Anti-Vilification & Hate Speech Law in Australia and New Zealand
Although anti-vilification laws exist in most democracies, they remain controversial. Do these laws illegitimately restrict free speech? What purposes do they serve, and what harms do they target? Do they appropriately balance competing interests?
In Australia, vilification laws in Victoria, New South Wales and the Commonwealth have been reviewed by parliamentary committees in the last four years. In New Zealand, changes to vilification laws are proposed in response to recent hate crimes.
This panel discussion on Wednesday, 7 July 2021 brings together vilification law experts from Australia and New Zealand to discuss these complex and important issues.
A collaboration between the Castan Centre and the University of Auckland Centre for Human Rights Law, this panel will provide an update on recent developments in these two jurisdictions, and provide a framework for understanding the nature and purpose of anti-vilification laws.
The 21st Century Berle & Means Corporation: A Revolution in Retail Investing
In the early 20th Century, Professors Berle & Means outlined the view of a corporate governance framework that conceived of shareholders as widely diffused, disinterested and vulnerable. This traditional model is under increasing pressure in the 21st Century.
In this Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies event on Friday, 9 July 2021, which includes a panel of leading national and international scholars, will explore the developments in corporate governance from the Berle & Means framework, to the rise of institutional investors, to the more recent force of individual retail investors.
Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of the Corporations Act
The Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) is one of the most significant and complex pieces of legislation in Australia. To mark the 20th anniversary of the Act, Monash Law, the Commercial Bar Association and the Victorian Bar will host a joint panel comprised of eminent speakers, which will provide insights about the operation and evolution of the Act from practitioners, academia and the judiciary.
Join the Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies of Monash Law for this second instalment of the National Commercial Law Seminar Series in 2021. The event is being hosted online on Wednesday, 21 July 2021 and includes the following speakers:
- The Honourable Justice Connock, Supreme Court of Victoria
- The Honourable Associate Justice Hetyey, Supreme Court of Victoria
- Professor Jennifer Hill, Bob Baxt AO Professor of Corporate and Commercial Law at Monash University Faculty of Law and Director of the Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies (CLARS)
- Philip Crutchfield QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar
- Chair: Sam Rosewarne, Barrister, Victorian Bar
Castan Centre – Human Rights Law Conference
Gender inequality persists and women’s voices must be heard. Under a human rights-based approach homelessness can and must be ended. Charters of rights have proved themselves in Victoria and other jurisdictions and can and must be implemented at the federal level.
The purpose of this conference being hosted on Friday 23 July by webinar is to focus attention on these critical human rights issues of contemporary Australia with outstanding speakers and moderators who are experts in their field and rapporteurs to sum up the discussion. Speakers include:
- Kristen Hilton, Former Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner
- June Oscar AO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
- Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, President, Australian Human Rights Commission
- Leilani Farha, Global Director of The Shift, Former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing