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Human Rights and Video Games – Upcoming discussion with Adelaide Law School Academic Associate Professor Melissa de Zwart

A lively panel discussion examining the relationship between human rights and video games is scheduled for Thursday 13 June at the Australian Human Rights Commission in Sydney. Hot topics up for discussion include racial stereotyping and the depiction of women in video games, the associations made between games and violence, and bullying in online gaming. […]

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Changing the legal definition of sex

Two inter-related federal law reform proposals extending legal protection and recognition to intersex people are currently being considered: the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013 and draft Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Gender. The Sex Discrimination Amendment Bill will amend the existing federal prohibitions against sex discrimination […]

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What makes law ‘public’?

Convenor of the Public Law Research Community at the Adelaide Law School, Dr Gabrielle Appleby attempts to answer the question of what makes law ‘public’? As the convener of the Public Law Research Community I have often been asked what is ‘public law’. My response is that I have always thought of public law broadly, […]

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Expert Panel Report on Asylum Seekers usurps policy deliberation

In this post, Associate Professor Alexander Reilly explains the most recent report from the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee recommending the passing of the the Migration Amendment (Unauthorised Maritime Arrivals and Other Measures) Bill 2012 (UMA Bill). He argues that it confirms the Expert Panel Report on Asylum Seekers has usurped proper policy deliberation. In late February, […]

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AACL Event: Proportionality in Rights Adjudication: Approaches to Balancing Competing Interests in Australia and Germany

The South Australian Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law (AACL) is proud to host Proportionality in Rights Adjudication: Approaches to Balancing Competing Interests in Australia and Germany  In her judgments and extra curial writings Justice Kiefel has discussed the development of a proportionality test in Australian constitutional law by reference to its origins […]

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Reform of Commonwealth Discrimination Legislation

In April 2010 Attorney-General, Robert McClelland and Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Lindsay Tanner announced the Government’s intention to streamline federal anti-discrimination legislation by replacing the five existing Commonwealth anti-discrimination laws with a new consolidated Act. The consolidated legislation was intended to remove unnecessary regulatory overlap, address inconsistencies across laws and make the system more […]

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Law and the Politics of Realising Human Rights in Developing Countries

On the 31st October 2012 Dr Laura Grenfell and Cornelia Koch presented at an interdisciplinary workshop entitled ‘Law and the Politics of Realising Human Rights in Developing Countries’ run by the University of Adelaide’s Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre. Further information on the workshop is available here.  Cornelia presented on the topic ‘Justiciable Legal Frameworks for […]

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Remembering Koowarta v Bjelke-Petersen

On 11 May, Alex Reilly participated in a Symposium at the Melbourne Law School to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Koowarta v Bjelke-Petersen (1982) 153 CLR 16. Koowarta was of great significance in relation to the interpretation of the external affairs power. The Commonwealth Aboriginal Land Fund Commission (ALFC) brought a pastoral lease on the […]

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Australian Human Rights Commissioner Highlights Serious Concerns in Australia’s Performance

On Monday morning (7 May 2012) Cathy Branson QC, the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, gave a guest lecture to the Human Rights Law students at the Adelaide Law School.   Cathy began by explaining the constitutional position and international classification of the Commission – while technically it is part of the Executive, it […]

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Welcome to the Public Law Research Community

Research and scholarship in public law is a fundamental facet of healthy, democratic government. A defining feature of public law is the conflict between many of its foundational values. Here in Australia we expect the government to be powerful enough to intervene and facilitate ‘the good life’ for all members of our community, and yet […]

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