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Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services Inc.

Brisbane, Australia
Joined February 2015
Presence in: Australia

Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services (QAILS) is the peak body representing Community Legal Centres in Queensland. QAILS works for a fair and just Queensland and an important part of this mission is to promote community legal centres to people in need.

QAILS assists the Queensland community, particularly disadvantaged and marginalised people, to obtain access to legal
services by:

(a) assisting people to resolve legal problems by providing information and referral services;
(b) providing information and educational resources about legal rights;
(c) providing referrals to legal assistance services and facilities;
(d) supporting and assisting community legal centres to provide these services;
(e) providing a state forum for community legal centres;
(f) developing and coordinating Queensland community legal centres’ policy; and
(g) advancing the interests of community legal centres within Queensland.

People Associated With This Organization

James Anderson

Queensland Association of Independent...
Joined February 2015
Interests: Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Right to Information
I am currently the World Bank's Country Manager for Mongolia, a country where I earlier lived in the mid-1990s. Before returning to Mongolia, I spent six years working on a range of governance issues in Vietnam, focusing access to information, transparency, anticorruption, and human rights. Prior to joining the team in Vietnam, I worked on governance, notably anticorruption and judicial reform, in the transition countries of central and eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. In Mongolia in the 1990s I worked on institutional reform and studied the informal sector and the impacts of large-scale privatization. I am both a promulgator and occasional detractor of governance data and indicators. I received my PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland.

James Farrell

Queensland Association of Independent...
Joined February 2015
James Farrell is the Director of the Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services, the peak organisations for community legal centres in Queensland, Australia. James also chairs the Queensland Legal Assistance Forum, and has worked in voluntary and paid roles at community legal centres in Australia for over ten years.
James is a lecturer with the Deakin University School of Law, and treasurer of the National Association of Community Legal Centres. He is also a fellow of the Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice, a member of the UQ Pro Bono Centre advisory board, the visiting committee of the Griffith University Law School and the Law and Society Association of Australia and NZ committee. James' research has been published in the International Journal of the Legal Profession, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, the Monash University Law Review, the Family Law Review, Parity, and the Alternative Law Journal, where he is a member of the editorial board.
James has degrees in law, commerce, legal practice, education and human rights, and has received alumni achievement awards from both Deakin University and the University of New England. James received a Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours, for his community work, particularly in social welfare and legal access programs.
James Farrell is the network champion (main point of contact) for Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services Inc..

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