Crimes against the environment take many forms, but it is a complex area of criminology. This programme, presented by Dr Steven Taylor, explores green crime and includes interviews with experts Dr Gary Potter and Dr Matt Follett. It introduces transgressive criminology and the wider concept of harm, which can be applied to problems like rainforest destruction and global warming. It looks at how Marxism and Beck’s late modern concept of risk can be applied to crimes against the environment, and investigates the paradox of economic growth and consumption versus the need to curb global warming and deforestation. Can capitalism be a part of the solution? Could social pressure rather than laws be what compels us to become more ‘green’? This programme is an excellent learning resource for senior level students in a range of disciplines including Sociology, Psychology and Legal Studies. Show Less
International law is described as ‘the general principles of law as recognised by civilised nations’. This informative programme adds much needed depth to this broad definition by explaining: state sovereignty, domestic law and international law; the importance of the United Nations and international courts and tribunes; the role of organisations such as NATO, IMF and Red Cross; and the future of international law. With professional insight from Professor Tim McCormack, Special Advisor for the ICC, Professor Gillian Triggs, Public International Lawyer, and Geoffrey Robertson QC, renowned Human Rights Lawyer and author, this programme is an essential introduction to international law. Show Less
This exceptional programme examines the criminal investigation process in Australia via the dramatised story of an armed robbery at a typical suburban convenience store. We provide an introduction to the role of police and the responsibility of citizens to report crime, followed by a detailed procedural overview of collecting evidence, arresting suspects, detention, charging, summons, bail and remand. With realistic dramatisations, amazing access to a real police station – including temporary detention cells and interview rooms – and expert insight from a detective sergeant and a solicitor, this programme is a must-have introduction to the criminal investigation process in Australia. Show Less
For many of us, the right to express our ideas and live how we choose is something we take for granted. But these rights and many others have come as the result of years of hard work and deliberation. In this programme we learn what human rights are and why they are important. We meet some human rights experts who provide an insight into the value of human rights and the terrible consequences of compromising these rights. We also look at the development of human rights, the United Nations, promoting and enforcing human rights, protecting human rights in Australia and contemporary issues in human rights. We also look at the development of human rights, the United Nations, promoting and enforcing human rights, protecting human rights in Australia and contemporary issues in human rights. Show Less
We live in a society governed by a set of laws. Laws keep us safe, to help us resolve our problems, and to stop people causing harm to others. Every citizen has certain rights and responsibilities as set out by the law - if you do the wrong thing then you're responsible. But at what age is a person considered old enough to be responsible for breaking the law? And should we expect the same level of behaviour from children as we do adults? In this informative programme we look at the age of criminal responsibility, the rights of children when arrested, the children's court, penalties imposed on young offenders and alternatives to court. Show Less
In every modern society the laws that govern its citizens are complex and vital. From traffic law and tax law, through to criminal and family law, there are laws that relate to every part of our lives. Laws play a fundamental role in keeping social order in the world, but what happens when society changes and a law becomes outdated? In this programme we examine how laws are reviewed and changed; we delve into why we change laws; the role of formal law reform bodies, individuals, parliament and courts in changing the law, as well as the factors that sometimes delay change. Show Less
The 2007 Federal election was a watershed moment in Australian politics; a fresh-faced but inexperienced leader faced a battle-hardened veteran whose ideas, many said, felt stale. With the youth vote targeted like never before, VEA captured the thoughts, hopes and aspirations of five young people as they voted for the first time. Roxxy, Fin, Ben, Ella and Chris shared with us their thoughts on democracy, compulsory voting, Australia’s parliamentary system and how they would decide who to vote for via the policies, personalities and media influence. This engaging programme is fascinating reflection on the decision-making process and political engagement of this complex generation. Show Less
With the court system in Australia often requiring people to endure protracted and expensive procedures, alternative means of resolving disputes are increasingly important - not just to ensure that disputes are settled fairly and justly, but to also relieve pressure on the court system. Aimed at senior level students of legal studies, this programme outlines a range of alternative dispute resolutions, how they work, their suitability for different situations and their effectiveness. Mediation, negotiation, arbitration and collaborative approaches to law are examined in detail as alternative means of resolving disputes, and a range of areas where disputes commonly surface are explored - including family, workplace, property and consumer affairs. Lawyer, Catherine Gale offers a variety of expert comments on various aspects covered. This programme is a perfect introduction to the nature and mechanisms of alternative dispute resolution accessible to people every day, and would also be suitable for teachers of SOSE, Ethics and English Issues who are exploring the broader areas of social justice and equity in society. Show Less
The term social justice and responsibility is said to be a "Utopian" concept and impossible to achieve. Does this mean that the individuals in society should not try to achieve it? If Australia sought to bridge the gap between the have and the have nots, then Australian society would enjoy a more cohesive and productive society. A characteristic of an advanced society is one in which all people are afforded the same access to the legal system and equality. A socially just society is one that is effective and caring. This programme features interviews with Tim Costello and Julian Burnside, as well as Christine King from Reconciliation Australia and Karam Abduladeem, a former refugee held in mandatory detention. Show Less
This programme discusses the differences between criminal and civil procedures. It focuses on the role the Magistrates Court plays in dealing with summary and indictable offences and the trial procedure in the County Court. It looks at the purpose of pre-trial civil procedures in exposing all evidence in order to reach an out-of-court settlement. How civil disputes are resolved and how this differs from that of a criminal trial. The programme concludes, comparing the different outcomes that are available to a judge in a criminal dispute and to a judge or jury in a civil dispute. Show Less
The programme focuses on the differences between criminal and civil law. It begins with a brief description of legal and non-legal rules. It examines what constitutes a criminal act, the difference between a summary and indictable offence and the principles of criminal liability. The programme discusses civil law and its purpose in society while looking at the two major branches of civil law, Law of Torts and Law of Contract and how to decide whether a situation is part of criminal law or civil law or both. Show Less
This programme investigates the adversary system of trial as used in Australia, United States and the United Kingdom. It examines the key features of the Adversary system, the role of the parties, the role of the judge, the need for rules of evidence and procedure, standard and burden of proof and the need for legal representation in detail and the features of the inquisitorial system. The programme concludes with a comparison of the adversary system and that of the inquisitorial system. Show Less
Sometimes our everyday actions and choices have significant impact on the experience of other people, even affecting their level of comfort and safety. When an individual breaches the civil rights of another, it is known as a civil wrong or Tort. This programme outlines the definition and purpose of Tort law, including negligence, nuisance, trespass and defamation. What can you do when you find an insect in your food or when your neighbour is constantly noisy? Viewers will see how such problems can be addressed and several legal experts explain how Tort Law was developed. Show Less
This programme looks at possible scenarios where young people (aged 10-20) may encounter the law.
This programme examines what constitutes a crime, what happens to a person when they commit a crime and what rights they and the police have.
Considers the question "What is the objective of criminal sanctions imposed on individuals found guilty of breaking the community's laws?"
How do we punish criminals? What is a "just outcome" for both the individual and the community?
Explores the work of Australia's attorney-general, magistrates and judges.