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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 2 June 2017 – Australian Indigenous History, High Court, Indigenous, Indigenous Land Management, Law

    Marking Mabo: How has Native Title changed since the landmark ruling?

    25 years on from the milestone Mabo ruling in Australia's High Court, University of Melbourne experts reflect on native title, and its legal standing.

  8. 18 May 2017 – Australian Indigenous History, Constitution

    Q&A: Recognising Australia’s first peoples ... properly

    Australia's debate on how to Constitutionally recognise its first peoples is culminating. University of Melbourne's Professor Adrienne Stone talks us through it

  9. 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.

  10. 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.