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  • The Ministry of Justice of Austria commissioned UQ law Professor Andreas Schloenhardt – also a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Vienna, to prepare a full translation of all 324 provisions of the Austrian Criminal Code.
  • A same-sex marriage plebiscite could undermine representative democracy and the central role it gives to Parliament to create laws, according to an article published in the latest edition of the University of Queensland Law Journal.
  • Professor Heather Douglas, ARC Future Fellow at the TC Beirne School of Law, today had an article published in the Courier-Mail. Titled Drag Queensland's abortion laws out of the 19th century, argues that abortion must be made legal in Queensland so that women can undergo the procedure safely in major hospitals.
  • While the Australian Government has argued for corporate tax cuts, collaborative research by the UQ law and business schools suggests that the largely unincorporated small business sector needs more assistance than simple tax relief.
  • Last night, our resident disability assistance expert Dr Paul Harpur was featured on Channel 10’s The Project.
  • Zoe Brereton, an undergraduate at UQ Law and New Colombo Plan Fellow, was recently published in the International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, ‘Perpetuating myths of women as false complainants in rape cases in India: culture versus the law’.
  • Women migrants are particularly vulnerable to domestic violence. Due to their restricted visa status, some become trapped in abusive relationships with no access to finances or other support.
  • The atrocities of the 20th Century, particularly the Holocaust, led to the creation of international criminal law. Starting with the Nuremberg Tribunal and culminating in the International Criminal Court, justice has allowed survivors and their families to receive compensation, create memorials and move towards reconciliation.
  • Police and activists needed a clear and consistent legal framework to minimise clashes and potentially life-threatening damage to energy infrastructure during protests according to UQ’s Director of the Centre for International Minerals and Energy Law, Professor Jonathan Fulcher.
  • Two TC Beirne School of Law researchers received a UQ Early Career Researcher Award. The awards are limited university-wide, and are highly contested, with projects judged on merit. 
  • Earlier this month, the TC Beirne School of Law hosted the UQ Trade Law Forum, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law), at the Supreme Court Library. The event was supported by the UNCITRAL, UNCCA (UNCITRAL Coordination Committee Australia), Supreme Court of Queensland and the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Office. 
  • Dr Mark Burdon co-wrote an article published in The Conversation on Friday, Who's listening? The ethical and legal issues of developing a health app​. The article discusses how health monitoring apps, such as those used to monitor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, can also be used to record private conversations of the users, in breach of both law and ethical standards.  
  • The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom is presently hearing a case concerning the legal procedures by which the United Kingdom can withdraw from the European Union following the Brexit referendum in June.
  • Power imbalances are rife through modern society. The State has wide-ranging discretions as to whether it should grant a business licence, take custody of a child, or rezone a property – all of which have the potential to harm or help individuals.
  • Professor Heather Douglas, with Kate Fitz-Gibbon from Monash University wrote an article published in The Conversation yesterday, FactCheck Q&A: what are the facts on funding for domestic violence legal services in Australia?
  • A UQ student will present the results of a business project aimed at strengthening Queensland school student participation in ballet at the Australian Association for Research and Education Conference in Melbourne this week.
  • Congratulations Professor Heather Douglas, an ARC Future Fellow in the TC Beirne School of Law appointed to the Australian Research Council College of Experts for 2017. 
  • University of Queensland environmental law lecturer Dr Justine Bell-James today published an article in The Conversation, discussing the ongoing Carmichael coal mine case – a court challenge to the biggest planned coal mine in Queensland.