Book up: the issue that fell through the cracks of the Banking Royal Commission but landed in the lap of the High Court

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By Dr Heron Loban Senior Lecturer, Griffith Law School Book up is a type of informal credit extended by a business (usually a store) to a consumer without interest or fee. It is a primary area of activity for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) in respect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people […]

Legislative reform offers new options at the end of life

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By Dr Jayne Hewitt Law Futures Centre In May 1995 the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly passed the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 (NT), becoming the first jurisdiction in the world to legislate for assisted dying. The provisions in this Act spanned only 21 sections and were published in nine pages. They permitted a […]

International regime crisis or just a conflict of legal frameworks?

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By Pamela Finckenberg-Broman Law Futures Centre Research Candidate The international legal regime is facing a crisis, again. This is evident from numerous speeches (United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan speech)[1]conferences[2] and publications.[3] While these crises are due to multiple reasons, one of these is the lack of coherence and synchronisation in/of international economic relations.[4] In order […]

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 […]