Law & Order

Changes to Australian Security Laws Will Make Illegally Obtained Evidence Permissible In Court


Politicians are preparing to scrap decades worth of laws that protect citizens from wholesale spying and guarantee the right to a fair trial—and they haven’t even read the legislation they want passed. A public hearing was held yesterday (Monday 18 August) in a squirrely back room of Parliament on the raft of legislation being hurried through as part of the National ... Read More »

Elephant poaching deaths reach tipping point in Africa


Africa’s elephants have reached a tipping point: more are being killed each year than are being born, a study suggests. Researchers believe that since 2010 an average of nearly 35,000 elephants have been killed annually on the continent. They warn that if the rate of poaching continues, the animals could be wiped out in 100 years. The work is published ... Read More »

Amnesty International: Pentagon Intentionally Covered Up War Crimes in Afghanistan

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The human-rights group reports the U.S. military systematically ignored evidence of torture and unlawful killings in Afghanistan as recently as last year. he U.S. military has systematically covered up or disregarded “abundant and compelling evidence” of war crimes, torture, and unlawful killings in Afghanistan as recently as last year, according to a report by Amnesty International published today in Kabul. ... Read More »

25 Sentenced for Terrorism in Western China

Chinese authorities in July distributed wanted posters for men accused of terror attacks in Xinjiang, China. A court this week sentenced 25 people to prison for taking part in “terrorist” activities and “harboring criminals.” Credit Ng Han Guan/Associated Press

BEIJING — A court in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang has sentenced 25 people to prison for taking part in “terrorist” activities and “harboring criminals,” according to a report on Tuesday by People’s Court Daily, an official publication. The names of the 25 people sentenced indicated that they were all from the Uighur ethnic minority. The largely Muslim group populates several ... Read More »

Tony Abbott’s Gag Order Reflex


WikiLeaks has revealed a nationwide gag order has been issued by the Australian courts, preventing the press from reporting on allegations of bribery involving several political leaders and key economic institutions of Australia. The suppression order, issued by the Supreme Court of Victoria, is wide in nature. It stops Australian media from reporting on allegations of bribery, which involve several regional ... Read More »

Legal stars shine light on what is possible

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Two pro bono pioneers and one of the most important figures in Australia’s international arbitration movement were among those honoured at this year’s Lawyers WeeklyAustralian Law Awards, proudly sponsored by Michael Page Legal. The sold-out event saw 300 people gather at Sydney’s Four Seasons Hotel on Friday night (8 August) with MCs Craig Reucassel and Andrew Hansen from The Chaser comedy ... Read More »

Sweden Just Found the Worst Way Imaginable to Get Rid of Racism


“Stop talking about racism.” So commands Sweden, whose government aims to remove all mentions of “race” from the country’s legislation by December 2015. The Local reports “the concept of race” appears in about 20 Swedish laws. But apparently it does so erroneously, since — as Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag reportedly told Sveriges Television — “We know that different human races actually do not exist.” What? The “race doesn’t exist” ... Read More »

International Criminal Court action filed vs. settlements

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The Volokh Conspiracy While a hypothetical Palestinian turn to the ICC has gotten a great deal ofbuzz and hopeful anticipation, an actual invocation of the Court’s existing jurisdiction has been met with a yawn by the international community and human rights groups. A group of Cypriot refugees and a European parliamentarian have recently filed a complaint with the Prosecutor, alleging Turkey has violated the Rome Statute by directly or indirectly deporting or transferring its ... Read More »