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

  1. 16 May 2017 – Consumer Law, Consumer Protection, E-commerce, Online Shopping

    Putting the “E” into e-consumer protection

    Online consumer protections haven’t kept pace with e-commerce technology; University of Melbourne research finds new technologies could provide new safeguards.

  2. 15 May 2017 – Criminal Law, Law, Lawyers, Privacy, State crime

    Keeping up with the droneses: How criminal laws deal with new technology

    New technologies like drones pose a challenge for criminal law; a University of Melbourne expert explains the Law must keep pace with society's shifting values.

  3. 14 May 2017 – Digital, Education, Future, Law, Lawyers

    Digital disruption and the Law

    The legal profession is experiencing digital disruption. Dean of the University of Melbourne Law School, Carolyn Evans, argues legal education must adapt too.

  4. 26 April 2017 – Brexit, Britain, Election Watch, Elections, Theresa May

    Q&A: The UK election and the Brexit big picture

    As British PM Theresa May announces a snap UK election to strengthen her hand in Brexit talks, the University of Melbourne puts the key questions to an expert.

  5. 20 April 2017 – Environment, Himalayas, India, Legal system, Preservation

    Will giving the Himalayas the same rights as people protect their future?

    As the Himalayas are granted the same legal rights as a person, the University of Melbourne looks at what that means for the protection of the environment.

  6. 19 April 2017 – Elections, Indonesia, Jakarta, Politics, Protest

    Blasphemy, treason and democracy: Jakarta goes to the polls

    Indonesian voters are at the polls to elect a new governor of Jakarta, the University of Melbourne's Tim Lindsey talks through the religious and racial tensions

  7. 11 April 2017 – Conflict, Donald Trump, Russia, Syria, Wars

    Why is Russia still supporting Syria?

    As the G7 puts pressure on Russia to cut ties with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, the University of Melbourne examines why Russia is still supporting Syria.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.