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Public Law & Policy Research Unit Launch and Showcase

The launch of the University of Adelaide’s Public Law & Policy Research Unit (PLPRU) will showcase the research of members of the Unit, and consider strategies to ensure our research has an impact in the formation of public law and policy. Leading public law scholars from around Australia will reflect on the nature of public [...]

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It’s not Fair!’: The Duty of Fairness and the Corporate Regulator

In the current edition of the Sydney Law Review, Dr Suzanne Le Mire examines the duty of fairness imposed on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). The following is an abstract of the article: The duty of fairness imposed on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) was scrutinised in the decisions of the [...]

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Attitudes to Corruption, Misconduct and Maladministration in South Australia

In 2013, a small project team at the University of Adelaide was requested by the Local Government Association (LGA) of South Australia to conduct research into local government and public attitudes to corruption in the State. The Public Law and Policy Research Unit’s Deputy Director, Dr Gabrielle Appleby, headed the project team. She was joined [...]

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Engaging Students in Large Public Law Lectures

PLPRU member Dr Matthew Stubbs has recently published a review of his use of mobile phone voting to engage students in large lectures for his first-year course Principles of Public Law. The abstract of the paper is: This article reports on an action-research project designed to investigate the effect of a technological intervention on the [...]

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Submission to House of Lords Review of the Office of Lord Chancellor

The UK House of Lords Constitution Committee is currently conducting a review of the Office of the Lord Chancellor. In 2003, this ancient officer, who traditionally spanned across the judicial, executive and legislative branches of government, was substantially reformed as part of wider constitutional reforms. Today, the Lord Chancellor is no longer head of the [...]

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Judicial Conduct: Crafting a System That Enhances Institutional Integrity

In the current issue of the Melbourne University Law Review (Volume 38(1)), Dr Gabrielle Appleby and Dr Suzanne Le Mire examine the issue of judicial conduct. The following is the abstract of the article: Judges are human. It is their humanity that allows them to pass judgement on the complexities of fact and law in [...]

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UPCOMING EVENT: The expansion of secrecy in civil proceedings: Reviewing the UK experience

The Public Law and Policy Research Unit invites you to attend the following event: The expansion of secrecy in civil proceedings: Reviewing the UK experience With the enactment of the Justice and Security Act 2013, the law in the United Kingdom now provides for closed material procedures and special advocates to be used in the [...]

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Compulsory voting: lessons for the United Kingdom

Last week, the University of Adelaide’s Public Law and Policy Research Unit and the Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre were very pleased to host Professor Sarah Birch from the University of Glasgow. Professor Birch is a leading international scholar in electoral integrity, and the author of Full Participation: A Comparative Study of Compulsory Voting (2009). Professor [...]

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Research Unit members present at Legal Studies Teachers’ Professional Development Day

Last week, two members of the Public Law and Policy Research Unit, Adam Webster and Kellie Toole, along with A/Prof Melissa de Zwart presented at the Adelaide Law School’s Legal Studies Teachers’ Professional Development Day. The event was attended by Year 11 and 12 Legal Studies teachers from both public and independent South Australian high [...]

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The road to Paris: climate barbarism or ethical action?

As the painful United Nations climate negotiations inch along the road to Paris 2015, we are faced with two options: ethical action or a descent into self-interest, writes Peter D Burdon. I doubt I will ever forget the emotional footage that I observed from the 2013 global Climate Change Conference (COP) in Warsaw, Poland. The [...]

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