Rule of law
A policy framework for responsible limits on facial recognition use case: law enforcement investigations
Remote biometric technologies – in particular, facial recognition – have gained a lot of traction in the security sector in recent years. This report presents a set of proposed principles for the use of facial recognition in law enforcement investigations, along with a self-assessment questionnaire...
This report analyses limitations, both technical and implementation, of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, and the implications of those limitations on the safe, reliable and ethical use of AI in policing and law enforcement scenarios.
The nature of offending by outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCGs), and policing responses, requires a novel approach to risk assessment. This study uses machine learning methods to develop a risk assessment tool to predict recorded high-harm offending. Results are compared with those of a model predicting...
The Australian government has committed to the reform of Australia’s electronic surveillance legislative framework. This paper aims to contribute to the debate by examining how firms that provide digital communications services can provide assistance to law enforcement, even as strong encryption is increasingly common.
This study examines Australian Muslims’ perspectives and attitudes towards law enforcement agencies.
The use of live automated facial recognition (AFR) systems in England and Wales for law enforcement purposes has been the subject of criticism concerning the inadequacy of governance of the technology. This working paper contributes to public policy literature on technology governance, exploring governance through...
In the most comprehensive transatlantic study of its kind, this report finds that the approach of both police and policymakers to tackling cybercrime is so inadequate that it is tantamount to surrender.
This updated review uses the Global Policing Database (GPD) to capture evaluations of the impact of street-level law enforcement interventions on drug crime and drug-related calls-for-service. The GPD is an online searchable database designed to capture all published and unpublished experimental and quasi-experimental impact evaluations...
Rule of law is widely recognised as essential to governance and sustainable development, but is complex to define. This new report examines how trends in development policy have shaped global support for the rule of law and explores how to enhance its impact on development.
This policy report summarises the findings of an investigation into the effectiveness of policy interventions addressing illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade, including legislative and enforcement measures, measures to influence consumer behaviour, trade policy responses and engagement of local communities.
This paper argues that democracy promotion ought to be an essential component of the Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy — a strategy that is being promoted by the United States, Australia, Japan and, increasingly, India, albeit with national differences in approaches and emphasis.
This paper outlines existing law enforcement cooperation between Australian and Chinese authorities, highlights the risks and limitations in working with China, and suggests areas where future cooperation can be enhanced.
The objective of this audit was to examine the efficiency of the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI) in detecting, investigating and preventing corrupt conduct.
This FlagPost was originally published on 24 July 2018. It has since been amended to reference the provisions of the Privacy Act 1988 relevant to the release of health information by private medical practitioners. As an adjunct task, it has also been updated to reflect...
Domestic and family violence protection orders in Australia: an investigation of information-sharing and enforcement with a focus on interstate orders - key findings and future directions
This resource outlines key findings of the research undertaken by the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, regarding the enforcement of DVPOs and the implications for policy and practice, including implications for the impending National Domestic Violence Order Scheme.
Findings in this report suggest that police detainees in Australia are largely supportive of the use of police body-worn cameras (BWCs), but this was predicated on a number of operational and procedural requirements.
This report's focus is on law enforcement, or supply reduction measures to address crystal methamphetamine (ice) use in Australia.
Examines the Australian government's policy response to human trafficking, looking specifically at law enforcement as well as the government's international engagement on the issue.
This resource examines how to integrate militarised equipment into the United States' many police forces.
Sally McManus, the new secretary of the ACTU, has copped a caning for asserting on ABC TV’s 7.30 that it is legitimate to break the law in some circumstances. The example she gave was of trade unionists laying down tools at an unsafe worksite, and...
This report aims to explain the role and importance of enforcing compliance of environmental law in New Zealand.
The primary purpose of this package of updates to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) is to promote confidence in our state’s planning system. This will be achieved through four underlying objectives: • to enhance community participation; • to promote strategic planning...
Of all Australia’s public health initiatives, our gun control laws are perhaps the most widely recognised and cited with pride. Yet they also contain the seed of their own destruction.
The origin of Australian crime guns: statements from those involved in curbing the proliferation of illicit firearms
For more than a decade, people whose job it is to seize and to trace crime guns in Australia have steadily contradicted the unsourced, evidence-free opinion that most illicit firearms are smuggled into the country.
This is the report of an independent review of three New Zealand fisheries compliance operations undertaken by the former Ministry of Fisheries and MPI and associated prosecution decisions. The reivew was carried out by Michael Heron, a Queen’s Counsel and former Solicitor General.