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  • On any given night in Australia one in 200 people are homeless, and according to a UQ law researcher, homelessness among women and children is becoming a growing problem.
  • More effective cross-border cooperation between Australia and China on the prevention and policing of terrorism in the Asia-Pacific is the focus of a TC Beirne School of Law research project.
  • TC Beirne School of Law's Dr Susannah Chapman has been successful in securing a 2018 University of Queensland Development Fellowship for her project to explore the transformation of intellectual property (IP) and the effects on the Australian agricultural sector. 
  • A UQ law researcher says stronger legal frameworks to protect mangroves could help contribute to Australia’s emission reduction targets and trading regimes, and protect coastal communities from extreme weather events.
  • Research projects focusing on native plant protection in Asia and the law in the digital age have been successful in attracting more than $39,000 as part of the UQ Early Career Researcher (ECR) Grants Scheme.
  • The TC Beirne School of Law’s Professor Heather Douglas and Professor Kit Barker will be collaborating with researchers on projects that have been awarded more than $1M as part of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) recent funding announcement.
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data released this week as part of the Personal Safety Study (PSS) reveals 16% of Australian women have experienced partner violence.
  • UQ Law Professor of Constitutional Law, Nicholas Aroney is currently visiting Durham University (UK) as an Institute of Advanced Study Fellow.
  • UQ Law, Science and Technology Group, recently provided an overview of CRISPR to generate, facilitate and inform public debate around this new genetic modification technology.
  • UQ academics will undertake research in conjunction with Logan City Council, the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, and the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General to design and evaluate implementation of a Community Justice Centre.
  • The TC Beirne School of Law and the Caxton Legal Centre Inc held a forum at the Banco Court on October 5 as part of the Justice in Focus series to explain and explore the contemporary socio-legal issues relating to Australia’s visa cancellation regime
  • UQ Law Professor Graeme Orr was the guest speaker this week at the 2017 University of Queensland Law Society MinterEllison Sir Harry Gibbs Lecture. Professor Orr presented his lecture titled: “Who Can Be an MP?  The Constitution, the High Court and the Disqualification Farce”.
  • How to decide when someone else can decide? Our PhD candidate Sam Boyle gave a TEDx talk about the law of capacity in cases of anorexia nervosa. 
  • Professor Jennifer Corrin from The University of Queensland’s TC Beirne School of Law has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law (AAL). 
  • Last week, the TC Beirne School of Law hosted the Organised Crime and Corruption Forum, with over 300 people registered. The Forum generated considerable outside media interest, online and on radio.
  • Myanmar's Rohingya crisis has hit the headlines in recent weeks due to an extraordinary number of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar into Bangladesh. It is estimated that in less than three weeks, up to 400,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar.
  • What do slush funds, smart home safety, smuggling and sport have in common? All will be put under the legal microscope and scrutinised at the Organised Crime and Corruption Forum (18-21 September) organised by The University of Queensland’s TC Beirne School of Law and the Australian Institute for Business and Economics (AIBE).
  • The TC Beirne School of Law's Professor Heather Douglas has been admitted to The Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in recognition of her outstanding research contributions to her area of discipline. Professor Douglas received this honour alongside three other UQ researchers.