20 Mar 2019

This publication compiles data on laws that affect people on the basis of their sexual orientation - a fundamental resource for researchers, civil society organisations, governments and the general public.

Discussion paper

7 Sep 2018

This paper evaluates Tasmania’s current laws governing the review of administrative decisions, and seeks community input on this topic.


12 Apr 2018

A small environmental organization has taken on Germany’s powerful auto industry in court and has begun winning limited bans on heavily polluting diesel vehicles. Some analysts say this may be the beginning of the end for diesel automobiles in Germany and the European Union.

Discussion paper

17 May 2017

This issues paper considers a new approach to the problem of repeat drink driving through the introduction of a specialist, problem-solving court.


8 Feb 2017

Native title involves an interface between the Australian legal system and Indigenous legal, cultural and political systems. The assertion and management of native title rights involves collective action by sometimes large and disparate groups of Indigenous people. Contentious politics makes such collective action difficult and...


5 Dec 2016


Religious liberty is central to the Australian way of life. It is enshrined in the Australian Constitution. But it is not the only freedom that matters. There is a rising tension between accommodating differing freedoms in 21st century Australia. The changing face...



15 Nov 2016

George Brandis’s backdown is only the first step in clarifying and protecting the role of this key legal officer

LATE last week, six months after George Brandis quietly issued his Legal Services Direction tightening control over the work of the Commonwealth solicitor-general, the...


14 Oct 2016

Political fireworks have erupted at the Senate inquiry into the deteriorating relationship between the nation's two most senior law officers. The inquiry is examining a new rule Senator Brandis introduced in May, requiring that his written permission be given before Solicitor-General, Justin Gleeson, provides legal...

Annual Report

12 Oct 2016

The Australian Law Reform Commission's annual report for the period 1 July 2015 until 30 June 2016.



6 Oct 2016

On Wednesday, a Senate committee took evidence in an inquiry investigating the issue of a direction from Attorney-General, George Brandis, to the solicitor-general, Justin Gleeson.

By the end of the day, the shadow attorney-general, Mark Dreyfus, was calling on Brandis to resign for misleading...


13 Sep 2016

I was appointed on 11 February 2016 by the Hon Tony Grant MP, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, to review aspects of the amendments (the Amendments) made to the Liquor Regulation 2008 (NSW) by the Liquor Amendment Act 2014 (the Amendment Act).


Journal article

31 Aug 2016

Objective: Decisions about life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity are an integral part of intensive care (IC) practice. This paper compares Intensivists with six other specialties most often involved in end-of-life care as to their knowledge, attitudes and practice in relation to the law...

Journal article

16 Aug 2016

Objectives: To determine the role played by law in medical specialists’ decision-making about withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment (WWLST) from adults who lack capacity, and the extent to which legal knowledge affects whether law is followed.

Design: Cross-sectional postal survey of medical specialists....


31 Jul 2016

Local Goverment New Zealand (LGNZ) commissioned this paper which takes a high-level look at the interrelationships between the Local Government Act 2002 (LGA), the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and the Land Transport Management Act 2003 (LTMA). It comments on the coherence of the statutory...


29 Jul 2016

Talk of reforming the Family Court and family law system is back in the headlines, but agitation about the family law system has a long history.

Since the introduction of the Family Law Act and the establishment of the Family Court of Australia in...


30 Jun 2016

This book argues that we should adopt an instrumentalist approach to intellectual property and reject a proprietarian approach – an approach which emphasises the connection between labour and property rights.


Are intellectual property rights like other property rights? More and more...


22 Jun 2016

In the run-up to the 2016 federal election, the Pre-Election Legal Affairs Debate featured the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, and the Shadow-Attorney-General, the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP.

The debate explored the policies of the Coalition and the Australian Labor Party...


9 May 2016

There are new guidelines for medical practitioners who perform cosmetic medical and surgical procedures.

Introduction These guidelines have been developed by the Medical Board of Australia (the Board) under section 39 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law as in force in each...


28 Apr 2016

The proud claim that Australia may have “solved the gun problem” might only be a temporary illusion. In recent years, arms dealers have imported more guns than ever before. And last year we crossed a symbolic threshold: for the first time in 20 years, Australia’s...


17 Mar 2016

The paper provides compelling new evidence from the Legal Australia-Wide (LAW) Survey demonstrating the lower legal capability of multiply disadvantaged people. The most disadvantaged respondents were found to be significantly more likely to take no action in response to their legal problems. In addition, when...



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