The latest issue of the Australian Law Journal (Volume 85 Part 5) contains the following material:


The supervisory jurisdiction of the Supreme Courts John Basten

In according constitutional protection to the supervisory jurisdiction of the State Supreme Courts, the High Court in Kirk’s case brought Australian law into line with Canadian constitutional law, a step which had been foreshadowed over some years. The basis on which the outcome is justified has implications for approaches to constitutional interpretation more generally. The possible consequences for the interpretation of privative clauses in State legislation are also noted. The limit of legislative intervention is defined by the concept of jurisdictional error. This new-found constitutional role breathes life into a concept long since abandoned in English administrative law and lacking clear boundaries. The courts will need to develop clearer guidelines, based on a functional approach, allowing for differing levels of scrutiny, depending on the nature of the administrative or judicial decision under review. Account should also be taken of changing social, governmental and legal environments.

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Government duties to provide diplomatic protection in a comparative perspective Christopher Tran

It is settled that states have a right to provide diplomatic protection under international law where certain prerequisites are satisfied, but that they are not obliged to do so. Whether such an obligation exists depends on domestic law. This article advances a generic framework for analysing whether such a domestic law duty exists, by reference to the developing case law of the United Kingdom, Germany, South Africa and Canada. It then applies that framework to consider whether the Australian government owes a duty to provide or consider providing diplomatic protection to Australians abroad.

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CURRENT ISSUES – Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO

  • All’s quiet
  • Third Judicial Seminar on Commercial Litigation
  • Retirement of Tobias JA
  • Bonuses in commercial corporations
  • Vincent JA on judges
  • Law schools and their ivory towers
  • Lawyers’ overseas conferences
  • Question of bail


  • Exercise of option: Choose your words carefully
  • Setting off deposit against claim for damages
  • Vendor excused from need to get ready for completion
  • Testamentary capacity and bereavement
  • Attempted unilateral severance of joint tenancy fails
  • Caveator saved by injunction

RECENT CASES – Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO

  • Signatures
  • Vendor and purchaser: Statute of Frauds
  • Wills: Statutory wills
  • Self represented litigants: Making of further submissions
  • Unlicensed driver causing death

For the pdf version of the table of contents, click here: ALJ Vol 85 Pt 5 Contents.