Publications

The ALRC produces a range of publications including:

  • Inquiry Reports,
  • Consultation Documentation,
  • Information sheets, and
  • Reform Journal

The ALRC is committed to improving public access to its work and all past reports and recent consultation papers are available for free viewing and download via this website. 

Some publications are available in book format for purchase.

12.05.2022

Reflecting on Reforms – Submissions to Interim Report A (FSL6)

This discussion of the submissions received in response to Interim Report A is the sixth in a series of background papers to be released by the Australian Law Reform Commission (‘ALRC’) as part of its Review of the Legislative Framework for Corporations and Financial Services Regulation (‘the Inquiry’). These background papers are intended to provide

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21.03.2022

Risk and Reform in Australian Financial Services Law (FSL5)

This discussion of the role of risk in reform of Australian financial services law is the fifth in a series of background papers to be released by the Australian Law Reform Commission as part of its Review of the Legislative Framework for Corporations and Financial Services Regulation (‘the Inquiry’).

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30.11.2021

Financial Services Legislation: Interim Report A (ALRC Report 137)

The Australian Law Reform Commission report, Financial Services Legislation: Interim Report A (Report 137, 2021), was tabled in Parliament on 30 November 2021. The Report contains recommendations, proposals, and questions in relation to the reform of corporations and financial services legislation.

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19.11.2021

Historical Legislative Developments (FSL4)

This summary of key historical legislative developments is the fourth in a series of background papers to be released by the Australian Law Reform Commission as part of its Review of the Legislative Framework for Corporations and Financial Services Regulation (‘the Inquiry’). These background papers are intended to provide a high-level overview of topics of

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15.10.2021

Improving the Navigability of Legislation (FSL3)

This discussion of legislation and its navigability is the third in a series of background papers to be released by the Australian Law Reform Commission as part of its Review of the Legislative Framework for Corporations and Financial Services Regulation (‘the Inquiry’). These background papers are intended to provide a high-level overview of topics of

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15.10.2021

Complexity and Legislative Design (FSL2)

This summary of complexity and legislative design is the second in a series of background papers to be released by the Australian Law Reform Commission as part of its Review of the Legislative Framework for Corporations and Financial Services Regulation (‘the Inquiry’). These background papers are intended to provide a high-level overview of topics of

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21.06.2021

Initial Stakeholder Views (FSL1)

This summary of initial stakeholder views is the first in a series of background papers to be released by the Australian Law Reform Commission as part of its Review of the Legislative Framework for Corporations and Financial Services Regulation (‘the Inquiry’). These background papers are intended to provide a high-level overview of topics of relevance

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30.04.2021

Judicial Impartiality: Consultation Paper (CP 1, 2021)

The ALRC seeks stakeholder submissions on 25 questions and reform proposals in relation to judicial impartiality and the law on bias. The Terms of Reference for this Inquiry ask the ALRC to consider whether: the law about actual or apprehended bias relating to judicial decision-making is sufficient and appropriate to maintain public confidence in the

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29.04.2021

The Fair-Minded Observer and its Critics (JI7)

This paper considers the test used to decide when a judge will be disqualified from hearing a case because there is a risk that people might think they might be biased. The notion of judicial impartiality is so central to confidence in the administration of justice that the law has developed this mechanism — disqualification

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29.04.2021

Cognitive and Social Biases in Judicial Decision-Making (JI6)

This paper aims to shed light on the psychology behind the traditionally ‘opaque exercise of judging’.  First, the paper explains how heuristics, attitudes, and stereotypes may influence (and bias) human decision-making. It then discusses research that has found that judges are likely to be vulnerable to many of the ordinary cognitive and social biases that

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