In Grenfell’s wake. Building safer high-rises?

In Grenfell’s wake. Building safer high-rises?

The potential dangers in high-rise apartment living have come under the spotlight recently: the Opal Tower in Sydney with its “construction issues” and the fire in the Spencer Street block in Melbourne – both requiring evacuation of residents. These events follow on the Lacrosse Apartments fire in Melbourne of some years ago, and the Grenfell ...more

Religious Freedom after Ruddock

Religious Freedom after Ruddock

The University of Queensland Law School, in partnership with The Australian Law Journal (ALJ), will host the conference on Religious Freedom following the report of the Religious Freedom Review, led by former Attorney-General Philip Ruddock. The event will take place at The University of Queensland, St Lucia on Saturday, 6 April 2019 from 9am to 5pm. Some papers that will be presented at the conference will be published in a special edition of the ALJ.

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers: Religious Freedom after Ruddock

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers: Religious Freedom after Ruddock

A conference will be held on Saturday 6th April 2019 to consider the future of religious freedom in Australia following the report of the Religious Freedom Review, led by former Attorney-General Philip Ruddock. The Conference is jointly organised by the Australian Law Journal and the TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland, and will be held at UQ in Brisbane. Selected papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of the ALJ later in 2019.

Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice update: Vol 7 Pt 2 (Special Issue)

Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice update: Vol 7 Pt 2 (Special Issue)

This issue of the Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice is a Special Issue focused on “Civil Justice”. Containing a collection of articles presented at the Civil Justice Forum held at RMIT University on 13 and 14 February 2018, this issue covers the following: “Suppression and Non-publication Orders in Civil Litigation” – BC Cairns; “Pre-action Requirements in Medical Negligence Matters” – Tania Sourdin, Margaret Castles and Madeline Muddle; “Could Civil Case Management Benefit from a Litigant Vulnerability Assessment Scheme?” – Sonya Willis; and “Processes for Disputing Liability to Pay Workers’ Compensation for Psychological Injury” – Olivia Rundle, Megan Woods and Laura Michaelson. Also in this part is the Editorial Comment and the following Case Notes: “ARB – MED – ARB: Ku-Ring-Gai Council v Ichor Constructions Pty Ltd [2018] NSWSC 610” – Brigitte Gasson; and “Rozenblit v Vainer (2018) 92 ALJR 600; [2018] HCA 23: Order for Stay of Proceedings in the Case of the Impecunious Plaintiff” – Ella Howard.

Australian Law Journal update: Vol 92 Pt 10 (Special Issue: Climate Change and the Law)

Australian Law Journal update: Vol 92 Pt 10 (Special Issue: Climate Change and the Law)

This Special Issue of the Australian Law Journal on Climate Change and the Law contains the following articles: “Climate Change and the Law – Introduction” – Martijn Wilder AM; “An Overview of International Climate Change Law, including the Paris Agreement” – Susan Biniaz; “Climate Change Law in Australia – A History and the Current State of Play” – Ilona Millar and Sophie Whitehead; “Creating, Buying and Safeguarding Emissions Reductions under the Emissions Reduction Fund” – Elisa de Wit and Amy Quinton; “Mapping Climate Change Litigation” – The Hon Justice Brian J Preston SC; “Obligations on Australian Companies to Address Climate Change” – Stephanie Venuti and Martijn Wilder AM; “The Future of Australia’s Federal Renewable Energy Law” – James Prest and Grace Soutter; “The Victorian Climate Change Act: A Model” – Alainnah Calabro, Stephanie Niall and Anna Skarbek; “Climate Finance and Financial Markets in Australia: The CEFC and ARENA” – Monique Miller; “Carbon Dioxide Removal Geoengineering” – Dr Kerryn Brent, Professor Jan McDonald, Dr Jeffrey McGee and Dr Brendan Gogarty; and “Biodiversity Conservation Law and Climate Change Adaptation – Dr Phillipa C McCormack”. This Part also includes the section Current Issues.

Australian Law Journal update: Vol 92 Pt 9

Australian Law Journal update: Vol 92 Pt 9

The latest Part of the Australian Law Journal contains the following articles: “On to Strasbourg or Back to Temple? The Future of European Law in Australia Post-Brexit” – The Hon TF Bathurst AC and Bronte Lambourne; “Searching for the Searchers: The Australian Legal Profession and the Operation of the Australian Red Cross Missing and Wounded Enquiry Bureau in World War I” – Tony Cunneen; “Judicial Decision-Making in Times of War and Relative Peace” – The Hon Susan Kiefel AC; and “The Case for Contradictors in Approving Class Action Settlements” – Jeremy Kirk. This Part also includes the following sections: Current Issues; Admiralty and Maritime; Family Law; Statutory Interpretation; Personalia; and Book Reviews.

Australian Journal of Administrative Law update: Vol 25 Pt 1 (Special Issue on the Charter)

Australian Journal of Administrative Law update: Vol 25 Pt 1 (Special Issue on the Charter)

This Special Issue on the Charter includes an introduction by Justice Pamela Tate, and the following articles: “Administrative Decision-Making under Victoria’s Charter” – Janina Boughey and Adam Fletcher; “How Does the Charter Affect Discretions? The Limits of s 38(1) and Beyond” – Bruce Chen; “Judicial Review and the Charter” – Mark Aronson; and “Judicial Review and Human Rights” – Matthew Groves.

ALJ Tribute to Sir Laurence Whistler Street AC KCMG KStJ QC

ALJ Tribute to Sir Laurence Whistler Street AC KCMG KStJ QC

Commodore Sir Laurence Street AC KCMG QC, the fourteenth Chief Justice of the NSW Supreme Court and former Lieutenant-Governor of New South Wales, died on 21 June 2018, and a state funeral was held in his honour at the Sydney Opera House on 5 July 2018. This obituary and tribute was written by The Hon Arthur R Emmett AO QC, Acting Judge of the New South Wales Court of Appeal (to be published in the forthcoming July issue of The Australian Law Journal).

Environmental and Planning Law Journal update: Vol 35 Pt 4 (Special Issue on Pesticides)

Environmental and Planning Law Journal update: Vol 35 Pt 4 (Special Issue on Pesticides)

This Special Issue of the Environmental and Planning Law Journal focuses on the regulation of pesticides. This Part includes the following content: “Special Issue Editorial: Regulation of Pesticides in Five National Contexts: The Need for a Paradigm Shift from Causation to Caution” – Professor Elisabeth Lambert, Dr Sally Knowles; “Constitutional Impediments to the Cooperative Framework for Pesticide Regulation in Western Australia” – Toby Nisbet; “Avoiding Conflicts of Interest: Compliance within Australia’s National Regulator of Pesticides” – Ann-Claire Larsen; “The Discord between International and Australian Approaches to Pesticide Regulation and the Precautionary Principle” – Mostafa M Naser, Toby Nisbet and Tanzim Afroz; “Pesticides, Disease, Causal Uncertainty and Standards of Proof: An Introduction to the Impact of Causal Uncertainty on Incapacitated Workers Seeking Compensation in Australia” – W Rupert Johnson; “Establishing Cause, What Does That Mean from an Epidemiological and Legal Perspective?” – J Oosthuizen and M Cross; “The Regulation, Control and Management of Pesticides in Singapore” – Lye Lin Heng; “A Critical Analysis on the Legal and Institutional Frameworks on Pesticides in the Philippines” – Rose-Liza Eisma-Osorio; “Permitting Poison: Pesticide Regulation in Aotearoa New Zealand” – Catherine J Iorns Magallanes; and “Pesticides Law and Precautionary Principle in Canada: Does the Entanglement of Federal and Provincial Rules Adequately Protect Us from Environmental and Health Risks?” – Marc-Antoine Racicot.

The Australian Law Journal announces expanded Section Editor panel

The Australian Law Journal announces expanded Section Editor panel

The Australian Law Journal is delighted to announce the launch of two new sections, “Class Actions” (headed by The Hon Justice Michael B Lee) and “Technology and the Law” (co-edited by Associate Professor Lyria Bennett Moses and Anna Collyer), as well as the appointment of John Kettle for the “Competition and Consumer Law” section, and Associate Professor Jason Harris as the new “Corporations and Securities” Section Editor.

ALRC Inquiry into Class Action Proceedings and Third Party Litigation Funders

ALRC Inquiry into Class Action Proceedings and Third Party Litigation Funders

This month, the ALRC released its Discussion Paper on its Inquiry into Class Action Proceedings and Third-Party Litigation Funders (June 2018), inviting submissions and outlining its key proposals and questions around whether and to what extent class action proceedings and third-party litigation funders should be subject to Commonwealth regulation. The President of the ALRC, the Honourable Justice Sarah Derrington, identifies some of the ALRC’s early findings and emphasises the need to look to counterpart jurisdictions to ensure a global approach in developing the class actions regime in Australia.

Welcoming Professor Michael Legg as co-General Editor for Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice

Welcoming Professor Michael Legg as co-General Editor for Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice

Thomson Reuters is extremely pleased to announce that Professor Michael Legg has joined the Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice as its new Co-General Editor, working alongside the current General Editor Roderick Joyce QSO QC. A Professor of Law at UNSW Sydney, Michael is the Director of the IMF Bentham Class Actions Research Initiative at UNSW Law, and Director of the Law Society of NSW Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) research stream in the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation at UNSW Law, having played a key role as the academic committee member on the ground-breaking FLIP Report launched by the Law Society of New South Wales in March 2017. The Journals Team warmly welcomes Professor Legg to the Journal looks forward to his insights and ideas in helping readers to navigate the current and future landscape of civil litigation and procedure in Australia and beyond.

Company and Securities Law Journal update: Vol 35 Pt 7 (Special Issue: Financial Services Protections)

Company and Securities Law Journal update: Vol 35 Pt 7 (Special Issue: Financial Services Protections)

The latest Part of the Company and Securities Law Journal includes the following articles: “Whither Customer Protection in Financial Services?” – M Scott Donald; “Regulating for Fairness in the Australian Funds Management Industry” – M Scott Donald; “Fairness and Financial Services: Revisiting the Enforcement Framework” – Pamela Hanrahan; “The Fairness Rationale for Customer Advocacy in the Financial Sector” – Dimity Kingsford Smith; and “Suitability” – Gail Pearson. This issue also includes the following section: Editorial; Special Issue on Protections in the Financial Services Industry – Robert Baxt AO.

Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law update: Vol 27 Pt 1

Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law update: Vol 27 Pt 1

The latest Part of the Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law includes the following articles: “Deceptive Domain Names – Misconduct through Misnomers” – Adrian Coorey; “Merger Authorisation Processes in Australia in Light of the Tabcorp Decision (It’s Hip to Be Square – Hipster Economics and Antitrust)” – Dave Poddar; “Commercial Reality: Its Place in the Authorisation of Mergers” – Ketki Kotwal; and the following sections: Authorisations and Notifications; Telecommunications; Landmarks; Energy Etchings; Case Notes; Consumer Concerns; What If…; Report from Russia; and Report from India.

Australian Law Journal update: Vol 93 Pt 3

Australian Law Journal update: Vol 93 Pt 3

The latest Part of the Australian Law Journal contains the following articles: “Proportionate Liability in Commercial Cases: Principles and Practice” – Graeme S Clarke QC; “Barbaro in Queensland: Exceptionalism Again?” – H G Fryberg QC; and “Can Schools be Liable to their Staff and Students for Sun-Related Injury?” – David Hertzberg. This Part also includes the following sections: Current Issues; Conveyancing and Property; Environmental Law, Family Law, Technology and the Law; and Recent Cases.

Public Law Review update: Vol 29 Pt 4

Public Law Review update: Vol 29 Pt 4

The latest Part of the Public Law Review includes the following content: Comments: “The Imperative of Process in the Australian Republic Debate” – Gabrielle Appleby; “The Legislative Council and Cabinet Documents – A Comment on Egan v Chadwick” – Tom Chisholm; “Forum of Choice? The Legislative Impact of the Parliamentary Joint Committee of Intelligence and Security” – Sarah Moulds; and the following Articles: “Arbitration of Treaty of Waitangi Settlement Cross-Claim Disputes” – Amokura Kawharu; “Anti-democratic Political Parties as a Threat to Democracy: Models of Reaction and the Strategic Democracy” – Antonios Kouroutakis; “‘Silent Members of Society’?: Public Servants and the Freedom of Political Communication in Australia” – Kieran Pender; Book review: “The Constitution of the Environmental Emergency” – reviewed by Benjamin J Richardson; and Developments.

Company and Securities Law Journal update: Vol 36 Pt 7

Company and Securities Law Journal update: Vol 36 Pt 7

The latest Part of the Company and Securities Law Journal includes the following articles: “Piercing the Corporate Veil to Reach the Money for Employees: Why, How and Where to Next?” – Helen Anderson; “A Legal Identity for Mutuals – Distinguishing between Profit and Purpose” – Ann Apps; and “Country-by-Country Tax Reporting: A Critical Analysis of Enhanced Regulatory Requirements for Multinational Corporations” – Adrian Sawyer and Kerrie Sadiq. This issue also includes the following sections: Editorial; and Directors’ Duties: “Does s 191 of the Corporations Act Include Conflicting Duties?” – Rosemary Teele Langford and Ian Ramsay.

Australian Intellectual Property Journal update: Vol 29 Pt 2

Australian Intellectual Property Journal update: Vol 29 Pt 2

The latest Part of the Australian Intellectual Property Journal includes the following content: “Intellectual Property and the Business of Innovation” – Bill Ferris AC; “Australian Laws and Regulations on Regional Branding on Food and Wine Labels: Part 1” – Paula Caroline Zito; and “Dealing Fairly with Parody: How Literary Theory Can Inform Legal Definitions” – Sarah Hook.