Pretty excited to see our piece on Courts and COVID - written with the awesome Anna Olijnyk and @KieranPender - out in the @AltLJ today.
Check out: "Civil courts and COVID-19: Challenges and opportunities in Australia" journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/10…
In the article we examine the pivots to remote hearings our courts have undertaken, and probe the issues of public law and good judicial administration that arise with this shift. We also flag the opportunities for future reform presented by this profound cultural shift
Sep 3, 2020 • 23 tweets • 5 min read
THREAD ON HIGHER ED: This wonderful article by Lynda Ng is a must read for anyone working in (or interested in) higher education in Australia. It exposes the fundamental misconceptions that have plauged the corporatisation of our Universites.
The basic problem is that the corporate drive to increase profitability fundamentally does not work given the not-for-profit nature of the sector.
More money flowed in, but that money cannot really go anywhere - except new buildings and increased executive pay 2/-
Aug 26, 2020 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
I look forward to hearing @AmeliaLoughland response to this - what a great thing for the work of young graduate to invite such a detailed response from leaders in empirical judicial studies t
This type of scholarship is still new in Australia, and we are still probing out the uses and limits of it. However, like all legal scholarship it should be discursive. The debate is enriched by disagreement and counter analysis
Aug 26, 2020 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Absolute cracker of a post by @jessiedotkerr on judicial appointment and training - bringing a great comparative and conceptual perspective auspublaw.org/2020/08/turnin…
Important to reflect on just how dated this concept that advocacy provides all you need to be a judge now looks
Aug 11, 2020 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Great #proudson moment today. My Dad is appearing in the @HighCourtofAus in the important native title case NLC v Quall - concerning native title, improper delegation and representative governance.
This cases has been a long fight for important principles of properly engaging traditional owners in decisions directly affecting their right.
1) This genuine 'editing' transforms good work into excellent work. Too often we academics write with focus only on the content. Proper editing challenges us to focus on conveying the essential message
Aug 5, 2020 • 12 tweets • 3 min read
Extraordinary story in so many regards. A quick [thread] on the 'legal aristocracy':
The tertiary sector is losing the war in the court of public opinion. The recent federal funding restructures were portrayed as an attack on the arts (terrible enough) but we disguised a massive defunding of the whole sector 2/
Jul 8, 2020 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
This is a great (and really important) thread for all acadmics to read right now thesiswhisperer.com/2020/07/08/let…
It is particularly important to remember just how hard this is on our PhD (and other HDR) students at the moment. These stats are sobering:
Jul 3, 2020 • 22 tweets • 5 min read
#Pandemicademia - A Thread on Online Intensives (Despair all thee who enter here...)
I am currently in the middle of delivering an intensive course on Remedies - all online. It is exhausting. Maintaining student engagement is... problematic. I thought I would share a few thought
Firstly, I think the students are finding it very hard to find the time to keep up with the materials/lectures/seminars. This is particularly acute for an intensive. In F2F Intensives there is recognition that students need to dedicate time and attend to be able to cope
Jul 1, 2020 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Pictures paint 1000 words. Confusing picture can be particularly problematic in the sea of (mis)information around COVID. My current bugbear is the use of log-scale charts of infections, which can erroneously suggest things are getting better.
Compare these two:
The one on the left is the familiar one we are seeing all the time in the media. Note the scale - using log scale, each mark on the vertical axis is 10x the previous mark. The one on the right uses linear scale - each mark is a consistent value.
Jun 24, 2020 • 30 tweets • 5 min read
A quick thread on Judicial Accountability.
The widespread disgust regarding the sexual harassment allegations against former High Court justice Dyson Heydon has - of course - got people thinking about whether or not our judges are sufficiently accountable.
A great example is this piece by the always insightful @Gabrielle_J_A suggesting that a "larger accountability vacuum that still yawns over the Australian federal judiciary"
1/ So the @NTEUfightback is on. There are already many great threads on why the specifics of the NTEU framework is problematic, in terms of impact on casuals, entrenching structural imbalances, freezing the market, being based on misguided premises.
And we are off! VU @CowenCentre hosting Colloquium of Trust. Starting with a discussion of 'objects' of trust - a great way to explore what this concept means #trust2020
We start with Valerie Braithwaite reflecting on what trust is and why it matters.
Great talk that has left me ruminating on the nature of trust.
Is 'trust' a good thing? Is the concept of 'trust' relevant in the absence of its potential for abuse?