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Public lecture series with Professor Leigh Goodmark
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Public lecture series with Professor Leigh Goodmark

Friday, 17th July 2015

In a partnership with the University of Queensland, Professor Goodmark received funding under the Fulbright Specialist Program to come to Australia to discuss her research and practice experience.

Professor Goodmark’s scholarship focuses on legal and justice responses to violence against women; reconstructing legal responses to domestic violence and finding “justice beyond the justice system” for women who struggle to find redress from within the justice system.

“Reconstructing the legal response to domestic violence will make the legal system a more viable alternative for many women. For other women, however, redress from within the justice system will continue to prove elusive, because the justice system cannot provide them with what they need or because they are unwilling to invite state intervention into their lives. Those women need a remedy beyond the law. Justice beyond the justice system…” (Goodmark, 2013, p. 178)

Professor Goodmark will deliver lectures in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne during her visit to Australia. More information on the Brisbane public lecture, organised by the University of Queensland, is available here.

ANROWS public lecture series with Professor Leigh Goodmark

In these public lectures, Professor Leigh Goodmark will focus on:

  • the development of the legal system’s response to domestic violence in the United States;
  • why that response has proven problematic and challenging for many women;
  • the need to re-evaluate the legal system’s responsiveness to the complex and variable needs of women subjected to abuse; and
  • what a better system may look like.

Professor Goodmark will reflect on, and respond to questions about, how her analysis may be applied to the Australian legal system context.


Monday 10 August. 9.30am-11.00am (doors open at 9.00am with morning tea on arrival).
The Mint, Sydney.

Opening address by Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, President of the Australian Law Reform Commission.


Friday 14 August, 9.30am-11.00am (doors open at 9.00am with morning tea on arrival).
State Library of Victoria (Theatrette), Melbourne.

Opening address by Fiona Richardson, Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Victorian Government.

RSVP via Eventbrite essential for both lectures. 

Fulbright Specialist Professor Leigh Goodmark

Leigh Goodmark is Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Frances King Carey School of Law.  Professor Goodmark directs the Gender Violence Clinic, a clinic providing direct representation in matters involving intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, trafficking, and other cases involving gender violence.  Professor Goodmark’s scholarship focuses on domestic violence; her book, A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System, was released in 2012 by New York University Press and named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of 2012.  Her work on domestic violence has appeared in numerous journals and law reviews, including Violence Against Women, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and the Yale Journal on Law and Feminism. From 2003 to 2014, Professor Goodmark was on the faculty at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she served as Director of Clinical Education and Co-director of the Center on Applied Feminism.  From 2000 to 2003, Professor Goodmark was the Director of the Children and Domestic Violence Project at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law.  Before joining the Center on Children and the Law, Professor Goodmark represented battered women and children in the District of Columbia in custody, visitation, child support, restraining order, and other civil matters.  Professor Goodmark is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School.

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