“Because of her, we can,” say Griffith Indigenous women

Alumni
With NAIDOC week upon us, three of Griffith’s most prominent indigenous students share their personal stories.
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Law Futures Centre

Australia needs a drought policy for the 21st century

By Professor Poh-Ling Tan Griffith Law School In August 2019, Scott Morrison, the country’s new Prime Minister has made “a national response to drought” his priority, and has done so by appointing Barnaby Joyce a new special envoy for drought assistance and recovery.  Many Australians would like to know whether Australia has a policy for managing drought […]
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Law Futures Centre

How do judges know how the world works?

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 […]
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Domestic violence victim/survivors access to social security dependent on income and assets of perpetrator

By Dr Lyndal Sleep Research Fellow Law Futures Centre If you are in an abusive situation or know someone who is, call 1800 RESPECT. If it is an emergency call 000. You can also call lifeline on 13 11 14 or contact the Safe Futures Foundation. Access to social security resources is vital to many […]
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Living in Technical Legality: Science Fiction and Law as Technology

By Associate Professor Kieran Tranter Griffith Law School What if this is not the end? This is the question that this is chased after in my new book Living in Technical Legality (Edinburgh University Press, 2018). Many feel very insecure about the future due to rapid technological change. News feeds scroll to suggest that humans […]
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The Significance of Moral Motive Pluralism

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 […]
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Silenced Victims of Wartime Sexual Violence

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 […]
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How courts compete with each other

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

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 […]
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Arts Education Law

AEL research shines in Three Minute Thesis Heats

Griffith Criminology Institute doctoral student Moses Amagnya took out first place in the Arts, Education and Law (AEL) heat of the annual Three Minute Thesis Competition held at Griffith’s South Bank campus yesterday. Moses was one of three finalists out of the eleven contestants who will now represent AEL at the university-wide final to be […]
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A snapshot of challenges and changes in the legal system in Queensland: June and July 2018

By Ms Zoe Rathus AM, Director of Legal Clinic One of the pleasures of being an academic is the opportunity to contribute to and participate in community and academic events dealing with critical current issues.  Over the last few weeks I facilitated a community discussion about domestic violence and the legal system and attended a […]
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Whatever happened to responsible lending? Disturbing evidence at the Financial Services Royal Commission

By Associate Professor Therese Wilson, Dean of Law and Head of School Griffith Law School Under the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009, credit providers are required to lend responsibly. This means that before lending, the credit provider must assess the suitability of a loan for a borrower, which involves an assessment of the borrower’s […]
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Carl Schmitt’s Die Buribunken: A Troubling Critique of Informational Existence 100 years on

By Kieran Tranter and Edwin Bikundo It is little known that among Carl Schmitt’s first publications was Die Buribunken published in the journal SUMMA in 1918. Even readers otherwise familiar with Schmitt’s later writings would be surprised. Die Buribunken can only be described as a piece of speculative fiction. In it a thirty year old […]
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Of What Use is Legal Expertise?

By Dr Edward Mussawir Senior Lecturer Griffith Law School Please note that this blog posts explores themes and subject matter that some audience members may find confronting. For support we recommend talking with these specialist organisations: 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) Lifeline 13 11 14 Legal scholars today tend to be shaped in the mould of public intellectuals.  […]
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Arts Education Law

Changing our endangered relationship with wildlife

We are in the midst of a mass extinction crises. We are losing entire species at an unprecedented rate, and we  - us humans - are to blame.
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Law Futures Centre

Retreating from the Human Rights Council is not the Answer

By Donald K. Anton Director, Law Futures Centre, Griffith University Professor of International Law, Griffith Law School The United States (US) announced on the 20th of June 2018 that it was withdrawing from its seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC). It added another sad day for those resisting transparent attempts around the […]
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Arts Education Law

Australian law set to tackle orphanage trafficking in travel company supply chains

Orphanage volunteering is seen as a positive for developing nations. However, child protection advocates have long reported the harm it causes children and the industry that profits from it.
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PhD candidate insights into balancing research and motherhood

By Katie Woolaston PhD candidate, lecturer Griffith University I am an awarded and published PhD candidate, researching the interaction between law and the human-wildlife relationship (#Immodestwoman). I am also the mum of two vivacious and demanding children. My typical day might involve submitting a conference abstract, then scooping poop out of the washing machine. (This […]
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