LFC News and Insights
October 19, 2018
Neoliberal authoritarianism and the politics of debt
By Dr Chris Butler Griffith Law School This post draws on a research article ‘State power, the politics of debt and confronting neoliberal authoritarianism’ that will be published in a special issue of Law and Critique on Forms of Authority Beyond the Neoliberal State (vol. 29(3)). The article is currently available at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10978-018-9233-z. Neoliberal authority ...
October 17, 2018
Integrity 20 shines spotlight on issues facing young Australians
Memes, selfies, cyber-hate, big data, slow fashion and the global war on waste will be explored during the first dedicated schools day the 2018 Integrity 20 conference.
October 12, 2018
Drug-testing the unemployed
By Dr Allan Ardill Griffith Law School Unemployment Unemployment in Australia has not fallen below 5 per cent since March 2009 and is not predicted to fall below that level before 2023. Together with technological disruption to traditional forms of work, contracting-out and casualization, the bleak future for sustainable job creation has seen some scholars and ...
Wrongful Conviction, Forensic Science and DNA Evidence
By Lynne Weathered, Director, Griffith University Innocence Project Tuesday, 2 October 2018, marks the fifth year that Wrongful Conviction Day will be officially acknowledged internationally. It is a day to draw attention and awareness to the problem of the wrongful conviction – a problem that impacts well beyond the individual serving time for a crime ...
Australia needs a drought policy for the 21st century
By Professor Poh-Ling Tan Griffith Law School In August 2019, Scott Morrison, the country’s new Prime Minister has made “a national response to drought” his priority, and has done so by appointing Barnaby Joyce a new special envoy for drought assistance and recovery. Many Australians would like to know whether Australia has a policy for managing drought ...
How do judges know how the world works?
By Dr Kylie Burns Deputy Head of Learning and Teaching Griffith University When judges decide cases they typically are thought to strictly apply legal principles to ‘facts’ which are presented as evidence in a hearing or trial. For example, how fast was a car going before a collision? What did the defendant do when they became ...
Domestic violence victim/survivors access to social security dependent on income and assets of perpetrator
By Dr Lyndal Sleep Research Fellow Law Futures Centre If you are in an abusive situation or know someone who is, call 1800 RESPECT. If it is an emergency call 000. You can also call lifeline on 13 11 14 or contact the Safe Futures Foundation. Access to social security resources is vital to many ...
Living in Technical Legality: Science Fiction and Law as Technology
By Associate Professor Kieran Tranter Griffith Law School What if this is not the end? This is the question that this is chased after in my new book Living in Technical Legality (Edinburgh University Press, 2018). Many feel very insecure about the future due to rapid technological change. News feeds scroll to suggest that humans ...
August 30, 2018
The Significance of Moral Motive Pluralism
By Dr Hugh Breakey Griffith Law School For thousands of years, moral philosophers – and more recently moral psychologists – have searched for the ethical fulcrum: the one, ultimate moral motivation that drives conscientious ethical behaviour. In some ways, it made sense to think that there would be one specific psychological quality that motivates ethical ...
August 30, 2018
Silenced Victims of Wartime Sexual Violence
By Dr Olivera Simic Griffith Law School The condemnation of wartime sexual violence as a gross violation of human rights has received widespread support. While rape and other forms of sexual violence have attracted considerable local and international attention, this often excludes wartime sexual violence among women belonging to so-called `perpetrator’ war-torn nations. My new book ...