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Does the decision in Bell v Brisbane City Council [2018] QCA 84 make a difference?

By Dr Phillipa England Griffith Law School In 2018, the former ABC site at Toowong was the subject of a planning appeal to the Court of Appeal. In an unusual turn of events for Queensland, an application to build 555 residential units in three towers ranging from 24-27 storeys was rejected. The decision was made […]
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NGOs condemn COP 24 climate negotiations as “weak, unbalanced, and loophole-riddled”

By Dr Tim Cadman Griffith Law School Members of the Climate, Land, Ambition, and Rights Alliance (CLARA) are disappointed by the extremely weak outcome of the 24thConference of Parties (COP24).  The outcome represents a retreat from the necessary level of ambition needed to combat climate change, in line with the findings of the Inter-Governmental Panel […]
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Case Study – An Insolvency Pracademic Experience

Dr Jennifer Dickfos Griffith Law School During February to April of 2018, as part of my approved study program,I engaged in a pracademic experience at Worrells Solvency Accountants. For those unfamiliar with the term, a pracademic may be narrowly described as a person who is dually recognised as an expert in both academic and professional […]
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COP 24 Katowice, Poland: The Sign of Things to Come?

By Dr Tim Cadman Griffith Law School The first thing to greet delegates at the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24) once they emerge from the remotely located airport of Katowice, besides the cold, is the smell of burning coal. On the long bus ride into town those that look out of the window […]
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Buddhist Constitutionalism: A Short Prelude to the Constitutional Crisis in Sri Lanka

By Dr Roshan de Silva-Wijeyeratne Griffith Law School There are some 350 million Buddhist around the world from South and South East Asia to Russia and Western Europe. While debates about Monastic Law in South and Southeast Asia have dominated Buddhist Studies ever since Max Weber’s early contribution, only recently have scholars started to inquire into […]
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Exploring inclusive palm oil production

By Dr Tim Cadman Griffith Law School What is Inclusiveness? Simply put, inclusiveness can be understood in terms of access and weight. Access refers to making sure all stakeholders are admitted into venues of power where decisions are made, while weight refers to ensuring their input is balanced in relation to other interests. Financing inclusive sustainable development of […]
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Do Australian Farmers need a Right to Repair?

By Associate Professor Leanne Wiseman Griffith Law School In the past decade, we have seen a rapid increase in the products Australians use everyday that now require a computer program to enable the device to operate. It is as a result of this, that we are now seeing the impact that copyright (and the regime […]
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Professional Futures Conference supported by Vice Chancellor Elect

“Griffith University has developed a full range of professional courses over the last 26 years starting with accounting, law and some specialised areas of engineering and moving to include medicine, dentistry, nursing and midwifery, allied health, architecture, a full complement of engineering qualifications, and journalism. We are now assisting in efforts to professionalise banking and finance. […]
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Are professions merely a set of outcomes? Where Susskind got it wrong.

By Professor John Flood Professor of Law and Society Griffith Law School Richard Susskind has recently published a short paper arguing people don’t want professionals, they want solutions and answers. The paper then criticises professions for being more concerned with themselves than the people they serve. All in all, there is little wrong with this […]
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Griffith experts to prepare Human Rights Bill submission

Griffith’s law experts will meet next week to discuss the impact of the proposed Human Rights Act in Queensland.
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Griffith Law School academics welcome Qld’s Human Rights Act

Griffith Law School academics welcome Queensland’s Human Rights Act Bill and are available for comment  Associate Professor Sue Harris-Rimmer, Australian Research Council Future Fellow says: “This is an important bill for Queensland, especially remote and regional Queensland. This bill will focus on equity for all Queenslanders in access to government services.” Professor Penelope Mathew is a […]
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Regulating Animal Protection: The Impetus for Reform

By Dr Steven White Griffith Law School Issues of animal protection continue to command significant attention in a crowded national policy and political agenda. The harm experienced by animals exported live to south-east Asia and the Middle East is regularly highlighted in investigative exposés, most recently in April of this year when 60 Minutes screened […]
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The Olympics for South East Queensland? Thinking more deeply about infrastructure and legacy

By Associate Professor Sue Harris-Rimmer Griffith Law School South-east Queensland (SEQ) has just hosted the Commonwealth Games and is preparing to bid for the 2032 Olympic Games.  As a successful bid brings the potential of spending around $12 billion of taxpayers’ money, Susan Harris Rimmer asks whether SEQ can think harder about human rights and […]
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Artist as Witness: Painting a Criminal Trial

By Dr Karen Crawley Griffith Law School The latest series of paintings by Australian contemporary artist Julie Fragar, currently exhibiting at the Sarah Cottier Gallery in Sydney, emerged from an act of protracted witnessing.  In late 2017 she attended a two-week long murder trial in the Supreme Court of Queensland, sitting in the public galley. […]
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‘Principles and Purpose – Stepping up to Refugee Protection in this Era of Displacement’ – The Michael Whincop Memorial Lecture 2018

Guy S. Goodwin-Gill Professor, University of New South Wales & Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, Sydney 23 October 2018 Sovereignty is an issue. No one challenges the right of the State, or the right of every community, to decide central issues of membership, within the limits of principle, any more than its right to […]
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Neoliberal authoritarianism and the politics of debt

By Dr Chris Butler Griffith Law School This post draws on a research article ‘State power, the politics of debt and confronting neoliberal authoritarianism’ that will be published in a special issue of Law and Critique on Forms of Authority Beyond the Neoliberal State (vol. 29(3)). The article is currently available at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10978-018-9233-z. Neoliberal authority […]
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Integrity 20 shines spotlight on issues facing young Australians

Memes, selfies, cyber-hate, big data, slow fashion and the global war on waste will be explored during the first dedicated schools day the 2018 Integrity 20 conference.
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Drug-testing the unemployed

By Dr Allan Ardill Griffith Law School Unemployment Unemployment in Australia has not fallen below 5 per cent since March 2009 and is not predicted to fall below that level before 2023. Together with technological disruption to traditional forms of work, contracting-out and casualization, the bleak future for sustainable job creation has seen some scholars and […]
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