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Informative, jargon-free stories about law reform, legal education, test cases, miscarriages of justice and legal culture. The Law Report makes the law accessible.

Informative, jargon-free stories about law reform, legal education, test cases, miscarriages of justice and legal culture. The Law Report makes the law accessible.


Melbourne, VIC


Informative, jargon-free stories about law reform, legal education, test cases, miscarriages of justice and legal culture. The Law Report makes the law accessible.




Law Report GPO Box 9994 Melbourne 3006 (03) 9626 1642


Deporting Djokovic, and Catholic diocese found vicariously liable in historical child sex abuse case

The Federal Government's move to deport Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic from Australia has highlighted the scope of discretionary powers held by the immigration minister. And the Supreme Court of Victoria sets a legal precedent in what is believed to be the first ruling to find a Catholic diocese in Australia 'vicariously liable' for child sexual abuse committed by a priest decades ago.


Crime and justice in the Torres Strait, and Cape York’s Licensing Muster program

According to a study which explores how the Torres Strait's unique culture, geography and colonial experience has shaped the current crime and justice landscape, property crime in the region is very low. And the innovative Licensing Muster Project is helping Indigenous people living at the top of Cape York obtain birth certificates which are required when applying for a drivers licence.


Inside Thomas Embling Hospital, a forensic health facility

For the first time a journalist is allowed to record in the Thomas Embling Hospital, Melbourne's Forensic healthcare facility. Meet therapists, the psychiatrist in charge and some of the patients who have committed a serious crime but are deemed not responsible for their actions due to mental illness.


Court rules couples can conspire, and how brain implants might transform criminal law

The High Court of Australia rules that a married couple can conspire to commit a crime. Also, the challenges posed by emerging neurotechnologies.


How itchy underpants created Australia's consumer laws

If a consumer is injured by a faulty product, they can sue the manufacturer. In Australia, The law of Negligence or Torts forms a fundamental building block of our legal system. As reporter Carly Godden discovers, these laws owe much of their origins to a case from the 1930's involving a pair of woollen long johns.


'Squatters' rights', and UK health laws

The Law Report revisits a New South Wales Supreme Court ruling against a retirement village developer that claimed ‘squatters' rights’, or adverse possession, over a Sydney property. And two court decisions highlight important issues in Britain's health laws.


US trademark dispute threatens ugg boot business, and deportation fears for returned prison escapee

A Sydney ugg boot maker says his 40-year-old business is at risk of bankruptcy following a trademark dispute in the United States courts. And can Australia deport a prison escapee, who surrendered after 30 years on the run, to a country that no longer exists?


Sue Neill-Fraser loses appeal against murder conviction

Tasmanian woman Sue Neill-Fraser's latest appeal has failed to overturn her murder conviction for the death of Bob Chappell, her former partner who disappeared from a yacht moored off Hobart in 2009. Has the appeal shed new light on a case in which a body was never found?


Could AI help make the law more accessible for disabled people?

Could ‘chatbots’, a form of artificial intelligence technology, help make the legal system more accessible for people living with disabilities?


'Body modification' on trial

In a precedent-setting case, a New South Wales judge has found self-proclaimed extreme body modification artist Brendan Leigh Russell guilty of female genital mutilation, grievous bodily harm, and manslaughter. Is consent a valid legal defence when cosmetic 'body modification' procedures go wrong?


Adriana Rivas mounts new appeal against Chile extradition

Should Sydney woman Adriana Rivas, who is accused of being a Pinochet-era intelligence agent, be extradited to Chile over alleged crimes against humanity? The full bench of the Federal Court is set to hear her latest appeal this week. And calls for Australia to investigate allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in communities with links to conflict zones.


Reforming NSW sexual consent laws

What impact could proposed changes to New South Wales consent laws have in delivering justice to victims and survivors of sexual assault?


UK legal action over rugby league players’ brain injury, and deciding judicial recusals in Australian courts

Australia’s football codes are closely monitoring a class action brought by former rugby league players in Britain who allege the sport’s governing body failed to protect them from the risks of brain damage. And are judges best placed to decide when to recuse themselves from a court case?


Assange extradition appeal, WikiLeaks and journalism

Britain’s High Court is set to hear the United States government's appeal against a ruling blocking the extradition of Julian Assange on mental health grounds. And warnings that US attempts to prosecute the WikiLeaks founder for publishing classified government documents could have devastating implications for press freedom.


Climate science dismissal case sparks academic freedom debate, High Court quashes Palmer $30bn WA compensation challenge

A long-running unfair dismissal case involving Queensland university professor Peter Ridd has sparked intense debate around questions of academic freedom. Also in the program: the High Court has quashed a legal challenge by mining magnate-turned-politician Clive Palmer against laws designed to ban his company from suing the West Australian government for compensation over a disputed contract.


Judicial impartiality, and court disclosure obligations for electronic evidence

Should judges have social contact with lawyers who appear before them in court? The Australian Law Reform Commission is conducting an inquiry into judicial impartiality. Also, is there an obligation on prosecutors to provide defence lawyers with all the raw data downloaded from a confiscated mobile phone?


'Squatters' rights', and UK health laws

The New South Wales Supreme Court has ruled against a retirement village developer claiming ‘squatters' rights’, or adverse possession, over a Sydney property. And two court decisions highlight important issues in UK health law: the legality of severe disability as a reason for late-term abortions and access to puberty-suppressing drugs for children diagnosed with gender dysphoria.


Regulating Covid-19 misinformation and social media influencers

What do the federal politician Craig Kelly, anaesthetist Dr Paul Oosterhuis, celebrity chef Pete Evans and clothing brand Lorna Jane have in common? They have all been at loggerheads with various regulators over Covid-19 misinformation.


Britain’s offshore detention plans, and investigating human rights violations

Britain seeks to overhaul immigration laws as asylum seekers and migrants continue to arrive across the English Channel from France. How to investigate human rights violations when on-the-ground access becomes impossible? And the dangers facing human rights investigators in Afghanistan.


Media impact of High Court defamation ruling, and NT youth bail laws

How could the High Court media defamation ruling affect social media use? And are changes to Northern Territory youth bail laws fit for purpose?