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Law Report - Full program podcast

ABC (Australia)

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.

Location:

Melbourne, VIC

Description:

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

Language:

English

Contact:

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


Episodes

When is a de facto relationship over?

5/17/2022
A High Court decision raises questions about how a de facto relationship is defined, and what happens when a person’s mental capacities decline with old age. And, if a person granted humanitarian protection by Australia commits a serious crime, can they be deported to a conflict zone?

Duration:00:28:33

Fears US Supreme Court will overturn Roe v Wade after draft opinion leaked

5/10/2022
The publication of a leaked draft opinion by conservative judge Samuel Alito has sparked fears the United States Supreme Court could overturn a landmark decision that enshrines abortion rights for women.

Duration:00:28:33

Russia accuses NATO of 'proxy war' in Ukraine, and juror misconduct

5/3/2022
Does NATO’s increasing military support for Ukraine amount to waging “a proxy war against Russia”? And the High Court has overturned a number of sex offence convictions of a tutor due to juror misconduct.

Duration:00:28:38

Employer liability for psychiatric injury

4/26/2022
When is an employer liable for psychiatric injury sustained in the workplace?

Duration:00:28:03

Why gender diversity on the bench is important

4/19/2022
In the second of a two-part series, the Law Report speaks with members of the International Association of Women Judges in several countries. They explain the obstacles women judges face and what gender diversity brings to legal decision making.

Duration:00:28:21

How Afghan women judges found safety in Australia

4/12/2022
In the first of a two-part series on women judges, the Law Report introduces judge Shakila Abawi Shigarf, who was forced to flee Afghanistan when the Taliban retook power in August 2021.

Duration:00:28:28

Cheng Lei awaits China trial verdict, and Vic court rules on wind farm noise

4/5/2022
The national security trial of Australian journalist Cheng Lei in China. And two Victorian farmers have won a legal battle over noise pollution against a neighbouring wind farm.

Duration:00:27:50

'Predatory lending', and supporting Indigenous people in NT watch houses

3/29/2022
The High Court has ruled that a lender engaged in 'unconscionable conduct' by approving an asset-based loan to an unemployed man. And a look at how the Northern Territory Custody Notification Service supports Indigenous people detained in watch houses.

Duration:00:28:29

Gathering evidence of possible war crimes in Ukraine

3/22/2022
A former war crimes judge and prosecutor explains the challenges of collecting evidence in a conflict zone. And the humanitarian crisis spreading beyond Ukraine's borders as Russian forces intensify their attacks.

Duration:00:28:32

The legal needs of flood victims, and Kumanjayi Walker murder trial aquittal

3/15/2022
Severe flooding in New South Wales and Queensland has created a range of tenancy and insurance issues for people in affected areas. And a view from inside the court where Northern Territory police officer Zachary Rolfe was acquitted of charges in the shooting death of Aboriginal man Kumanjayi Walker.

Duration:00:28:31

Ukraine: how clear are the laws of war? And women's rights to inherit land

3/8/2022
As the war in Ukraine escalates, what does international law say about humanitarian corridors, civilian combatants and prisoners of war? And why dozens of countries don't allow women the right to own and inherit land.

Duration:00:28:34

ICC to launch Ukraine war crimes probe, and NSW Chief Justice Tom Bathurst retires

3/1/2022
As the International Criminal Court announces plans to investigate possible war crimes in Ukraine, what help can the country expect from international law frameworks and rules-based systems? And a wide-ranging interview with the Chief Justice of the New South Wales Supreme Court, Tom Bathurst, who is retiring after more than a decade in office.

Duration:00:33:58

ICC to launch Ukraine war crimes probe, and NSW Chief Justice Tom Bathurst retires

3/1/2022
As the International Criminal Court announces plans to investigate possible war crimes in Ukraine, what help can the country expect from international law frameworks and rules-based systems? And a wide-ranging interview with the Chief Justice of the New South Wales Supreme Court, Tom Bathurst, who is retiring after more than a decade in office.

Duration:00:35:37

Sandy Hook settlement, and pets in family law disputes

2/22/2022
Could a US$73 million settlement for relatives of the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre open the door for other lawsuits against US gun manufacturers? And who gets the furry babies when a couple divorces?

Duration:00:28:33

High Court rulings clarify contract worker status

2/15/2022
The High Court has delivered two judgments that help clarify the legal distinction between the status of a contract worker and a employee, with potential long-term implications across Australian workplaces. Also in the program, a neighbourhood dispute that grew 'out of all proportion' ends in the New South Wales Supreme Court.

Duration:00:28:29

Are Australia's political donation laws fit for purpose?

2/8/2022
The Australian Electoral Commission has revealed that 10 donors account for a quarter of donations made to the country's political parties in the 2020-21 financial year. According to the Commission, the source of one third of all political income remains undisclosed. What does the data reveal and what does it hide? And what does it say about the rules governing political donations?

Duration:00:28:27

When does misrepresenting professional experience become a criminal offence?

2/1/2022
When does inflating professional skills and experience cross a line to become a criminal offence?

Duration:00:28:26

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

1/25/2022
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.

Duration:00:28:29

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

1/18/2022
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.

Duration:00:28:22

Inside Thomas Embling Hospital, a forensic health facility

1/11/2022
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.

Duration:00:28:17