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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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Wrongful Conviction, Forensic Science and DNA Evidence

By Lynne Weathered, Director, Griffith University Innocence Project Tuesday, 2 October 2018, marks the fifth year that Wrongful Conviction Day will be officially acknowledged internationally. It is a day to draw attention and awareness to the problem of the wrongful conviction – a problem that impacts well beyond the individual serving time for a crime […]
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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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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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