Our aim is to develop policies and strategies to improve rural sustainability and social justice. The AGlaw Centre aims to provide benefits to rural communities that are real and strategic.
The strategic direction of the Centre is focused on:
- Reducing costs and complexity. The AgLaw Centre looks at ways to achieve harmonisation and simplification of legislation and regulations.
- Law reform, with an emphasis upon innovative approaches to improve behavioural effectiveness, reduce transaction costs, and ensure fairness in the governance of natural resources and agriculture.
- Streamlining transactions so markets can operate better. We aim to improve the way that sellers and buyers of products can interact.
- Fairness and justice for disadvantaged rural communities, including access to services by regional and remote communities, and indigenous social justice.
- Law and Behaviour
- Rural and primary
- Rural social justice/fairness
- Rules – which address government regulation, quasi-regulation such as policies and plans, and private regulation like industry standards;
- Tools of strategy – such as regulation, market instruments, education and information and voluntary action;
- Risks – particularly the management of risks which go with rural innovation such as genetic modification or new species introduction; and
- Relationships – addressing contracts, agreements, disputes and institutional arrangements.
The AglAW philosophy is committed to engaged scholarship.
Engaged scholarship is empirical research carried out in partnership with public and private stakeholders, with the goal of addressing critical social issues and contributing to the public good.