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A legal framework for carbon property

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

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The major world economies use emissions trading schemes to meet environmental goals, yet there is no agreement on the legal character of what they are trading.

We developed guidelines to provide legal certainty for carbon property owners and traders.

Professor Sharon Christensen
Commercial Property Law Research Centre Emissions trading website

Supply chain regulation

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

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Australia recently developed new regulatory models for workers in the textile and transport supply chain industries.

We investigated how the regimes operate and whether they are effective. Our recommendations will create better working conditions.

Professor Richard Johnstone
Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Managing family objections to autopsy

Australian Research Council Linkage Project

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Each year the Queensland Coroner orders thousands of autopsies in death investigations, but this can go against the beliefs and traditions of the bereaved families.

Our research is establishing a more consistent and informed approach when families raise objections to autopsies.

Professor Belinda Carpenter
Australian Centre for Health Law Research Objections to autopsy website

Community engagement with law at the end of life

Australian Research Council Linkage Project

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The laws surrounding end of life decisions are complex, with different laws between states and territories and areas of uncertainty.

We developed a clear and accessible website that helps the community and professionals engage with end of life law.

Professor Ben White
Professor Lindy Willmott
Australian Centre for Health Law Research

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Coronial determination of suicide

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

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We found that official suicide figures seriously under-represent the true number, because coroners are reluctant to reach a finding of suicide.

Our recommendations to change coronial legislation and practice will result in more accurate data, and better resources for suicide prevention.

Professor Belinda Carpenter
Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Regulating internet content

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

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How can we regulate internet content, whilst protecting freedom of speech?

Online intermediaries such as Youtube and Facebook receive millions of requests each month to take down content posted by users.

We’re creating a set of principles to address harmful online content in more sophisticated ways.

Associate Professor Nicolas Suzor
Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Program

Futile treatment at the end of life

Australian Research Council Linkage Project

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Futile treatment, by definition, does not benefit the patient. It can cause unnecessary distress and wastes resources. Yet doctors still commonly provide it.

We devised strategies to reduce futile treatment that will reduce harm to patients, distress to families and costs to the healthcare system.

Professor Ben White

Professor Lindy Willmott
Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Withholding life support

Australian Research Council Linkage Project

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Almost 40,000 people die in Australia following a medical decision to cease life-sustaining treatment. Our research indicates that most of these decisions do not comply with the law.

We identified ways to improve doctors’ training, to promote lawful decisions and better outcomes for patients and their loved-ones.

Professor Ben White
Professor Lindy Willmott
Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Dying in pain

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

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We're conducting Australia’s first systematic research into the legal dimensions of pain relief for dying patients.

Evidence suggests nurses are giving inadequate pain relief for fear of legal consequences.

Our research will inform policy and education, so fewer patients die in pain.

Professor Ben White
Professor Lindy Willmott
Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Ethnically motivated youth hate crime

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

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We’re undertaking the first assessment of youth hate crime in Australia.

Hate crime causes injury, psychological harm and social disengagement. For victims in early adolescence the harms may be multiplied.

Our research will inform social policy to improve the lives of Australia’s youth.

Dr Angela Higginson
Crime and Justice Research Centre

Preventing gendered violence

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

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We're collaborating with Argentina to find new ways to prevent gendered violence.

In Argentina, women-only police stations are used to combat domestic violence. Our research will identify how this approach could work in Australia.

Professor Kerry Carrington
Crime and Justice Research Centre

Regulating internet content

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

More

How can we regulate internet content, whilst protecting freedom of speech?

Online intermediaries such as Youtube and Facebook receive millions of requests each month to take down content posted by users.

We’re creating a set of principles to address harmful online content in more sophisticated ways.

Associate Professor Nicolas Suzor
Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Program

Dying in pain

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

More

We're conducting Australia’s first systematic research into the legal dimensions of pain relief for dying patients.

Evidence suggests nurses are giving inadequate pain relief for fear of legal consequences.

Our research will inform policy and education, so fewer patients die in pain.

Professor Ben White
Professor Lindy Willmott
Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Ethnically motivated youth hate crime

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

More

We’re undertaking the first assessment of youth hate crime in Australia.

Hate crime causes injury, psychological harm and social disengagement. For victims in early adolescence the harms may be multiplied.

Our research will inform social policy to improve the lives of Australia’s youth.

Dr Angela Higginson
Crime and Justice Research Centre

Preventing gendered violence

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

More

We're collaborating with Argentina to find new ways to prevent gendered violence.

In Argentina, women-only police stations are used to combat domestic violence. Our research will identify how this approach could work in Australia.

Professor Kerry Carrington
Crime and Justice Research Centre

A legal framework for carbon property

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

More

The major world economies use emissions trading schemes to meet environmental goals, yet there is no agreement on the legal character of what they are trading.

We developed guidelines to provide legal certainty for carbon property owners and traders.

Professor Sharon Christensen
Commercial Property Law Research Centre Emissions trading website

Supply chain regulation

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

More
Australia recently developed new regulatory models for workers in the textile and transport supply chain industries.

We investigated how the regimes operate and whether they are effective. Our recommendations will create better working conditions.

Professor Richard Johnstone
Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Managing family objections to autopsy

Australian Research Council Linkage Project

More

Each year the Queensland Coroner orders thousands of autopsies in death investigations, but this can go against the beliefs and traditions of the bereaved families.

Our research is establishing a more consistent and informed approach when families raise objections to autopsies.

Professor Belinda Carpenter
Australian Centre for Health Law Research Objections to autopsy website

Community engagement with law at the end of life

Australian Research Council Linkage Project

More
The laws surrounding end of life decisions are complex, with different laws between states and territories and areas of uncertainty.

We developed a clear and accessible website that helps the community and professionals engage with end of life law.

Professor Ben White
Professor Lindy Willmott
Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Find out more

Coronial determination of suicide

Australian Research Council Discovery Project

More
We found that official suicide figures seriously under-represent the true number, because coroners are reluctant to reach a finding of suicide.

Our recommendations to change coronial legislation and practice will result in more accurate data, and better resources for suicide prevention.

Professor Belinda Carpenter
Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Futile treatment at the end of life

Australian Research Council Linkage Project

More

Futile treatment, by definition, does not benefit the patient. It can cause unnecessary distress and wastes resources. Yet doctors still commonly provide it.

We devised strategies to reduce futile treatment that will reduce harm to patients, distress to families and costs to the healthcare system.

Professor Ben White

Professor Lindy Willmott
Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Withholding life support

Australian Research Council Linkage Project

More

Almost 40,000 people die in Australia following a medical decision to cease life-sustaining treatment. Our research indicates that most of these decisions do not comply with the law.

We identified ways to improve doctors’ training, to promote lawful decisions and better outcomes for patients and their loved-ones.

Professor Ben White
Professor Lindy Willmott
Australian Centre for Health Law Research

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Blockchain

This website is a QUT wide showcase of research capabilities in blockchain technology, distributed ledgers, and their impact.

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

A specialist centre focused on innovative research into current and emerging health law issues in Australia and globally.

Domestic violence and communication technology: Victim experiences of intrusion, surveillance, and identity theft

This site hosts information about the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) funded study. Domestic violence and communication technology: Victim experiences of intrusion, surveillance, and identity theft. Lead investigator: Dragiewicz, M. Co-investigators: Harris, B. Salter, M. Woodlock, D.

Childhood Adversity Research Program

Researchers analysing the nature and prevalence of childhood adversities (maltreatment, trauma and violence)

Argentina-Australia collaboration

The “Australia-Argentina higher education/industry collaborative action network” is an initiative between governments, universities, national scientific organisations and the private sector in the two southern hemisphere nations.

Me, Us and Male Escorting

This site's intent is to further support the development of an ethically operated and entrepreneurially responsible business enterprise in society and to promote the decriminalisation of sex work.

International Law and Global Governance

Researchers in our international law and global governance law program critically examine legal arrangements and regulatory institutions that address global challenges.

Intellectual Property and Innovation Law

We conduct cutting-edge, real-world research at the intersection of law and technology.

Crime and Justice Research Centre

The Crime and Justice Research Centre is a leader in high-impact interdisciplinary criminological research. We\'re home to distinguished international researchers and are distinctive for our applied research and focus on the challenges confronting governments and criminal justice systems around the world.

Objections to autopsy

An e-resource to assist families' understandings of autopsy and the Queensland Coronial system.

Commercial and Property Law Research Centre

We conduct research into significant current and emerging issues involving commercial and property law, and their impact on the economy, the environment and society.

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