Lunchtime Seminar Series with Dr Andrew Edgar, Sydney Law School

24 September 2009

Seminar Topic: Participation and responsiveness in merits review of polycentric decisions: a comparison of development assessment appeals

It is often said that the Land and Environment Court tends to operate in an adversarial manner. Dr Andrew Edgar's research indicates that this is correct. Dr Edgar questions whether this is a problem and whether inquisitorial processes would be any better. Planning appeals in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal provide a good comparison as they tend to operate according to inquisitorial processes. By examining the forms of participation in the two tribunals and the modes of responsiveness employed by the tribunal members, Dr Edgar argues that the problems raised by adversarial processes are more fundamental than those raised by inquisitorial processes.

About the Speaker

Dr Andrew Edgar is a lecturer in the Faculty of Law. He specialises in administrative law and environmental law. His research focuses on judicial review and merits review of environmental decisions. He has written numerous articles and edited legal publications such as the Local Government and Planning Law Guide and the Australian Digest of Law.

Time: Light lunch 12:30pm - 1:00pm; Seminar 1:00pm - 2.00pm

Location: Sydney Law School, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Free

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