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New Titles

  • Mark Robinson, Judicial Review – The Laws of Australia (Thomson Reuters, 2014)

    18 July 2014
    This is a new offering from Thomson Reuters on the topic of judicial review. It is a practical work that will assist in challenging the validity of administrative or executive decisions in the Federal Court or in the State Supreme Courts.

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  • Bruce Oswald and Jim Waddell, Justice in Arms (Big Sky Publishing Pty Ltd, 2014)

    11 July 2014
    This book tells the story of the role played by Army legal officers in Australia and Australia’s expeditionary operations from the time of the Boar War until 2000. The book explains how Army legal officers have contributed to the profession of arms and to the development of military law. It is a modest assessment of the role of lawyers in the Army. In this regard, Australian Regular Army legal officer Lieutenant Colonel Lachlan Mead provides chapter 4 which has the pithy and insightful title: “Not exactly heroic but still moderately useful: Army legal work during the Second World War 1939-1945”. Justice in Arms is a product of the Australian Army Legal Corps, and is directed at those currently serving in the Australian Army Legal Corps. Having said that, it is an interesting read for anyone wishing to understand some of the characters and the development of military law in Australia.

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  • Remedies in Australian Private Law

    Katy Barnett and Sirko Harder, Remedies in Australian Private Law (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

    30 June 2014
    This is a concise collection of the remedies found in common law, equity and statute with specific focus on tort, contract, the Australian Consumer Law, restitution and equity. The authors’ rubric is for the most remedies to explain the manner in which compensation is assessed, and to then analyse the way that responsibility is attributed and distributed. This will be a useful text for any litigator.

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  • Directors

    Professor Andrew Keay, Directors' Duties (Jordan Publishing Limited, 2nd ed, 2014)

    30 June 2014
    This text concerns the law in the United Kingdom concerning directors’ duties as identified in the Companies Act 2006. As would be expected, Keay has produced an erudite and comprehensive exposé that analyses the historical foundations of the fiduciary duties and duties of care and skill. The manner in which the duties are described helpfully explain their content, for example: the duty to act within power; and the duty to exercise independent judgment. Whilst the text concerns the law in the UK, it will prove useful for the practitioner wishing to understand better the nature and content of directors’ duties.

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  • English, French & German Comparative Law

    Raymond Youngs, English, French & German Comparative Law (3rd ed, 2014)

    23 June 2014
    Comparative law offers the opportunity to understand the strengths and weaknesses of different legal systems. This text compares and contrasts the constitutions, the court systems, human rights, law of torts and contract law in England, France and Germany. The work provides an accessible insight to the French and German legal systems.

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  • Effective Written Advocacy – A Guide for Practitioners

    Andrew Goodman, Effective Written Advocacy – A Guide for Practitioners (Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing, 2nd ed, 2012)

    23 June 2014
    According to Aristotle, rhetoric is the ability, in each particular case, to see the available means of persuasion. Written outlines in modern litigation are often the vanguard of the persuasive process. Goodman provides a detailed and practical guide to improve written advocacy. There are a number of checklists and worked examples that encourage preparation, precision, brevity, and rigorous analysis to facilitate persuasion. The work draws on the experience in the United Kingdom, but still has much to offer the Australian audience.

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  • Robyn Kina: Strong Aboriginal Woman – A Lifer Redeemed

    Dave Berry, Robyn Kina: Strong Aboriginal Woman – A Lifer Redeemed (2014)

    20 June 2014
    Social worker, Dave Berry, records the personal story of an aboriginal woman who was convicted in 1988 of the murder of her abusive husband, then turned her life around after having the conviction was quashed in 1993.

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  • Key Issues in Judicial Review

    Neil Williams SC , Key Issues in Judicial Review (The Federation Press, 2014)

    20 June 2014
    This is a collection of 13 essays, by eminent Judges and practitioners, analysing key issues of practical importance in administrative law. The essays come from a seminar series in administrative law which has been conducted by the NSW Bar Association since 1996. Contributors include Keane J, Basten JA, Perram J and Robertson J.

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  • Fox & Freiberg’s Sentencing – State and Federal Law in Victoria

    Arie Freiberg, Fox & Freiberg’s Sentencing – State and Federal Law in Victoria (Lawbook Co., 3rd ed, 2014)

    6 June 2014
    Fifteen years have passed since the second edition and this edition is a substantial renovation that extends over 1,000 pages. Criminal sentencing is regularly the subject of political and community comment and, given the flux in legislation and its judicial treatment, the third edition was overdue. Whilst the title focuses on Victoria, the book is useful in other jurisdictions because it draws on appellate decisions and a range of legislation from other jurisdictions to analyse sentencing principles.

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  • Colonial and Post-Colonial Constitutionalism in the Commonwealth – Peace, Order and Good Government

    Hakeem O. Yusuf, Colonial and Post-Colonial Constitutionalism in the Commonwealth – Peace, Order and Good Government (Routledge, 2014)

    6 June 2014
    Is “peace, order, and good government” a constitutional anachronism when compared to modern notions of human rights, liberty, and democracy? This monograph is a critical evaluation across a number of Commonwealth constitutions including Australia of the operation of the peace, order, and good government clause. It is a work of considerable scholarship tracing the history, politics and legal analysis of the clause from the colonial period to present day.

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