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Litigation Law Unit (LLU)

LLU fosters scholarship that enhances the administration of justice in established and emerging common and civil law systems of litigation.


    Litigation is the most visible area of law. It is critical to functional governance and public confidence in judicial administration and integrity. In Australia, litigation systems are increasingly regarded as broken. The former Chief Justice, the Honourable John J Doyle AC QC, has variously described litigation in Australia as "flailing", dying of "neglect and decay", "strangling itself" and "in desperate need of repair". These are shared concerns of litigious systems across established civil democracies and serve as a warning for emerging and developing legal systems.


    • enhance the administration of justice through critique and reform of domestic and international litigation systems.
    • advance interdisciplinary strategies to litigation reform.
    • establish research centric collaborations to develop and reform litigation systems

    Our research unit specialises in

    • Advocacy and Access to Justice
    • Evidence and Procedure
    • Criminal Justice
    • Civil and Inquisitorial Law Systems
    • International Litigation
    • Appeal and Review
    • Litigation History
    • ADR

    Our projects and grants

    • Civil justice reform: case management strategy
    • Justice access and Self Represented Litigants
    • Access to Justice for Vulnerable Parties in Criminal Justice System (with SALRI)
    • Technology as evidence collection mechanisms for private citizens
    • Judicial management of complex commercial litigation – empirical review
    • Vulnerable witness communication partner scheme – empirical review (with SALRI)
    • Interdisciplinary proof as a functionary of justice
    • Law and policy review of civil search orders in common law and civil law jurisdictions

    Key contact

    David Caruso (Director)

    Margaret Castles (Deputy director)