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.

New co-editor of the Public Law Review

New co-editor of the Public Law Review

Professor Janet McLean is warmly welcomed as co-editor of the Public Law Review. She has been the Book Review editor for the journal for a number of years and will now join forces with the co-founder of the journal and current co-editor, Laureate Professor Cheryl Saunders (Founding Director of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, Melbourne Law School, ...more

Professors Dale Pinto and Kerrie Sadiq join Australian Tax Review

Professors Dale Pinto and Kerrie Sadiq join Australian Tax Review

Thomson Reuters is pleased to announce the appointment of Professors Dale Pinto and Kerrie Sadiq as Associate Editors for the Australian Tax Review. Dale and Kerrie will assist General Editor Chris Evans with the management of the Journal. Kerrie Sadiq is a Professor in the School of Accountancy at the QUT Business School, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, an ...more

Property Law Review – New topical sections provide expert insight

Property Law Review Vol 4 Pt 1 (November 2014) is available online now. Topical section notes authored by professional and academic experts in a broad range of property law related subject areas and jurisdictions have been introduced into the Property Law Review journal, including Strata and Community Title, Consumer Issues, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, New South Wales, and Queensland.

Building and Construction Law Journal update: August 2015

The latest Part of the Building and Construction Law Journal includes the following articles: “Enforcement of adjudication determinations” – Javad Asghari, Kristian Cywicki and Wayne Jocic; and “Extension of time notification and the superintendent’s discretion – the ongoing tug of war between principal and contractor” – Kirsty Smith. Also in this Part are Reports on the following cases: Cavasinni Constructions Pty Ltd v New South Wales Land and Housing Corp; CMF Projects Pty Ltd v Riggall; and Cardinal Project Services v Hanave.

The Queensland Lawyer update: July 2015

The latest Part of The Queensland Lawyer includes the following article: “Pleading guilty online in Queensland: Efficiency at the expense of justice” – Mikayla Brier-Mills; and the following sections: Administrative law: Uelese v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2015] HCA 15; Commercial law: A bank’s liability for the advice of its financial planner: Westpac Banking Corp v Jamieson [2015] QCA 50; (2015) 294 FLR 48; Conveyancing and Property law: Compensation or consideration for a statutory right of user?; Criminal law: Particulars in workplace health and safety prosecutions; and Alleging previous convictions in the magistrates court; Health and Guardianship law: Children, consent and the refusal of blood: A recent Queensland case; and Industrial law: Fighting at work – Disentitling and serious and wilful misconduct?. Also in this Part is a Report on FCA v Commissioner of Queensland Police Service (Family law and child welfare, Magistrates) and reviews of the following books: The Law of Misleading or Deceptive Conduct – Colin Lockhart; Native Title in Australia – Richard Barlett; Criminal Law in Queensland and Western Australia: Cases and Commentary – Eric Colvin, Justice John McKechnie and Jodie O’Leary; Law of Confidentiality – G E Dal Pont.

The Tort Law Review update: July 2015

The latest Part of the Tort Law Review includes the following articles: “Is harmonising tort law in the European Union possible? With comparative glimpses at the United States” – Helmut Koziol; “Rescuing Rylands: Strict liability and environmental protection in Canada” – Lynda M Collins and Laura J Freitag; “Contamination as a chemical interference with land: Where the (private nuisance) truck should stop after Antrim” – Brandon D Stewart; and “Limitation periods, constructive knowledge and the problem of corrective justice” – Keith Patten.

Journal of Law and Medicine update: June 2015

The latest Part of the Journal of Law and Medicine includes the following sections: Editorial: “Medicinal cannabis law reform: Lessons from Canadian litigation” – Ian Freckelton QC; Legal Issues: “Support for the exercise of legal capacity: The role of the law” – Bernadette McSherry and Andrew Butler; Medical Issues: “The loss of Malaysia airlines flight MH17: A forensic and humanitarian task” – David Ranson; Bioethical Issues: “Think of the children: Sex selection and child welfare” – Rachael Wong and Grant Gillett; Nursing Issues: “Recognising and responding to the deteriorating patient” – Kim Forrester; and Medical Law Reporter: “Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Pfizer: Evergreening and market power as a blockbuster drug goes off patent” – Thomas Faunce. Also in this Part are the following articles: “The Australian quarantine and biosecurity legislation: Constitutionality and critique” – Anthony Gray; “States of confusion: Jurisdictional variation in Australian medicines nomenclature” – Denise Hope and Michelle King; “The case for MDMA (ecstasy) regulation” – Joshua Donelly; “Patenting genetic diagnostic methods: NGS, GWAS, SNPs and patents” – Charles Lawson; “Genetic testing of stored tissue from a deceased person to define a relative’s disease risk: Legal and ethical viewpoints” – Loane Skene, Julian Savulescu and Martin B Delatycki; “Double standards: Standards of proof for persons found unfit for trial” – Betheli O’Carroll; “Fitness to stand trial, human rights and possibilities from England and Wales” – Jeanette Stewart, Mary Woodward and Ilana Hepner; “Tasmania’s Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Act 2013: An analysis of conscientious objection to abortion and the “obligation to refer”” – Ronli Sifris; “Regulating preimplantation genetic diagnosis in Australia: Disability and parental choice” – Michelle de Souza; and “End-of-life decisions in Malaysia: Adequacies of ethical codes and developing legal standards” – Puteri Nemie Jahn Kassim and Fadhlina Alias. There is also a review of the book “Elder Law in New Zealand” by Kate Diesfeld and Ian McIntosh.

Insolvency Law Journal update: July 2015

The latest Part of the Insolvency Law Journal includes the following articles: “How does s 588FA apply to the granting of a security interest over an unsecured debt?” – Peter Sise; and “External administration in corporate insolvency and reorganisation: The insider alternative” – Larelle Chapple and James Routledge; and the following section notes: Recent Developments: “Barriers to entry and exit for Australian businesses: The solvency impact of disruption” – David Morrison; and Report from New Zealand: “Supreme Court clarifies meaning of “value” in the defence against insolvent transaction claims – Allied Concrete Ltd v Meltzer and Hayward as Liquidators of Window Holdings Ltd (in liq)” – Trish Keeper.