About the PROJECT Team
The Voice Referendum Legal Literacy project is a volunteer led community engagement and education project convened by:
- Associate Professor Joe McIntyre from the University of South Australia
- Churchill Fellow, Jacqueline Charles
No member of the project have any affiliation with either the 'Yes' or the 'No' Campaigns.
The convenors of this project both have a deep commitment to legal literacy and civics educations, which has informed and directed their earlier research and which has manifest itself in this project.
Dr Joe McIntyre is an Associate Professor in Law at the University of South Australia, who specialises in public law. He is an expert in judicial studies - the study of courts and judges - and researches the relationships between courts and other public institutions. Part of his current research involves looking at 'pseudolaw', and the impact of misinformation and conspiracies in the public understanding of law. This research highlights the critical need for legal literacy in countering misinformation and deceptive practices in the public's engagement with the law and our legal institutions.
Jackie Charles CF FRSA is a Churchill Fellow and Clerk of Chambers at Level 22 Chambers in Sydney. She is a leading expert in court education - explaining the role and significance of courts to the public. In 2019 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research best practice in the design and delivery of court education programs. As a result of this research she has published a highly respected website on public court education:
We are deeply grateful for all the support and encouragement we have received from a wide range of sources in developing this project.
- In particular, we wish to acknowledge the support of the pseudonymous Twitter account Australian Constitutional Law @ConstitLawAus who has provided detailed and extensive review of the content of the site.
We are always looking for additional team members to assist the project, whether in content creation or administration. If you are interested please email: Contact Us