Flinders Law School | 2014 News Articles

 14 November, 2014

Australian states can do better for the Stolen Generations

A bill before South Australian parliament would make it the second Australian state to compensate Stolen Generation survivors and their children. Tangible recognition of their suffering is overdue, but the Stolen Generations (Compensation) Bill could be improved. The bill risks adding insult to injury.

The bill proposes to cap damages for survivors at A$50,000 and for their children at $5000. Any monetary amount will be arbitrary and similar amounts were awarded under 2006 Tasmanian legislation.

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Kent Roach is a Visiting Research Fellow at Flinders University (Flinders Law School), Professor & Prichard Wilson Chair in Law and Public Policy at University of Toronto and was a special advisor to the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Website:  The Conversation

11 November, 2014

Why crims use guns

“Look at me, I’ve got a gun.”

Don’t panic, Flinders University’s resident criminologist Professor Andrew Goldsmith doesn’t actually own a gun.

He’s speaking figuratively about the motivations for gun use by criminals.

Apparently, a lot of it comes down to bravado rather than intent to harm.

“People tend to assume that the motivations for gun acquisition and use are to harm or facilitate criminal activity but there’s an element of personal identity, bravado and masculine display that’s also part of the picture,” Professor Goldsmith said.

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Journalist:  Grant Smyth

7 November, 2014

Prison strategy questioned

In the last ten years, South Australia's prison population has risen by around 60 percent.  With the State's prisons at bursting point, the Government is considering building a new facility.
But experts argue, the government would be better off addressing the reasons behind the prisoner increase.

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Seen on:  ABC 7.30 Program

Journalist:  Leah MacLennan

2 November, 2014

Why was nobody watching?

Minor offender Mark Payne was on 24 hour suicide watch in a maximum security South Australian prison cell but he died without anyone noticing. Cost cutting measures left Yatala prison with a fatally inadequate electronic monitoring system and a lack of staff to watch it.

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Station:  ABC Radio National (Background Briefing Programme)

Journalist:  Sarah Dingle

 20 October, 2014

Auschwitz survivor Maria Scheffer (previous Flinders Law School student) recognised for work on suspected Nazis who fled to Australia

On May 8, 1945, as Maria Scheffer lay awake in her bed in Theresienstadt concentration camp, the sound of Russian singing began floating through the midnight air.

The then 14-year-old flew from her bed and raced into the street.

Russian liberators were marching through the ghetto, their songs of freedom filling the cold Czechoslovakian streets.

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Publication:  The Sydney Morning Herald

Journalist:  Lisa Visentin

Photograph:  Nick Moir

30 September, 2014

Putting children first, when media sets its own rules

In an age when a significant number of parents won’t let their child walk down the street to post a letter because of “stranger danger”, it’s ironic that many pay little attention while media organisations spend hours of one-to-one time with even their youngest offspring.

That’s the 21st Century media reality that Professor Elizabeth Handsley, a specialist in children’s law from Flinders University, has been working to address by championing reform of Australia’s largely self-regulated media industry.

Professor Handsley, who was a finalist in the recent national Children’s Law Awards, is President of The Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM).

ACCM is a peak community organisation which advocates for children as media consumers and provides information for parents about how to manage their children’s media use.

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Publication:  InDaily

Journalist:  Grant Smyth

26 September, 2014

Law School Dean Elected as President of an International Association

At the recent International Conference of Legal Ethics, held at City University Law School, London, Professor Kim Economides, Dean, Flinders Law School, was elected President of the International Association of Legal Ethics (IAOLE). He takes over from the inaugural President, Professor Deborah Rhode of Stanford Law School.

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25 September, 2014

Flinders Law School partners with Environmental Defenders Office

Flinders University has joined forces with the Environmental Defenders Office SA in a new partnership that will provide opportunities for law students to gain practical legal experience in the not-for-profit organisation, and to contribute to environmental advocacy in SA.

Officially launched by Supreme Court Chief Justice Chris Kourakis last night (Wednesday, September 24), the partnership will enable Flinders law students to undertake work placements at the Environmental Defenders Office SA (EDO SA) as part of their enrolment in the topic Social Justice Internship.

Students will also have an opportunity to contribute to, and improve, environmental advocacy in SA by providing legal advice to clients under supervision, submissions to government and community legal education.

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4 August, 2014

Two Murray Bridge men arrested after allegedly planning to kill two judges and destroy their homes

The South Australian legal fraternity is in shock after police revealed they had thwarted an alleged murder plot to kill two judges.

Two Murray Bridge men were arrested Sunday morning and police allege a 63-year-old offered to pay a 44-year-old to carry out the murders as retribution, but gave no more details.

Police say the men also planned to destroy their homes and the home of a senior police officer. They believed the plot could have been carried out this week.

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Publication:  The Advertiser

Journalist:  Callie Watson

23 July, 2014

High Court asylum case pits the executive against the judiciary

The full bench of the High Court will hear the case of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers currently on an Australian customs vessel over two days, starting on August 5.

But when the High Court issued an injunction to prevent the attempted return of the asylum seekers to Sri Lankan authorities earlier in July, it placed itself in a significant power struggle with the executive government. The High Court exercised judicial power to curb – temporarily, until a full hearing – the exercise of executive power.

Click here to read the full story, written by Dr Maria Giannacopoulos for The Conversation

21 June, 2014

Lily Jacobs is the youngest voice on SA Economic Development Board

Lily Jacobs traces her family back to the early settlers in South Australia.

But she has been hand-picked to be the new voice in driving the economic vision of South Australia.

Her success in leading the Renew Adelaide organisation attracted the attention of decision makers and she was appointed to the Economic Development Board last month, the youngest of six new members.

“Part of the reason they wanted a younger person on the board was to involve the next generation in SA’s future,” she said.

“There are wonderful people on the board but I hope to bring a different set of eyes, a different perspective. I work with start-up, creative and entrepreneurial industries, so I’m aware of the on-the-ground challenges they face.”

Renew Adelaide persuades landlords with vacant shops and offices to let them be used for short-term tenants for retail, art or culture projects.

It gives would-be businesses a chance to road-test ideas and experience the reality of cash flow, business plans and so on.

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Publication:  The Advertiser

Journalist:  Christopher Russell

Photograph:  Sam Wundke

 20 June, 2014

From Cyber Crime to fighting Human Trafficking

“People ask me if I’m scared to get involved in this kind of work but my sense of outrage that people would do these kinds of things to other human beings is far stronger than any sense of fear.”

Flinders University student Alexandra Baxter is sitting in the library at Flinders University, but her mind is in some of the darkest, most frightening places on Earth as she talks about the scourge of human trafficking.

It’s an unexpected turn in conversation from what she had been discussing just a few minutes earlier, which is how her 29-page report on cyber crime has been published on the South Australian Victim Support Services website.

That in itself is a significant achievement for someone in the final year of a Bachelor of Justice and Society, but when Ms Baxter begins talking about her plans for a career saving the victims of human traffickers, her intensity moves to a whole new level.

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10 June, 2014

 New Centre to take a long, hard look at crime

A Flinders University centre to be officially launched today (June 10) is dedicated to increasing knowledge and debate about crime.

The new Centre for Crime Policy and Research (CCPR) will be launched today (Tuesday, June 10) at an event where SA Attorney-General John Rau and Dr Adam Tomison, Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology, will be guest speakers.

The Director of the Centre, Professor Andrew Goldsmith, said the CCPR aims to conduct high-quality research, to contribute to policy and reform debates, and to increase educational capacity for the State through short courses.

“The parameters of the Centre are anything to do with corruption and crime,” Professor Goldsmith said. “It can be local, national or international.”

He said the establishment of the Centre builds on a body of research and teaching in criminology and criminal justice amassed at Flinders over the past 15 years.

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4 June, 2014

Flinders Student wins The Law Foundation Essay Prize

The Law Foundation's essay prize is an annual $1000.00 award that recognises an outstanding essay on the broad theme of 'law and justice'. My winning essay looks at the human rights challenges raised by climate change, and I originally wrote it in 2013 for Associate Professor Tina Dolgopol's class, the International Protection of Human Rights.

Our current mode of dealing with climate change is to let each state manage it within its own borders, an approach that obviously isn’t working. So my essay argued that the existing body of international human rights law could elevate climate change into a global priority. While human rights law tends to be associated with civil and political rights, torture and the treatment of refugees, we overlook the fact that a stable environment free from extreme weather is an implicit precursor to many of our fundamental rights – the right to food, clean water and shelter are some obvious examples, but my essay also looked a little deeper at rights that don't seem directly related to the environment, such as the right to free speech. What I found was that even these rights have an important interplay with climate change, because human rights defenders around the world have been assaulted, imprisoned and even murdered for their work in bringing the effects of climate change to our attention.

Tina helped me perfect my essay before I entered it into the competition, and happily provided a commendation note for me – I’m the second of her students to win the prize, and I couldn’t be happier that it’s on the basis of such an important topic, something I see as the next great humanitarian crisis of our time. I’m also really proud to have won the Law Foundation essay prize because it gave me the opportunity to step away from my daily work in law, often based around commercial or personal matters, and look more broadly at the function of law as a tool of justice.

Story written by student Aneta Peretko.

5 June, 2014

The New Face of Crime

A common behaviour in cases of family and domestic violence is that men seek to control the lives of their female partners by monitoring their every move.

A new report released by Victim Support Service shows that the humiliation and fear women experience in this situation is increased by the advent of so-called ‘cyber stalkers’.

“This is an example of an old crime being committed in a new way… The use of mobile technologies enables perpetrators to create the sense that they are present in every aspect of the victim’s life”, said the report’s author, Ms Alexandra Baxter.

A Bachelor of Justice & Society student at Flinders University, Alexandra completed her research as part of a student placement at the Victim Support Service.

Click here to read the full media release:  Media Release - Cybercrime Report 2014


20 May, 2014

Call to protect whistleblowers with stronger laws

South Australia’s whistleblowing legislation is ineffective – Flinders academic Professor Andrew Goldsmith says we know that because, after 20 years, it seems very few people have used it.

Professor Goldsmith is calling for State law-makers to provide better protection for whistleblowers and also to find ways to encourage public servants to denounce corruption or misconduct.

Professor Goldsmith, Director of the Centre for Crime Policy and Research at Flinders, will be speaking at a forum this evening that will discuss the State’s whistleblower legislation, which is currently under review by the SA Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

Also speaking will be researcher on Australian whistleblowing, Professor AJ Brown of Griffith University, and Ms Michelle Sutcliffe, Senior Legal Officer of the ICAC.

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6 May, 2014

New lecture series honours Catherine Branson’s contribution to law

Flinders University is partnering with specialist legal practice Lipman Karas to host a new lecture series in recognition of The Honourable Catherine Branson QC and her significant contributions to law and justice in Australia.

The Catherine Branson Lecture Series will be held biennially under a new Flinders-Lipman Karas agreement, with the inaugural lecture; Business and Human Rights: The New Global Consensus?, to be delivered by Catherine Branson herself at Flinders University Victoria Square on May 14.

Ms Branson was President of the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2008 to 2012, following a 14-year term as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia. In 2012 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Flinders University in recognition of her long-standing contributions to law, particularly in South Australia.

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2 May, 2014

Art’s insights on both sides of the prison wall

The third Art by Prisoners exhibition has attracted by far its largest number of entries, with works submitted from all of South Australia’s nine adult penal institutions.

“We even have a sketch by an 18-year old prisoner at the Remand Centre,” said the exhibition co-ordinator, Flinders PhD candidate Jeremy Ryder.

To be launched in the foyer of The Space of the Festival Centre this evening, the exhibition showcases visual art and ceramics by serving prisoners. Conceived as part of Mr Ryder’s PhD in Criminology , the aim of Art by Prisoners is to connect prisoners in South Australian gaols with the wider community through the medium of art.

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Art’s insights on both sides of the prison wall

1 May, 2014

The book that launched a thousand ideas: ‘Crime, justice and human rights’

Human rights can be left out in the cold when the focus is on the criminal justice and criminology. It becomes ever important in this globalizing world that this concept instead be woven into the law and philosophy of these disciplines. Stepping up to answer this call is a new book which gathers case studies from around the world to support the teaching of this subject.

In a crowded reception space surrounded by peers, “Crime Justice and Human Rights” by Leanne Weber, Elaine Fishwick and Marinella Marmo was launched. With a lively introduction by Professor Linda Briskman of Swinburne University, BOb’s Leanne Weber shared her passion for human rights within criminology and the importance of teaching that within the classroom. With the idea to assist students and researchers, she described how this book teaches incorporation of the human rights paradigm into analysis.

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15 April, 2014

Associate Professor Tina Dolgopol featured on television in South Korea

Arirang TV recently featured Associate Professor Tina Dolgopol on their new television show "Upfront" where she spoke about the Women's International War Crimes Tribunal on "comfort women".

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14 April, 2014

Professor Mark Halsey featured on The Project

Three separate man-hunts are under way in Queensland for four escaped criminals, including a convicted murderer who was being housed in a low-security facility. Two men went missing from the Capricornia correctional centre around 9 last night. Meanwhile another prisoner escaped from a work camp in central Queensland and a convicted sex offender has gone missing from community supervision in Fortitude Valley. Prison escapes in Australia are actually quite rare and the vast majority of fugitives are recaptured within hours. Mark Halsey, Centre for Crime Policy and Research, Flinders University, explains the rates of prison escapes and says the security rate is very good and most escapes are opportunistic.

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Mark's story starts at approximately 6 minutes and 12 seconds


14 April, 2014

Top police officer’s lessons from Flinders Law School

“Always remember that we are here for the little person.”

It is 1993 at Flinders University and mature age student and serving Federal police officer Luke Cornelius has just heard Law Professor Elliott Johnston utter ten words that he will carry with him for the rest of his life.

Although he wouldn’t have known it at the time, Professor Johnston has also just confirmed two vitally important things for Luke Cornelius.

Firstly, he has confirmed the young police officer’s personal belief about what the law is for.

Secondly, he has confirmed that Flinders’ budding law school is where he wants to study.

More than 20 years later, Victoria Police Force Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius is one of Australia’s most decorated police officers and is responsible for the policing of more than 1.5 million people.

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11 April, 2014

Flinders Graduate Wins Young Lawyer of the Year

A solicitor at a boutique firm in Adelaide has been named South Australia’s Young Lawyer of the Year.

Claire Victory received the award and a $2000 prize at the Burgess Paluch Young Lawyers Ball hosted by The Law Society of SA on Friday (10 April).

The victorious solicitor had been nominated by her boss and partner at Duddy Shopov Lawyers, William Duddy, who commended Victory on both her professional and extra-curricular achievements.

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Publication:  Lawyers Weekly


10 April, 2014

Dunstan Foundation Len King Scholarship Awarded to Flinders Law Student Sophie Cassar

Donna Harden, Executive Director of the Dunstan Foundation is excited to announce the establishment and inaugural recipient of the Dunstan Foundation Len King Scholarship which honours the late former Chief Justice of South Australia, The Hon Len King AC QC, 1925 – 2011.

The Dunstan Foundation Len King Scholarship is named in honour of the late The Hon Len King AC QC, former Attorney-General and Chief Justice of South Australia, and has been made possible through a generous bequest from the King Family.

The Hon Len King AC QC was a man of vision who was dedicated to the improvement of the South Australian community. He achieved this through his long and distinguished career in various roles including Attorney-General of South Australia, Minister for Community Welfare, Consumer Affairs and Aboriginal Affairs, and as seventh Chief Justice of South Australia.

This scholarship has been designed to encourage and assist in development of new leaders on issues of social justice and human rights through the study of law. The scholarship will enable disadvantaged students to undertake the study of law at Flinders University and The University of Adelaide.

The Dunstan Foundation, along with its partner universities, The University of Adelaide and Flinders University, are committed to addressing social inequity and disadvantage in our community. This is achieved through policy advice based on sound academic research and through the provision of vocational and career opportunities for disadvantaged individuals. The Foundation would also like to thank the selection committee which included former Chief Justice John Doyle AC QC and former Minister the Hon Greg Crafter AO.

The Dunstan Foundation acknowledges and highly values the support and advice provided by the Wyatt Trust throughout the establishment of the scholarship. We are fortunate to have ongoing support of the Wyatt Trust in the scholarships administration.

The inaugural recipient of the 2014 Dunstan Foundation Len King Scholarship is Sophie Cassar who has been awarded up to $15,000 over the next four years of her study. Ms Cassar has recently commenced a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice at Flinders University.

Ms Cassar says “I can't even begin to find the right words to emphasise the many ways that this scholarship will support me in the pursuit of my educational goals and lessen the financial hardship I otherwise would have endured. I will forever be grateful to the Don Dunstan Foundation for awarding me this scholarship."

The Dunstan Foundation and the King Family look forward to following and supporting Sophie over the coming years with her degree.


8 April, 2014

Law students prove mettle at Moot

It’s one of the most daunting legal theatres on Earth, a place where countries and states go head to head over points of international law, with the best lawyers in the world on centre stage.

How much more daunting then must The International Court of Justice (ICJ) be for mere law students who subject themselves to its forensic analysis, unrelenting questioning and uncompromising standards as part of the Jessup Moot?

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7 April, 2014

Flinders student one of first for Cyber Security PhD at Oxford

When someone tells you that they studied animal and movie law with no intention of working in either area, it’s hard not to raise an eyebrow – or even two.

But then Flinders University law graduate Kris Wilson, who will fly to the University of Oxford to begin his PhD studies later this year, has never been one to follow the conventional route.

Mr Wilson, who is of Aboriginal descent and traces his family’s roots back to Marree, grew up in the town of Quorn in the Flinders Ranges.

Quorn is a small place to the north-east of Port Augusta, which is most famous for its Pichi Richi Railway – a restored 39 km section of track between the two towns.

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28 March, 2014

Law mentors meet with Flinders students

Mentors from the Flinders Law School Practitioner Mentoring Scheme have met with law students at Flinders University’s Victoria Square building in Adelaide this month.

The mentors, from many of Adelaide’s most prestigious law firms, have been providing students with links to the local legal profession and advice on a range of issues faced by legal professionals.

Lucy Evans, Deputy Director of Professional Programs at Flinders University’s Law School, said that many had put significant effort into providing tours, meetings with senior partners, offering placements and providing contact with practitioners in the students’ areas of interest.

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Click here to download the PLT Mentoring Photograph Slideshow

Publication: InDaily

Journalist:  Grant Smythe

28 March, 2014

Bleich speech student shares story of well-earned success

When Aneta Peretko’s parents left Poland in 1996, they would never have dreamed their six-year-old daughter would one day walk the halls of the US Congress as an intern, or that she would take centre stage as the former US Ambassador to Australia received an honorary doctorate at Flinders University.

Nor could they have foreseen that she would win an international undergraduate award from the Golden Key Society, or an Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Award that would see her spend a semester studying in Hong Kong.

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23 March, 2014

Love For Sale Cambodian Style

The crackdown on sex work in Cambodia, motivated by a government desire to eradicate people trafficking, has driven the industry underground, with serious consequences for Cambodians working in the sector.

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Radio station:  Radio Adelaide

Journalist:  Ewart Shaw

 13 March, 2014

Cambodia’s trafficking laws exacerbate exploitation

The crackdown on sex work under Cambodia’s anti-trafficking regime has forced the industry further underground and deteriorated the rights of women and men working in the sector across the country, Flinders University researcher Dr Larissa Sandy says.

As part of her three-year Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Dr Sandy has documented the experiences of dozens of sex workers following the Cambodian Government’s Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation.

Introduced in 2008 after years of pressure from the US and UK to regulate Cambodia’s sex industry, the legislation prohibits human trafficking, managing prostitutes and maintaining a brothel, as well as soliciting in public and distributing pornography.

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Click here to contact Dr Larissa Sandy for further information

11 March, 2014

Congratulations to Dr Larissa Sandy!

Dr Larissa Sandy was recently awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Early Career Researchers. 

This award recognises and values the outstanding contributions of individual Early Career Researchers to the University, and rewards and encourages excellence in research across all Faculties. 

Larissa received the award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to excellence in research. Since joining the staff in Criminal Justice, Larissa has completed work on her first research monograph, Women and Sex Work in Cambodia: Blood, Sweat and Tears', published with Routledge. Recently, Larissa returned from the field and is writing her second research monograph based on research into Cambodia's 2008 Human Trafficking Law, which she is carrying out as part of her Fellowship at Flinders.

Larissa was one of eleven early career researchers across the university to receive this prestigious award, given in recognition of her contributions to research, which have had a significant impact in the field, nationally and internationally.

For further information, please contact Dr Larissa Sandy

20 February, 2014

Law students get first-hand experience of Indian legal system

Fifteen students from Flinders Law School have toured India as part of the Australian Government’s AsiaBound Program to promote student engagement with Asia.

The group combined learning about the Indian legal system with visits to a range of sites, including police stations and courts.

“You study about things like human trafficking and understand it in theory but then, my goodness, there it is, right in front of you,” one student said after seeing a 14-year-old girl appear in court after being rescued by an NGO.

The two-week tour was organised by Professor David Bamford, former Dean of Flinders Law School, in conjunction with the National Law University, Delhi, and Symbiosis International University, Pune.

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Click here to contact Professor David Bamford for further information


18 February, 2014

Foreign drones 'risk our defence'

Australia risks compromising its future defence capability by buying foreign-made drones to patrol the country's borders, a drone expert for Boeing has warned.

Boeing Research and Technology-Australia associate technical fellow Brendan Williams, who was chief engineer for the now retired F-111 fighter bomber, said yesterday that the country ran the risk of falling behind in its defence expertise without a federally funded drone program operating in Australia.

Click here to read the full article:  Foreign drones risk our defence

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Publication:  The Australian

Journalist:  Rebecca Puddy

14 February, 2014

Drones in Focus at Flinders Forum

They’re all over the news – and following an announcement by SA Police earlier this week, there could soon be one over your head.

In technical jargon they’re known as unmanned aerial systems (UAS), but you probably know them as drones; and as they turn their hi-tech lenses and circuitry towards our towns and cities, many people are asking how much do we really know about this technology, and do we really understand the implications of its use in our society.

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- See more at: http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2014/02/14/drones-in-focus-at-flinders-forum/#sthash.5sniRmok.dpuf

12 February, 2014

Flinders Law School Students' Success at Jessup Moot

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the recent International Jessup Mooting Competition held in Canberra.

The Jessup Moot is a highly prestigious and difficult competition that some law schools invest very heavily in. Not only did they win one of the moots, and for the very first time, but the team was also awarded the following prizes:

  •  Best Newcomer Team and
  • Spirit of Jessup Award.

The following students were involved:

Emma Gorman

  • Olivia D'Arienzo;
  • Jacqueline Lau;
  • Timisha Ward;
  • Marina William and
  • Michael Swanson (Coach).

This is a remarkable and impressive achievement.

Thank you to both Grant Niemann and Michael Swanson for providing effective guidance.

For further information regarding the Jessup Moot, click here

6 February, 2014

Symbiosis Law School, Pune hosts Australian University students under its 'Study India' Programme

Symbiosis Law School, Pune believes in global exchange of knowledge, cultural dissemination and intellectual capacity building. In its endeavour to achieve this objective Symbiosis Law School, Pune under the aegis of Symbiosis International University undertakes to strengthen ties with various Universities around the world. 25th January 2014 witnessed the culmination of one of its efforts in the form of a visit of a contingent of 15 students from Flinders University, South Australia to participate in an academic and cultural exercise under the ‘Study India’ Programme. The contingent was headed by Prof. David Bamford, Associate Head (International), Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law, Flinders University Adelaide, South Australia.

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4 February, 2014

Royal Commission Vital to Probe Union Corruption

Law enforcement bodies are limited in their effectiveness.

Serious crime and organisational corruption are matters far too serious to be reduced to politicking by either government or opposition.

The focus in response to recent allegations about corruption in the construction sector involving the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union and bikie groups should be on conducting an adequate investigation that is capable of producing a full picture of the underlying issues. Only the findings of such an inquiry can then form a foundation for reform.  Neither side has yet shown it has an adequate appreciation of the scale of the problem, let alone of the tools required to deal with the matter.

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Publication:  The Australian

Author:  Professor Andrew Goldsmith