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

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 27 October 2019 – Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Law, Robots, Technology

    The ‘personality’ in artificial intelligence

    As artificial intelligence impacts many human industries, University of Melbourne research looks at whether an algorithm with ‘personality’ would build trust.

  8. 22 October 2019 – Australian Politics, Leadership, McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership, NDIS, Public Policy

    No policy without leadership

    Rebuilding trust needs empathetic leadership that stands up to a fight says University of Melbourne's Jenny Macklin, a former Labor deputy leader and minister.

  9. 13 October 2019 – Australia, Drought, Groundwater, Law, Water Management

    Managing the hidden water beneath our feet

    A University of Melbourne expert says there's too little transparency about how Australia's groundwater is regulated and used; we need more legal safeguards.