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Partial defence of provocation in homicide to be abolished

The independent South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) based at the Adelaide Law School welcomes the recent announcement by the Attorney-General, the Hon Vickie Chapman MP, that the State Government will introduce legislation abolishing the partial defence of provocation in homicide by the end of the year. The Attorney-General said that this measure will form […]

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SALRI’s Forfeiture Rule project – a productive day and further views welcome

The independent South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) based at the Adelaide Law School held two consultation sessions with interested parties at the University of Adelaide on 5 April 2019 to discuss its present reference examining the forfeiture rule in unlawful homicide. The two roundtable sessions were chaired by the Hon Tom Gray QC and proved highly […]

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Effective and Co-Operative Law Reform in Smaller Jurisdictions

The challenges and opportunities of undertaking effective modern law reform common to smaller jurisdictions such as South Australia and Tasmania were the focus of a recent fruitful visit to the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute by Professor John Williams and Dr David Plater, the Director and Deputy Director of the South […]

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SALRI to visit Mount Gambier for consultation on the forfeiture rule

The independent South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) based at the Adelaide Law School is visiting Mt Gambier on 15 April 2019 to update the community about its work and to seek comments on its present reference into the forfeiture rule in unlawful homicide. Professor John Williams, SALRI’s Director, noted that SALRI is always keen […]

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Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Commissioner speaks to Law Reform class

The Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Commissioner (and Adelaide University Law Alumni), Alastair McEwin returned to the Adelaide Law School on 12-13 September, some 25 years after graduation, to speak at a topical public event with Professor Melissa De Zwart, ‘Back to the Future: Technology and People with Disability‘ and to speak to the Law School’s Law Reform […]

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Effective and Co-Operative Law reform in Smaller Jurisdictions: SA Law Reform Visit to Tasmania

The challenges and opportunities of undertaking an effective modern law reform reference common to smaller jurisdictions such as South Australia and Tasmania was the theme of a recent productive visit to the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute by Professor John Williams and Dr David Plater, the Director and Deputy Director of […]

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Effective and Co-Operative Law Reform in Smaller Jurisdictions: SA Law Reform Visit to Tasmania

The challenges and opportunities of undertaking an effective modern law reform reference common to smaller jurisdictions such as South Australia and Tasmania was the theme of a recent productive visit to the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute by Professor John Williams and Dr David Plater, the Director and Deputy Director of […]

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Relationships Register a leap forward for diverse families

Adelaide researchers have welcomed the official start of a new Relationships Register for South Australia, which now gives all couples in the State an equal chance to have their relationships recognised under law. Starting this week, the Relationships Register provides a new avenue for couples – regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity – to […]

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Murder defence should not be linked to “gay panic”

Reforms to South Australian criminal law have been proposed in a new report on the issue of provocation. The independent South Australian Law Reform Institute, based at the University of Adelaide, has now finalised stage 1 of a two-stage report into provocation. The current law in South Australia allows the partial defence of provocation, which […]

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Law Reform Institute’s recommendations enacted into law

On 15 December 2016, three important Acts that enhance the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) South Australians received Royal Assent after passing the South Australian Parliament. These laws implement some of the key recommendations made by the South Australian Law Reform Institute as part of its major reference to review […]

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