Critics say only links to real or threatened violence should justify the proposed criminalisation of hate speech. But New Zealand law already regulates all kinds of non-violent speech.
The lawsuit resembles earlier legal efforts to make tobacco companies remedy wrongdoing.
Free speech is a long American tradition – but so are attempts to restrict free speech. A First Amendment scholar writes about measures a century ago to silence those criticizing government.
If storing DNA for criminal investigations helps identity the perpetrators and eliminate the innocent, why don’t we include samples from everyone?
Removing a condom without consent during sex has been recognised as rape by a New Zealand court. Other jurisdictions could follow suit.
Scholars of policing, law, race and Minnesota history explain the landmark guilty verdicts handed down in the trial for the murder of George Floyd.
Even though a House majority voted to impeach, President Trump, the process will likely not be finished before he’s left office. A philosopher argues why the impeachment is an important moral action.
The most commonly used justification for capital punishment is not actually supported by evidence.
The death of Phillip Mbuji Johansen highlights how courts fail to consider entrenched racial biases when they assess what amounts to ‘intent’.
Evidence suggests that the defence of extreme intoxication isn’t rarely used, and is often successful in cases involving male violence against women.
The first of a series of fatal flaws in the idea is about where to draw the line.
The use of incitement around protests poses new and complex legal questions.
Given their ability to accept correction, children have a better claim to rehabilitation, reorientation and reintegration.
A significant proportion of teachers surveyed (36.8%) believed 16 was the minimum age of criminal responsibility.
Victoria and the ACT just joined other states in implementing judge-alone trials during the pandemic. Such a significant change deserves much more public scrutiny than it has received.
Health Minister Greg Hunt has issued a warning that the deliberate transmission of COVID-19 can be prosecuted. But the application of a law like this is unclear and could cause unnecessary worry.
NASA is reportedly investigating the first alleged crime in space. But criminal jurisdiction aboard the International Space Station is much more straightforward than it would be for space tourists.
Mueller’s report describes more than a dozen times Trump may have broken the law. Here’s how Congress will decide whether the president obstructed justice during federal probes into his presidency.
As the special counsel’s investigation of Trump turns into a partisan battle in Congress, here are four key issues to follow.
Legally, a person can obstruct justice even if he committed no other crime – though it is harder to prove. It all depends on the intent behind pressuring investigators, say, or firing an FBI director.