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Title: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on March 14, 2016, 05:53:20 pm
Hello everyone! Finding legal media articles can be a real pain - so we want to build up an enormous bank of media articles here to save you the leg work! Crime and Human Rights feature bellow, with the media-applicable syllabus dot points featured with media following. We aim to provide the most relevant and recent media updates, so we will need your help! If you come across an interesting media article, comment below and we will post it in our media library!

Why use media articles?

In a great essay in Legal Studies, you would include cases, legislation, media and even international documents. The cases support the legislation and the international documents in action. So, why media? The media articles express opinion about the effectiveness of the law on many occasions. Media articles are written by people viewing the legal system and its recent happenings. Using articles both strengthens your understanding of the law in practice but also strengthens your argument in an essay.

Crime:

The Criminal Investigation Process:

Police Powers:
Here is a fact sheet provided by LegalAid.com that explains Police Powers in a basic sense.
This article talks about how recent changes to Police Powers are ineffective for police and citizens (Opinion piece).
Mike Baird fails to boost police powers in light of terrorism. This article proposes laws which have not been successful.
Comparing NSW Police Powers to South Australia’s can prove very interesting.

Reporting Crime:
Modern Case: George Pell. This highlights the importance of reporting crime even if you are not a perpetrator or victim.
The alarming rejection of genuine crime reports.
A report about crime rates in NSW, "Given that some offences have low reporting rates, it is possible that changes in recorded crime rates over time for these offences may be reflecting changes in reporting rates."

Bail or Remand:
New bail laws in force. The article is here.
The implications of remand for a particular person are described here.
Bail and Illegal Firearms laws, in the wake of the Lindt Café Siege.

Rights of Suspects, detention or interrogation:
Implications regarding the right to silence.
Now, police give a warning that using the right to silence may harm your defence.

Criminal Trial Process:

The Adversary System:
Pointing out the flaws in our system, comparing to the European model.

Pleas, charge negotiation:
Judges dismayed by the extent of charge negotiations.

Use of Evidence, Including Witnesses:
Farah Jama was wrongfully accused and convicted of a sexual assault that he did not commit. Despite an alibi, no CCTV footage showing the man in the location of the alleged crime, he was convicted on the basis of DNA contamination:

The role of juries:
Are juries a waste of time?
Playing on Juror’s prejudices.
Judge only Case example: Simon Gittany.

Sentencing and Punishment:

Aggravating and Mitigating circumstances:
Kiesha Abraham’s mother experienced similar abuse as a child. This is accepted as a mitigating factor.

The role of the victim in sentencing:
Families can deliver impact statements to be considered by the judge in sentencing.

Circle Sentencing:
A one-stop article for Circle Sentencing, including success stories.
2008, a little dated – regarding the effectiveness of Circle Sentencing.

Post Sentencing Considerations:
-Sexual Offenders Registration:
Proposed laws for Sexual Offenders Registration.
-Deportation:
A recent case.
Stateless man: Robert Jovicic.

Young Offenders:

Age of Criminal Responsibility:
You can use this site to find out the age of criminal responsibility around the world.
Did you know that the UN accepts that any age of criminal responsibility below 12 is inappropriate?

The rights of children when questioned or arrested:
A break down provided by Legal Aid.
The Australian Human Rights Commission and their findings on this.

Children’s Court:
The Royal Commission's findings on improving the privacy of the Children’s Court.

Alternatives to Court:
An example of a Youth Justice Conference at work.

Commentary on the legal system in dealing with young offenders, in a general sense:
The Youth Justice System is a slippery slope of failure. This is a RECENT development after International Crime:[/u]

[b]Transnational Crime[/b]:
The [url=http://www.cbsnews.com/news/huge-meth-lab-busted-in-fiji/]largest methamphetamine lab in the Southern Hemisphere,
busted in Suva, Fiji.

International Crime
The war in Gaza being taken to the ICC (opinion piece).

Human Rights:

Abolition of Slavery:
Focuses largely on Britain.
Focuses largely on America, this is a history of Abolition.
This is your one-stop shop for all things modern day slavery and human trafficking.

Trade Unionism and Labour Rights:
This is a modern take on this.
Here is the website to the International Trade Union Confederation.

Universal Suffrage:
Film: Suffragette.
A brief history of Suffrage.
Specifically, this is a women’s suffrage history.
Where is suffrage still limited for women?

Universal Education:
Julia Gillard has entered the international scene, as an education ambassador. This is an example of how Australia contributes to human rights.
Your modern case study for this is of course, Malala Yousafzai.

Self Determination:
Comment on I Have a Dream, by an Aboriginal Activist.

Environmental Rights:
The Paris Climate Conference and the outcomes.
Fiji becomes the first country to ratify the Paris Climate Conference outcome.

Promoting and Enforcing Human Rights:

State Sovereignty:
The nation state is the key to peace and security.
ISIS and State Sovereignty - how do they work?

The role of the UN:
The UN watching Australia’s human rights breaches.

The Constitution and Human Rights:
Court finds that offshore detention is legal. Is the Constitution in fact not protecting human rights? 

Courts and Tribunals:
See above.

Charter of Rights:
Michael Kirby, an Australian human rights lawyer, provides his opinion on a Charter of Rights.
A Charter of Rights was a big discussion in 2009, here is an article from that time.
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: jamonwindeyer on June 08, 2016, 12:38:51 am
For those studying World Order, there is about to be quite a significant referendum held in Britain which may lead to them leaving the European Union (this would be a very big deal with some quite large ramifications). Here is a brief rundown of the facts, and will be a good issue to keep an eye on for new evidence and articles in the next couple of weeks  :)
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: jamonwindeyer on June 14, 2016, 12:48:30 am
No specific links yet, but the recent mass shooting in Orlando will likely be a significant event in legal history for multiple reasons. Keep an eye on it for various reasons in your Legal essays. There are likely to be significant links to terrorism and or designated a hate crime against the LGBTI community. If linked to ISIS, the case study will be even more relevant (for the International Crime part of the core, or World Order, depending on the way it is approached). In any case, definitely worth keeping an eye on, and of course giving our support and love to the victims of such an atrocious crime  :'(
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: jamonwindeyer on June 24, 2016, 02:25:14 pm
Britain has just left the European Union! Very big deal for us Legal Students, particularly those studying world oder, as we can link it to the effectiveness of IGO's  ::)
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on July 21, 2016, 01:28:33 pm
Hi legal eagles! If you're looking for cases, or looking for an explanation of a particular case, be sure to check out this website which has a library full of cases. I never knew it existed during my own HSC, but I couldn't not share it, such a great resource!
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: conic curve on July 21, 2016, 03:34:51 pm
Britain has just left the European Union! Very big deal for us Legal Students, particularly those studying world oder, as we can link it to the effectiveness of IGO's  ::)

How come?

Also what cases are best to use in prelim legal studies?
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: jamonwindeyer on July 21, 2016, 04:07:53 pm
How come?

Also what cases are best to use in prelim legal studies?

How come they left? Referendum!

Any particular areas you need a case for? I may know of a few (I know there are a couple in my Legal notes here  ;D
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: danielan2016 on July 22, 2016, 10:35:40 am
Im doing an essay on courts and tribunals effectiveness for world order! Do i need to include media to show its effectiveness?
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: jamonwindeyer on July 22, 2016, 10:42:41 am
Im doing an essay on courts and tribunals effectiveness for world order! Do i need to include media to show its effectiveness?

It would definitely be a great idea! There are some awesome articles around on the ICC (just be careful not to go too far into the International Crime side of things), and there would be similar for the ICJ and other tribunals. Media articles are great because they relate to the public opinion on legal issues; if it's in the news then it is a matter of discussion after all  ;D so yep! Popping a couple of media references in would definitely be beneficial for you, same with all the other LCTMR  :D
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on July 23, 2016, 10:09:08 am
Hello all!
As we watch the sad events unfold in Germany this morning, it is believed that the gunman was on INTERPOL's wanted list. It's a good idea to keep your ears open for some commentary on INTERPOL's involvement with suspected terrorists, or violent, deranged individuals, particularly considering the current global crime climate. This has the potential to bring forward some good sources for your transnational crime notes.
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: Lauradf36 on July 24, 2016, 12:17:12 pm
Here is a cool article evaluating the effectiveness of victim impact statements - it's a very interesting perspective but it makes some good points: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-problem-with-victim-impact-statements-20160612-gph974.html
e.g. Michael Adams - it would be "monstrous" to suggest "for some reason killing her should attract a lesser sentence than would be the case if … she had a loving family and grieving relatives".

A different article on slavery if you're not using Wei Tang, talking about slavery in modern day Australia & NGOs addressing it: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/this-is-happening-in-australia-sydney-victim-of-slavery-speaks-out-20160407-go1bt7.html

Tell me what you think!
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: jamonwindeyer on July 24, 2016, 08:27:18 pm
Here is a cool article evaluating the effectiveness of victim impact statements - it's a very interesting perspective but it makes some good points: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-problem-with-victim-impact-statements-20160612-gph974.html
e.g. Michael Adams - it would be "monstrous" to suggest "for some reason killing her should attract a lesser sentence than would be the case if … she had a loving family and grieving relatives".

A different article on slavery if you're not using Wei Tang, talking about slavery in modern day Australia & NGOs addressing it: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/this-is-happening-in-australia-sydney-victim-of-slavery-speaks-out-20160407-go1bt7.html

Tell me what you think!

Love it Lauradf36!! Thanks for the contribution!  ;D
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on July 24, 2016, 10:26:23 pm

A different article on slavery if you're not using Wei Tang, talking about slavery in modern day Australia & NGOs addressing it: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/this-is-happening-in-australia-sydney-victim-of-slavery-speaks-out-20160407-go1bt7.html

Tell me what you think!

R V Tang is an awesome case, and I think it's wonderful to discuss for transnational crime, it has a lot of merit. But what is even cooler, is that here you're taking it further by looking at more commentary from very recent months. It doesn't matter much if a case is old, as long as it is important (if it's your average case, then why not find a modern one? But y'know, the landmark ones only happen once) but with media, the more recent the better. So this is an AWESOME source!
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on July 26, 2016, 05:05:03 pm
Gillian Triggs says that the Northern Territory Juvenile Detention Centre abuse, as exposed on Four Corners last night, is a reflection of our detention culture. Read it here.
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on August 02, 2016, 05:03:13 pm
Looking for an article that directly relates NT Juvenile Detention Centre Don Dale to Human Rights? Here you are. Freshly printed today. Except, online. Not printed:
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/youth-detention-abuse-a-breach-of-australias-international-obligations-20160726-gqdvz6.html
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on August 03, 2016, 06:13:02 pm
Perhaps this "mega lot" for sale might be interesting to Shelter Law students? It might not directly relate to the syllabus, but I think it's really interesting!

http://www.domain.com.au/news/mega-lot-of-90-castle-hill-homes-is-so-big-its-almost-unsellable-20160803-gqjn1k/
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: Essej on August 03, 2016, 06:46:22 pm
Perhaps this "mega lot" for sale might be interesting to Shelter Law students? It might not directly relate to the syllabus, but I think it's really interesting!

http://www.domain.com.au/news/mega-lot-of-90-castle-hill-homes-is-so-big-its-almost-unsellable-20160803-gqjn1k/

It actually ties in really well with the contemporary issue of Affordability! Rental prices have already been increasing 2x inflation and the selling of these 'mega lots' and already prevalent property investment (and presence of negative gearing) just further prevent 'justice' and 'equality' for those low income earners - as the high cost of developers purchasing lots gets passed on to home buyers.

I found this quote particularly useful:

“The larger the site gets the smaller the developer pool gets … when you’re looking at a site that has 90 homes and will potentially cost a few hundred million, you are reducing the potential amount of buyers,” - managing director of CBRE Western Sydney Frank Oliveri

Thanks for finding this!
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on August 03, 2016, 08:46:47 pm
It actually ties in really well with the contemporary issue of Affordability! Rental prices have already been increasing 2x inflation and the selling of these 'mega lots' and already prevalent property investment (and presence of negative gearing) just further prevent 'justice' and 'equality' for those low income earners - as the high cost of developers purchasing lots gets passed on to home buyers.

I found this quote particularly useful:

“The larger the site gets the smaller the developer pool gets … when you’re looking at a site that has 90 homes and will potentially cost a few hundred million, you are reducing the potential amount of buyers,” - managing director of CBRE Western Sydney Frank Oliveri

Thanks for finding this!

Super glad this helped! I'll keep my eyes peeled for more on property laws and issues. I tend to not read them when I read the news because that stuff goes waaaay over my head (negative gearing, anyone?). But I'll take a closer look now! If I see enough stuff, I'll create a new thread for shelter developments :)
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on August 16, 2016, 12:42:19 pm
Hi all! A lot of people expressed to me at the lectures that they don't like reading the news, they find it difficult to read the news, etc. I think I have found the answer to your problems. I recommended downloading the BuzzFeed news app. It sends you a push notification for the most breaking news, so you don't have to go into the app, but it just comes up on your screen. Then you can click into it if you want more! I've been updating the recent legal development threads on ATAR Notes regularly too. But I think that nothing compares to the app: Quartz. Quartz is an app where you text a robot (who is highly responsive and sends cute animal gifs), and they deliver you the news headlines and you have the choice to pass through the headlines, or click into something to read. So in a matter of ten seconds, you can have the top ten headlines sent through to you, and you can click "pass" or look into it more. When you wake up in the morning, you roll over and check facebook. Now you roll over, check facebook, then text Quartz through their app and get the overnight headlines sent to you. And THAT is how you stay on top of the news. :) (The app is free!)
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on August 16, 2016, 12:45:24 pm
Attached is an example of the thrilling chat I had with Quartz :)
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: pughg16 on August 24, 2016, 09:31:05 pm
These articles are awesome thanks!!!
Do you know of any media articles for consumers?? Also workplace....these are two really rarely done options I know!!!  ::) ::)
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on August 25, 2016, 06:09:38 pm
These articles are awesome thanks!!!
Do you know of any media articles for consumers?? Also workplace....these are two really rarely done options I know!!!  ::) ::)

I'm not super certain of where these would fit with the syllabus, but I've found these:
Majority of supermarket suppliers signed up to code: ACCC
Ashley Madison in breach of Australian privacy laws at time of hack, watchdogs say (This was actually interesting to read!)
The personal details Facebook uses to target ads to you (also interesting, I've looked at this kind of thing at Uni (not from a consumer perspective) and its super interesting - but I can't guarantee it suits the consumer law syllabus. Possibly good for the "technology" contemporary issue)
EasyMeals admits it misled consumers with diabetes and free meal claims

Here's the tab for the consumer affairs section of the Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs

Here's the tab for workplace: http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations
I just went through the workplace tab but everything seems pretty interesting to me (I have a bit of a workplace fascination lately) but I can't guarantee what's relevant to the syllabus. So have a quick look over it :)
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: Lauradf36 on September 07, 2016, 09:26:15 am
Recently read this article - an interesting perspective on lockout laws!
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/majority-back-broader-lockout-laws-across-the-state-20160828-gr31t9.html
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on September 07, 2016, 02:21:04 pm
Recently read this article - an interesting perspective on lockout laws!
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/majority-back-broader-lockout-laws-across-the-state-20160828-gr31t9.html

Good find! I think it is surprising that 60% of voters are in support of the lock out laws, yet two/three years since their introduction, there are still protests 10,000+ people strong! The little interactive graph thing on there is a great tool too. Substantially more men oppose lock out laws to women. Good find Laura!
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on October 25, 2016, 06:34:44 pm
This case is hardly relevant to the course because it is an American case, but I think it's always good to compare the system here to overseas in order to make an informed judgement on the effectiveness of our system. This is a distressing case - and the sentencing is most peculiar.

What are your thoughts?

http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/news-and-views/news-features/two-fathers-raped-their-daughters-one-was-sentenced-for-life-the-other-for-60-days-20161024-gs9osu.html
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on October 25, 2016, 06:44:34 pm
I think this SMH article is great for talking about evidence and juries - This article has links to a few great case studies as well as other good resources. Definitely worth a read!
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: caninesandy on October 26, 2016, 10:14:07 pm
Extended Joint Criminal Enterprise - doesn’t require the same level of proof and is therefore controversial [Common law]
“two or more people agree to commit a crime such as an assault and one member of that group commits a more serious crime such as murder, the other parties to the original agreement can be guilty of murder if they foresaw the possibility that the more serious crime would occur.”
FOR → “allows for a prosecution to achieve a conviction”, to DETER participation of group crime activities (“hoped” such as “assaults”).
AGAINST → prosecution need only to “make an argument for the conviction of individuals for a particular crime, in this case murder, even without having to establish against them that they had been responsible for the acts causing death, or indeed they had the mens rea for the crime of murder.”
Secondary participants has less mens rea than Primary
Prove “foresight” not intent
“Foresight is not the same as intent”

I'm not sure where you could use this but maybe in Crime somewhere (?)
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: jamonwindeyer on October 26, 2016, 11:28:28 pm
Extended Joint Criminal Enterprise - doesn’t require the same level of proof and is therefore controversial [Common law]
...
I'm not sure where you could use this but maybe in Crime somewhere (?)

Awesome find caninesandy!! Thanks for sharing! Not long till the exam now  :o
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: isaacdelatorre on January 10, 2017, 08:50:35 pm
Hey guys, hope all you legal eagles are ready to get back into study :)
Here is an article titled 'Sniffer Dogs: False Positive and Limits to Police Power' by Sydney Criminal Lawyers (give a bit of variety as opposed to everything being from SMH, the guardian etc) outlining the issues with sniffer dogs.

This could be particularly useful for the dot point gathering evidence in the investigation process of Crime and especially to help reinforce Darby v DPP 2004.

This article also references the NSW Ombudsman “Review of the Police Powers (Drug Detection Dogs) Act 2001” which you can also use in an essay to show criticism of the current evidence gathering procedures.

Interesting points that you can quote in an essay include:
These dogs were introduced ... to catch drug suppliers, but have failed dismally to meet their stated objective ... led to tens of thousands of innocent people being subjected to invasive searches, while failing to deter drug dealers or users.

Government statistics suggest that more than two out of every three searches are ‘false positives’ – where the dog indicates the presence of drugs but none are found.

2007 – 2013
Searches: 103,476
Drugs found: 33,105
Accuracy: 32%

Hope this helps :)
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: rodero on February 02, 2017, 08:44:19 pm
Hi,

For police powers, i'm not sure if this has been said yet as I was just skimming over responses, but I think the Roberto Curti Case is good looking into rising tension within society
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/police-used-excessive-unnecessary-unlawful-force-on-brazilian-student-roberto-curti-court-hears-20141117-11o3tr.html

For bail, the Steven Fesus case links well with balancing rights of offenders, victims and society as the media article (http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/steve-fesus-bail-reasons-revealed-by-judge-following-outcry-20140618-zsd6d.html) shows a lot of conflicting perspectives. In particular, Ken Marslew states "Imagine having lost a loved one and then seeing the person accused of their murder out on bail, walking freely. It's a slap in the face to anyone who has lost a loved one in those circumstances.''

For partial defences such as provocation, Insight's episode 'Provoked' features Phil Cleary, who says "If you're gonna argue that provocation is based on a woman allegedly having an affair, women are dead women walking". This episode was in response to the case R v Singh.

I hope these help :)
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on February 02, 2017, 09:11:00 pm
Hi,

For police powers, i'm not sure if this has been said yet as I was just skimming over responses, but I think the Roberto Curti Case is good looking into rising tension within society
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/police-used-excessive-unnecessary-unlawful-force-on-brazilian-student-roberto-curti-court-hears-20141117-11o3tr.html

For bail, the Steven Fesus case links well with balancing rights of offenders, victims and society as the media article (http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/steve-fesus-bail-reasons-revealed-by-judge-following-outcry-20140618-zsd6d.html) shows a lot of conflicting perspectives. In particular, Ken Marslew states "Imagine having lost a loved one and then seeing the person accused of their murder out on bail, walking freely. It's a slap in the face to anyone who has lost a loved one in those circumstances.''

For partial defences such as provocation, Insight's episode 'Provoked' features Phil Cleary, who says "If you're gonna argue that provocation is based on a woman allegedly having an affair, women are dead women walking". This episode was in response to the case R v Singh.

I hope these help :)

Hey Robert! You've impressed me! I haven't heard of the second and third case, and after checking them out, I agree that they are super useful for Legal. The quote you've provided for the Steven Fesus case is the exact kind of quote that does a lot of arguing for you in an essay - it sums up your argument by bringing in authority. Excellent work sourcing these - thanks for sharing :)

The Roberti case is wonderful for legal students and police powers, also discretion. It's a great case to have up your sleeve!
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: rodero on February 02, 2017, 10:24:20 pm
Just adding an extra resource, but for human rights!

I haven't studied the content yet, but a quick skim over the syllabus has the role of media in promoting and enforcing human rights. As such, I think this buzzfeed article is both relevant to the course and a contemporary issue that could be great in a short answer question. In particular, Obama's statement that he “fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion.” would definitely promote human rights.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/tasneemnashrulla/obama-just-spoke-out-against-trumps-travel-ban?utm_term=.uoNLJzzoY#.hxW4Enn7k
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: jamonwindeyer on February 02, 2017, 10:58:41 pm
Just adding an extra resource, but for human rights!

I haven't studied the content yet, but a quick skim over the syllabus has the role of media in promoting and enforcing human rights. As such, I think this buzzfeed article is both relevant to the course and a contemporary issue that could be great in a short answer question. In particular, Obama's statement that he “fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion.” would definitely promote human rights.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/tasneemnashrulla/obama-just-spoke-out-against-trumps-travel-ban?utm_term=.uoNLJzzoY#.hxW4Enn7k

Thanks Robert! Yep, the 'Trump Travel Ban' is going to be a fantastic case study for Human Rights and (if you study it) World Order! :) a great find!
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on February 10, 2017, 03:27:56 am
If you're interested in the history (and present use) of Gay Panic Defence in Australia, this article is an excellent resource.

This is an unconventional form of provocation defence that is still valid in Queensland and South Australian jurisdictions.

This is excellent to talk about for law reform (a potential crime essay question for the HSC - seeing as it is a theme/challenge).
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: rodero on February 20, 2017, 06:25:28 am
Here is an article about a flight attendant that was involved in the rescue of a victim of human trafficking. This could be helpful for people studying the contemporary issue of human trafficking and slavery. It also gives a nice stat by the National Human Trafficking Hotline for the amount of human trafficking cases reported in 2016.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38880612
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: Mary_a on March 12, 2017, 04:34:31 pm
Hi legal eagles! If you're looking for cases, or looking for an explanation of a particular case, be sure to check out this website which has a library full of cases. I never knew it existed during my own HSC, but I couldn't not share it, such a great resource!

This is fantastic! Thank you so much! Especially for all the work that everyone puts in here at ATAR notes!

Mary x
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on March 13, 2017, 12:58:15 am
This is fantastic! Thank you so much! Especially for all the work that everyone puts in here at ATAR notes!

Mary x

I forgot about that website! It's such a gem for students. Thanks for hanging around Mary - you're such an active student, we love helping you! :)
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: Mary_a on March 13, 2017, 09:20:27 am
I forgot about that website! It's such a gem for students. Thanks for hanging around Mary - you're such an active student, we love helping you! :)

That's so sweet! I appreciate your kind words :)

Mary x
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on March 22, 2017, 04:25:17 am
I had a little giggle at this. #Ruleoflaw

The Police Minister Troy Grant took a photo of a sheep in the back of the car in front of him while he was in traffic and shared it to twitter later (or perhaps at the time) as a funny little incident to share. A journalist asked him if he took the photo from the driver's seat, he admitted he did.
"When Mr Grant was informed that what he did was illegal, he contacted police to dob himself in for a $325 fine and four demerit points."
You can see the pic here.

Nobody is above the law ;)
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: Neilab on March 27, 2017, 02:27:12 pm
My school states that the best cases for crime that work accross all the areas are: The scaf case, R v Silva and the Loveridge case
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: claudiarosaliaa on May 02, 2017, 07:41:08 pm
FAMILY LAW:

Here's an interesting discussion on the best interests of the child: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/adoption-by-samesex-couple-opposed-because-of-birth-parents-catholic-faith-20170323-gv4qdm.html

WORLD ORDER:

A great article outlining both the strengths and weaknesses on the UN:
http://www.iapss.org/wp/2015/03/12/the-united-nations-strengths-and-weaknesses/

FAMILY LAW:

A non-legal response for domestic violence: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2016/nov/22/lets-honour-the-invisible-work-of-aboriginal-women-tackling-domestic-violence

WORLD ORDER:
A great article for the real legal nerds!! Can the executive be made accountable/liable for conducting a war where thousands lost their lives?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/11/man-who-sued-george-bush-and-the-iraq-war-dave-eggers

WORLD ORDER:

A very interesting article discussing the effectiveness/impact of recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-39222619

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARTICLE:

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/we-were-terrified-how-the-court-system-allows-domestic-violence-perpetrators-to-continue-their-abuse-20170219-gug6hv.html

Mod Edit [Aaron]: Merged posts - Please do not double+ post unless justified.
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: jamonwindeyer on May 02, 2017, 10:48:38 pm
You are awesome claudiarosaliaa!! Thanks for all these awesome links! ;D
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: Aaron12038488 on May 03, 2017, 06:11:41 pm
So as Elyse pointed about this website about the police minister (http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/police-minister-troy-grant-fined-325-for-taking-photo-while-behind-the-wheel-20170321-gv3ecp.html), could I use this article for the Contemporary Issue: The individual and Technology?
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: jamonwindeyer on May 03, 2017, 06:43:30 pm
So as Elyse pointed about this website about the police minister (http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/police-minister-troy-grant-fined-325-for-taking-photo-while-behind-the-wheel-20170321-gv3ecp.html), could I use this article for the Contemporary Issue: The individual and Technology?


Hey! So the technology in that article is mobile phones, and the legal issue is new laws concerning mobile phone use in motor vehicles - I think that suits!

In general you need to pull from the list in the syllabus ;D

(http://i.imgur.com/wCoOZ7E.png)
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on May 03, 2017, 11:38:07 pm
So as Elyse pointed about this website about the police minister (http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/police-minister-troy-grant-fined-325-for-taking-photo-while-behind-the-wheel-20170321-gv3ecp.html), could I use this article for the Contemporary Issue: The individual and Technology?


The main reason I shared that article is for proof of the rule of law - so perhaps you could link it with that when you're talking about technology section of the syllabus as a double whammy :)
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: Diala on June 08, 2017, 07:04:48 pm
We all know in Legal Studies news changes so fast and sometimes it's difficult to keep up with everything. For instance, my teacher managed to provide us the newest edition textbook for Legal and already, things have updated. I'm just worried that I might write something in my essay during the exam that's changed! Any advice?
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: Wales on June 08, 2017, 07:18:19 pm
We all know in Legal Studies news changes so fast and sometimes it's difficult to keep up with everything. For instance, my teacher managed to provide us the newest edition textbook for Legal and already, things have updated. I'm just worried that I might write something in my essay during the exam that's changed! Any advice?

Your teacher should point out any changes. It's part of your obligation to keep up with law amendments too :) Have a look at the laws you specify in your essays and see if they've been amended,
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: jamonwindeyer on June 08, 2017, 07:38:41 pm
We all know in Legal Studies news changes so fast and sometimes it's difficult to keep up with everything. For instance, my teacher managed to provide us the newest edition textbook for Legal and already, things have updated. I'm just worried that I might write something in my essay during the exam that's changed! Any advice?

I will say though, that you aren't going to be punished for using the old version of a law that was updated recently. Like, HSC Legal Studies isn't about technicalities like that, they care about the quality of your argument holistically and the quality of your body of evidence, not so fussed on little details ;D

Try and keep updated where you can! But don't stress too much ;D
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: marcusgrahamm on June 13, 2017, 06:57:44 pm
not sure if you guys know heaps about or did world order,

I was wondering if you know of any good media articles that examine the UN's effectiveness in maintaining world order??

Thanks a ton!
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: jamonwindeyer on June 13, 2017, 07:35:07 pm
not sure if you guys know heaps about or did world order,

I was wondering if you know of any good media articles that examine the UN's effectiveness in maintaining world order??

Thanks a ton!

Hey! If you check out the FREE note we have for World Order, I'll bet there'll be some there! I know my summary sheets have a few :)

You should also do a bit of a Google on some of the World Order crises going on right now - North Korea and Syria, to name the two big ones I'd consider. There will definitely be stuff on the UN response to those issues if you have a bit of a search :)
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: rodero on June 16, 2017, 08:20:37 pm
not sure if you guys know heaps about or did world order,

I was wondering if you know of any good media articles that examine the UN's effectiveness in maintaining world order??

Thanks a ton!

Hey Marcus  :)
I've posted a heap of evidence in this thread, which has a heap of info for the UN and its response to the contemporary issues. Also, I've recently had an exam on that question so I guess i'll share it below - Just note that it actually isn't done, I just memorised my evidence for the final paragraph and made one up + a conclusion on the spot. Idk why but, somehow my caffeine induced all-nighter paid off (Mainly thanks to Jamon  :P).

EDIT: I'm reading it over now and noticing so many grammatical errors  :-\ never do an all-nighter
Spoiler
Assess the effectiveness of the United Nations in promoting and maintaining world order
 
By definition, world order describes the mechanisms set by the international community, for the preservation of global political stability (Oxford Dictionary). Though it is undeniable that the United Nations (UN) has experienced past success, it’s response to issues in the current international framework have proven to be highly ineffective. In light of recent events, the principle of the ‘responsibility to protect’ (R2P) has revealed itself as a flawed system that is heavily dependent on global compliance. Similarly, while UN responses to the nuclear threat and global cooperation were successful, mechanisms in the current age prohibit the ability for world order to be maintained.  Overall, with an increasingly contentious global climate, the effectiveness of the UN in promoting and maintaining world order has been effective to a moderate extent.
 
The issue of non-compliance continues to hinder the ability for the UN to actively use the principle of R2P to achieve world order. Such a principle was established due to the extremely delayed response to mass atrocity crimes within Rwanda, Bosnia and Kosovo. To prevent future occurrences of crimes against humanity, the UN has amended the UN Charter, where Article 24 places the UNSC in “primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security”. While the theory of R2P suggests prospects for an effective maintenance of world order, when put into practice, the principle proves to be highly unrewarding. Though the UN actively attempts to resolve conflict in Syria, Russia has failed to comply with its duties and has exploited its veto powers to continue its trade of weaponry. To date, there have been eight instances where Russia has vetoed a resolution to conduct operations in Syria; In 2012, their use of a veto prohibited the ability for the UN to intervene, resulting in an increase of reported deaths by 5,000. In The Guardian’s article ‘Vetoed!, the question regarding the fairness and relevance of veto powers has been raised. Considering the constantly changing nature of morals and ethical standards, the wider community believes that the UNSC has become anachronistic and “obsolete”. Accordingly, Antonio Patriota of the UN recommends that amendments be made to “shape a security council that is truly in tune with the 21st century”. Despite this, it is undeniable that the UN has achieved some success through the use of R2P in the 2011 Libyan crisis. The passing of the 1970 and 1973 Resolutions effectively protected Libyan citizens from extreme violence through the imposition of no-fly zones and military presence. With this, the UN was successful in preventing pro-gaddafi forces from capturing major Libyan cities, while their leader, Muammar Gaddafi was referred to stand trial in the ICC. Thus, while there has clearly been success in Libya, the anachronistic nature of veto powers hinders the effectiveness of the UN in achieving world order to a moderate degree of effectiveness.
 
Although the UN has effectively responded to the threat of a nuclear war, a lack of prosecution has hindered the ability for world order to be maintained. Following the events of the cold war, the UN has actively supported denuclearisation as a means of achieving global peace and stability. International mechanisms such as Start 1 in 1991 has been highly effective in the disarmament of nuclear weapons between the US and Russia, allowing for a reduction of arsenals by 58,000. Similarly, the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons 1968 (NPT) has allowed for the promotion of peaceful energy usage in an increasingly nuclear world. However, North Korea’s withdrawal from the NPT displays the unenforceability of international law due to state sovereignty. In the current global climate, the use of nuclear weapons has been deemed the “biggest threat to humanity” (Lawrence Krauss on BBC’s Q&A), largely due to NK’s unwillingness to comply with the UN. The continued conduction of nuclear tests by the ‘rogue state’ (Anthony Lake) has pressured the UN to impose sanctions as a means of political persuasion. However, the use of international negotiation continues to have little effect on the behaviour of NK, leaving the global community paralysed and unable to react to the growing chances of a “major conflict with North Korea” (Donald Trump). With regards to a more regional conflict, the UN remains unresponsive to the US’ illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003. Although the US claimed to have acted in ‘self-defence’, members of the International Commission of Jurists highlight that the invasion was a clear breach of the UN Charter and was not authorised by the UNSC. Despite this, the ICJ has failed to punish the US for clear acts of aggression, thus turning a “blind eye to one of the most blatant human rights abuses” (Jean Shaoul). It clear that the UN has achieved past success in the disarmament of nuclear weapons, but is restricted by state sovereignty to enforce its policies for peace in North Korea and the US. As a result, UN responses to regional and global conflict has been effective only to a moderate extent.
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: bimberfairy on July 15, 2017, 12:40:12 am
OMG I just found this thread and want to thank you guys so much for putting this up  ;D ;D
So grateful !! If there was a happy crying emoji, I'd definitely be using it right now LOL
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on July 15, 2017, 12:59:29 am
OMG I just found this thread and want to thank you guys so much for putting this up  ;D ;D
So grateful !! If there was a happy crying emoji, I'd definitely be using it right now LOL

I'm glad you found your way here! If you come across any other media that other students would find useful, feel free to throw it up! :)
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: bimberfairy on July 15, 2017, 12:56:55 pm
Hi! So I finally sat myself down and rounded up some media articles for the Family Option topic. Hopefully these prove to be helpful:

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/abuse-inside-christian-marriages--a-personal-story-20150301-13rrvr.html
Sydney Morning Herald, 2015 - Abuse inside Christian marriages - a personal story
The article sheds light on the ineffectiveness of the courts and the law in addressing the issue of domestic violence in Christian marriages  + how preconceived beliefs of Christian marriages have resulted in the courts and law enforcement to not conduct research into this issue. It's definitely an interesting topic to read into!

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/domestic-violence-register-to-protect-women-who-fear-their-partners-past/news-story/15e0e48ac195194844867d8892c11742
The Daily Telegraph, 2015 - Domestic violence register to protect women who fear their partner's past
Shows the effectiveness of the legal system in taking action to protect victims of domestic violence + to prevent possible domestic violence in relationships. Despite this, it may also be considered a breach of privacy (Possibly look at the Privacy Act 1988 for direct quotes from legislation?)

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/reports-show-shared-care-needs-fixing-20100203-nd7a.html
Sydney Morning Herald, 2010 - Reports show shared care needs fixing
Discusses how shared parenting needs to be more in the best interests of the child, not as a 50/50 kind of thing. I definitely thought it was an interesting read + discusses some stuff that the courts are actively discussing. Also integrates parts of law reform and the effectiveness/ineffectiveness of the courts.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/samesex-marriage-equality-converts-are-very-welcome-to-the-party-20150226-13ptfg
Sydney Morning Herald, 2015 - Same-sex marriage equality converts are very welcome to the party.
Good article for showing the effectiveness AND ineffectiveness of the media, being a non-legal method. The article effectively shows how the contemporary issue of the recognition of same-sex marriages is being actively discussed, and how it's able to inform and project public opinion. But at the same time, it shows how non-legal methods like media don't have any legislative power to enforce laws. They're only able to advocate for it and be a vehicle of persuasion!
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on July 15, 2017, 01:17:38 pm
Hi! So I finally sat myself down and rounded up some media articles for the Family Option topic. Hopefully these prove to be helpful:

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/abuse-inside-christian-marriages--a-personal-story-20150301-13rrvr.html
Sydney Morning Herald, 2015 - Abuse inside Christian marriages - a personal story
The article sheds light on the ineffectiveness of the courts and the law in addressing the issue of domestic violence in Christian marriages  + how preconceived beliefs of Christian marriages have resulted in the courts and law enforcement to not conduct research into this issue. It's definitely an interesting topic to read into!

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/domestic-violence-register-to-protect-women-who-fear-their-partners-past/news-story/15e0e48ac195194844867d8892c11742
The Daily Telegraph, 2015 - Domestic violence register to protect women who fear their partner's past
Shows the effectiveness of the legal system in taking action to protect victims of domestic violence + to prevent possible domestic violence in relationships. Despite this, it may also be considered a breach of privacy (Possibly look at the Privacy Act 1988 for direct quotes from legislation?)

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/reports-show-shared-care-needs-fixing-20100203-nd7a.html
Sydney Morning Herald, 2010 - Reports show shared care needs fixing
Discusses how shared parenting needs to be more in the best interests of the child, not as a 50/50 kind of thing. I definitely thought it was an interesting read + discusses some stuff that the courts are actively discussing. Also integrates parts of law reform and the effectiveness/ineffectiveness of the courts.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/samesex-marriage-equality-converts-are-very-welcome-to-the-party-20150226-13ptfg
Sydney Morning Herald, 2015 - Same-sex marriage equality converts are very welcome to the party.
Good article for showing the effectiveness AND ineffectiveness of the media, being a non-legal method. The article effectively shows how the contemporary issue of the recognition of same-sex marriages is being actively discussed, and how it's able to inform and project public opinion. But at the same time, it shows how non-legal methods like media don't have any legislative power to enforce laws. They're only able to advocate for it and be a vehicle of persuasion!

This is incredible! Thanks so much for your contribution! I've quoted your response over here so that these great links are also on our family law board! :)
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: bimberfairy on July 15, 2017, 01:28:10 pm
This is incredible! Thanks so much for your contribution! I've quoted your response over here so that these great links are also on our family law board! :)

Thanks Elyse!! I didn't know there was a Family Law board so definitely going to go check that out too aha
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: MisterNeo on July 15, 2017, 06:19:57 pm
I'm surprised this hasn't been mentioned.
NSW Police are getting new shoot-to-kill powers to counter terrorism. Bail and parole will be harder to get for people on suspicion of terrorism. In response to the Sydney Siege and the hostage thing in Melbourne.
A must-have for law reform and police powers/discretion questions.  ;D
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on July 15, 2017, 06:27:23 pm
I'm surprised this hasn't been mentioned.
NSW Police are getting new shoot-to-kill powers to counter terrorism. Bail and parole will be harder to get for people on suspicion of terrorism. In response to the Sydney Siege and the hostage thing in Melbourne.
A must-have for law reform and police powers/discretion questions.  ;D


I totally did not see this at all - a very powerful amendment. This kind of thing is relevant in an essay on discretion and on law reform!
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: jadzia26 on July 19, 2017, 10:38:48 pm
My biggest feedback criticism for legal is my lack of evidence because i struggle to remember names of relevant case studies even if i can remember what they're about
are there any easier suggestions for remembering the names of cases???
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on July 20, 2017, 11:20:28 am
My biggest feedback criticism for legal is my lack of evidence because i struggle to remember names of relevant case studies even if i can remember what they're about
are there any easier suggestions for remembering the names of cases???

I suppose you just need to familiarise yourself with the cases as much as possible. When you're working with big cases, you will spend a lot of time studying or memorising the different aspects of the case so I hope that if you can constantly say the offenders name when studying it, you'll be able to commit it to memory. If the problem is that you've got toooo many cases, then I suggest committing a few "big" cases to memory, and having a few more specific ones on the side. You will definitely remember the ones that interest you a whole lot more than the ones that don't interest you - so scout around for some that tickle your fancy. :)
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: TheMC on July 30, 2017, 08:13:33 pm
Hi,

On majority of my feedback I get told that I 'narrate' too much of my cases, is there any advice on how to stop that? Whenever I actively try not to narrate I am told that I don't go into enough detail or analysis of the case. I can't find a balance, any advice on what that balance is?

Thank you
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on July 30, 2017, 09:10:29 pm
Hi,

On majority of my feedback I get told that I 'narrate' too much of my cases, is there any advice on how to stop that? Whenever I actively try not to narrate I am told that I don't go into enough detail or analysis of the case. I can't find a balance, any advice on what that balance is?

Thank you

Interesting conundrum!

I only mentioned details of the case in the first sentence introducing the case, or when I am explicitly and directly relating it to the analysis. So,

"The case of Bronson Blessington, involving the abduction, assault, and murder, of Janine Balding, is fraught with legal issues." Simply, I've described the case enough to identify the victim, and also the three main charges.

"The argument supporting that Blessington's sentence was not just recognises that his history of being sexually assaulted was not accepted as a mitigating factor in the sentencing procedure." So here, I've identified that he had a history of assault, but it's sitting right in the middle of an analysis about whether or not he was treated justly - perhaps in accordance with a question about sentencing and punishment procedures.

So I suppose the key might be to never give case details unless it is embedded within a sentence that is delivering strong analysis or an argument.
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on July 31, 2017, 03:39:29 pm
A great article that covers Indigenous people, family law, and Human Rights.

An absolute BANGER OF AN ARTICLE for your trials!
Your baby or your safety: the terrible choice facing too many Indigenous women

And hey, I've just realised it's written by one of my Journalism tutors.
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: Lachlan Morley on September 17, 2017, 09:29:04 am
Heres a really good article on police power for crime essays
https://m.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/rocky-man-ignores-police-orders-to-stop-rape-open-/3217490/
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on October 20, 2017, 10:50:49 am
Hi everyone!
I'm working on a "year in review" for legal studies and it's almost complete. It's just got a bunch of reforms, major articles, and cases from this year. But I thought this was an interesting read so I'm sharing it:

We know violence, crime and masculinity are linked. It's time to look at why, and how to stop it
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: jamonwindeyer on March 01, 2018, 10:55:33 pm
A little bump of this fantastic resource! And in addition, this case should be on everyones list for Crime. The instigator of the terrorist attack that claimed the life of Curtis Cheng back in 2015 has just been sentenced, for aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring a terrorist attack. It's the first time anyone has actually been sentenced for a committed terrorist offence in Australia (not just for conspiring to commit one!) - Must include in your essays!
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: emilyygeorgexx on March 01, 2018, 11:12:45 pm
A little bump of this fantastic resource! And in addition, this case should be on everyones list for Crime. The instigator of the terrorist attack that claimed the life of Curtis Cheng back in 2015 has just been sentenced, for aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring a terrorist attack. It's the first time anyone has actually been sentenced for a committed terrorist offence in Australia (not just for conspiring to commit one!) - Must include in your essays!

Ah yes just saw this article today! The Curtis Cheng case is also good in terms of looking at police powers and discretion. Also can make links to law reform with the introduction of the Terrorism (Police Powers) Act 2016 (NSW).
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on June 18, 2018, 07:27:44 pm
If you're a student using the R V Bilal Skaf case for legal, you should watch tonight's episode of The Project. The judge on the case was interviewed about it. When the episode finishes, you should be able to view it here: https://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/the-project/episodes
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on August 22, 2018, 10:12:14 am
HEY ALL,
Fantastic New York Times article on the backlog of the NSW Justice System, and how long people are being held in detention without a sentence: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/21/world/australia/prison-new-south-wales.html (would be fantastic to use this in your essay!!)
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: hilaryl on August 23, 2018, 01:20:38 pm
Elyse could you please check your inbox!!!!
Title: Re: Legal: Media Library!
Post by: elysepopplewell on September 11, 2018, 05:14:06 pm
Hello!

A CURRENT AND HAPPENING RIGHT NOW example of the fight for state sovereignty: https://qz.com/africa/1383455/britain-fights-mauritius-over-chagos-its-last-african-colony/