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Legal: Media Library!
« on: March 14, 2016, 05:53:20 pm »
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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.
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Re: Legal: Media Library!
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2016, 12:38:51 am »
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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  :)

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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2016, 12:48:30 am »
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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  :'(

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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2016, 02:25:14 pm »
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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  ::)

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Re: Legal: Media Library!
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2016, 01:28:33 pm »
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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!
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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2016, 03:34:51 pm »
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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?

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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2016, 04:07:53 pm »
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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

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Re: Legal: Media Library!
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2016, 10:35:40 am »
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Im doing an essay on courts and tribunals effectiveness for world order! Do i need to include media to show its effectiveness?

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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2016, 10:42:41 am »
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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

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« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2016, 10:09:08 am »
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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.
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« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2016, 12:17:12 pm »
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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

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« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2016, 08:27:18 pm »
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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

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« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2016, 10:26:23 pm »
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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

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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!
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« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2016, 05:05:03 pm »
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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.
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« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2016, 05:03:13 pm »
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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
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