South Africa’s Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan flanked by his deputy Mcebisi Jonas and Director-General Lungisa Fuzile.
A lot more goes into the making of South Africa's final national budget than many people realise. The process involves extensive legalities designed to ensure public oversight.
After witnessing a streamed suicide, users could sue for emotional harm. But it's tricky to prove – and even trickier to hold Facebook accountable.
Shareholders are left in the dark if CEOs overstate their firms’ prospects or conceal negative information.
There's a common theme in the rise of class actions against companies: CEOs have not been straight with investors, issuing falsely optimistic information or concealing negative information.
Science fiction has already explored the theme of robot rights, such as the film Bicentennial Man.
The European Union is currently debating the legal status of intelligent robots, and whether they ought to be given a new classification of 'electronic persons'.
Who owns the digital data recorded and uploaded by CCTV operators?
In a recent report highlighting 'shortcomings' in security and welfare services in offshore detention, six terabytes of data was 'missing'. Don't expect to see it any time soon.
Space exploration and exploitation has changed a lot in 50 years.
The Outer Space Treaty, now 50 years old, has so far never been violated. But things could be about to change.
Police pursuits are among the most challenging operational situations facing officers.
Any policy governing police pursuits must balance the need to apprehend offenders with the safety of the community.
Daniel Andrews has announced reforms to Victoria’s bail laws following the events in Melbourne’s CBD last Friday.
Australia needs to be very careful not to allow the bail system to become a political scapegoat at the hands of commentators exercising 20/20 hindsight.
It might be too soon to say that smart contracts will do away with lawyers all together.
Consider, for a moment, these two statements from the “Ultimate Guide to Understanding Blockchain Smart Contracts” on a well known Blockchain website: 1) Traditional Contracts “Traditional physical contracts…
Danny Nalliah leads both the Rise Up Australia political party and the Catch the Fire Ministries church.
Charities in Australia can be political. They can advocate and lobby to further their charitable purposes. But they can't be party-political.
Doug Paulley (centre), from Wetherby, West Yorkshire, outside the Supreme Court in London.
A look at the recent Supreme Court battle over priority use of wheelchair spaces on buses and what it really means for disabled people.
Politicians want to regulate the software that decides if we get a loan or a job, but existing laws can already protect us – if we know how to use them.
A group of youths are suing the federal government for action on climate change using a novel legal approach.
AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, Photo by Robin Loznak, courtesy of Our Children's Trust
Legal scholars explain why a lawsuit by 21 young people against the US government, arguing for a constitutional right to a stable climate, is such a powerful idea.
Consumers need more protection when it comes to making complaints about products.
The latest Productivity Commission report on how consumer law is being used shows that the same issues still haven't been addressed for years.
Legislation designed to bring large business to book should be deployed to bring accountability to the cell block.
Should the government be able to use intellectual property laws to control who can criticise its health policies by using the Medicare logo?
Using intellectual property laws to try to shut down Mark Rogers’ 'Save Medicare' website shows how these laws serve to restrict free speech and advance government privatisation agendas.
Robotics and other farm technologies can provide a wealth of data to farmers and agribusiness.
The extension of laws on unfair contract terms to cover small businesses, may help farmers take more control of the data their farms generate.
At the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Desmond Tutu promoted restorative justice. But focusing on individuals neglects broader contexts of violence and inequality.
If violent contexts aren't taken into account, restorative justice does not serve broader society. Instead it serves as a peacemaking process within a paradigm stacked against the poor and vulnerable.
Research has found franchisees don’t to do their homework before signing up to see whether their business could be terminated “at will”.
The law assumes franchisees do their financial and legal homework when it comes to signing up to a chain, but research shows franchisees are often overconfident and ignorant of the risks.
Fraternity is often forgotten.
French law prohibits the collection of any data based on race, ethnicity or religion. But this leaves minorities vulnerable.