National Security

The National Security Monitor gets a provisional 'A" in his first year in a role that aims to review the operation, effectiveness and necessity of Australia's anti-terrorism laws, write Jessie Blackbourn and Nicola McGarrity.

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Defence Minister Stephen Smith needs to provide strategic direction to his department in order to regain the respect of the defence force, argues Professor Alan Dupont.


Jury trial is about involving the community in the process of determining guilt or innocence. So why did a UK court prohibit a woman in a veil from fulfilling her civic duty, asks Dr Fergal Davis.


Chinese telco Huawei's investment strategy in Australia lies in tatters after it was judged a national security risk, writes Justin O'Brien.

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Professor Rob Brooks considers the profound effect of the "opium of the masses" - rock and roll - and questions whether the art form has seen its final days.

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Continuing bomb attacks in Iraq show sectarian tensions have not been resolved in the wake of the US military withdrawal and could be a portent of more upheaval to come, warns Dr Anthony Billingsley.

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PhD student Rosemary Grey travelled to The Hague to witness the International Criminal Court's first verdict in its 10-year history.

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Australian advocates of a Bill of Rights might want to consider a recent court judgment from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, law academic Fergal Davis warns.

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The Kony 2012 campaign suggests that human rights action is only a click away, but social media vigilantism will never replace the rule of law, argue Louise Chappell and Rosemary Grey.

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The problem with class actions that are backed by litigation funders is that a lawyer in such a case may give preference to the wishes of the funder, writes Associate Professor Michael Legg .