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Informative commentary on legal issues and advances in Victorian, Federal and international law.

  1. 9 February 2020 – Australian Politics, Cannabis, Drugs, Law, Policy

    A precarious high

    The ACT's new cannabis laws are at odds with Australia’s federal laws; University of Melbourne experts ask if the federal government should just stay out of it?

  2. 30 January 2020 – Banking, Banking Royal Commission, Consumer Protection, Financial decision-making, Personal Finance

    One year on, is our trust being restored?

    One year after Australia's banking Royal Commission into misconduct handed down its report, a University of Melbourne expert looks at what has actually changed.

  3. 19 January 2020 – Australian Politics, Leadership, McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership, Mike Baird

    Mike Baird: The value of authenticity

    Former New South Wales Premier Mike Baird says political leaders need a broad vision which gets people off the couch and cabinet ministers out of their chairs.

  4. 26 December 2019 – Drugs in Sport, Exercise, Sport and Culture, Sports Law, Young People

    Is sport wandering offside?

    Sporting bodies are well aware of their revenues, but amid off-field controversies a University of Melbourne expert questions the strength their social license

  5. 12 December 2019 – Brexit, Democracy, Politics, Polling, UK General Election 2019

    Working class likely to deliver for Boris Johnson

    UK election polls point to a likely decisive Conservative victory and a Brexit go-ahead, courtesy of the working class says a University of Melbourne expert.

  6. 2 December 2019 – Australian-German Climate and Energy College, Britain, Climate Change, Politics, UK General Election 2019

    How the UK is handling climate politics

    Significant action to curb emissions has bipartisan support in the UK compared with a toxic debate in Australia; a University of Melbourne expert explains why

  7. 20 November 2019 – Democracy, Elections, Nationalism, Politics, Sri Lanka

    Fear and security swing Sri Lanka vote

    Voters in Sri Lanka’s presidential election chose an authoritarian leader; a University of Melbourne expert says that could impact on the country's democracy.

  8. 18 November 2019 – Decision-making, International Military Law, Military Justice, War Crimes

    How do you judge tough military decisions?

    What is the role of hindsight and experience in judging difficult military decisions with life or death at stake? A University of Melbourne expert investigates.

  9. 31 October 2019 – Australia, Ethics, Health, Kidney Disease, Organ transplant

    Making the case for the global kidney exchange

    The Global Kidney Exchange has been criticised as ‘organ trafficking’, but University of Melbourne experts argue it will save the lives of rich and poor alike.