Meet the Editorial Board behind The Australian Law Journal (ALJ)

Meet the Editorial Board behind The Australian Law Journal (ALJ)

Behind the Scenes of the ALJ: It’s the journal traditionally heralded as holding the most topical of legal issues. With a new General Editor and expanded editorial board, The Australian Law Journal (ALJ) is going through an exciting process of rejuvenation. To celebrate its 90th anniversary, we look behind the scenes of the ALJ and learn more about the Editorial Board and their collaborative content selection process.

The Australian Law Journal celebrates historic 90th Anniversary

The Australian Law Journal celebrates historic 90th Anniversary

The Australian Law Journal (ALJ) first rolled off the presses 90 years ago in May 1927. To mark this milestone, Thomson Reuters hosted a special 90th Anniversary celebration in the Banco Court of NSW, joined by luminaries such as Hon Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE GBS, the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and former ALJ General Editor the Hon Peter Young AO, with a timely ALJ 90th special edition focusing on the theme of Indigenous Australians and the Law, curated by Guest Editor Professor Megan Davis, UNSW’s first Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous.

Fair Work Act protections – protecting whom?

Fair Work Act protections – protecting whom?

The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the Act) contains a wide range of protections for employees. These manifest through express provision, the stipulation of minimum standards (National Employment Standards), the delimiting of employers’ scope of action, or combinations of these. While the protections are apparent in the Act’s words, their individual effectiveness turns on how ...more

New Editors for the Insolvency Law Journal

New Editors for the Insolvency Law Journal

As the Insolvency Law Journal celebrates its 25th year, we mark some recent changes in the leadership of the journal. Dr Colin Anderson stepped down as General Editor of the journal at the beginning of 2017 after more than 10 years at its helm. In his place, we welcome the new co-General Editors Professor Rosalind Mason and Dr David Morrison, whose connections to the journal go back several years.

Australian Law Journal update: Vol 91 Pt 5 - ALJ's 90th Anniversary Special Issue

Australian Law Journal update: Vol 91 Pt 5 – ALJ’s 90th Anniversary Special Issue

The May Part of the Australian Law Journal marks the ALJ’s 90th anniversary since it first started in 1927, and is a Special Issue on Indigenous Australians and the law, with articles curated by Professor Megan Davis, UNSW’s first Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous: “Indigenous Constitutional Recognition: Paths to Failure and Possible Paths to Success” – Shireen Morris and Noel Pearson; “Testamentary Freedom and Customary Law: The Impact Of Succession Law on the Inheritance Needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia” – Prue Vines; “Opportunity is There for the Taking: Legal and Cultural Principles to Re-start Discussion on Aboriginal Heritage Reform in WA” – Lauren Butterly, Ambelin Kwaymullina and Blaze Kwaymullina; “Two New Township Leases on Aboriginal Land in the Northern Territory” – Leon Terrill; “Ensuring Ethical Collaborations in Indigenous Arts and Records Management” – Terri Janke; “Thinking Outside the Constitution on Indigenous Constitutional Recognition: Entrenching the Racial Discrimination Act” – Dylan Lino; “Administrative Law” – Gemma McKinnon; “What Does National Equality Law Have to do with Closing the Gap?” – Laura Beacroft. This Part also includes the following sections: “Current Issues”; Prof Peter Butt’s final notes on “Conveyancing and Property”; and two new Sections: “The Legal Observer” by Michael Pelly; and “Statutory Interpretation” by the Hon Justice John Basten; as well as Book Reviews.

Saunders Prize for Excellence in Scholarship in Constitutional Law

Nominations are closing soon for the Australian Association of Constitutional Law’s (AACL) Saunders Prize, which will be awarded to the author of an article or note on a subject of constitutional law published in an Australian legal journal in 2016. The prize is named in honour of Laureate Professor Emeritus Cheryl Saunders AO in recognition ...more

ALJ Special Issue on Indigenous Australians and Interview with former High Court Chief Justice Robert French

ALJ Special Issue on Indigenous Australians and Interview with former High Court Chief Justice Robert French

To mark the 90th anniversary of the ALJ in 2017, the upcoming May issue will be a Special Issue dedicated to the theme of Indigenous Australians, as well as new Sections, including on statutory interpretation, as well as a Legal Observer column by Mr Michael Pelly, who sits down for an interview with recently retired High Court Chief Justice, The Hon Robert Shenton French AC, twelfth Chief Justice of Australia.

The Future of Australian Legal Education Conference, Aug 11-13, presented by The Australian Law Journal

The Future of Australian Legal Education Conference, Aug 11-13, presented by The Australian Law Journal

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Pearce Report on Australian Law Schools, the Australian Academy of Law (AAL) and The Australian Law Journal are presenting a National Conference on the Future of Australian Legal Education, with the internationally acclaimed Professor Martha C. Nussbaum, University of Chicago Law School, as the keynote speaker. The conference is sponsored by the AAL and ALJ publisher Thomson Reuters, and supported by the Law Council of Australia, and will provide a forum for an informed, national discussion on the future of legal study and practice in Australia, covering practitioners, academics, judges and, of course, students.

“Gotta have faith, faith, faith …”

“Gotta have faith, faith, faith …”

Good faith that is. In construction contracts. In examining the inclusion of an express term requiring parties to act in “good faith” in Standards Australia’s draft AS11000: General Conditions of Contract, in the current issue of the Building and Construction Law Journal (Vol 33 No 1), Alexander Di Stefano suggests good faith clauses in construction ...more

Introducing new co-General Editors for the Australian Journal of Administrative Law

Introducing new co-General Editors for the Australian Journal of Administrative Law

The latest issue of the Australian Journal of Administrative Law (Volume 24 Part 1) marks a new chapter for the Journal, as Dr Damien Cremean retires from his role as the General Editor of AJ Admin L after a very successful tenure spanning over a decade. He has also stepped down as General Editor of the Journal of Civil ...more

ADRJ Special Issue: Contributions from the National Mediation Conference 2016

ADRJ Special Issue: Contributions from the National Mediation Conference 2016

This Special Issue of the ADRJ (Volume 28 Part 1) features a selection of articles based on papers presented at the National Mediation Conference in September 2016 on the Gold Coast. It is the initiative of the Co-Convenors of the National Mediation Conference Board 2016: Mieke Brandon and Callum Campbell. The theme of the conference ...more

Gender equality among barristers before the High Court

The subject of gender equality has been a hot topic in the media with recent coverage on state and national programs to tackle the bias in the legal profession. The question of why so few women appear before the High Court, and why even fewer have speaking roles has been raised by Professor George Williams ...more

Property Law Review update: Vol 6 Pt 3

Property Law Review update: Vol 6 Pt 3

The latest Part of the Property Law Review includes the following content: “Completing the painting: Legislative innovation and the ‘Australianness’ of Australian real property law” – Paul Babie; “Blockchains, trust and land administration: The return of historical provenance” – Lynden Griggs, Rod Thomas, Rouhshi Low and James Scheibner; “Verification of identity: As simple as it seems?” – Brett Harding; “Compulsory acquisition without compensation and the Nigerian Land Use Act” – Akintunde Otubu; New Zealand: “Unit titles and bodies corporate: Simple questions and difficult answers” – Thomas Gibbons; Queensland: “Enforcing obligations in development conditions against successors in title: Heaven’s door remains closed” – Sharon Christensen; South Australia: “A never-ending story: Torrens title in South Australia and the 2015-2016 Amendments to the Real Property Act 1886 (SA)” – Paul Babie; and Book Review.

Journal of Law and Medicine update: Vol 24 Pt 4

Journal of Law and Medicine update: Vol 24 Pt 4

The latest Part of the Journal of Law and Medicine includes the following sections: Editorial: “Doctors Suing Patients: Wrestling with Doing No Harm” – Ian Freckelton QC; Legal Issues: “Supporting People with Decision-Making Impairments: Choice, Control and Consumer Transactions” – Yvette Maker, Bernadette McSherry, Lisa Brophy, Jeannie Marie Paterson and Anna Arstein-Kerslake; Medical Issues: “Novel Psychoactive Substances: The Challenges for Health Care, Analytical Science and the Law” – Victoria Bicknell, Dimitri Gerostamoulos and David Ranson; Bioethical Issues: “Taking the Moral Measure of Mental Capacity: Interpretation and Implementation” – Grant Gillett; and Medical Law Reporter: “Public Health Legislation Prohibiting Sports-Embedded Gambling Advertisting” – Madeleine Farrar and Thomas Faunce.
Also in this Part are the following articles: “Complementary Health Practitioners Disciplined for Misconduct in Australia 2010-2016” – Jenni Millbank, Miranda Kaye, Anita Stuhmcke, David Sibbritt, Isabel Karpin and Jon Wardle; “Professional Discipline of the New Zealand Nursing Residential Care Workforce: A Mixed Methods Analysis of HPDT Decisions 2004-2014” – Kate Kersey, Kate Diesfeld, Lois J Surgenor and Michael Ip; “The Legal System and the Legitimacy of Clinical Guidelines” – Fiona McDonald; “Wastewater Analysis of Substance Use: Implications for Law, Policy and Research” – Jeremy Prichard, Foon Yin Lai, Emma van Dyken, Phong Thai, Raimondo Bruno, Wayne Hall, Paul Kirkbride, Coral Gartner, Jake O’Brien and Jochen F Mueller; “Abortion Law in New South Wales: Shifting from Criminalisation to the Recognition of the Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls” – Christine Forster and Vedna Jivan; “Proprietary Rights in Stored Semen: ‘Roblin v Public Trustee’ and the Commonsense Approach to Stored Human Tissue of Significance” – Madeline Baker; “‘Treatment’ of Intersex Children as a Special Medical Procedure” – Skye O’Dwyer; “Life on the Liminal Bridge Spanning Fertility and Infertility: A Time to Dream and a Time to Decide” – Pamela M White; “Coercive Community Treatment in Mental Health: An Idea Whose Time Has Passed?” – Sascha Callaghan and Giles Newton-Howes; “Blood Libel: An Analysis of Blood Donation Policy As It Affects Gay Men in Australia” – Edward Davis; “Stigma, Homosexuality and the Homosexual Advance Defence” – Anthony Gray and Kerstin Braun; and “The Role of Legal Proxies in End-of-Life Decisions in Italy: A Comparison with Other Western European Countries” – Denard Veshi and Gerald Neitzke. There are also reviews of the books “Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law and Ethics” by I Glenn Cohen – reviewed by Ian Freckelton QC; and “Stem Cell Tourism and the Political Economy of Hope” by Alan Petersen, Megan Munsie, Claire Tanner, Casimir MacGregor and Jane Brophy – reviewed by Ian Freckelton QC.

Building and Construction Law Journal update: Vol 33 Pt 2

Building and Construction Law Journal update: Vol 33 Pt 2

The latest Part of the Building and Construction Law Journal includes the following articles: “Alliancing in Australia: Commercial Advantage at the Expense of Legal Certainty?” – Andrew Stephenson and Brendan Molck; “Global Claim – Global Confusion?” – Andrew D Archer. Also in this Part is an Editorial; and a Report on the following case: Façade Treatment Engineering Pty Ltd (in liq) v Brookfield Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd.

Environmental and Planning Law Journal update: Vol 34 Pt 4

Environmental and Planning Law Journal update: Vol 34 Pt 4

This Part of the Environmental and Planning Law Journal includes the following articles: “Farmers, voluntary stewardship and collaborative environmental governance in rural Australia” – Andrew Lawson; “From smart to unsmart regulation: Undermining the success of public interest litigation” – Sophie Riley; “Drowning Cliefden Caves: Environmental law and geoheritage protection in New South Wales” – David Leary; “Jacob v Save Beeliar Wetlands: The demise of EPA policy as a mandatory relevant consideration” – Jasmine Morris; “Reducing emissions from deforestation after the Paris Agreement: New ambition, old challenges” – Emily Archer.

Australian Business Law Review update: Vol 45 Pt 3

Australian Business Law Review update: Vol 45 Pt 3

The latest Part of the Australian Business Law Review includes an Editorial by Professor Bob Baxt AO. It also contains the following articles: “Foreign Bribery Regulation in Australia and ‘Stepping Stones’ Director Liability” – Vivienne Brand; “Insider Trading, Materiality and the Reasonable Person: Who Must Be Influenced for Information to Have a ‘Material Effect’?” – Juliette Overland; “Termination for Convenience or Not?” – William Dixon; and “Alternative Dispute Resolution in Public, Essential and Emergency Services” – Giuseppe Carabetta. Also in this Part are the following sections: Competition Law and Market Regulation: “The Productivity Commission’s Recommendations on the Intellectual Property Exemption under the Competition and Consumer Act” – Brent Fisse; Industrial and Workplace Relations Law: “Exercising the Wisdom of Solomon: The Fair Work Commission’s Penalty Rates Decision” – Dr Victoria Lambropoulos; and Intellectual Property Law: “The Death of Innovation (Patents) in Australia?” – Campbell Thompson.