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The Human Condition | Massacre, Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing and the Limits of International Law

Genocide is the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular nation or a tribe. Genocide was first recognised as a crime under international law in 1946. The United Nations in 1948 Codified Genocide as an independent crime. On the other hand, Ethnic cleansing according to UN definition is the “purposeful policy designed by one ethnic or religious group to remove … Continue reading The Human Condition | Massacre, Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing and the Limits of International Law

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The Libyan Slave Trade | What we Know

The Libyan Slave Trade | What we Know What has caused the Slave trade? Several factors are said to have contributed to people smuggling/slave trade in Libya. Firstly, the splintered Libyan government, this was largely caused by the overthrow of Gaddafi and not having a proper leader and government to replace him. The result has been no rule of law, because the government is too … Continue reading The Libyan Slave Trade | What we Know

Tension as scientist at centre of CRIPSR outrage speaks at genome editing summit

  Jiankui He claims he has used CRISPR to edit the genomes of twin girls. Merlin Crossley, Author provided Merlin Crossley, UNSW I am currently at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, where controversial CRIPSR scientist Jiankui He presented his research just a few hours ago. He also answered questions from gene experts Robin Lovell-Badge (Crick Institute) and Matt Porteus (Stanford), plus assembled … Continue reading Tension as scientist at centre of CRIPSR outrage speaks at genome editing summit

Court opens door to domestic violence victim to sue police for negligence

In refusing to strike out Smith’s claim, the court has accepted that it is arguable police could owe a common law duty of care to specific victims of domestic violence to protect them from preventable harm. AAP/James Ross Mandy Shircore, James Cook University and Heather Douglas, The University of Queensland This week the Victorian Supreme Court refused an application by the State of Victoria to … Continue reading Court opens door to domestic violence victim to sue police for negligence

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Case study|Negligence liability

Executive Summary: Our client (Stockfans) owns and operates a shopping centre. The tenant at the client’s shopping centre, was concerned that the difficulties in accessing the food court via the fire doors were affecting his business, so the tenant opened one of the double doors and placed a wooden wedge under it. After the tenant noticed an increase in shoppers, he wedged open the other … Continue reading Case study|Negligence liability

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Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System

Mental health presents legal issues when crimes are committed, especially when dealing with killing or murder. Under Commonwealth law in Australia, unsoundness of mind can be used as a defence to a criminal charge. Application of this law means that people who are charged with a crime cannot enter a plea or be found guilty because of a mental disorder.Instead, they become forensic patients. For the courts to determine mental … Continue reading Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System

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Should Medical Practitioners Help Patients Die?

 Defining words like Death and dying is currently a lot more complicated than in times past, this is largely due to advances in medicine. To help us understand the ethics surrounding assistive suicide, below are some general definitions. Death –  There are several definitions of death, medically this is the cessation of all vital bodily functions, and there are stages, a person can be brain-dead but … Continue reading Should Medical Practitioners Help Patients Die?