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  • 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.
  • TC Beirne School of Law Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Melanie O'Brien and Lecturer Dr Enshen Li presented at the 41st American Society of Criminology Conference, at the Hilton Hotel in New Orleans, USA.
  • Peta Stephenson, a TC Beirne School of Law PhD student, was presented with the 2016 Research Higher Degree Excellence in Research Award last Wednesday.
  • Justice Peter Applegarth launched Ron Levy and Graeme Orr's book The Law of Deliberative Democracy (Routledge 2016) at the Queensland Supreme Court Library last Tuesday.
  • After noticing defendants fare evading and sleeping rough in order to get into the city for a court hearing, two UQ postgraduate students teamed up to do something about it.
  • Modern democracies need to break through wooden political sloganeering and judicial paternalism to reach a more rational, cooperative and democratic process, according to UQ law Professor Graeme Orr.
  • Dr Melanie O’Brien recently spoke to Al Jazeera news about the issues raised in the UN Special Investigation report into the failure of the UN Mission in South Sudan to protect civilians amidst an outbreak of violence in July this year.
  • The Law of Misstatements: 50 Years on from Hedley Byrne v Heller, edited by UQ Professors Kit Barker, Ross Grantham and Warren Swain received a glowing review from Nicholas Hoggard, Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn and Doctoral Scholar at Durham Law School.
  • Comments are invited on the Disability Assistance Animals or Not? Problems in Policy and Practice Workshop: Summary and Scoping Discussion Paper published last week by UQ’s Professor Paul Harpur, Dr Martie-Louise Verreynne, Professor Nancy Pachana, Associate Professor Peter Billings and Professor Brent Ritchie.
  • A special edition of the Australian and New Zealand Maritime Law Journal has just been published with a collection of papers that address a range of current commercial and regulatory issues within the shipping and maritime spheres in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Professor Graeme Orr published an article in the Brisbane Times, Abortion reform: Why has Parliament dragged the chain? asking why parliament has left the task of modernising abortion laws to the courts. Professor Orr argues that if we are to have laws that reflect the nuances of modern society, our politicians must take a more proactive role in considering law reform.  
  • Dr Paul Harpur published an article in The Conversation with Simon Ngalomba of the University of Dar es Salaam, contrasting rising health improvements in Africa with the lack of enforcement of laws protecting the elderly, particularly women.
  • Professor Heather Douglas (UQ) and Caroline de Costa (JCU) have a new publication in the Medical Journal of Australia on recent developments regarding abortion law in NSW and Queensland.
  • Professor Graeme Orr recently published a book chapter 'Putting the Cartel Before the House? Public Funding of Parties in Queensland' in Professor Marian Sawer and Dr Anika Gauja (ed), Party Rules? Dilemmas of Political Party Regulation in Australia (ANU Press, Australia 2016) 123-145.
  • Dr Paul Harper published an article in The Conversation examining how employers support employees dealing with domestic violence.
  • Congratulations to Law PhD students Ana Alexander and Maree Kaiser, and Alexandra Ridgway (Hong Kong University) who have received a Universitas21 graduate research project grant.
  • Final year UQ TC Beirne School of Law student Matthew Tsai was recently highly commended in an international competition that has been dubbed ‘the junior Nobel Prize’, the Undergraduate Awards.
  • The TC Beirne School of Law celebrated the School’s outstanding research outputs and acknowledged excellence in research on Thursday 18th September during UQ Research Week.