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  • 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.
  • Digital technology is increasingly used in domestic and family violence, and the so-called “smart home” could make it worse. Recent case studies and research show that almost any technology can be used for abusive purposes, from social media to GPS-trackers.
  • Asylum seekers and smuggled migrants are frequently demonised in today’s political and social climate – but according to The University of Queensland’s Professor of Criminal Law Andreas Schloenhardt, their negative portrayal is misleading.
  • Match-fixing, doping, organised crime and player contracts are the kind of curve balls that will be pitched in a new course offered by The University of Queensland’s TC Beirne School of Law.
  • Professor Graeme Orr has been very active writing about the recent dual-citizenship issue, now claiming six politicians. Read his latest piece at The Conversation.
  • Our own history calls the necessity of this plebiscite into question, and shows that a postal vote regarding marriage equality signals a new era in Australian plebiscites.
  • TC Beirne School of Law PhD candidate Joseph Lelliott was the People’s Choice winner for his thesis presentation Unaccompanied Minors: Developing Law and Policy to Protect the Most Vulnerable Migrants.
  • On the eve of the United Nations International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, one University of Queensland researcher has questioned the relevance of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • UQ Law academic Dr Kamalesh Adhikari is participating in the Reimagining the Governance of Genetic Resources and Intellectual Property for Agriculture and Food Security in Asia workshop in Nepal.
  • UQ PHD student Ana Borges attended a two-day workshop from 19-21 July to discuss family and migration in the South Pacific region, and present her research paper titled 'Immigration and Domestic Violence: The impact of law on women’s wellbeing in Australia'.
  • Leading researchers and scholars from around the world will gather at The University of Queensland next week to discuss the growing crisis in human protection.
  • On World Refugee Day 2017, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported that more than 65 million people worldwide were fleeing persecution, war, discrimination, and human rights abuses.