Law

John Eldridge reviews 'Watching Out: Reflections on justice and injustice' by Julian Burnside

John Eldridge
30 October 2017

Watching Out belongs to a rare class of book. Written by a lawyer, concerned largely with law, and touching upon such legal esoterica as interim injunctions, it defies all odds in More

Kevin Bell reviews 'The Land is our History: Indigeneity, law, and the settler state' by Miranda Johnson

Kevin Bell
28 April 2017

Australia’s national identity is as complex as the people who make up the nation and the historical forces by which it was made. Our Indigenous peoples, whose unique histories precede th More

John Eldridge reviews 'On Fantasy Island: Britain, Europe and Human Rights' by Conor Gearty

John Eldridge
30 March 2017

Although easy to miss amid the commotion of Brexit, Britain’s Human Rights Act (1998) is locked in a fight for its life. Besieged by a hostile press and beholden to a government that has pledged its repeal and replacement, its days are almost certainly numbered. It is against this fraught backdrop that Conor Gearty’s On Fantasy Island: Britain, Euro ... More

David Rolph reviews 'The Tim Carmody Affair: Australia’s greatest judical crisis' by Rebecca Ananian-Welsh, Gabrielle Appleby, and Andrew Lynch

David Rolph
24 October 2016

With a few notable exceptions (Michael Kirby springs to mind), judges in Australia do not have a high public profile. Many non-lawyers would struggle to name a judge currently ...

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Neil Kaplan reviews 'East West Street: On the origins of genocide and crimes against humanity' by Philippe Sands

Neil Kaplan
23 September 2016

Philippe Sands, a barrister and Professor of International Law at University College London, brings together in this multi-faceted book the perpetrators of the worst crime yet devised by man ...

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Peter Heerey reviews 'Old Law, New Law' by Keith Mason

Peter Heerey
31 July 2015

The practice of the law is about stories. The stories the parties tell to the judge, the story the judge tells back or, if you like, the judge’s review of the parties’ stories. Along the way there can be much that is frankly boring to onlookers, or indeed the parties themselves, but also drama, pathos, and humour, both intentional and the opposite. And past case ... More

Rachel Buchanan reviews 'Silent Shock' by Michael Magazanik

Rachel Buchanan
29 July 2015

Silent Shock is an ambitious, important book. It is a work of history, a work of journalism, and a forensic exposé of hideous corporate negligence, all woven around the lives of one modest Melbourne family.

Former journalist turned lawyer Michael Magazanik was one of the dozens of lawyers, barristers, and researchers who worked on a recent class acti ... More

David Rolph reviews 'Intellectual Privacy' by Neil Richards

David Rolph
28 April 2015

Privacy is dead, or so it is regularly pronounced. There are many suspects: big government; big business; the media; social media; technology; us, for giving of ourselves too readily and allowing our privacy to shrivel and die. Even if privacy is not yet dead, it is said to be under threat on multiple fronts.

The most recent threat is the More

Ben Saul reviews 'In the Company of Cowards' by Michael Mori

Ben Saul
25 March 2015

The unusual case of David Hicks is one of the most spectacular and politically supercharged miscarriages of justice in Australian history. Like the infamous Boer War case of Breaker Morant, Hicks was politically scapegoated and grossly denied a fair trial. Unlike Morant – a war criminal who murdered prisoners of war – even Hicks’s accuser, the United States, n ... More

David Harper reviews 'Murray Gleeson' by Michael Pelly

David Harper
17 December 2014

Although a few can pull it off, most judges have the good sense not to attempt an autobiography. Judges’ personalities are not usually of such outstanding interest, andtheir lives generally do not so engage with the world, as to generate the stuff from which autobiographies worth publishing are made. The reserve which thejudicial experience inculcates, and the gen ... More

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