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

  1. 9 March 2017 – Competition Law, Stolen Generations

    From the bar to the supermarket: Life as a competition lawyer

    Working on the Stolen Generations case was "life transforming" for former Barrister and competition law expert Professor Caron Beaton-Wells.

  2. 1 March 2017 – Court Reporting, Criminal Law, Open Justice, Suppression Order

    Suppression orders vs open justice

    A recent high-profile criminal case has highlighted how the wide use of suppression orders in Victoria is undermining open justice.

  3. 24 February 2017 – Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Bankruptcy, Company Law, Insolvencies, Phoenix Companies

    Time to put tracking numbers on directors

    The unscrupulous are using phoenix companies to rip off creditors that is costing the economy billions. Experts now say it's time to number track directors

  4. 18 December 2016 – Diet, Food, Health, Regulations, Superfoods

    False labelling hides the truth about superfoods

    False and misleading claims about foods' health-boosting benefits are bad news for consumers - but Australia's regulatory system is ill-equipped to act.

  5. 16 December 2016 – Criminology, Human rights, Law, State crime

    Investigating state crime

    Criminologist Penny Green on what it means when nation-states shift from protector from crime to perpetrator.

  6. 7 December 2016 – Criminal Law, Financial Markets, Insider Trading

    How insider traders dodge jail on geography

    Insider trading attracts different penalties around the globe, but Australia's tough approach is a deterrent that helps build trust in the market.

  7. 21 November 2016 – Coercion, Healthcare, Hospitals, Restraints

    Time to hold back on the use of restraints

    Using coercion to control behaviour in healthcare settings is sometimes necessary, but better regulation is needed to ensure it doesn't become the norm.

  8. 21 October 2016 – Ageing, Economics, Law, Social Policy, Work

    Ageing workers: Old and in the way?

    Legal scholar Mia Rönnmar joins host Lynne Haultain for an international perspective on the place and plight of older workers in the workplace.

  9. 9 September 2016 – International law, Islamism, United States, Warfare

    Twisting the law on the way to the battlefield

    How governments contort global and domestic laws to wage war on non-state Islamist forces, and how those forces invoke Islamic law to justify their actions.

  10. 29 August 2016 – Carbon Risk, Climate Change, Companies, Corporate Regulation, Fossil Fuels

    Carbon risk disclosure: The risk for Australian companies

    Poor and misleading disclosure may be a looming legal issue in Australia, but there is also growing evidence it can have a positive effect on companies.