[AustLII] [Databases] [Search] [WorldLII] [Feedback] [Help]

AustLII Research Seminars

You are here: AustLII >> AustLII Research Seminars >> 2013

AustLII's fourth lunchtime Research Seminar for 2013 will be presented by Paul Maharg, Professor of Law at ANU College of Law, on the topic Convergent literacies - legal research, legal informatics and legal education. Details of the Seminar Topic are below.

Date: 13 August 2013
Time: 12:00 - 1:00
Venue: AustLII Offices, Level 12, Building 10, 235-253 Jones Street, Ultimo - see map (PDF)

RSVP by Friday, 9 August 2013 to Cathy Quigley Tel: 02 9514 4921 or Email: cathy(at)

Please advise Cathy if you wish to be on the mailing list for future seminars.

Seminar Details

Topic: Convergent literacies - legal research, legal informatics and legal education
Speaker: Paul Maharg, Professor of Law, ANU College of Law
Duration: The seminar lasts for an hour, including 20 minutes for discussion.


Legal research has occupied an uneasy place in the legal curricula of common law jurisdictions. It is often classed as a skill, and practised in introductory subjects such as Introduction to Law or some such. Its physical locale is uncertain, too, sited between lecture hall and library and digital spaces online. Latterly, it has been recast as legal information literacy. In this presentation I shall argue that open and free resources such as AUSTLII could have a key role to play in the digital domain where the three fields of legal information literacies, legal informatics and legal education are sited. All three need to converge their interests if they are to gain status in the law school hierarchy of knowledge. I shall explore how studies in New Media on media convergence give us models for such convergence, and can show us the effects that the process may bring about. In the seminar we shall explore some of these models, and briefly consider some examples of innovation in all three fields.

Biographical Note

Paul Maharg is Professor of Law in the ANU College of Law, and is currently setting up a legal education centre in the College. He is the author of Transforming Legal Education: Learning and Teaching the Law in the Early Twenty-first Century (2007, Ashgate Publishing, and author or editor of many other books and articles ( in the fields of legal education and professional learning design. His specialisms include interdisciplinary educational design, regulation and legal education, and the use of technology-enhanced learning at all levels of legal education. He was appointed a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (2007), a National Teaching Fellow (2011), and a Fellow of the RSA. He blogs at

AustLII: Feedback | Privacy Policy | Disclaimers