Category: 2020 Research Seminar Series

Revealing colonial critique in the writings of Nietzsche and Heidegger

The presenter is SLJ’s Dr. Rohan Price! Dr Price authors books on the role of violence and nationalism on the policies of the British Far East. He specialises in the influence of property law on civic identity in the old British colonies and the construction of ideology in colonial contexts. Rohan also wrote an acclaimed biography of a prominent Hong Kong Land Officer and Judge, Philip Jacks. His most recent work, Violence and Emancipation in Colonial Ideology: Hong Kong and British Malaya has been called “a major contribution to the literature” holding “an unparalleled command of both scholarly literature and primary sources”.

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The Handmaid’s Tale – problems with section 75(v) and Commonwealth liability

Our presenter, Practice Professor Lee Aitken, is an academic at the University of Newcastle, and from 2014 to 2019, taught at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland. He studied at ANU, Oxford and Columbia, and has taught at law schools in Canada, Hong Kong, and Australia, as well as practising extensively as a solicitor and barrister since 1979 in Australia and Hong Kong.

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Canon law and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Our June presenter is Mr Patrick Mullins, Partner and Solicitor at Mullins Lawyers, Brisbane, and a Practice Professor of the School of Law & Justice, Southern Cross University. Mr Mullins has 37 years in practice, and is Australia’s only canon lawyer who simultaneously practises as a common lawyer. Mr Mullins acts for Roman Catholic authorities in matters involving both common law and canon law. He also advises on matters for other Christian churches, religious bodies, education authorities, ecclesial communities, religious and other independent schools, and university colleges.

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Real Resilience in the time of the Pandemic

Our presenter is Dr Jeff Thompson, an adjunct associate research scientist at the molecular imaging and neuropathology division at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He is also a volunteer crisis counsellor with Crisis Text Line and an instructor at NYU and Lipscomb University. Additionally, he is a former hostage negotiator and currently an 18-year veteran detective in the New York City Police Department (NYPD) serving as the mental health and wellness coordinator.

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How do we deliver an energy policy?

The presenter is SLJ Practice Professor, Mr Mark Carkeet, Minter Ellison’s former senior energy partner. Mark’s legal practice has focussed on energy projects and regulation since 1992. Mark has advised on major utilities projects throughout Australia and South East Asia, and his clients have included Rio Tinto, Anglo American, Stanwell Corporation, Ergon Energy and the governments of Queensland and Fiji.

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Police Discretion and Democracy – crossing the thin blue line

Our presenter is SLJ Practice Professor and Adjunct, Mr David Heilpern, former magistrate, lawyer and academic. David was appointed as a Magistrate in 1998, and was at the time the youngest magistrate in Australia. He sat in the criminal, mining, family, industrial, coronial and children’s jurisdictions of the Local Court, and was the Senior Civil Magistrate for five years. During his time on the bench, David was the principal educator for new magistrates throughout Australia and the Pacific and made several important reported decisions on criminal, environmental and evidence law.

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