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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.
18 Episodes
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
In 1886 a sensational banking scandal hit the headlines in Great Britain. It involved the world's richest man, John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, the 3rd Marquess of Bute, and it led to an absurd decision.More than a century later, the current Banking Royal Commission in Australia continues to expose stories of banks behaving badly.But it remains rare for the people at the helm of banks and other major corporations - the company directors - to be held legally responsible for what goes on at their company.When things go wrong at a company who should cop the blame? And how far has the law come since the case of the Marquess of Bute and the Cardiff Savings Bank?MUSIC IN THIS EPISODE- 'Swoon' by Inaequalis- '35 'C' by King Imagine- '2 AM' by Kenney Floreat
If you engage in consensual sadomasochistic sex could you actually be found guilty of assault? The case of R v Brown is one of the most hotly debated decisions in legal history.WARNING: this episode contains descriptions of acts of a sexual nature, a violent nature, and a mention of suicide. Listener discretion is advised.
A violent on-field incident in the Australian Football League (AFL) has led to calls for police to bring criminal charges against one of the league's best players.West Coast player Andrew Gaff has been suspended for eight matches for punching 18-year-old Fremantle player Andrew Brayshaw behind play. Brayshaw has undergone surgery on a broken jaw and will require further treatment for three broken teeth. The teenager's first season in the game has come to an abrupt and violent end.The hit has prompted calls for all sorts of things; from a red card system in the AFL, to criminal charges and even jail time. Can you be charged with assault for punching an opponent on the sports field?On this episode of Just Cases we explore a similarly notorious incident in 1985. It led to the criminal prosecution of Leigh Matthews - a giant of Australian rules football held by many to be the greatest footballer to have ever played the game..............................................MUSIC IN THIS EPISODEParallel Park 'Counterattack'Silicon Transmitter 'Sphere'Soularflair'Cue 2 -Sad-HipHop-Backmasked piano cello Fortitude'
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