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Smart contracts

Will smart contracts disrupt the legal industry?

Smart contracts are great for reducing operational risk. However, like all disruptive technologies, there are a number of hurdles before it's widely adopted, writes Monash Law student Dick Ting.

Why there should be no room in the law for celebrants to discriminate on same-sex marriage

Marriage celebrants are looking forward to Australia’s busiest-ever wedding season, but not all marriages will be equal, writes Dr Becky Batagol.

Could Section 44 exclude Tony Abbott and Barnaby Joyce from parliament?

The prime minister’s job offers may have inadvertently rendered both Abbott and Joyce disqualified from parliament, writes Dr Luke Beck.

Australians think our politicians are corrupt, but where is the evidence?

There is a public perception that a small elite is reaping large benefits in Australian society in terms of political influence and its flow-on dividends, writes Dr Yee-Fui Ng.

Explainer: How does mental illness affect sentencing?

The Victorian Court of Appeal has significantly reduced the sentence given to a mother who killed three of her children. Dr Jamie Walvisch explores how this can happen.

Are AFL footballers above the law?

A notorious on-field incident in the AFL has exposed inconsistencies in how our legal system treats different perpetrators of acts of violence, says Dr Eric Windholz.

Why the business model of social media giants like Facebook is incompatible with human rights

Facebook’s actions – or inactions – facilitated breaches of privacy and human rights associated with democratic governance.

Emma Husar allegations show a need for clearer rules about what MPs can - and cannot - do

As we are hit by scandal after scandal involving political staff, Dr Yee-Fui Ng takes a closer look at these political staffers and their role in our democratic system.

Childcare shake-up neglects family day care workers, but we can learn from garment workers' experience

Family day care workers provide this essential service from their homes, but being classed as independent contractors means they lack many employment protections, writes Dr Yee-Fui Ng.