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Just Cases

Author: Monash Law School

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Every day, law courts make decisions that change the lives of those present in the courtroom. Some decisions change society itself. JUST CASES tells the backstory to some of the biggest court cases you've never heard of.
21 Episodes
The name Rolls-Royce is synonymous with luxury. But in recent years, whistleblowers have revealed the prestige brand has been exporting corruption worldwide. How does the criminal justice system respond? (RELEASE DATE: Wednesday 24 July 2019)LEARN MORE Rosevere - 'Snakes'
How does the law balance the rights of women to access safe and legal abortions with the right to free speech and protest?For over twenty years anti-abortion protesters have picketed abortion clinics around Australia. To combat this targeted harassment of women seeking safe and legal abortions, state governments have passed ‘safe access zone’ laws which create an exclusion zone around abortion clinics which protestors cannot enter. Anti-abortionists argue these laws limit their free speech. Supporters of safe access zones argue these laws are vital to ensure the safety of women seeking health care.When this law was challenged by anti-abortion protesters who had breached the exclusion zones, the High Court was faced with a major balancing act. our ONE-QUESTION SURVEY (You'll go in the draw to WIN a $50 Amazon gift card): Dr Tania Penovic, Faculty of Law, Monash University- Dr Caroline Henckels, Faculty of Law, Monash UniversityHosts- Dr Melissa Castan & James PattisonFurther reading- Explainer: what are abortion clinic safe-access zones and where do they exist in Australia? ( High Court delivers landmark ruling validating abortion clinic ‘safe access zones’ ( in this episode:- Lee Rosevere - ‘Start the Day’- Lee Rosevere - ‘Waiting For the Moment That Never Comes’Law topics: Constitutional law, health law, protest, freedom of speech, implied freedom of political communication, bill of rights, human rights
A fight over a new toilet block at a Catholic school in 1962 turns into a major constitutional and ideological war, the effects of which last until today. Australians traditionally sees themselves as pretty secular compared to the rest of the world. But how Australians choose to fund their children’s education paints a very different picture.For every dollar the Federal Government spends per student in a private or independent school, public schools receive only around 75 cents per student. In 2017, Catholic schools received $8.4 billion in government funding, despite also being funded by fee-paying families. The Catholic Church in Australia is estimated to be worth between $20 billion to $30 billion. How can a secular government, in a country which espouses the separation of church and state, be allowed to fund religious schools? And when it comes to school funding, is our government playing favourites with religion?www.justcasepodcast.com notesStoryteller:Dr Luke Beck, Associate Professor, Monash Law School. ( Professor Luke Beck is a leading scholar in the field of separation of religion and government and religious freedom under the Australian Constitution. The principal focus of his research is on developing a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of section 116 of the Australian Constitution in terms of its history and underlying purposes, its relationship and interaction with broader Australian constitutional culture and how it might be best interpreted and applied.Hosts: Dr Melissa Castan & James PattisonExtra material:The DOGS case: Attorney-General (Vic); Ex Rel Black v Commonwealth ("DOGS case") [1981] HCA 2; (1981) 146 CLR 559 (2 February 1981) in this episode:Nathaniel Wyvern - ‘Sanctuary of the Sky Gods’Mid-Air Machine - ‘Breathing Out’John Bartman - ‘Pepper the Pig’Image:Josh Applegate (Unsplash)
Issues affecting transgender people are much more prominent in the public consciousness than they’ve ever been. This episode of JUST CASES explores one important legal issue: can children access hormone therapy or surgery in Australia? We speak to the judge who decided this important case and learn what it’s like to make such life-changing decisions.WARNING: This episode contains some difficult subject matter. There’s mentions of suicide, gender-identity issues, family violence and graphic content. If that’s difficult for you please find another episode of Just Cases to listen to. If anything in this episode brings up some difficult feelings for you please contact Lifeline or Beyond Blue, or similar support services in your community.Lifeline 13 11 14 / Blue 1300 22 46 36 / The Honourable Nahum Mushin AM, former Judge of the Family Court of Australia. Nahum Mushin AM is a Professor of Law at Monash University. Prior to his appointment to the Monash Law Faculty, he was a Judge of the Family Court of Australia for 21 years and a Presidential Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for 6 years. As a consultant to the ALRC and the VLRC, he contributed to law reform in areas of matrimonial property, evidence and family violence. Professor Mushin AM was the first Monash Law graduate to be appointed as a Judge.Hosts: Dr Melissa Castan & James PattisonMusic in this episode:- 'Hot Pink' by Chad Crouch- 'Backwater' by Chad Crouch- 'Cross Stitch' by Chad Crouch
The corruption case against former South African president Jacob Zuma has begun. Zuma’s case lifts the lid on the influence of weapons companies on governments worldwide.“It’s not a story of a corrupt guy, Jacob Zuma,” says Hennie van Vuuren, the director of Open Secrets, a South African organisation that investigates economic crimes and abuses of power. “[Instead] it’s a story of a network of players around the globe - in corporations, arms companies, intelligence agencies - who have been working with accountants and lawyers and others who have facilitated this corruption. As we zoom out we start to see the links spread across the globe.”Music in this episode:'Alum Drum Solo' by Blue Dot Sessions‘Melodramatic’ by DJ Ollie Jwww.JustCasesPodcast.comHennie van Vuuren ( is the author of 'Apartheid, Guns and Money: A Tale of Profit', which shows how a secret global network of banks, governments and big business dodged international sanctions to supply the last Apartheid regime with weapons, and how this legacy of corruption, which resulted in the gutting of democratic institutions and the murders of those who attempted to expose it, still survives to this day.More informationOpen Secrets: series: They Killed Dulcie
Episode 11 Trailer

Episode 11 Trailer


The corruption trial of former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, exposes the influence of weapons companies on governments worldwide. (UPCOMING EPISODE)www.JustCasesPodcast.comMusic: 'Alum Drum Solo' by Blue Dot Sessions
JUST CASES is back for another season. This season we’re looking ahead to some major court cases you need to know about, which will have an impact on our lives in the future. Can you create a valid will using emojis? Is the game over for the big end of town? Can the banks and financial sector finally be hit with some hardcore criminal law? In the age of political fracturing worldwide, how far does your right to protest extend? New episodes landing in your podcast app very soon.www.JustCasesPodcast.comMusic: 'Boston Landing' by Blue Dot Sessions
It's just before midnight on 10 July 1985. The Port of Auckland, New Zealand. The Rainbow Warrior, a Greenpeace anti-nuclear protest ship, is sitting at its dock when two massive explosions tear through its hull. A man is killed onboard. What follows is one of the most bizarre and sinister of diplomatic incidents. The hunt for his killers uncovers an international network of spies, and exposes a highly-coordinated attack planned from the highest echelons of world power.Music in this episode:- Lobo Loco 'Fly of the Brants A'- Blue Dot Sessions 'Boston Landing'
A series of factory fires in Sydney in 1916 leads to a full-blown treason trial. The case of the ‘IWW Twelve’ sees a dozen local members of a radical worldwide movement caught in a perfect political storm.Episode notesStoryteller: Dr Stephen Gray, Monash Law SchoolHosts: Dr Melissa Castan & James PattisonTopics for law nerds: Criminal law, jury trials, juries, police corruption, royal commissions, police powers, separation of powers.Further reading:- ‘Death Cults, Murdering a Police Officer, and the First World War' by Dr Stephen Gray (Alternative Law Journal)- 'Enemy Within? The Wobblies' by Nerida Campbell (Sydney Living Museums)- 'The Sydney Twelve — treason, conspiracy and conscription in Australia 1916' by Dr Barry York (Museum of Australian Democracy Blog)All music in this episode by Podington Bear. Track listing:- 'Elephants on Parade'- 'Senseless'- 'Kaleidoscope'
Episode 8: Death at Sea

Episode 8: Death at Sea


It’s the night of 2 August 1926. Five nautical miles off the coast of Lesbos. A French ship, the SS Lotus, is cruising towards its destination of Constantinople. The ship’s first officer is keeping watch, but he doesn’t know that there’s a Turkish ship dead ahead.What lies ahead is not only a naval disaster, but a diplomatic dispute that throws a massive colonial power on a collision course with a young nation on the rise.MUSIC: - ‘This tuning is so dramatic’ by Monplaisir- ‘35’C’ by King Imagine
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