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Ninian Stephen Law Program

The Menzies Foundation aspires to raise the profile of ‘outstanding’ leadership for Australia by encouraging Australians to reflect on leadership, build their own leadership capability and take leadership roles in the community.

In order to do this the Foundation identifies key Australian leadership challenges and builds leadership development platforms to build capability in these focus areas.

One of the Foundation’s strategic areas of focus is to facilitate Australia’s response to complex legal challenges in a global context.

To support this initiative the Menzies Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of the Ninian Stephen Law Program. Each 3 years, on a rolling basis, the Foundation will identify a key legal challenge and seek partners to build a leadership capability platform to support Australia’s capacity to address this issue.

Each Ninian Stephen Menzies Law Program will focus on four key elements:

  • An immersive training platform based on real time, problem-centred global law challenges
  • A research agenda to support the development of the training program and contribute to knowledge in the field
  • A thought leadership platform to develop a community of interest and encourage discourse across the community of interested stakeholders
  • An oration and speaker series

The program is named in honour of one of Australia’s finest legal minds, former Governor General and Chair of the Menzies Foundation, Sir Ninian Stephen. 

Cyber Security

Based on extensive due diligence process to identify the most pertinent global legal issues for Australia, the inaugural Ninian Stephen Cyber Law Program will focus on cyber security.

The Foundation's recent stakeholder consultation with key legal experts across Australia, explored legal cyber challenges, the skills required to grapple with cyber complexity and the training platforms and methodologies most likely to build capability effectively and efficiently across the community.

ANU Ninian Stephen Cyber Law Program

The Foundation is delighted to announce a partnership with ANU Cyber Institute and ANU College of Law to deliver the inaugural ANU Ninian Stephen Cyber Law Program.

A grant of $200,000/year for three years will support ANU to build a dynamic program of activities to support the Australian community’s engagement with cyber security risk and resilience legal challenges.

The program will explore the challenges of resolving transnational legal cyber security and risk disputes in uncertainty and complexity, amplified by the pace of technological change, with a particular focus on ASEAN.

It is anticipated that over the coming months, a professional development platform will be built to develop a relevant, cutting edge, real time immersive training program that builds Australian and global capability to address cyber legal resilience and risk questions in a transnational context. This platform will be supported by a research and outreach program to support the development of the training program and contribute to knowledge in the field.

In June 2020, the pilot program was launched with success. It is anticipated the full program will commence July/August 2020. Further updates will follow in due course.

View: The Future of Risk, Security and the Law