The Queensland University of Technology’s Faculty of Law is hosting academics from Australia and Argentina to build knowledge networks between the two nations.
Despite sharing significant commonalities and facing a number of similar challenges, the links between Australia and Argentina, particularly where the exchange of knowledge is concerned, have been underdeveloped.
Drawing on her ongoing collaborations with the National University of Litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina, Head of the School of Justice, Professor Kerry Carrington stated:
‘Both countries face similar challenges, including the delivery of services to regional communities. To address this the network is aiming to tap into the innovative ideas and technologies from both nations.’
She cited her own research on women’s only police stations as an example of innovative work to address the huge challenge of domestic violence, which is common to both countries.
To strengthen the knowledge network, the ‘Australia-Argentina higher education/industry collaborative action network’ was launched yesterday to commence collaboration and discussion on a range of topics of national significance for both countries, including criminal justice, health, education, sustainable agriculture, and secure water sources. The project brings together several universities, government agencies and industry partners. The project website was launch was also attended by Mr Eduardo Acevedo-Diaz, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Argentine Republic.
The project is supported by the Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR). COALAR was established by the Australian Government in 2001 to enhance Australia’s economic, political and social relations with Latin America.
Nicholas Murphy, Assistant Director of the QLD State Office Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade stated:
‘I am aware the Faculty of Law and, in particular, the School of Justice, has well established networks in Argentina, with several universities, including those involved in this project. I recognize that these collaborations have produced several exchanges, teaching collaborations and publications and look forward to seeing another project, the ‘Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global south’ conference be staged in Cairns this year’.
Picture shows from left: Professor Kerry Carrington, Head of the School of Justice, QUT; Professor John Scott, School of Justice, QUT; Mr Eduardo Acevedo-Diaz, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Argentine Republic; Mr Nicholas Murphy, Assistant Director of the QLD State Office Department of Foreign affairs; Professor John Humphrey, Dean of Faculty of Law, QUT.
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