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News & Events
Rethinking drug policy in Victoria
Monash University Law Chambers, 30 July 2018
With Associate Professor Kate Seear, Fiona Patten MLC, Mick Palmer AO APM, Magistrate Tony Parsons and Associate Professor Becky Batagol as MC.
Monash Law’s Australian Centre for Justice Innovation and Law, Health & Wellbeing Group have partnered to host a panel discussion exploring the justice system implications of the Victorian Parliament's recent inquiry into drug law reform. This landmark inquiry recommends major reforms to Victoria's approach to alcohol and other drug use, with a strategy that focuses on prevention, harm reduction and improved health outcomes. It provides a roadmap towards implementing significant changes to the state's drug policy, and a move away from traditional criminal justice responses.
Our panel of experts will talk about some of the most significant recommendations in the report, reflect on their implications for health outcomes, social policy, policing and law enforcement. They will also consider how the suggested reforms sit against other recent developments in Victoria's drug policy, such as the development of the state's first supervised injecting facility and the expansion of specialist drug courts. The panellists will also analyse the potential of the inquiry's recommendations to improve social, economic and health outcomes for people who use alcohol and other drugs in Victoria.
Date: Monday 30 July 2018
Venue: Monash Law Chambers
555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
2018 4S Sydney: Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Conference
Sydney, August 29 - 2018
Karinne Ludlow will be giving a conference presentation on Regulatory Responses to New Plant Breeding Techniques.
14th Reintegration Puzzle: Smarter Justice Safer Communities
Hobart Jus Tasmania, 20 - 22 June 2018
Gaye Lansdell will be giving a paper presentation (with B Saunders and A Eriksson) on acquired brain injuries within the criminal justice system.
Staff Seminar: Transnational reproduction services in the era of bordered globalization
Monash University, 27 June 2018
Presented by Professor Daphna Hacker, Tel Aviv University.
This lecture will focus on transnational reproductive services including the cross-border abortion movement of women who live in the Republic of Ireland and seek an abortion in England. It will also deal with transnational surrogacy and in this context concentrate on the relationship between India and Israel. These two case studies highlight the complex ‘globordered’ web of power-relationships that shape women’s reproduction autonomy in our era. The seminar will aim to demonstrate the legal and social complexity surrounding today’s families. It will highlight the relevance of the role of the law in shaping families and that the law cannot be fully understood or thoughtfully debated unless there is an understanding of the interrelationship between globalization, borders and families.
View the flyer here.
Fit for purpose: The legal, medical and social barriers and enablers to safer PIED injecting
Monash University Law Chambers, 16 February 2018
The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (Latrobe University) and The Social Studies in Addiction Concepts (Curtin University) hosted a full day forum exploring the issues of Performance and Image Enhancing Drug (PIED) use, injecting, the law, health and the fitness industry. This forum was been developed in response to the rise of performance and image enhancing drug (PIED) injecting in Australia. It brought together researchers, health and community services and the fitness industry to explore some of the challenges, complexities and opportunities to the delivery of health information and healthcare to people who inject performance enhancing drugs in a range of settings and contexts.
Claiming Care & Injury Compensation Seminar
Monah University Law Chambers, 23 November 2015
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Roundtable Discussion on Commercial Surrogacy
Monash University Law Faculty, 2015
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Translational Bodies: Ethical Legal and Social Issues
Monash University Prato Centre
Monash University Prato Centre, 22-24 April 2014
Associate Professor Farrell was lead organiser for a three-day conference run under the auspices of the Welcome Strategic Programme The Human Body: Its Scope Limits and Future which is based at the University of Manchester, UK. For further details about the project, see under the Linked Projects Tab. Associate Professor Farrell is a Chief Investigator on the Project. The aim of the conference was to bring together international leading researchers to examine ethical, legal and social issues involving the Human Body and its Parts, as well as to reflect upon the findings from the research conducted under the various strands of the Programme to date.
A number of journal special issues are planned as outputs from the conference. A selection of law and sociology papers will appear in a journal special issue Translational Bodies: The Socio-Legal Contours of Human Tissue in Transition in the Twenty-First Century, which will appear in Law Innovation and Technology in 2015. A selection of bioethics and policy papers will also appear in a journal special issue in Healthcare Analysis in 2015.
Health Technoscience and the Human Body Research Workshop
Monash University Law Chambers, 26 February 2014
A one-day interdisciplinary workshop was held at Monash University Law Chambers on 26 February 2014. The workshop brought together academics from a range of disciplines including law, sociology, bioethics and anthropology to examine the relationship between health, technology, science and human tissue. Participants presented on their current research projects, as well as findings from recently conducted empirical and normative research.
The aim is to hold this research workshop on an annual basis in order to foster cross-disciplinary research networks on ethical legal and social issues relating to the human body and its parts.
Nudging for Better Health
Monash Universtiy Law Chambers, 17 February 2014
A one-day conference on Nudging for Better Health was held at Monash University Law Chambers, on 17 February 2014. It presented a range of disciplinary and stakeholder perspectives and attracted over 160 attendees.
Synopsis: There is growing enthusiasm in government policy circles for promoting strategies designed to encourage and enable individuals to lead healthier lives. Such strategies draw on behavioural research showing individuals do not always act rationally and are susceptible to a range of influences which impact on the decisions they make. The research suggests that people can be nudged towards making decisions which are better for their health but in such a way that it does not unduly restrict their liberty or freedom to act. The conference brought together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and commentators to explore the use of nudge strategies to incentivise better health. Recent developments in relation to the use of such strategies in Australia, NZ, the UK and Europe were examined, as were case studies in specific areas impacting upon individual and collective health and wellbeing.
Forces of Change- Defining Future Justice conference
The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration, Brisbane, 25 May 2018
Karinne Ludlow gave a conference presentation on Regulating new technologies: Biotechnology and Nanotechnology.
International Investment Law and Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention Conference
University of Liverpool, 10 May 2018
Caroline Henckels gave a conference presentation on ‘Justiciable obligations of consultation and regulatory transparency in international investment law: implications for NCD risk factor regulation.’
Symposium on Regulation of Genome Edited Plants
University of Passau, Germany, held at Munich, March 2018
Karinne Ludlow was invited to be an international speaker and gave a presentation entitled 'Australian regulation of genome edited plants.'
Understanding the Verdins Principles: What do Judges Want?
Australian Society of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL) Annual Conference
14 December 2017
Sentencing of mentally disordered offenders raises unique challenges for the Criminal Justice System. Dr Walvisch brought his expertise on this area to Canberra for a valuable learning opportunity sharing from his PhD thesis Sentencing Offenders with Mental Illnesses: A Principled Approach, which examines the circumstances in which mental illnesses should be taken into account when sentencing an offender who is convicted of a serious crime.
Safe Access Zones in Victoria: Are they Meeting Their Objectives?
Presented by Ronli Sifris and Tania Penovic at Faculty of Law Staff Seminar, the University of Tasmania in November 2017.
Workshop Paper: Reproduction Research Workshop “Regulating reproductive frontiers”
Faculty of Arts, Monash University, October 2017
Karinne Ludlow gave a presentation entitled ‘Why the policy and regulatory context matters in legal responses to mitochondrial donation: Australia, UK and USA.’
The Advertising of Therapeutic Goods and Services and its regulation
Karinne Ludlow was an invited panelist at this workshop.
The regulation of genetically modified food
K Ludlow, Presentation at Faculty of Law, The University of Melbourne Food Law and Policy unit on the regulation of genetically modified food (Aug 2017)
2017 International Conference Presentation, Fifth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics
Ludlow, K, 2017 International Conference Presentation, Fifth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics, Arizona, USA, May. My presentation was called ‘Australian Regulation of Mitochondrial Donation’
7th International Conference on Coexistence between Genetically Modified (GM) and non-GM based Agricultural Supply Chains
Ludlow, K, 2015, Plenary speech, 7th International Conference on Coexistence between Genetically Modified (GM) and non-GM based Agricultural Supply Chains, Amsterdam
International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR ) Conference
Ludlow, K, 2015, International Conference paper - International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR ) Conference, Italy
Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Annual Conference, NSW
Ludlow, K 2014 Invited Keynote Address, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Annual Conference, NSW
ABC Radio - Media Commentary
Ludlow, K, 2014 Media commentary - ABC Radio, Albany WA (John Cecil), discussion of WA Supreme Court trial in Marsh v Baxter, 10 February 2014
Ludlow, K, 2014 Media commentary ABC Radio National, Bush Telegraph (Cameron Wilson) discussion of WA Supreme Court trial in Marsh v Baxter, 10 February 2014
C Mills, K Ludlow, R Sparrow and N Warren, Submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs: Inquiry into the Science of Mitochondrial Donation and Other Matters (May 2018)
Sifris, R and Penovic, T. Castan Centre Submission to the Queensland Law Reform Commission: Review of termination of pregnancy laws (February 2018)
K Ludlow, Submission to the Western Australian Legislative Council Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs: Inquiry into mechanisms for compensation for economic loss to farmers in Western Australia caused by contamination by genetically modified material (February 2018)
Ronli Sifris, Adiva Sifris, Karinne Ludlow and Paula Gerber (2016), Submission to the Commonwealth House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs regarding the inquiry into the regulatory and legislative aspects of international and domestic surrogacy arrangements (in the name of the Castan Centre). Evidence cited in the Committee’s report at n 4 at [1.12], n 11 at [1.18], n 28 at [1.37] and n 85 at [1.82]
Penovic, T and Sifris, R ‘Court convicts woman for anti-abortion protesting’ Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Blog (16 October 2017)
Penovic, T and Sifris, R ‘Anti-abortion protesters have acted with impunity for decades. That ends now’ The Guardian (13 October 2017) Almost 250 comments and over 2000 shares from The Guardian website alone.