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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Is the Circumcision of a Young Boy a Crime? Yes, According to a German Court

On Tuesday of this week a German Court decided that the circumcision of a four year old boy constituted the criminal offence of causing grievous bodily harm. The case made headlines around the world, including in Australia. Cornelia Koch discusses the cultural background to the case and the decision itself before reflecting on whether it […]

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Upcoming event on the Commonwealth’s spending power from the Australian Association of Constitutional Law

The South Australian Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law is proud to host The High Court’s New Spectacles: Re-envisioning executive power after Williams v Commonwealth On 20 June 2012, the High Court changed our understanding of the nature of the Commonwealth’s executive power. With some exceptions, the Commonwealth may not enter into contracts […]

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The High Court school chaplains case and what it means for Commonwealth funding

On 20 June 2012, the High Court struck down the National School Chaplaincy Program. The Adelaide Law School’s Gabrielle Appleby published the following piece on  The Conversation. Today, the High Court of Australia dramatically altered the previously understood scope of the Commonwealth’s power to spend money and enter into contracts. This decision has immediate repercussions […]

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Integrity in Administrative Decision-making

  On Thursday 19 and Friday 20 July 2012, the 2012 National Administrative Law Conference will be held at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide. The theme of the conference is ‘Integrity in Administrative Decision-making’. In 2004 Chief Justice Spigelman delivered the Australian Institute of Administrative Law (AIAL) National Lecture Series about the fourth branch […]

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God Save the QC?

The ‘Queens’land Government has announced that it will abandon the post-nominal ‘SC’ (Senior Counsel) for the State’s most senior barristers and return to ‘the Queen’s Counsel regime’ (see here).  In South Australia, the appointment of Queen’s Counsel has not been without controversy. Adam Webster reflects upon some of the controversies surrounding the appointment of Queen’s […]

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Why extend the Judicial Complaints Process to Non-judicial Officers?

In this blog post, Gabrielle Appleby comments on the recent calls by President of Fair Work Australia, Justice Iain Ross, to bring the tribunal under the new complaints handling processes proposed for federal courts. Last week, Fair Work Australia (FWA) President, Justice Iain Ross of the Federal Court, was calling for FWA to be covered […]

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