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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 8 September 2019 – Artificial Intelligence, Consciousness, Ethics, Explainable Artificial Intelligence, Human

    The very human language of AI

    Artificial intelligence can be very human-like, even writing poetry; a University of Melbourne expert asks what ethical concerns this raises about the future.

  5. 5 September 2019 – Assam, India, National Register of Citizens, Refugees, Statelessness

    A crisis of citizenship in India is risking mass statelessness

    As almost 2 million people in India's Assam state face statelessness, University of Melbourne experts say the crisis needs an urgent and more humane solution.

  6. Podcast4 September 2019 – Human rights, Law, Social Justice, Social Media, Technology

    Bringing democracy to the internet

    University of Melbourne graduate Lizzie O’Shea says that we should look to histories of computing and social movements in order to determine our digital future.

  7. 21 August 2019 – Citizen Assemblies, Democracy, Elections, Parliament

    Australian democracy: crisis, resilience and renewal

    Worries that democracy is in decline have sparked experiments in citizen assemblies but a University of Melbourne expert says we can also revitalise parliament

  8. 20 August 2019 – China, Chinese Communist Party, Democracy, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Protests

    Hong Kong: The canary in the coal mine

    Amid the ongoing pro-democracy protests in China's Hong Kong, a University of Melbourne expert examines how it came to this and where it is likely to end.

  9. 19 August 2019 – Banking Royal Commission, Personal Finance

    Focusing financial law on what really matters

    Complex financial services law needs to be overhauled, with financial wellbeing at the core, say University of Melbourne experts in their FinFuture white paper.