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22.10.2020

The Future of Law Reform in Australia

The Law Society of Tasmania Law Letter Article by ALRC Principal Legal Officer Micheil Paton In December 2019 the ALRC released a suggested program of work for the next five years. The topics that the ALRC suggests should be prioritised are: automated decision making and administrative law; principle-based regulation of financial services; defamation; press freedom

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19.10.2020

Closing The Gap On Business And Human Rights

Human Rights Pulse Article by ALRC Legal Officer Tess Van Geelen
In early September, the second revised Draft of an international treaty on business and human rights was released by a working group established by the UN Human Rights Council (the OEIGWG). At regional and national levels, a number of states have also taken decisive steps towards better regulating the human rights impacts of business.

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01.10.2020

The Global Anticorruption Blog: Guest Post

Australia Considers New Approaches to Corporate Criminal Liability
Today’s guest post is from Matt Corrigan and Samuel Walpole, respectively General Counsel and Legal Officer at the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC).

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30.09.2020

The medieval law of debt and the interests served by the statutes merchant

Australian Bar Review Article published by ALRC Legal Officer Samuel Walpole.
The latter part of the 13th century was a period of great legislative reform of the early common law.

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25.09.2020

Q&A with students at the University of Sydney

On 24 September 2020, ALRC Principal Legal Officer Micheil Paton and Senior Legal Officer Sarah Fulton answered questions from students in a class on Law Reform, at the request of Professor Simon Rice OAM, the Kim Santow Chair of Law and Social Justice at the University of Sydney Law School. The students had read a

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14.09.2020

Corporate Crime: Directors’ and Officers’ Liability on the Map

Latest report from the Australian Law Reform Commission sets out the ways in which directors and senior executives can – and should – be held responsible when companies break the law.
In Chapter 9 of its Final Report on Corporate Criminal Responsibility, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) takes a deep dive into how directors and executives of Australian companies may be held personally liable for corporate misconduct.

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10.09.2020

Sentencing Corporations: Can the Punishment Fit the Crime?

ALRC report calls for greater creativity and flexibility in corporate sentencing.

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07.09.2020

Tightening the Screws on Corporate Crime and Human Rights

Latest ALRC report calls for a ‘failure to prevent’ offence for transnational crimes, and a holistic review of the business and human rights framework.
In Chapter 10 of its recent Final Report on Corporate Criminal Responsibility, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) recommended that the Government consider introducing a ‘failure to prevent’ type offence for certain extraterritorial offences, modelled on the failure to prevent foreign bribery offence that is currently before Parliament.

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04.09.2020

The Attribution Game: Corporate Fault and Attribution of Criminal Responsibility

In its Final Report on Corporate Criminal Responsibility, the ALRC recommended that there be a single legislative method for attributing criminal responsibility to corporations.

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13.06.2020

Criminal responsibility as a distinctive form of corporate regulation

Throughout its life in the law, corporate criminal responsibility has attracted controversy. This article seeks to answer two foundational questions about this method of regulating corporate behaviour.

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