Darwin Convention Centre

A Darwinese criminal law conference
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28 June to 1 July 2022

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Lyn Wild

Mourning the loss of my dear friend, "big sister" and business partner.  Having organised the previous five CLANT conferences together, Lyn, you are here with me in spirit for the 18th conference in 2022!

Dee Berkley


Registration closes 20 June 2022

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The "Bali Conference" as it is known, was launched 34 years ago back in 1987 at the Sanur Beach Hotel by local Darwin criminal practitioners.  Before you could say "not guilty" the concept had taken on a national flavour.


The Bali Conference now has the reputation of being Australia's premier criminal legal conference and attracts delegates from all jurisdictions in Australia and from overseas.  Except this time, it's in DARWIN - CLANT's home soil!!

After the difficult decision to postpone the event in 2021, the new CLANT Committee is looking forward to welcoming delegates to the 18th Biennial CLANT Conference in 28 June to 1 July 2022.  Sadly a return to Bali is still a little way off, but instead we are proud to invite to you to enjoy tropical, beautiful Darwin and the Top End in all its dry season glory. The Conference theme “I can’t believe it’s not Bali: Lockdowns and Lockups” will no doubt remain relevant a year on – hopefully with more of a retrospective flavour as we pull ourselves up from the devastation and disruption brought by the pandemic. The CLANT conference has long been a fantastic platform to discuss the ongoing challenges faced by criminal law practitioners, defendants, victims and witnesses, and to explore the issues confronting all players within the system. As always there will be plenty of opportunities to learn, laugh, trade war stories, catch up with old colleagues and mingle with a diverse group of like-minded advocates for justice.  I look forward to seeing you all in 2022.

chrissy mcconnel, clant president

I can't believe it's not Bali:  Lockdowns and Lockups

2022 keynote speaker:
Phillip Boulten SC

Former keynote speakers:
1997 Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG
1999 Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE CBE QC
2001 Justice Lex Lasry AM QC
2003 Julian Burnside AO QC
2005 Ian Barker QC
2007 Robert Richter QC
2009 Mr Noel Pearson
2011 Mr Patrick Dodson
2013 Major Dan Mori
2015 Walter Sofronoff QC
2017 Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC QC
2019 George Georgiou QC

The 2022 CLANT conference coincides with both a global pandemic that has seen an immediate reimagining around the practice and procedures of criminal law both home and abroad; and importantly, it also coincides with the 31st Anniversary of the final report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.


It took about 30 days for the pandemic to create real change in the processes surrounding the manner we practice criminal law, yet in 31 years we have seen little change or any meaningful improvement in access to justice for First Nations people. This conference looks to focus on what we can do to improve the criminal justice system, starting by looking in our own backyard.

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