A Victorian parliamentary committee has recommended against the imposition of criminal penalties on people who protected child sex abusers in the past. Adelaide Law School’s Kellie Toole says this is an affront to both victims and the community. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has just heard allegations that boys in [...]

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Australia Day honours is now a well established tradition where Australia recognises those who have made an important contribution to our community. But we know little about the decision-making process, and the High Court has recently confirmed it will stay that way, explains Adelaide Law School’s Dr Judith Bannister. On Australia Day a new batch [...]

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In December last year, the High Court of Australia decided that the ACT’s Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013 was inoperative because it was inconsistent with the federal Marriage Act 1961 (Cth). Key to the Court’s decision was the acceptance by the Court that, if it so chose, the Commonwealth Parliament could make laws providing [...]

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In the last Commonwealth ARC grant rounds, Professor John Williams and Dr Gabrielle Appleby from the Adelaide Law School, together with their colleague from the Australian National University, Associate Professor James Stellios, were awarded funding to undertake a project entitled ‘Law, Order and Federalism’. Below is a short outline of their research. Threats of criminal [...]

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 Adelaide Law School’s Dr Gabrielle Appleby, Dr Judith Bannister and PhD candidate Anna Olijnyk recently made a submission to the South Australian Independent Commissioner Against Corruption’s review of the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993 (SA).   This follows Gabrielle, Judith and Anna’s work on the new Commonwealth whistleblower legislation earlier this year. The submission commends the South [...]

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In this post, Adelaide Law School’s Dr Peter Burdon writes on the likely impact of Abbott Government’s latest moves against our environment in slashing funding to Environmental Defenders Offices. This piece first appeared on ABC Opinion. Many of us take for granted the privilege of living in an industrialised and stable first world country. As [...]

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Adelaide Law School’s Associate Professor Alexander Reilly with Justine Stefanelli of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law recently wrote a piece for Rights Now on immigration detention in Australia. Alex and Justine argue that rights talk is losing traction in relation to the treatment of people in immigration detention, and suggest that the [...]

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The Adelaide Law School is proud to host: White Man’s Law on Aboriginal Land: The Conflict of Legal Cultures on the South Australian and Prairie Canadian Frontiers   Presented by: Professor Louis Knafla   Dr Louis A Knafla is Professor Emeritus of History, University of Calgary, and specializes in early modern English and western Canadian [...]

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In the forthcoming edition of the Melbourne University Law Review (Volume 37(2)) Dr Gabrielle Appleby and Adam Webster examine the role of Parliament in constitutional interpretation. The following is the abstract of the article: In Australia, the role of interpreting the Constitution is ultimately for the High Court, but some ‘space’ remains for its interpretation [...]

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Adelaide Law School academics, Dr Gabrielle Appleby and Dr Suzanne Le Mire, recently made a submission to the Productivity Commission’s public inquiry into Access to Justice Arrangements. This inquiry has been asked to examine the critical issue of ‘Australia’s system of civil dispute resolution, with a focus on constraining costs and promoting access to justice [...]

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