Laura Curtis
JD (USYD), MA CMC (UMelb), BA(Hons)

Laura Curtis

Solicitor

Areas of Practice

Laura has expertise in legal and policy drafting, governance issues and legal perspective on the management of arts and culture. She has assisted clients in museums, galleries, government agencies and non-government organisations. 


Laura has worked on commission and licence agreements, recording release agreements, and reviews of publishing agreements. Laura also has public speaking and presentation experience as a co-presenter of True Tracks® workshops and presented at international workshops during her work with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Photo by Jamie James
Artwork: Bibi Barba, 'Terri - Butterfly Flowers Dreaming' (2020)

Experience

Laura was admitted as a solicitor in 2019 and holds a Legal Practising Certificate with the Law Society of NSW.  She graduated with a Juris Doctor from the University of Sydney in 2017. She also has an Arts Degree (University of Sydney, 2007) and completed a Masters in Cultural Material Conservation (university of Melbourne, 2009).  Laura has worked as an Objects Conservator at leading institutions around Australia. She has also worked as a Legal Researcher and Content Author, drafting and reviewing manuscripts.

Her academic achievements include; 2015 Finalist for the Kevin Lindgren Prize from the Copyright Society of Australia.


Recent Projects


  • In 2020/21 Laura was Project Manager on a project with ASEAN that reported on legal and policy options for the protection and promotion of Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Traditional Cultural Expressions. For the full Report see: https://aanzfta.asean.org/publications.

  • In 2021 she worked on drafting and research for a Report into the State of Victoria’s Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, in compliance with the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (Vic).

  • In 2019/20 Laura drafted a guide for Indigenous language centres in Australia, to assist them in managing the legal and governance challenges of working on Indigenous language projects, presenting the guide at Darwin PULiiMA.


Community

Laura has volunteered at the Arts Law Centre of Australia and is a member of the Law Society of NSW. Laura maintains a keen interest in the arts sector and enjoys exploring new exhibitions and galleries and museums throughout Australia. She also enjoys reading, travelling, swimming and yoga.

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