Robert Lachowicz completed a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Western Australia. He then went on to article for the State Crown Solicitor and was admitted as both a barrister and solicitor in Western Australia. Robert tutored at the Queensland University of Technology and worked as the Principal Lawyer at both the Youth Legal Service of Western Australia and the South Brisbane Immigration and Community Legal Service.
Robert produced a ‘Cross-cultural Communication in Law’ training manual, funded by the Federal Office of Multicultural Affairs and designed two subjects concerning cross cultural justice, in collaboration with Griffith University Law School from 1994 – 1996. He then worked as a Research Fellow at Southern Cross University, where he produced cross cultural teaching materials for Australian law schools. Robert continued work in the area of cross cultural justice and as a solicitor, producing training materials and convening a subject at the Griffith Law School, while working at the South Brisbane Immigration and Community Legal Service. In 2003 he commenced work at the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service, where he works today as the Education Coordinator. Since 2005, Robert has supervised the Griffith University Refugee Law and Policy Clinic and has been actively involved in the development of the Griffith Law School clinical program.
In addition to cross cultural training materials, Robert has also contributed to the Lawyers Practice Manual Queensland (published by the Caxton Legal Service), produced DVD’s to educate youth about the law and published materials concerning family law and humanitarian family reunion. Robert has published several articles in both journals and news papers and has been invited to present at various conferences and to appear on film and radio.