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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Law Futures Centre

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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Law Futures Centre

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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Law Futures Centre

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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Law Futures Centre

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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Arts Education Law

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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Law Futures Centre

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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