School of Law Research

Here’s why a referendum to solve the dual citizenship saga won’t happen

May 18th, 2018

In her latest article in The Conversation, Murdoch constitutional law lecturer Lorraine Finlay explains why a parliamentary report recommending a referendum in the dual citizenship saga is an impractical solution: The release of the report by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JSCEM) into section 44 of the Australian Constitution is the latest chapter in the […]

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US Judge shares Boston Marathon bombing case with Murdoch law

April 16th, 2018

At the invitation of the United States Consulate and the Murdoch University School of Law, US Magistrate Judge, The Honourable Marianne B. Bowler will present on her experiences of the Boston Marathon bombing case; as well as other terrorist incidents within the court system. On April 15 2013, two bombs were detonated near the event finish […]

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Athletes seek asylum at almost every games, as is their right

April 13th, 2018

The missing Commonwealth Games athletes from Cameroon, Rwanda and Uganda aren’t the first to walk out of an athletes village, even in Australia.

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Opinion: Section 44 of the constitution does not mean that nobody is eligible to be elected to parliament

August 18th, 2017

The investigations into the eligibility of elected politicians to serve as members of Parliament under Section 44 of the constitution has caused a great deal of upheaval. In an opinion piece for The Huffington Post, Murdoch University constitutional law expert Lorraine Finlay investigates.

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Criminologist urges rethink on prisoner reintegration

May 16th, 2017

A Murdoch University criminology expert has entered the debate over plans to turn a jail into a drug rehabilitation prison.

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Explainer: how Australia decides who is a genuine refugee

February 23rd, 2017

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny from Murdoch University’s School of Law explains the refugee determination process in Australia for the Conversation.

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Opinion: A ‘tougher’ citizenship test should not be used to further divide and exclude

January 10th, 2017

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny from Murdoch University’s School of Law has co-authored a piece with Professor Alex Reilly from the University of Adelaide in The Conversation, discussing the complexities of Australian citizenship.

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Opinion: Have Western Australians elected an ineligible One Nation Senate candidate?

July 13th, 2016

Law lecturer Lorraine Finlay

In an article for The Conversation, Lorraine Finlay from Murdoch’s School of Law unravels the complex legalities of whether One Nation’s lead Senate candidate in WA, Rod Culleton, is eligible to stand for election.

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Opinion: Indeed, Mr Abbott, Section 18C is “clearly a bad law”

May 16th, 2016

Lorraine Finlay

In an article for the website On Line Opinion, Murdoch University law experts argue that section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is an unconstitutional law.

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Opinion: How does Australia's refugee per capita intake compare to other countries?

September 9th, 2015

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kennypert guide

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny examines Australia's resettlement of refugees through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in an article in The Conversation.

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