Learn about the legal issues impacting counter-terrorism, citizenship, race relations, climbing imprisonment rates and the South China Sea.
Hosted by Damien Carrick from the Law Report on ABC Radio National.
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ANU Law Explains: Race issues in Australia
Professor Simon Rice OAM & Khanh Hoang
While the Turnbull Government’s proposed changes to the wording of section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act failed, the politics of race continues. How does Australian Law protect immigrants? How does it restrict them? And which laws are under threat by divisive politics?
Professor Simon Rice is a leading Australian human rights lawyer whose expertise in anti-discrimination law, human rights and access to justice issues is highly regarded. He has practised extensively in poverty law in community legal centres, particularly anti-discrimination law. In Australia and internationally he has trained and advised a wide range of businesses, agencies and NGOs in human rights and anti-discrimination law, and has consulted to NGOs on organisational management and strategic planning.
Khanh Hoang is an associate lecturer and undertakes interdisciplinary research in the areas of migration law, refugee law and law reform in the ANU Migration Law Program. He is also the co-chair of the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights Refugee Rights Subcommittee.
ANU Law Explains: Counter-terrorism and citizenship
Professor Kim Rubenstein & Dr Dominique Dalla-Pozza
How does the terrorism debate influence both counter-terrorism and citizenship laws? And is the resulting legislation good policy or even good politics?
Professor Kim Rubenstein is a foremost public policy expert and the author of Australian Citizenship Law (2nd ed, 2017). She was a consultant to the Commonwealth in its redrafting of Australian citizenship legislation, resulting in the 2007 Act and was a member of the Independent Expert Committee reviewing the Australian Citizenship Test.
Dr Dominique Dalla-Pozza has a combined expertise in Australian Public Law and National Security Law and her research on the counter-terrorism law-making process has been presented overseas.
ANU Law Explains: The South China Sea
Professor Donald Rothwell
The South China Sea has become a regional flashpoint due to concerns over resources, ambiguous borders, artificial islands and shipping routes that are vital to global trade. Six states plus Taiwan have contested territorial and maritime claims, while others including Australia, the US and Russia, have a strategic interest in the region.
Professor Donald Rothwell is one of Australia’s leading experts in international law with specific focus on the law of the sea, law of the polar regions, use of force, and implementation of international law within Australia. He is the author of 22 books and over 200 book chapters and articles including, with Tim Stephens, the influential and respected academic text, The International Law of the Sea (2nd ed, 2016).
ANU Law Explains: Sentencing, rehabilitation and recidivism
Dr Anthony Hopkins
Australia’s dramatic climb in imprisonment rates raises questions about how and why prison sentences are determined. Are they meeting their purposes, and could these outcomes be better achieved, through non-custodial sentences?
Dr Anthony Hopkins is a senior lecturer and practising barrister in the ACT who began his career as a criminal defence lawyer in Alice Springs at the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service. In 2015, he completed his PhD by publication, which included articles and book chapters considering national and international reforms with respect to sentencing Indigenous Australians, criminal defences for battered women who kill in response to family violence, and limits on the cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses.