ACTIVITIES - Institutional and professional links
Grant funding - Australian studies - Commerce - Education - Indian studies - Institutional and professional links - International relations - Performing and visual arts - Print and electronic media and film - Public awareness - Science and technology - Sport
The objective of the Councils institutional and professional links program is to foster bilateral contacts that will strengthen links between key institutions in the two countries, such as universities, libraries, museums, technical colleges, research institutes, professional organisations and appropriate non-government organisations, with a view to promoting the bilateral commercial relationship. The program includes projects in the field of law, an area of particular Council focus during 1997-98.
The Council supported a wide range of projects designed to promote closer links between the Australian and Indian legal sectors and to demonstrate Australian legal capabilities in India. These projects built on opportunities identified during the Australia-India legal conference held in New Delhi during October 1996 as part of the Australia India – New Horizons promotion.
One of the major Council-funded law projects during 1997-98 was a training program in alternative dispute resolution, conducted by a key Australian organisation in the field, Lawyers Engaged in Alternative Dispute Resolution. The workshops in Mumbai, New Delhi and Calcutta during January 1998 introduced mediation and conciliation concepts and practices to the Indian legal, governmental and professional communities, and strengthened the relationship between the Australian and Indian legal professions.
The success of the 1998 alternative dispute resolution workshops led the Council to allocate funding for a second series of workshops to be held in 1999.
The Council also provided funding for a training workshop for legal educators conducted by New South Wales Law Reform Commissioner Professor John Goldring and Ms Marlene Le Brun of Griffith University at the National Law School of India, Bangalore, from 5 to 12 October 1997. The workshop was designed to introduce a wide range of Indian law teachers to contemporary Australian ideas and skills in legal training, building upon contacts between Australian and Indian law teachers during 1995 and 1996, and to demonstrate in India the quality of Australian legal education.
The Council agreed to provide funding to Mr Christopher Roper, Director of the Centre for Legal Education, Sydney, and Ms Audrey Blunden, Director of Professional Development for the law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques in Sydney, towards travel expenses to conduct a program of training workshops in India in early 1999 for teachers in the drafting of legal documents. This project was also aimed at encouraging recognition in India of the quality and accessibility of Australian legal services.
The Council agreed to provide funding to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission for a visit to Australia during 1998-99 by the Indian Human Rights Commissioner, Justice Venkatachaliah, and the Secretary of the Indian National Human Rights Commission, to facilitate high-level judicial exchanges between Australia and India and to promote bilateral cooperation in human rights.
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