Climate change, disasters and displacement – a toolkit approach in Africa

Abstract Environmental disasters and climate change are now the leading causes of displacement worldwide. Last year, an estimated 24.2 million people were newly displaced by disasters, nearly four times the number displaced by conflict and violence. As the effects of… Continue Reading

Short course: Refugee Law in Context

Savitri Taylor La Trobe Law School Immigration

The ‘Refugee Law in Context’ short course explores aspects of Australian refugee law and policy in a regional and international context. It examines the international and domestic legal frameworks for dealing with refugees. It also considers the political and social… Continue Reading

Social inequality in Australia: Is it time to seriously consider a UBI?

By Hillary Montague A Universal Basic Income (“UBI”) may overcome social structural inequalities, poverty and the loss of dignity simultaneously and effectively. With the implementation of a UBI, individuals would have greater access to fully recognising their human rights. A… Continue Reading

The Forgotten Women on Nauru

By Emily Treeby Last month, Federal Liberal MP Russel Broadbent endorsed in parliament the message of the #BringThemHere campaign. The Victorian moderate broke ranks with government policy and called for refugees in offshore detention to be resettled permanently in Australia.… Continue Reading

Why should you be a social justice lawyer?

Recently, at La Trobe Open Day, La Trobe Law School welcomed the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s Legal Network Coordinator Melanie Book to speak to our students about what a day in the life of a social justice lawyer at the… Continue Reading

CHLS Seminar: Addiction Veridiction: mobilising gender in legal accounts of addicted agency

Abstract In this presentation, Dr Kate Seear explores the question of whether and in what ways the law and legal processes work to stabilise addiction as a health problem or ‘disease’. She also explores the associated gender implications of these… Continue Reading

A Second Life with a Second Language

By Huaning Gu English, for most overseas students, is a second language. My friend’s daughter was born in China. She has been struggling with English since she started as a primary school student in Australia. Recently, the school teacher persuaded… Continue Reading

Professor Gideon Boas interviewed on The Project

Associate Professor Gideon Boas La Trobe Law School

On 23 June 2017, Professor Gideon Boas was interviewed on Channel Ten’s The Project. In the episode, Professor Gideon Boas speaks about the three ministers who recently avoided contempt charges after they apologised to the Victoria Supreme Court. View the… Continue Reading

Correcting the Record? Rebutting Five Flawed Defences of the Robodebt Programme

By Darren O’Donovan Today sees the publication of the Senate Committee on Community Affairs’ report into the Department of Human Services’ “robodebt” programme. This system first started to wedge its way into my life at the very tail end of… Continue Reading