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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Law Futures Centre

Visualising data in an age of institutional complexity

By Tim Cadman Research Fellow, Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law The title of this blog, and the research projects described below, are a (partial) response to three provocations: How can we visualize complex institutional arrangements and actors’ relations in a world that is no longer confined to two-dimensional representation? How do we link the […]
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Law Futures Centre

No country for senior women: Australia’s international relations still preserve of men

By Elise Stephenson and Dr Susan Harris Rimmer Griffith Law School Today, the Lowy Institute launched the largest study ever on gender diversity in Australian international affairs. The findings are critical and clear: gender diversity within the field lags significantly behind the Australian Public Service (APS), comparative countries and even corporate Australia in addressing workplace […]
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Law Futures Centre

Universities as places of sanctuary

By Jovana Mastilovic Griffith Law School In November 2018, Soumi Gopalakrishnan shared her story with the ABC.[1] Despite graduating Year 12 top of her school and receiving the Dux Award at Brisbane’s St James College, her prospects of attending University were slim. As a Sri Lankan Tamil who arrived in Australia by boat four years […]
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Arts Education Law

Griffith excels in global academic rankings – achieving the best position of all Australian universities

Griffith has achieved the top spot of any Australian uni in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019, ranked second globally for Hospitality and Tourism Management.
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Law Futures Centre

Thinking of “Bills of Rights” as Love Letters to Our Children’s Children’s Children’s Children

By Donald K. Anton Director, Law Futures Centre At the end of May 2019, former High Court Justice, Michael Kirby, in an appearance before the Diversity Council of Australia called once again for Australia to adopt a national Bill of Rights. His main concern was the past and continuing wrongs suffered, without personal remedy, by […]
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Law Futures Centre

Statement on open access journals

By Dr Tim Cadman Griffith Law School Statement on open access journals
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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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