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

  1. 7 September 2017 – Disability, Discrimination, Human rights, Law, Mental Health

    Unfit to plead: Imprisoned without conviction

    A two-year University of Melbourne project has identified that early support can reduce incidences of 'unfit to plead' cases in our criminal justice system.

  2. 4 September 2017 – Australian Politics, Law, Marriage, Plebiscite, Same Sex Marriage

    The legal maze of the marriage equality survey

    As Australians prepare to have their say on same-sex marriage, University of Melbourne legal experts look at the High Court challenge to the Marriage Law Survey

  3. 28 August 2017 – Alcohol, Health, Law, Trade

    Could new trade rules mean a lack of health warnings on alcohol?

    As talks begin around the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - the University of Melbourne looks at how new trade rules could restrict health warnings on alcohol.

  4. 21 August 2017 – Australia, Australian Politics, Constitution, Dual Citizenship, Section 44

    Section 44: Changing the Constitution to reflect modern Australia

    Section 44 continues to claim scalps of Australian politicians; four University of Melbourne constitutional experts discuss whether the law is still relevant?

  5. 18 August 2017 – Disability, Discrimination, Human rights, Law, United Nations

    Restoring voice to people with cognitive disability

    People with cognitive disability are frequently denied the right to decision-making, but this needs to change, says a University of Melbourne legal expert.

  6. 8 August 2017 – Constitution, Politics, Socialism, South America, Venezuela

    What’s wrong with Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly?

    The installation of a new Constituent Assembly in Venezuela may, on the surface, appear democratic but is anything but, argues a University of Melbourne expert.

  7. 18 July 2017 – Australian Politics, Constitution, Human rights, Law, United States

    Should Australia have a Bill of Rights?

    Some argue Australia's legal system needs better human rights protections; a University of Melbourne expert says we can learn from the US Bill of Rights.

  8. Podcast16 June 2017 – Environment, India, Indigenous, Law, New Zealand

    Rivers as persons

    Environmental law researchers Erin O’Donnell and Julia Talbot-Jones discuss recent moves to give legal personhood to rivers in India, New Zealand and elsewhere.

  9. 6 June 2017 – Dementia, Drugs, Mental Health, Regulations, Restraints

    Chemical restraint: Behind locked doors

    Chemical restraint, often used to control people with disabilities and dementia, needs to be monitored and regulated argues a University of Melbourne expert.

  10. 6 June 2017 – International law, Refugees, Statelessness, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

    Nowhere people have a right to somewhere

    The University of Melbourne's law school is to host a new research centre devoted to ending statelessness, backed by philanthropists Peter and Ruth McMullin