Law Futures Centre

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

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 […]
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Law Futures Centre

Legislative reform offers new options at the end of life

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 […]
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Arts Education Law

Griffith lends expertise to $329m marine research centre

Seafood, marine renewable energy and offshore marine engineering experts unite for Blue Economy Coorperative Research Centre.
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Arts Education Law

Winning the war against online hate  

Leading international expert in online hate and extremism to present lecture at South Bank.
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Law Futures Centre

International regime crisis or just a conflict of legal frameworks?

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 […]
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Law Futures Centre

First Chance to Protect Most of the World’s Oceans

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 […]
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Law Futures Centre

Atrocity Crimes & Enabler Responsibility

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 […]
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Law Futures Centre

Reducing the gap between the promises and outcomes of UN deployment

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 […]
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Law Futures Centre

Did the Royal Commission achieve its purpose?

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 […]
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Law Futures Centre

Cyber attacks as a new form of violence against states?

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 […]
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Law Futures Centre

‘Taxing into the Future’

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 […]
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Arts Education Law

Fake news and banking integrity explored in twilight sessions

How has the digital revolution transformed journalism practices? Can the professionalisation of banking restore its integrity? These questions will be explored in two twilight sessions as part of the Professional Futures Conference at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University on February 6 and 7. “While journalists have a critical role in holding governments to account, they have […]
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Business and government

BSI Honours scholarship recipient to present at the Professional Futures Conference

Melissa Georgiou is a current Honours student with Griffith University’s Department of Business Strategy and Innovation (BSI). She is a Fellow of CPA Australia and has over 23 years commercial accounting experience across many industries. Mel took a leap of faith in 2016 and left a secure Executive Management role to study an MBA with […]
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Law Futures Centre

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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Law Futures Centre

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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Law Futures Centre

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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Law Futures Centre

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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Law Futures Centre

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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