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

  1. 18 January 2023 – Immigration, Labour, Refugees, Slavery, Work

    Eradicating modern slavery in Australia

    The Government's review of the ‘Modern Slavery Act’, must address risks of forced labour inherent in our visa system, say University of Melbourne experts.

  2. 4 November 2022 – COP27, Climate Change, Emissions, Global Warming, Melbourne Climate Futures

    Climate justice at COP27

    The costs of climate change adaptation and escalating climate-fuelled disaster are likely to be the key issues at COP27 say University of Melbourne experts.

  3. 15 July 2022 – Children, Family Court, Gender, Transgender, Young People

    Australia’s courts and gender dysphoria

    Australia’s courts oversee the treatment for some children experiencing gender dysphoria, but University of Melbourne research asks if there's an alternative.

  4. 4 July 2022 – Artificial Intelligence, Law, Lawyers, Privacy, Technology

    Lawyers must adapt to the age of digitalisation

    Facial recognition technology highlights the need for lawyers to be trained in the legal risks of emerging technologies say University of Melbourne experts.

  5. 23 June 2022 – Colonial, Commonwealth, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), Human rights, Refugees

    The rights and wrongs of CHOGM 2022

    There’s a disparity between words and action when it comes to the Commonwealth’s record in implementing human rights, says University of Melbourne expert.

  6. 16 June 2022 – Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Ethics, Privacy, Technology

    Is sentience really the debate to have?

    Debate over the alleged sentience of LaMDA continues, but University of Melbourne experts say there are bigger questions about AI’s overall lack of transparency

  7. 15 June 2022 – Cold War, Russia, Ukraine, Ukraine Conflict, War in Ukraine

    Why the war in Ukraine is so hard to stop

    The real cause of Russia’s invasion is the special position that Ukraine occupies in post-imperial Russian politics, says University of Melbourne expert

  8. 14 June 2022 – Ageing, Ageism, Discrimination, Jobs, Workplace

    Reimagining age equality at work

    There’s an ambivalence in age discrimination law. Now, age equality needs a voice for a more equal future in the workplace, says University of Melbourne expert.

  9. 1 June 2022 – Abortion, Politics, Supreme Court, United States, Women's Rights

    Overturning history

    June could see the legal overturning of Roe v. Wade which gave American women control over their fertility, bodies and lives says University of Melbourne expert