Law academics and professionals connect

Legal academics and professional practitioners now have a forum to more easily share ideas, thanks to the formation of an academic committee.

Since its establishment a year ago, the Academic Committee of the Banking and Financial Services Law Association (BFSLA) has held fruitful workshops that included lively discussion of current research areas and exchange of ideas.

'It is important to have a connection between academics and professional practitioners,' said Dr Ann Wardrop, Deputy-Chair of the committee and Senior Lecturer at La Trobe Law School.

'Engagement with the profession assists academics to inform their teaching and writing, and it provides the profession with opportunities to connect with the different perspectives that academics can bring to legal and regulatory issues.'

La Trobe Law School is committed to fostering this connection, and its staff have a strong tradition of professional engagement as well as world-standard research profiles.

The collaboration that took place under the Academic Committee of the BFSLA culminated in a timely book, Exploring tensions in finance law: Trans-Tasman insights, co-edited by Dr Wardrop and launched in August 2014. The book discusses tensions in banking and financial law as well as the process to harmonise business law between Australia and New Zealand.

Dr Wardrop said the Academic Committee of the BFSLA is planning further projects to maintain the momentum generated by the newly-published book.

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