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The NSW Anti-Discrimination Act is in a state of neglect. Considered state-of-the-art 40 years ago, the law today reads like a lot of mini anti-discrimination acts strung together.
Children join the 20th September 2019 climate strike in London, thought to be the largest climate strikes to date.
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The children argue failure to tackle climate change constitutes youth discrimination.
Juries in rape cases must decide whether the prosecution has proven there was no free and voluntary consent. And this is where broader societal attitudes come into play.
Queensland’s 120-year-old mistake of fact excuse allows defendants to argue they honestly and reasonably believed the other person consented to sex — even if they did not.
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In an open letter to Attorney-General Christian Porter, more than 500 women working in the law from across Australia have sought changes to the way judges are disciplined and appointed.
To address low conviction rates in child sex abuse cases, reforms were made to allow juries to hear about the past sex crimes of defendants. Not all lawyers agree the changes are good.
The Supreme Court of Ghana has made ruling on legal education reform.
Legal education in Ghana is at a crossroads with professionals asking for it to be decentralised
Back to the drawing board: the proposed copyright reform is unworkable.
A new copyright reform law has many up in arms – they want you to do something about it before it comes up for a vote.
False beliefs about language and speech underlie legal precedents that allow jurors to be “assisted” by unreliable transcripts of forensic audio.
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Not all false beliefs arise from malicious misinformation. Some legal precedents rest on the status of everyday ‘common knowledge’, since shown to be false, but embedded in our law nonetheless.
At least in Connecticut, legal advocates can now represent the interests of abused animals.
When lawyers represent the interests of abused animals in the courtroom, they help human victims too.
Decriminalisation allowed sex workers to step out of the shadows and into active participation in public life.
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Full decriminalisation of sex work is advocated by many health and human rights organisations around the world. Sex workers in New South Wales kick-started the process 40 years ago.
Barrister Allan Myers leads part of a large legal team into the Federal Court of Australia.
Thanks to a recent Federal Court decision, the industry that helps to fund class actions will now be regulated in part by the courts. But is this the best way?
At the heart of the bill on innovative treatments lies a logical problem.
A parliamentary bill aims to assuage fears that innovative treatment will lead to doctors being sued – but the problem doesn’t exist.
I’d buy that for a dollar. Or, just steal it from you.
The rise of robots poses awkward legal questions that we’d be best off tackling sooner rather than later.
This is science, not clairvoyance.
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Forensic science has revolutionised justice, but we may have too much faith in it.
It makes no difference really in which room the gavel bangs.
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Can the serious atmosphere of court, standing in the dock facing a be-wigged judge and barristers, be carried over into the world of video-conferencing? Skype of the Bailey, if you will. This is what the…