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

  1. 27 July 2016 – Child Abuse, Juvenile Detention, Royal Commission, Torture, Youth

    Children entitled to a life where their rights are protected

    The graphic scenes at the Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre are yet another example of the appalling history of institutional child abuse in Australia.

  2. 26 July 2016 – Detention Centres, International law, Torture, Youth

    Four Corners: Using restraints can be called torture

    Graphic images screened on the ABC's Four Corners program, depicting a juvenile detainee being restrained, show why this practice should be banned.

  3. 15 July 2016 – Economics, Human rights, Poverty

    Freedom from extreme poverty as a human right

    Philip Alston argues that the conversation around human rights has yet to take seriously how the world’s very poor are excluded from a life of dignity.

  4. 17 June 2016 – Law, Public Policy, Sciences

    Law, science and the forging of “truth”

    Social science and legal scholar Prof Sheila Jasanoff considers how science and the law interact or compete with one another in the formulation of public reason

  5. 9 June 2016 – Ageing, Judges, Law, Retirement

    The case for removing judges’ retirement age

    Federal judges must retire at 70 in Australia. Has the time come to reassess the use of compulsory retirement as society’s views on age continue to shift?

  6. 3 June 2016 – Doctors, Healthcare, Law, Mental Health

    Are mental health treatment orders out of order?

    At any one time, thousands of Australians with a mental illness are being forced to comply with treatment, but now the status quo is being questioned.

  7. 23 May 2016 – Courts, Digital, Internet, Juries

    Judge, jury and Google

    The jury system needs to change to keep pace with 21st Century jurors, who are more digitally-connected than ever before.

  8. 13 April 2016 – Cannabis, Law, Medicine

    Legalising medicinal cannabis: Victoria shows the way

    Victoria has become the first state to legalise the use of medicinal cannabis.

  9. 13 April 2016 – Black Saturday, Law, Supreme Court

    Black Saturday: The lessons of expert advice

    A Supreme Court case into Australia's devastating Black Saturday bushfires offers keys lessons in law for future hearings.

  10. 7 April 2016 – Constitution, Law, Plebiscite, Referendum, Same Sex Marriage

    Why Parliament should decide on same sex marriage

    Australia's Parliament should take the decision to change the same sex marriage law and not leave it to a plebiscite, which will cost millions.