News story 2nd Jul 2015

Community Placement program showcased at World Bank

A unique educational program giving Monash Business School students real-life work experience is being highlighted at the International Conference on Legislative Drafting and Law Reform.

Held at the World Bank in Washington DC 1-2 July, the conference features leading authorities on legislative drafting and law reform.

Richard Foster, Department of Banking and Finance

Richard Foster from the Department of Banking and Finance, and coordinator of the Community Placement program, is presenting during a break-out session on the Australian perspective of advocacy for law reform.

Change can be achieved

"Many organisations and practitioners experience frustration with our justice system and the laws we are governed by, but feel powerless to change things," Mr Foster said.

"My presentation shows reformers (or would-be reformers) how policy and legislative change can be achieved. It also shows lawmakers the importance of considering a range of views when implementing change."

During the presentation, Mr Foster highlights the School's industry-based learning program.

"Our students work with eight organisations who support people who are homeless, who have alcohol or drug issues, and who come from a range of disadvantaged backgrounds," Mr Foster said.

"The students also work with individuals who are experiencing serious financial problems through our relationship with the Monash-Oakleigh Legal Service.

"My presentation draws heavily on this work to explain the need for reform in areas like consumer and credit law, and infringements. It also demonstrates how lawmakers can be influenced to consider positive change."

It is an honour to be speaking to key jurisprudential decision makers from around the world. It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our work at Monash and the important role we are playing in influencing our local officials towards better, fairer outcomes.

Richard Foster

Department of Banking and Finance

A world-first program

Mr Foster was invited to speak at the conference by the International Journal of Legislative Drafting and Law Reform.

"It is an honour to be speaking to key jurisprudential decision makers from around the world," he said.

"It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our work at Monash and the important role we are playing in influencing our local officials towards better, fairer outcomes.

"It's also exciting to represent Monash Business School, because I get to talk about things that no-one else can.

"The School runs the only Industry Based Learning program of this type in the world.  We deliver an exceptional opportunity for students to gain direct experience in the not-for-profit sector, and we provide an outstanding contribution to community organisations performing vital work.

"Speaking about our work is yet another way Monash Business School is leading by example."

More information about the conference can be found on their website. http://www.ilegis.org/