Arts Education Law

Acting selfishly has consequences right now – why ethical decision making is imperative in the coronavirus crisis

As the country moves into lockdown mode in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are increasingly faced with serious ethical questions about what ordinary people should be obliged to do for others.
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Arts Education Law

New approach needed for conservation and ethical sharing of biological resources and science benefits

Researchers call for a new approach for sharing the benefits of biological resources, science and technology.
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Law Futures Centre

Looking to the Past to see the Future

I sat down at a Griffith Law School event recently to find a drink coaster in front of me with a quote from Winston Churchill: The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see. Apparently, Churchill didn’t really say that. He actually said, “The longer you can look back, the […]
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Alumni

Griffith graduate plays key part in historic class action win

After years of litigation, Barrister Joshua Creamer, a Griffith graduate, is celebrating the final payments to beneficiaries of the Palm Island class action lawsuit.
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Griffith Law School

Signing off: 30 Years as a Law Professor

As I get ready to leave the legal academe after thirty years of service — with only one brief interruption to return to practice as the Director of Policy and Senior Solicitor with the Environmental Defenders Office, a scrappy public interest environmental law firm, in the late 1990s — it seemed fitting to me to […]
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Law Futures Centre

Why Australia should stop burning its forests to save them

The ongoing fires in Australia, which are now approaching 5 million hectares in extent , have been exacerbated by human intervention. In an emergency, traditional practices are no longer relevant and ‘hazard reduction’ burning, followed (if the situation requires it) by ‘back-burning’ ahead of the fire front must be re-evaluated.  In the context of climatic tipping points […]
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Law Futures Centre

Is Australia ready for a ‘Right to Repair’?

The inability to repair our modern tech gadgets has not gone unnoticed. Consumers are frustrated at their inability to repair their goods as well as the high cost of repair, if it is available. Many repairers have also highlighted that they are often unable to repair these tech products as they cannot access the relevant […]
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Alumni

Griffith represented at ASEAN-Australia Young Leaders Forum in Jakarta

GBS student Joshua Saunders and alumna Elise Giles will head to the ASEAN-Australia Young Leaders Forum in Jakarta later this month.
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Law Futures Centre

How to Address Contemporary Genocide: Atrocities Against the Rohingya and Yazidi

*Trigger Warning* This post contains information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors.  Support is available on campus or through 1800RESPECT. To conclude a two-day event titled ‘Australian International Criminal Law Workshop 2019: International Criminal Justice Futures,’ the Griffith Law Futures Centre hosted a roundtable on contemporary genocide. Chaired by international […]
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Arts Education Law

Griffith hosts discussion on future of international criminal law

An Australian international criminal lawyer spoke of the horrific experiences of victims and survivors of ongoing genocides in countries throughout the world at a Griffith University round table in October.
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Law Futures Centre

Australia is OECD’S “laggard” in supporting the uptake of Electric Vehicles

By Dr Anna Mortimore Griffith Business School The Australian Government’s annual emission report for the year to December 2018, showed transport emissions increasing 2.8%, offsetting the reduction in emissions in the Energy-Electricity sector of 3.5%.  Nor did the Federal Government lead by example, acquiring only 1 (one) electric vehicle (EV)  in 2017 and 2018; and the average […]
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Law Futures Centre

When Sharing Your Virus is a Good Thing: The Flawed International Agreement Governing Influenza Virus Access and Benefit-Sharing

By Michelle Rourke Griffith Law School Return readers of the LFC blog will already be aware that the international legal regimes for accessing genetic resources for scientific research and development are constantly evolving and extremely complex. This is certainly the case for a uniquely dangerous subset of genetic resources: influenza viruses with human pandemic potential. […]
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Law Futures Centre

Leaders not laggards: Australians need to minimise climate risks.

By Professor Poh-Ling Tan Griffith Law School Friday 20 September’s rallies across the world call for climate action, but some Australians are still asking questions. Are we going through a drought or has the climate flipped to a “new normal”? Is this climate change or a climate emergency? Are climate scientists just beating things up […]
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Law Futures Centre

‘One Ocean’ Symposium for United Nations Treaty Negotiations

By Fran Humphries Law Futures Centre More than 60% of the world’s ocean biodiversity is legally unprotected. These are the areas beyond national jurisdiction, which include life in the high seas (international waters) and in the ocean floor below the high seas water column. In August 2019, the United Nations held its third negotiating session […]
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Law Futures Centre

The threats and promises of multidimensional legitimacy

By Dr Hugh Breakey Senior Research Fellow Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, Griffith Law School ‘Multidimensional legitimacy’ is the idea that there are an array of distinct dimensions on which an institution (or instrument like a law or code) might gain or lose legitimacy. In my recent writings on the subject, I’ve focused on […]
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Arts Education Law

Rendering criminal trials in visual art

Queensland College of Art’s Dr Julie Fragar is taking a fine art lens to criminal justice with her work Next Witness.
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Law Futures Centre

Strengthening the Character Visa Cancellation Power – Overkill?

By Emma Robinson Griffith Law School Visa cancellation on character grounds regularly makes the headlines and has done so for many years. Section 501 of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) contains a discretionary and mandatory power to cancel a visa where a visa holder has failed the so-called character test. Various amendments over the years have […]
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Business and government

Griffith secures grant for student-run tax clinic

By Professor Brett Freudenberg Professor Tax Law Griffith University was successful in securing a $100,000 grant from the Federal Government to establish one of ten student run tax clinics in Australia. The Griffith Tax Clinic opened its doors in July 2019 and is ready to assist taxpayers in navigating Australia’s tax system. Currently, there are […]
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