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  • Professor Graeme Orr has published an article in The Conversation explaining both why Australians should say "Yes" in the upcoming same-sex marriage plebiscite, and why this is an issue that should be decidided by a direct vote of the electorate.
  • The TC Beirne School of Law is enjoying a research renaissance, charting a 68 percent increase in research income according to deputy head Professor Simon Bronitt.
  • A national, publicly-available resource for judicial officers dealing with cases involving domestic and family violence, developed by University of Queensland’s Professor Heather Douglas, was launched today.
  • TC Beirne School of Law academics Professors Heather Douglas, Simon Bronitt, Dr Melanie O'Brien and PhD scholar Victoria Colvin presented at the The Evolving Role of the Prosecutor, Domestically and Internationally workshop held at the Onati Institute in Spain on the 28th to 29th July 2016. The Onati Institute hosts a small number of workshops each year that </strong>contribute to socio-legal studies or sociology of law. Professors Heather Douglas (TC Beirne School of Law and Philip Stenning (School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University) co-ordinated the 2 day workshop.
  • Congratulations to Dr Twana Hassan and Dr Ruth Walker who attended their PhD graduation ceremony at UQ last week.
  • A recent publication by Professor Andreas Schloenhardt & Rebekkah Markey-Towler from the UQ Human Trafficking Working Group, examines the principle of non-criminalisation which serves to protect victims from prosecution for offences, which they may have committed during the course of their trafficking experience. Entitled ‘Non-criminalisation of victims of trafficking in persons: principles, promises, and perspectives’, the article has just been published in the Groningen Journal of International Law p10-38.
  • Professor Graeme Orr has published an article in The Conversation examining the idea of regulating ‘truth’ in political speech.
  • The TC Beirne School of Law 3 Minutes Thesis (3MT®) was held Friday 12th July. Three Minute Thesis (3MT) celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students. Developed by The University of Queensland, the exercise cultivates students' academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
  • The third Pasifika Law and Culture Conference: After Paris, After Winston – the PACIFIC was held at Victoria University of Welling from the 4th to the 6th of July.
  • UQ Law Professor Heather Douglas has given evidence at the parliamentary inquiry into proposed laws to decriminalise abortion in Queensland, Amendment Bill 2016 and Inquiry into laws governing termination of pregnancy in Queensland, on 13 July 2016. Professor Douglas told the public hearing that there was often a link between domestic violence and abortion.
  • Radio National’s Paul Barclay speaks with an expert panel including UQ Law Professor Graeme Orr, Stephen Mills (University of Sydney and former speechwriter to Labor PM Bob Hawke), Professor Darren Halpin (Australian National University) and Paula Matthewson (political columnist and former media advisor to John Howard in the early 1990s) on money and politics.
  • Professor Nicholas Aroney spoke recently on the failure of the Australian federal government’s Reform of the Federation White Paper.
  • PhD student David Jefferson’s research, is interested in how the legal evolution in Ecuador is representative of a conceptual shift in IP law away from a narrow orientation of privatization and economic growth, towards the utilization of intellectual property (IP) to support communitarian ends.
  • Dr Justine Bell-James has published an article in The Conversation series examing the strategies, political alignment and policy platforms of ten lobby groups that can influence the upcoming election.
  • UQ community law expert Associate Professor Tamara Walsh has recently commented on Queensland’s most disadvantaged people being charged for begging.
  • The TC Beirne School of Law will be holding a Three Minute Thesis (3MT) school heat ahead of the BEL Faculty and UQ finals.
  • May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention month. At the TC Beirne School of Law, researchers are making an important contribution to community education, policy implementation and law reform.