How do judges know how the world works?

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By Dr Kylie Burns Deputy Head of Learning and Teaching Griffith University When judges decide cases they typically are thought to strictly apply legal principles to ‘facts’ which are presented as evidence in a hearing or trial. For example, how fast was a car going before a collision? What did the defendant do when they became […]

The Significance of Moral Motive Pluralism

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By Dr Hugh Breakey Griffith Law School For thousands of years, moral philosophers – and more recently moral psychologists – have searched for the ethical fulcrum: the one, ultimate moral motivation that drives conscientious ethical behaviour. In some ways, it made sense to think that there would be one specific psychological quality that motivates ethical […]

Silenced Victims of Wartime Sexual Violence

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By Dr Olivera Simic Griffith Law School The condemnation of wartime sexual violence as a gross violation of human rights has received widespread support. While rape and other forms of sexual violence have attracted considerable local and international attention, this often excludes wartime sexual violence among women belonging to so-called `perpetrator’ war-torn nations. My new book […]

How courts compete with each other

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By Professor John Flood Professor of Law and Society Griffith Law School It can be a harsh world in the world of courts today. Competition is intensifying. Courts not only have to pay their way, they now have to face challenge from equivalent courts in foreign jurisdictions. What might have been a cosy sinecure in […]

Technologising the poor: Cashless Debit Card trials expanding despite no credible evidence regarding positive outcomes

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By Dr Shelley Bielefeld Senior Lecturer Griffith Law School Australia’s social security system has undergone significant change in recent years, where the poor are increasingly subject to technologically enhanced oversight. The Cashless Debit Card (CDC) is part of this trend. The CDC was triggered by a recommendation in the 2014 Forrest Review, purportedly to address […]