Just Leadership Program

Just Leadership Program 

Applications for the 2021 Program will open from Monday 1 March to Friday 12 March 2021.


The Just Leadership Program (JLP) is an initiative of the Monash LSS Social Justice & Equity portfolio. The program affords selected students the opportunity to listen to, learn from and network with high profile speakers who are closely associated with social justice and equity issues in the law.


Participants are invited to attend ten seminars focused on a range of current social justice issues. These seminars are conducted in a Q&A format, allowing students to ask questions directly to our panel of esteemed guest speakers. Past speakers include the Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG; Professor Gillian Triggs; Andrew MacLeod and Julian Burnside QC.


Participants also enhance their leadership skills through undertaking a group project relating to one of the ten seminar topics. Past projects have included written law reform and parliamentary submissions and resources or interactive seminars for students.


At the conclusion of the program, participants are invited to attend a Graduation Ceremony, where the group with the most impressive project will be awarded a bursary to support the continued improvement and completion of their project.


The graduation ceremony and public lecture will take place on Tuesday 21st September 2021 at the Clayton Campus. 



Applications for the 2021 program will open on Monday March 1, 2020 at 9am and will close on Friday March 12, 2020 at 5pm.


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


Please feel free to direct any questions to Tesslyn and Anisa at


The seminar topics and dates are as follows:

  • Introductory seminar (Tuesday 23 March, 6:30pm-8:30pm)

  • Rights of Asylum seekers and Refugees (Tuesday 20 April, 6:30pm-8:30pm)

  • Rights of People with a Disability (Tuesday 27 April, 6:30pm-8:30pm)

  • Rights of Older People and Elder Abuse (Wednesday 5 May, 6:30pm-8:30pm)

  • Rights of Animals and Environmental Justice (Tuesday 18 May, 6:30pm-8:30pm)

  • Workers’ Rights and Modern Slavery (Tuesday 3 August, 6:30pm-8:30pm)

  • Rights of Indigenous People (Tuesday 17 August, 6:30pm-8:30pm)

  • Mental health and the law (Tuesday 24 August, 6:30pm-8:30pm)

  • Rights of LGBTQI+ People (Tuesday 31 August, 6:30pm-8:30pm)

  • Womens’ Rights (Wednesday 8 September, 6:30pm-8:30pm)

  • Graduation Ceremony and Public Lecture (Tuesday 21 September, time TBC)