This week, two TC Beirne School of Law academics received a UQ Early Career Researcher Award. The awards are limited university-wide, and are highly contested, with projects judged on their merit.
The Legitimacy of Compliance: Companies in Transnational Anti-Bribery Law
Dr Radha Ivory is researching The Legitimacy of Compliance: Companies in Transnational Anti-Bribery Law. Australia is among those countries that require companies to prevent corruption within their global operations. Deputising corporations may seem efficient but presents ethical and practical challenges. This project asks how companies became agents of corruption control and whether they legitimately exercise de facto law enforcement powers. As the community debates the effectiveness of the current rules, it aims to develop new tools for evaluating this technique of transnational crime governance.
Australian efforts to combat cross-border crime will benefit greatly from this study of transnational anti-corruption law and practice. The project will provide crucial information about the way in which corporate responsibility standards have been extended internationally and may continue to change. It will also help policy-makers determine when and how corporations can effectively police their stakeholders and thereby help ensure national compliance with international integrity rules.
A Fair Go: Enhancing Fair Legal Process in Australia
Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh is researching A Fair Go: Enhancing Fair Legal Process in Australia. Fair process is a requirement of all official decisions. The right to fair process is fundamental, but fragile. Recent developments reveal the need for a better understanding of fair process in Australia today – its nature, role and requirements. This project cuts across legal disciplines to develop an overarching, uniquely Australian concept of fair process. This critical examination is imperative to inform debate and strengthen this fundamental human right for the good of Australian society.
This project aims to identify the core components, requirements and protections for fair process in Australia. Thus, it will benefit Australian society as a whole by improving the fairness and quality of government and court decisions, promoting confidence in the justice system, enhancing fairness, equality and justice in Australian society and promoting respect for human dignity. It will provide valuable resources for decision-makers including judges, and will support an ARC Discovery application.