Using Complexity Thinking to Inform Legal Education in a Post-Truth Environment

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The complexity of our environments and dealings is, perhaps, more obvious to us in a so-called ‘post-truth’ world. Some traditionally held ‘truths’ may indeed be ‘untruths’. We are, more often than before, called upon to question traditional messengers of ‘truth’. It is no longer sufficient to rely on the status quo as a source of ‘truth’. What is a ‘truth’ to one, might not be to another.

The collective ‘truth’ might be distinguished from the individual ‘truth’. Our systems of law and legal education are not immune to these issues.

The field of complexity thinking is a means for legal educators to better understand their operating environment in a post-truth
context. This paper discusses complexity thinking and its increasing prominence, including in education scholarship. It provides an overview of this scholarship and applies it to legal education. It suggests how complexity thinking might inform the law school curriculum to better respond to the challenges of a post-truth world.
Original languageEnglish
PagesOn page 23 of program
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
EventAustralasian Law Academics Annual Conference 2019: 'Real' Laws in a Post-Truth World - Southern Cross University, Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 4 Jul 20195 Jul 2019


ConferenceAustralasian Law Academics Annual Conference 2019
CityGold Coast
Other‘Real’ Laws in the Post-Truth World and was chosen to engage and question emerging dialogues on ‘post-truth’ – their influence on policy and social debate, and how post-truth practices are shaping laws and how truth is and isn’t part of legal and socio-legal dialogues. We intend this theme to provoke questions on whether we should and how we might reinscribe law in post-truth spaces, whether and how laws should be deconstructed, de-centred, and de-colonised, and whether or not our diversity can unite and guide us to reimagine our collective futures.

​The Conference Committee is also proud to be hosting this year’s event as it will be the formal launch of our renamed and restructured legal academic’s association. As resolved at the 2018 ALTA AGM held during last year’s wonderful Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference at Curtin University, ALTA is being relaunched as the Australasian Law Academics Association (ALAA). This conference, the very first ALAA conference, will continue to provide a supportive environment for law academics to present papers on their areas of their scholarship in teaching and research, as well as a great place to develop networks and friendships with other legal academics within Australasia.​

On behalf of SCU’s Conference Committee, we trust all delegates will have an intellectually stimulating and enjoyable time at this year’s conference. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the beautiful southern part of the Gold Coast this July.
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