Iraq and the case for Australian war crimes trials (by Chris Doran & Tim Anderson 2011)

This article presents the case for Australian war crimes trials, following Australian participation in the invasion of Iraq and the subsequent deaths of as many as a million Iraqi civilians. It focuses on jus in bello (war crimes) rather than jus ad bellum (just war). The article sets out the argument and rationale that Australian war crimes trials are needed. Having established the necessity, the article identifies two of the principal alleged atrocities for which Australian officials should be held criminally accountable. Continue reading “Iraq and the case for Australian war crimes trials (by Chris Doran & Tim Anderson 2011)”

Terrorist laws in NSW: Disproportional and discriminatory (2003)

The ‘war against terrorism’ is lauded by dictators, authoritarians and neo-facists around the world. The Pakistani and Burmese military dictatorships have signed up. The Malaysian regime, which has jailed most of its opposition leaders under preventive detention laws, claims its laws to be a ‘best practice’ model for the rest of the world. And Israeli ‘settlers’ in the Palestinian West Bank now claim they are fighting ‘for the free world against terrorism’ (O’Louglin 2002). Continue reading “Terrorist laws in NSW: Disproportional and discriminatory (2003)”

Criminal oversight: A human rights review of recent criminal justice law in New South Wales (2001)

This paper analyses eight criminal justice laws applicable in New South Wales – six are matters of state legislation, one is the absence of state legislation and one is a High Court decision. The cases were chosen for their currency and the degree of concern expressed about them. In each case the law about which there was concern is identified, the suggested human rights breach is noted, some background to the development of each law is given, and then the international jurisprudence is applied, leading to a provisional conclusion. Continue reading “Criminal oversight: A human rights review of recent criminal justice law in New South Wales (2001)”

Youth street rights: A policy & legislation review (Tim Anderson, Steve Campbell and Sheree Turner, 1999)

This report is a policy and legislation review of developments in youth street rights and the relevant police powers, since theĀ Kids in Justice (Youth Justice Coalition) report of 1990. Continue reading “Youth street rights: A policy & legislation review (Tim Anderson, Steve Campbell and Sheree Turner, 1999)”