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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

Related research projects

Planning for Healthy Ageing

Our researchers are confronting the legal, health, social and policy challenges we face in future planning for healthy ageing.

Ecological Justice

Climate change, biodiversity loss and extinction, extreme weather events, marine pollution and desertification are impacting on communities. The Ecological Justice Research Group will articulate and transform law and governance in ways that encourage and support human beings to live more sensitively and attentively in what is a more-than-human world.

Datafication and Automation of Human Life

Our research aims to measure, understand and challenge the problem of datafication and automation of human life.

Ocean Governance

The world is facing various maritime security threats. Conservation of the marine environment within and beyond national jurisdictions is a major issue for the world. Our research team focuses on ocean governance in a changing environmental, geopolitical and security context.

End of Life

Our research aims to assess and address the legal, ethical and regulatory challenges in end of life decision-making.

Consumer Policy and Regulation

Our research focuses on problems facing consumers in a rapidly transformative environment, aiming to drive policy changes and, if appropriate, regulatory responses to achieve an appropriate balance between consumer welfare, market competition and future innovation.

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