Law Program

Program, Research; focused on building capacity in the legal profession and providing the necessary tools, knowledge, and skills to navigate and address current and future challenges, particularly those related to technological advancements and increasing disparities in access to justice. 

Ninian Stephen Menzies Law Program

The Ninian Stephen Law Program: New Legal Thinking for Emerging Technologies is a four year initiative in partnership with Centre for AI and Digital Ethics (CAIDE). This important work aims to develop methodologies for lawyers to respond to challenges of new technologies.  

This work is premised on a model of systems thinking, commonly learnt by engineering and computer science students, that studies how people and human-artefacts interact; asserting that systems thinking can be used to test the limits and possibilities to regulation of technology.

Enhancing early support for vulnerable families in child protection system

In partnership with Health Justice Australia (HJA) Menzies Foundation us committed to to addressing critical issues within the child protection system. The collaboration aims to break down barriers between health and legal services, particularly concerning children and families at risk of or involved in the child protection system.

The partnership emerges from the recognition that early support for families is paramount in safeguarding children from potential abuse or neglect, while also ensuring long-term wellbeing for all family members. Unfortunately, existing systems often lack coordinated efforts to address the underlying legal, health, and social issues triggering child protection notifications.

Building on insights from Health Justice Australia’s research, the partnership will focus on investigating how legal assistance can strategically integrate into early support for at-risk families in Mildura, Victoria.

Advisory Board

  • Professor Jeannie Paterson, Co-Director, Centre for AI and Digital Ethics
  • Profession Timothy Miller, Co-Director, Centre for AI and Digital Ethics
  • Liz Gillies, CEO, Menzies Foundation
  • The Hon. Susan Kenny AM, Judge of Federal Court of Australia
  • Fiona McLeay, Board CEO & Commissioner, Victorian Legal Services Board
  • Cheng Lim, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
  • Cameron Whittfield, Technology Law Partner PwC
  • Carmel Mulhern, Group General Counsel and Group Executive, Legal & Group Governance at Commonwealth Bank
  • Michelle Price, CEO, AustCyber (Australian Cyber Security Growth Network)
  • Peter Collins, Ethicist

Menzies Foundation is committed to developing a best practice approach to its philanthropic work and supporting better practice in the sector.