2013 Vol 38(4): Public interest litigation SKU17157

Legal studies exercise based on the article "Public Interest Litigation: Making the case in Australia" by Andrea Durbach, Luke McNamara, Simon Rice and Mark Rix: (2013) 38(4) Alternative Law Journal pp 219-223.

Litigation is widely and appropriately recognised as an important component of the public interest advocacy ‘toolkit’. Yet, little attention has been paid in Australian research and scholarship to an important question: under what circumstances is public interest litigation (‘PIL’) an effective way to bring about progressive social change? Informed by a review of the international literature on PIL, the authors of this article argue for the importance of drawing on Australia’s rich history with PIL to develop a solid empirical evidence base which can inform future decisions about the strategic employment of PIL in campaigns to address the concerns and needs of disadvantaged and marginalised sections of Australian society.

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