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Lawyers in Australia's coal seam gas debate: A study of participation in recorded community forums

Turton, David

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Seeking to encourage greater scrutiny of lawyers in Australia's coal seam gas (CSG) debate, this paper analyses lawyer-community interaction at six recorded CSG community forums held between 2011 and 2014. Using the concept of a lawyer as a 'translator' of client concerns from the legal geography literature and viewing the identified forums as informal exchanges of legal knowledge, it is argued that lawyers informed audience members about land access laws relating to CSG, translated audience...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorTurton, David
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-24T22:41:02Z
dc.identifier.issn2214-790X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/98541
dc.description.abstractSeeking to encourage greater scrutiny of lawyers in Australia's coal seam gas (CSG) debate, this paper analyses lawyer-community interaction at six recorded CSG community forums held between 2011 and 2014. Using the concept of a lawyer as a 'translator' of client concerns from the legal geography literature and viewing the identified forums as informal exchanges of legal knowledge, it is argued that lawyers informed audience members about land access laws relating to CSG, translated audience anxieties and questions about CSG into legal claims, and framed critiques of CSG laws around personal experiences of the legal process to call for law reform at these forums. Acknowledging the broader context in which these community forums were held, financial and political factors are considered as potentially relevant for driving the involvement of some lawyers in forum speaker panels, noting the apparent absence of CSG industry legal representatives from all recorded community forums. Potential future research avenues are also highlighted.
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.sourceThe Extractive Industries and Society
dc.titleLawyers in Australia's coal seam gas debate: A study of participation in recorded community forums
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume2
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor180121 - Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession
local.identifier.absfor180119 - Law and Society
local.identifier.ariespublicationU3488905xPUB5802
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationTurton, David, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage802
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage812
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.exis.2015.06.010
local.identifier.absseo940499 - Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.absseo940406 - Legal Processes
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T10:08:49Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84933557570
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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