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Stop the Chop! Circumcision of Underage Boys Should be Discouraged

The circumcision of young boys is a culturally accepted practice in Australia, although circumcision rates have dropped dramatically since the 1950s. In an Opinion Piece published in the Adelaidean, Adelaide Law School’s Cornelia Koch argues that underage circumcision should be discouraged because it constitutes an infringement of boys’ personal autonomy. In her view, it should […]

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Reconsidering Male Circumcision

Today, Cornelia Koch and Anne Hewitt from the Adelaide Law School will present a public seminar on the regulation of circumcision in Australia and Germany. The discussion is informed by a recent decision of a German Court that the circumcision of a young Muslim boy constituted a criminal offence. The issue involves delicate questions about the right to […]

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Is Circumcision a Crime? A critique of the legal regulation of genital cutting in Germany and Australia

The Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion and the South Australian Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law present  “Is Circumcision a Crime? A critique of the legal regulation of genital cutting in Germany and Australia”   When: Thursday 13 September 2012 at 1pm-2pm Where: Moot Court Room, Adelaide Law […]

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The High Court’s New Spectacles: Re-envisioning Executive Power after Williams v Commonwealth

On 25 July 2012, Gabrielle Appleby of the Adelaide Law School, Mike Wait from the South Australian Crown Solicitor’s Office and Stephen McDonald of the South Australian Bar presented a seminar on the recent decision in Williams v Commonwealth for the Australian Association of Constitutional Law. Below is an edited version of Gabrielle’s paper. Stephen’s […]

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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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The Sky is Falling if Judges Decide Religious Controversies! — Or is it? The German Experience of Religious Freedom Under a Bill of Rights

In a new publication Cornelia Koch challenges the view often put forward by opponents of Bills of Rights that morally and politically controversial questions are for the elected Parliament alone and are not suitable for determination by courts. She bases her challenge on an examination of two of the most controversial cases ever decided by […]

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