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Applications for the 2023 Program will open from Monday 20th February to 5pm Thursday 9th March 2023.


The annual Just Leadership Program (JLP) is an initiative of the Monash LSS Social Justice & Equity portfolio. This prestigious and competitive program aims to facilitate collaboration, curiosity and passion in social justice and equity issues in the law, affording selected students the opportunity to listen to, learn from, and network with high profile speakers. 


Participants attend ten seminars (including the Introductory Night, and Graduation and Public Lecture) focused on a range of current social justice issues. These seminars are conducted in an interactive Q&A format, allowing students to ask questions directly to our panels of esteemed guest speakers and engage in eye-opening discussions with each other. 


The diversity of each panel provides participants the opportunity to gain valuable insight from industry professionals and individuals with experience in the particular social justice issue. Past speakers include the Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG, Professor Gillian Triggs, Andrew MacLeod and Julian Burnside QC.


Participants will conclude the program with an increased understanding of each topic discussed. Participants also enhance their leadership and collaboration skills by undertaking a group project throughout the entire program. The project will relate to one of the eight seminar topics, which are allocated based on their interests and experience. Participants are granted creative direction over their project, with past projects ranging from written law reform, parliamentary submissions, and resources or interactive seminars for students. 


At the conclusion of the program, participants are invited to attend a Graduation Ceremony, where one group will be awarded a bursary to support the continued improvement and completion of their project. The Graduation Ceremony is then followed by a Public Lecture delivered by an esteemed guest speaker, to which all law students are invited. 


The Graduation Ceremony and Public Lecture will take place on Thursday 21st of September 2023 at the Clayton Campus.



Applications for the 2023 program will open on Monday February 20th 2023 and will close on Thursday March 9th, 2022 at 5pm.


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Students will be selected based on their commitment to social justice and equity issues, relevant work and lived experience, and ability to collaborate within a team.


Please feel free to direct any questions to Liv and Gabriella at


2023 Dates and Seminar Topics

Introductory Seminar: Tuesday 21st March (6.00pm-9.00pm)

Addiction and the Law: Tuesday 4th April (6.30pm-8.30pm)

LGBTQIA+ rights: Wednesday 26th April (6.30pm-8.30pm)

Rights of Refugees and Asylum Speakers: Tuesday 2nd May (6.30pm-8.30pm)

Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Tuesday 16 May (6.30pm-8.30pm) 

Rights for People with a Disability: Tuesday 25th July (6.30pm-8.30pm)

Environmental Justice: Tuesday 15th August (6.30pm-8.30pm)

Housing Rights: Tuesday 29th August (6.30pm-8.30pm) 

Women's Rights: Wednesday 6th September (6.30pm-8.30pm)

Graduation & Public Lecture: Thursday 21st September (Time TBC)

2022 JLP Public Lecture with the Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG

On Thursday 6 October 2022, the Hon. Michael Kirby attended Monash Clayton where he delivered the 2022 Public Lecture on the topic of 'Global LGBTQIA+ Rights: Good News/Bad News. To listen, click on the recording below.



The Public Lecture is held for all students, whilst also celebrating the conclusion of the Just Leadership Program. Dr Kirby attended the JLP Graduation in the afternoon during his Monash visit.

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