This edition publishes five papers and the abstracts (some with details of where further information about the presentation topic can be found) from the Second National Rural and Regional Law and Justice Conference. Academic researchers, policy makers, practitioners, service providers and representatitves from non-government organisations come together at the conference to consider and discuss law and justice issues confronting rural and regional Australia. Presentations covered a broad range of issues, including legal services and legal practice in rural and regional communities, legal education, management of conflict and broader issues of rural services, rural opportunity and Indigenous inclusion. Like the presentations at the conference, the papers in this special edition present a critical analysis of the identified problems, and focus on debating solutions which might deliver improved social justice outcomes for rural and regional communities.

Published: 2013-01-29