Special issue on commercial surrogacy planned for the Journal of Law and Medicine

A special issue on commercial surrogacy will feature in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Law and Medicine. Chief Judge John Pascoe of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia says: The fundamental issue for any community in relation to surrogacy is the sanctity of human life and how the community deals with the human ...more

Public Law Review submissions welcome

Public Law Review submissions welcome

New article submissions to the Public Law Review are always welcome by the Editors, Cheryl Saunders and Janet McLean. The Review is designed to make a contribution to an informed and vibrant public debate about public law in Australia and New Zealand. To that end, it seeks to publish work of the highest quality on ...more

New Board of Advisers join Public Law Review

New faces have recently joined the Board of Advisers of the Public Law Review, replacing a number of departing members who generously supported the Review over a long period of time. The Board of Advisers is integral to the Review, working with the Editors, Cheryl Saunders and Janet McLean, to maintain the high standards of the Review ...more

Scope for reform: New report shows Australia lagging in environmental governance best practice

Washington DC-based climate think-tank, the World Resources Institute is set to launch its Environmental Democracy Index (EDI) in May. Developed in partnership with The Access Initiative, the EDI is designed to provide a snapshot of a nation’s performance in key practice areas of environmental governance. In the latest issue of the EPLJ, report contributors Guy J Dwyer and Judith A Preston discuss Australia’s performance under the EDI – scoring just 1.42 out of a maximum possible score of 3; and achieving the best possible practice results in only 14 out of 24 practice indicators.

Young lawyer Claire Limbach awarded McCallum Medal 2015 winner

The 2015 McCallum Medal Competition, named in honour of industrial relations expert and former Dean of University of Sydney, Faculty of Law, Professor Ron McCallum AO, was held  on Thursday 12th November at the Seyfarth Shaw offices in Chifley Towers, Sydney. Claire Limbach won first prize on the night, discussing in favour of amending the Fair ...more

Australian Law Journal update: November 2015

The latest Part of the Australian Law Journal includes the following articles: “Is access to justice a right or a service?” – Steven Rares; “Some judicial fallacies concerning entire agreement clauses” – I M Jackman; and “The ex ante approach to assessing materiality: To what extent are subsequent price movements relevant?” – Andrew Eastwood. Also in this Part are the following sections: Current Issues; Conveyancing and Property; Around the Nation: Tasmania; Personalia; Around the Nation: Northern Territory, Corporations and Securities; Environmental Law; Recent Cases; and a Book Review: “Principles of Taxation Law 2015” by Kerrie Sadiq.

Environmental and Planning Law Journal update: November 2015

The latest Part of the Environmental and Planning Law Journal includes the following articles: “Natural capital risk management: Regulating the main externalities of business” – Rhett Martin; “The World Heritage Convention: Compliance, public participation and the rights of Indigenous people” – Simon Marsden; “‘Restorative justice activity’ orders: Furthering restorative justice intervention in an environmental and planning law context?” – Mark Hamilton; “Ku-ring-gai, New South Wales: A battleground between urban consolidation and green amenity” – Luke McGregor and Andrew H Kelly. This Part also includes a book review: “Interpreting Environmental Offences: The Need For Certainty” by Emma Lees – reviewed by Dr Chris McGrath.

Australian Tax Review update: November 2015

The latest Part of the Australian Tax Review includes the following articles: “Tax base erosion through thin capitalisation: Consequences of Australian reforms and the tax accounting interface” – Dean Hanlon and Les Nethercott; “Internal derivatives and the attribution of income and expenditure to permanent establishments of Australian banks” – Simon Croese; and “The constitutional validity of a statutory remedial power for the Commissioner of Taxation” – Nicole Wilson-Rogers. There is also an editorial, a Current note by Dr Terry Dwyer; and a Book review on “Value Added Tax: A Comparative Approach” by Alan Schenk, Victor Thuronyi and Wei Cui, reviewed by Richard Krever.

Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal update: November 2015

The latest Part of the Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal includes the following articles: “International arbitration in Australia: 2014/2015 in review” – Albert Monichino QC and Alex Fawke; “The (im)propriety of judicial mediation – David Kwok; “All the way with ADR: Further endorsement of ADR in litigation” – Tina Popa; “Religious tribunals and courts of law – are their decisions or procedural determinations subject to review by secular courts?” – Nadav Prawer; “Mediation of property division in late stage Family law matters: A procedural initiative” – Marilyn Scott; “Emotion in mediation” – Ken Skinner; and “Applying findings from neuroscience to inform and enhance mediator skills” – Craig Smith. It also contains Case notes: “Intervening in mediation; the right to public over private mediation; and mediation media watch” – David Spencer.