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Issue 54
The Law Report Print E-mail

the_law_report_intro.jpgPresented by Damien Carrick, the Law Report on ABC Radio National focuses on breaking legal stories across Australia and overseas, analysing law reform, legal education, test cases, miscarriages of justice and examining legal culture. The following is a summary of recent programs with a link to audio and transcripts.

Taser finding Bugmy case

28 February 2012

A decision in the Broken Hill Magistrates Court has made it clear that a policeman used excessive force and breached standard police procedures when he tasered Mr Bugmy in February 2011.

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Google new privacy policy

28 February 2012

Concerns raised over Google's new privacy policy.

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Social media and privacy

28 February 2012

How do we protect privacy in an age of social networking?

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Queensland Supreme court decision on assisted suicide

21 February 2012

Queensland's Supreme Court has sentenced Merin Nielsen to three years jail for helping his sick friend Frank Ward commit suicide. But he won't be spending very much time in jail.

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 A new 'great dissenter' in the High Court?

21 February 2012

A close look at decisions in our highest court suggests that in 2011 Justice Dyson Heydon has been a lone voice of dissent.

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Using humour in mediation

21 February 2012

Imagine you're bogged down in an acrimonious legal dispute. Usually these days before you get to court you need to have at least attempted mediation. While it's not a barrel of laughs new research suggests that humour can have a place in helping resolve the issue.

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The International Criminal Court

14 February 2012

The International Criminal Court will soon be celebrating its 10th birthday. It's yet to complete one trial or convict one person. Has it been a lost decade? Is the court a complete failure, or is the ICC slowly, incrementally building a framework which can bring the world’s monsters to account -- or at least some of them?

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Honour Killings

7 February 2012

The 'Honour Killing' murder trial that transfixed Canada. Last week a jury found a father, a mother and their son guilty of four murders. Three of the victims were their teenage daughters killed because they brought shame to their family. The Law Report looks at so-called honour killings and efforts to stop them in the UK, Iraqi Kurdistan and in Pakistan.

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