I was young I’ve always been
fascinated with the idea of justice. The idea of achieving not just individual
but actually social justice. And that led me to ask a question about how to
achieve that justice but more importantly about what constitutes
social justice. Is law something that is unique to us as humans and if so what
distinguishes a particularly human group from another. My name is Dr Alessandro Pelizzon I’m a senior lecturer in the school of
law and justice at Southern Cross University. Over the past nine years I’ve
been interested in following the emergence of what I’ve turned ecological
jurisprudence. Ecological jurisprudence brings to the fore the idea that the
great other, the environment, the rivers, the forests, the Dolphins, the animals,
even the climate are to be seen as legal subjects not as legal objects.
I teach a course called the philosophy of law and I am extremely fortunate in
doing that because it allows me to bring in comparative perspectives it allows me
to ask the fundamental question of, “What is Law?” It also allows me to ask that
question with the students not all the students but with the students. What’s
unique about the school of law and justice here at Southern Cross is it’s
name. It’s the school of law and justice not just of law but the and justice bit
it’s crucial it defines us it defines our aspiration it defines who
we want to be seen as. Students here will certainly prepare and be prepared as
excellent lawyers but they won’t be just Australian focused lawyers they won’t be
in there looking there will definitely be outward looking we hope to prepare
them for a way of thinking and critically appraising and that which
they study that wouldn’t I enable them to engage with the other be it the
greater world with which Australia interacts.

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