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

  1. 26 March 2018 – Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Auto Industry, Collusion, Competition Law, Price Fixing

    Why are corporate penalties for cartels so low in Australia?

    An OECD report and University of Melbourne research confirms Australian fines for companies that break competition law are much lower than in other countries.

  2. 20 March 2018 – Human rights, International law, Refugees, Statelessness, United Nations

    No country, no rights, no hope

    Millions of people worldwide are stateless, leaving them vulnerable to human rights abuses. The issue needs more attention, say University of Melbourne experts.

  3. 13 March 2018 – Advertising, Competition Law, Digital, Media, Social Media

    Keeping tabs on the tech giants

    As Australia's competition watchdog investigates tech giants like Google and Facebook, a University of Melbourne expert says the focus is more transparency.

  4. 9 February 2018 – Community, Higher Education, Law, Lawyers, Legal System

    Why law degrees matter

    "Too many kids do law" according to PM Malcolm Turnbull: but the University of Melbourne's new Dean of Law says the degree creates significant public good.

  5. 7 February 2018 – Babies, Ethics, IVF, Law, Pregnancy

    Boy or girl: Should we be able to choose?

    Non-medical sex selection for IVF babies is banned in Australia, but the legislation is blurry and confusing, say University of Melbourne legal experts.

  6. 31 January 2018 – Conflict, Foreign Aid, Humanitarian, Iraq, Refugees

    Inside the world’s humanitarian crisis

    A new book by a University of Melbourne expert on refugees, asks the question - what happens to international aid projects after the money is spent?

  7. 29 November 2017 – Discrimination, Gay Rights, Law, Marriage, Same Sex Marriage

    The problem of a same sex marriage exemption for civil celebrants

    Australia is legalising same sex marriage; but a University of Melbourne experts says civil celebrants shouldn't be allowed to refuse to marry same-sex couples.

  8. 26 November 2017 – DNA, Law, Privacy

    Who owns your DNA?

    DNA can provide unique information, but who actually owns it? According to University of Melbourne legal experts the answer is far from simple.

  9. 24 November 2017 – Foreign Aid, NGO, Timor-Leste, Water, Water Management

    Keeping the water running in Timor Leste

    Water tanks benefit communities in Timor Leste, but a University of Melbourne expert argues NGOs need to consider what happens after they leave.

  10. 15 November 2017 – Discrimination, Gay Rights, Marriage, Religion, Same Sex Marriage

    Q&A: What happens after the ‘yes’

    Australia has voted 'yes' in the same sex marriage survey; a University of Melbourne expert looks at what happens next in politics, law and discrimination law.