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Speaking with: Professor David Field about unusual crimes that have changed the law.
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Sleepwalking murders and 'battered wife' syndrome are unique precedents set by extraordinary cases. David Field talks about unusual cases that have shaped Australian law.
America's understanding of justice may be compromised, which is a more fundamental issue than enforcing the law.
The Don Dale royal commission's capacity to make lasting change lies with the government implementing its recommendations.
The reconviction rates of children put in institutions was lower than it is today, new research shows.
Seeking justice, not peace, in our world changes the conversation about conflict. Conflict has proven integral to achieving a more equitable and secure society.
A loophole robs children of their right to privacy, exposing them to long-term consequences.
Humans aren't alone in wanting to take revenge – some animals like to get their own back too.
Children as young as ten have been targeted for intensive policing under the NSW Police's secretive Suspect Targeting Management Plan.
The enthusiasm around swift, certain and fair approaches to sentencing offenders may not be backed by evidence.
An overriding focus on increasing sentences may not necessarily be the best means of redressing the harm caused by sex offences.
In historic cases the potential for a sentence to rehabilitate, incapacitate or deter the offender is largely insignificant – leaving the focus solely on retribution.
By failing to provide details on what invalidated Kenya's election, the country's Supreme Court has created an impossible timeline for organising re-elections within 60 days.
According to South Africa's department of international relations, Grace Mugabe didn't have immunity when she entered the country.
There is no basis in customary, conventional international law or domestic law for the spouse of a head of state to claim - as a right - some form of immunity when visiting a foreign state.
Piracy has risen and fallen with the ages, but international cooperation is the common factor behind their defeat.
Most law schools frown upon their students questioning how laws were originally conceived. But a Canadian law school once argued convincingly that law should be taught as a social science.
New research shows distrust of atheists is pervasive. This could affect the credibility of witnesses.
The privatisation of the probation service is failing both offenders and victims.
The contentious book documenting Nelson Mandela’s last days that was pulled of the shelves left many unanswered questions. Judgement must be suspended until it's content is made public.