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Opening of AAL Symposium – Opening remarks

Prof David Weisbrot AM, President Australian Law Reform Commission, 17 July 2007, Government House, BrisbaneThe basic theme of our Symposium today is: What do we need to do to maintain professional identity and a healthy legal culture in a period of dynamic change — and I will soon turn over to my colleague Prof Ros Croucher

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Legal Studies Association, after dinner address

Prof David Weisbrot AM. President, Australian Law Reform Commission, Rydges Hotel, Rosehill, 22 March 2007 Introduction Thank you very much, Tracey, for that generous introduction. I very much enjoyed participating in the Legal Studies Association’s program last March, and I feel especially honoured to have been asked to deliver the After Dinner Address at this

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UWS Symposium: Sedition, free speech and the war on terror

Prof David Weisbrot AM, President, Australian Law Reform Commission, 20 March 2007 Free speech or ‘sedition’?  Prohibitions on encouraging violence Introduction In its November 2005 package of anti-terrorism laws, the Government introduced a set of five ‘modernised sedition offences’, including:  three offences that prohibit ‘urging others to use force of violence’ to overthrow the Constitution or

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The Alex Castles Memorial Lecture 2006 – The Historical Necessity of Law Reform

Prof David Weisbrot AM, President, Australian Law Reform Commission, Flinders University Law School, 24 August 2006 The Alex Castles Memorial Legal History Lecture is a biennial series organised and sponsored by Flinders University School of Law, Adelaide, Introduction Distinguished guests, It is a very, very great honour for me to be before you this evening,

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Policy Transparency, Genetic Counselling and the Required Legal Infrastructure

Presentation by Professor David Weisbrot, President of the Australian Law Reform Commission, to the Symposium on ‘The Legal Implications of Biobanking: An Initial Review of the Legal Infrastructure Development of Taiwan’s Pilot Project’, 8 August 2005. Synopsis Following the sequencing success of the Human Genome Project, research into population genetics is likely to bring the next generation of

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The Kirby Oration – The Human Genome: Lessons for Life, Love and the Law

Professor David Weisbrot, President, Australian Law Reform CommissionThe 8th AIHLE Annual Conference, Hobart, 20 November 2003 First, thank you very much to the Board of the Australian Institute of Health Law and Ethics (AIHLE) and the organisers of this conference, for the great honour of being invited to deliver the opening address.  It is a

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Reform of the civil justice system and economic growth: Australian experience

Professor David Weisbrot, President, Australian Law Reform Commission, ‘Court Reform and Economic Growth’, Fundación ICO Conference, Madrid, 19 October 2000[Not for quotation or publication without the permission of the author or the Conference organisers.]SynopsisThe Australian Law Reform Commission recently completed its four-year inquiry into the federal civil justice system, culminating in the publication of its

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