Rule of Law Education Centre (formerly Australia’s Magna Carta Institute) was formed in 2009 and is an independent, politically non-partisan, gift deductible entity formed to uphold the rule of law in Australia. The Centre aims to educate and inform about how the Magna Carta and subsequent rule of law principles have impacted and contributed to the history, culture and legal processes of Australia and to strengthen the rule of law and human rights through education. 

Rule of Law Education operates education programs and initiatives to provide school and university students with an understanding of the importance of the Magna Carta and rule of law principles and how they relate to contemporary issues.  The Rule of Law Education Centres most successful program is the Law Day Out Excursion.  Before Covid-19, the Rule of Law Education Centre facilitated over 4,500 students and 180 schools, together with over 50 volunteer judicial officers on the program each year.  

In addition, the Rule of Law Education Centre specialises in creating easy to understand resources and materials for students and the community to grasp legal concepts.  The rule of law website receives around 440,000 page views per year, in addition to views on social media platforms of Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, demonstrating how teachers, students, and academics value and refer to our material for referencing. 

In 2019, the Rule of Law Education Centre developed a primary school program to create extensive resources and materials to help teachers teach difficult historical and civics subjects in the classroom.  

The Rule of Law Education Centre works with the Rule of Law Institute of Australia to engage with the community and government by commenting on Bills before Parliament, writing media articles and reports and speaking at conferences about the rule of law.

Board of the Rule of Law Education Centre

Margaret Cunneen SC

 Barrister at Law and former Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor, President, Rule of Law Education Centre. 

Malcolm Stewart

Managing Director, Speed and Stracey Lawyers and Senior Vice-President, Rule of Law Education Centre.

Chris Merritt

Weekly columnist for The Australian and Vice-President, Rule of Law Education Centre.

Sally Layson

Treasurer, Rule of Law Education Centre.

Robin Speed

Co-Founder, Speed and Stracey Lawyers and Founder, Rule of Law Education Centre.

Governing Committee of the Rule of Law Education Centre

  • David Lowy AM 
  • Hugh Morgan AC
  • John Roskam
  • Emeritus Professor Geoffrey de Q. Walker

Staff of Rule of Law Education Centre

Sally Layson

General Manager

Sally has extensive business, volunteer, and education experience. Sally has been involved with the Rule of Law Education Centre for over 6 years and has directed and managed many initiatives including the 2015 Magna Carta Celebrations and the Virtual Law Day Out. 

Sally manages the team at Rule of Law Education Centre which comprises of lawyers, teachers, and law students. 

Leanne Davis 

Primary Education Officer

Leanne specialises in creating teacher resources for the classroom about Australia’s system of governance. 

A fully accredited and highly successful educator with over 25 years of experience teaching in Australian schools, including at leadership level for over a decade, she has excellent knowledge and understanding of the State Curriculum expectations and requirements (NESA), as well as the National Curriculum requirements (ACARA) – particularly in the learning area for Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Virginia Valiozis

Writer & Law Day Out Facilitator

Virginia’s career began in secondary school education, where she was employed as a teacher in several Sydney government high schools.  She then made the transition to the public service, where she was employed by WorkCover NSW (now SafeWork NSW).   After becoming a solicitor in 1997, Virginia was promoted to the role of Senior Legal Officer.  She subsequently transitioned to the private sector, where she was employed by a major insurance company and commercial law firm.  Virginia is passionate about legal education.  She especially enjoys the challenge of breaking down complex information so that it resonates with audiences and is engaging, yet simple.

Heidi Windybank

Heidi graduated from school in 2020 and is a first year law student at UTS. With a keen interest in the principles of the law, Heidi assists in creating educational resources for students who seek to understand Australia’s rule of law.  

Aaron Martano

As a first year law student who highly values the importance of legal education, Aaron assists in the production of videos, posters and other resources. In his work, Aaron aims to ensure our resources are easily comprehensible and visually appealing to students.

Julia Cassis

Julia is a 3rd year UTS student completing a Bachelor of Communication (Public Communication)/ Bachelor of Laws. She is passionate about sharing the cultural importance of the rule of law. Julia assists with the creation and distribution of educational content.

Genevieve Longman

Genevieve is a UTS JD Graduate who is passionate about helping others and upholding the rule of law in our society. She creates educational resources that are detailed and comprehensive for high schoolers.

Are you passionate about promoting the rule of law? Have teaching or legal experience?

Email to find out about joining team at the Rule of Law Education Centre.

Annual Reports

2018 Annual Report

The documents below set out how Rule of Law Education Centre collects and uses information, manages education programs and processes payments on this website and through our online education program booking form.

Privacy Policy

Terms of Service

Excursion Terms and Conditions

Excursion Pricing

Rule of Law Education Centre Incorporated ABN 77 838 378 807.

Trading Address: 131 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000

Phone: +61 02 8076 8221

Contact us if you require further information.