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  Australian Law Journal   (Australia)
  Volume 82, Number 3, March 2008
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  • CURRENT ISSUES — Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO
  • 2008
        p.147                                                                                      +cite    
  • Reform of the jury system
        p.147                                                                                      +cite    
  • Criticism of the police
        p.148                                                                                      +cite    
  • The rum rebellion
        p.148                                                                                      +cite    
  • New words
        p.148                                                                                      +cite    
  • Modern judges and frogs
        p.149                                                                                      +cite    
  • Grandfather's notebook
        p.149                                                                                      +cite    
  • Statement of the month
        15l                                                                                      +cite    
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR
        p.152                                                                                      +cite    

  • CONVEYANCING AND PROPERTY — Editor: Peter Butt
  • Liability of landlords revisited: Estate of Virgona v De Lautour
        p.153                                                                                      +cite    
  • Easements: Recent decisions — Part 1
        p.154                                                                                      +cite    

  • PEOPLE IN THE LAW — Editor: Geoff Lindsay SC
  • Mr Justice Ross Cranston (Overseas)
        p.159                                                                                      +cite    
  • Justice Neil McKerracher (Cth)
        p.160                                                                                      +cite    
  • Justice Peter Murphy (Cth)
        p.160                                                                                      +cite    
  • Justice John E Reeves (Cth)
        p.161                                                                                      +cite    
  • Justice Richard Refshauge (ACT)
        p.162                                                                                      +cite    
  • Appointment of silk (Vic)
        p.163                                                                                      +cite    

  • RECENT CASES — Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO
  • Inalienable land
        p.164                                                                                      +cite    
  • Lawyers: Pressure on debtors — Limits
        p.164                                                                                      +cite    
  • Recission of contracts
        p.164                                                                                      +cite    
  • Informed consent
        p.165                                                                                      +cite    
  • "Lying by omission"
        p.165                                                                                      +cite    
  • No damages for fear of injury
        p.166                                                                                      +cite    
  • Specific performance
        p.166                                                                                      +cite    
  • Striking out applications
        p.167                                                                                      +cite    
  • Is there a right to an interpreter for litigation before courts and tribunals?
        p.167                                                                                      +cite    

  • ARTICLES
  • SCEPTICISM AND JUDICIAL METHOD
        Susan M Crennan
        p.169                                                                                      +cite        
        This article investigates the scepticism that has haunted the debate over the extent to which judges and judicial methods can or should accommodate contested values and policy considerations. In so doing, it considers briefly certain cultural theories associated with Jean-François Lyotard, Jacques Derrida and in particular, Michel Foucault. Being Postmodern thinkers, broadly speaking, they reject established values, opposing whatever they consider to be authoritarian and instead, encourage relativism and pluralism. The author then looks at the charge that our legal institutions reflect and implement arbitrary governance by examining what "sovereignty" really means in Australian constitutional history and, before that, English constitutional history. The author concludes by exploring factors which bear on judging and judicial method, grouped as institutional factors, principles and doctrines and procedural matters and proposes that if the discussed scepticism is to be directed to the exercise of reason in judicial method or to the public's confidence in the rule of law, it would need to have a greater appreciation of our past and the balances developed in our system designed to counter arbitrary.
  • THE ENVIRONMENT AND ITS INFLUENCE ON THE LAW
        Hon Justice Brian J Preston
        p.180                                                                                      +cite        
        The law and the environment interact in two directions. The law shapes the environment and humans dealing with it. The environment also shapes the law. This article illustrates some ways in which the environment, and disputes about it have influenced, and continue to influence, the development of civil law, focusing on torts, administrative law, constitutional law and human rights and contract law.
  • MEDIATION IN HONG KING: THE WAY FORWARD – PERSPECTIVES FROM AUSTRALIA
        Justice P A Bergin
        p.196                                                                                      +cite        
        This article addresses some of the history of mediation in Australia and analyses some empirical data in search of the "ripe" time to send proceedings to mediation.
  • BOOK REVIEWS
        p.219                                                                                      +cite