First Chance to Protect Most of the World’s Oceans

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By Dr Fran Humphries Senior Research Fellow The United Nations (UN) has a golden opportunity to protect 64% of the world’s oceans that are the lifeblood of the planet. This ‘area beyond national jurisdiction’ (ABNJ) includes the high seas water column and living resources in the ocean floor below the water column. The ABNJ is […]

Atrocity Crimes & Enabler Responsibility

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By Mr Shahram Dana Senior lecturer, Griffith Law School International Criminal Law (ICL) practitioners and scholars have observed that individuals convicted of atrocity crimes of similar gravity are sentenced to punishments of vastly different severity. This raises questions whether “gravity” is indeed the primary consideration and differential factor in determining the quantum of punishment for atrocity […]

Reducing the gap between the promises and outcomes of UN deployment

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By Charuka Ekanayake PhD candidate, Griffith Law School UN Peace Support Operations (PSO)1 have evolved in numerous directions to various degrees. The majority of these transitions have been reactive, being responses to failures such as Rwanda 2 and Srebrenica 3. While much has undeniably been achieved – the frequency with which conflict evolves continues to pose novel […]

Did the Royal Commission achieve its purpose?

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By Adrian Edwards The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (the Commission) will be remembered for the displays or drama and sensationalism. Some of the headlines featured fainting executives under cross examination, executives admitting wrongdoing and confirmation of burgeoning executive salaries. The real drama was the hundreds of consumer […]

Cyber attacks as a new form of violence against states?

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By Dr Samuli Haataja Griffith Law School In recent weeks there have been reports (here and here) of cyber attacks against the Australian Parliament’s computers and networks, and in the course of investigating this incident, it was revealed that the networks of Australia’s major political parties had also been compromised by who are believed to […]

‘Taxing into the Future’

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By Professor Brett Freudenberg Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics As President it was great to attend and present at this year’s 31st Conference of the Australasian Tax Teachers Association (ATTA) hosted by Curtin University. A highlight was the Assistant Treasurer’s, The Hon Stuart Robert, announcement that the Federal Government will fund 10 Australian universities […]