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

  1. 11 September 2020 – Banking Royal Commission, Company Boards, Corporate Law, Law

    Rio Tinto and the anatomy of corporate culpability

    Miner Rio Tinto's CEO has resigned over the destruction of the Juukan Gorge rock shelters; University of Melbourne experts look at the law and culpability

  2. 9 September 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Legal system, Patent, Vaccination

    Why we should grant patents on COVID-19 vaccines

    COVID-19 vaccines must be available to all who need it. Patents can be part of the solution and not part of the problem says a University of Melbourne expert.

  3. 17 July 2020 – Elections, Fake News, Politics, Social Media, Twitter

    A little bird didn’t tell me

    The hack attack on Twitter was aimed at financial gain, but what happens when hacking turns political? University of Melbourne experts look at what is needed.

  4. 2 July 2020 – Constitution, Referendum, Russia, Russian Presidency, Vladimir Putin

    Five things to know about Russia’s Constitutional amendments

    Russia voted to amend the country’s constitution, shoring up Vladimir Putin’s power; but a University of Melbourne expert says there are larger implications.

  5. 28 June 2020 – Aboriginal, Black Lives Matter, Constitution, Indigenous, Uluru Statement of the Heart

    Australia’s constitutional answer to structural racism

    University of Melbourne experts say inequality woven into Australia’s constitution continues today; so our structures remain stacked against Indigenous people.

  6. 11 June 2020 – Australia, Australian Politics, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Government

    The National Cabinet has worked. Can it last?

    Australia's National Cabinet began in a crisis, but its success depends on how it works once the COVID-19 pandemic passes, says a University of Melbourne expert

  7. 3 June 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Democracy, Elections, Politics

    How COVID-19 is hitting some democracies harder than others

    University of Melbourne research finds that COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on democracy worldwide, but some democracies are more resilient than others.

  8. 29 May 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Infectious diseases, Treaties, World Health Organization

    The World Health Organization as pandemic police?

    The idea the World Health Organization could investigate disease in countries is interesting, but a University of Melbourne expert says there are clear problems

  9. 21 May 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Disability, Disability Rights, Policy

    Breaking down COVID-19 barriers for people with disability

    COVID-19 poses particular challenges for people with disability, but a University of Melbourne expert says some aren’t the issues that people might assume.