Legal Briefs Series

Legal Briefs Series
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10 videos in this playlist

Legal Briefs - What is the Law?
Lizzie O'Shea outlines the two extreme ideas of the law. On one hand law can reflect the morals of the day and provide justice by adapting to circumstances. On the…
Legal Briefs - The Adversarial System
Lizzie O'Shea points out that our system of law is not the only one. Barrister Julian Burnside QC explains how the adversarial system works, using the metaphor of a sport…
Legal Briefs - The Constitution
Lizzie O'Shea introduces the constitution and its separation of powers: parliament, executive and judiciary. She explains that in 1975 the biggest crisis in our constitution took place when the Governor…
Legal Briefs - Mabo
Lizzie O'Shea explains that Australia was considered by the first fleet to be terra nullius. Essentially, that means nobody had claimed ownership of the land. But of course people had…
Legal Briefs - Civil Justice
Lizzie O'Shea talks about Klaus Rabenalt, who worked in an asbestos mine. Years later, after he moved to Melbourne, he was diagnosed with a dust disease. Solicitor Peter Gordon worked…
Legal Briefs - Criminal Intent
Lizzie O'Shea introduces the idea that a crime consists of both the action and the intent, that is, what the criminal thought. Robert Richter QC discusses the Mick Gatto case.…
Legal Briefs - Contracts
Lizzie O'Shea introduces the idea that contracts must have three parts, an offer, an acceptance and the consideration. She reveals that contracts are everywhere in our modern life, from a…
Legal Briefs - Property
Lizzie O'Shea explains that our legal system is based on the idea that we are individuals that can own something to the exclusion of others. She uses the example of…
Legal Briefs - Free Speech
Lizzie O'Shea reveals that we do not have a right to free speech in Australia. Neil Young QC explains that we don't have a bill of rights in Australia that…
Legal Briefs - Mediation
Lizzie O'Shea points out that trials are uncertain events and even those with a big chance of winning can lose. She introduces the idea of mediation, where the focus is…

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