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

  1. 20 December 2018 – CRISPR, Ethics, Genes, Genomics, Law

    Gene-edited babies: What does the law allow in Australia?

    University of Melbourne legal experts argue that Australian laws about embryonic genome editing need to be updated to reflect rapid changes in the field.

  2. 20 December 2018 – Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Consumer Law, Consumer Protection, Data, Privacy

    Consumer rights and unwrapping the latest gadget

    A University of Melbourne consumer law expert explains your rights when it comes to the new Internet of Things gadgets you might receive this Christmas.

  3. 19 December 2018 – Cognitive Disability, Consumer Law, Consumer Protection, Universal Access

    Making information accessible - for everyone

    Essential consumer services need to be accessible for all, including those with cognitive disabilities. University of Melbourne researchers show how to do it.

  4. 19 November 2018 – Inequality, Labor Party, Labour, Labour Law, Workplace Change

    Can Victorian Labor really make ‘wage theft’ a crime?

    Victorian Labor has promised to criminalise 'wage theft' if re-elected, but University of Melbourne experts argue this will be difficult to do at state level.

  5. 19 November 2018 – Ethics, Healthcare, Legal System, Paediactrics, Type 1 Diabetes

    DIY diabetes management: An ethical dilemma

    University of Melbourne researchers are investigating the ethics of DIY technologies for managing Type 1 Diabetes, known as the 'artificial pancreas'.

  6. 13 November 2018 – Death, Ethics, Euthanasia, Palliative Care, Voluntary Assisted Dying

    Navigating assisted dying in Victoria

    When voluntary assisted dying becomes legal next year in Australia's Victoria, there will be some key ethical considerations says University of Melbourne expert

  7. 30 October 2018 – Cricket, Sport and Culture, Sports, Sports Corruption, Sports Law

    Why ‘winning without counting the costs’ must end

    The review of Cricket Australia's culture and governance has implications for all Australian sports, argues a University of Melbourne sports law expert.

  8. 24 October 2018 – Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Discrimination, Robots, Technology

    Why does artificial intelligence discriminate?

    University of Melbourne experts say creating more inclusive AI is unlikely to succeed unless people who've been historically excluded or ignored are included.

  9. 7 October 2018 – Mental Health, Psychiatry, Psychology, Restraints, United Nations

    Coercion in mental health care: Finding a new way

    University of Melbourne researchers have identified practices from around the world that aim to reduce coercion in mental health care settings, for a UN report.