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  Australian Law Journal   (Australia)
  Volume 83, Number 6, June 2009
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  • CURRENT ISSUES — Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO
  • Thanks to Nettle JA
        p.359                                                                                      +cite    
  • Secrecy of journalists' sources
        p.359                                                                                      +cite    
  • Harmonisation of court rules and forms
        p.359                                                                                      +cite    
  • Opening of new Sydney University Law School
        p.361                                                                                      +cite    
  • Statutory warranties
        p.362                                                                                      +cite    
  • Innocent criminals
        p.362                                                                                      +cite    
  • Victorian Small Business Commissioner
        p.362                                                                                      +cite    
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
        p.363                                                                                      +cite    

  • CONVEYANCING AND PROPERTY — Editor: Peter Butt
  • Breach of covenant against alterations: Tabcorp v Bowen in the High Court
        p.365                                                                                      +cite    
  • No obligation to re-instate at landlord's whim
        p.366                                                                                      +cite    
  • Landlord estopped from enforcing breach
        p.367                                                                                      +cite    
  • Landlord's right of inspection not authorising environmental audit
        p.367                                                                                      +cite    

  • PEOPLE IN THE LAW — Editor: Geoff Lindsay SC
  • Mr Justice P W Young AO (NSW)
        p.369                                                                                      +cite    
  • Justice Jennifer Davies (Vic)
        p.371                                                                                      +cite    
  • Justice John Chaney (WA)
        p.371                                                                                      +cite    

  • OVERSEAS LAW — Editor: Ross Buckley
  • The extra-territorial application of us securities class actions
        p.373                                                                                      +cite    

  • FAMILY LAW — Editor: Anthony Dickey QC
  • Is there a requirement of disclosure of all material facts in children's cases?
        p.377                                                                                      +cite    
  • Position of a deceased's legal personal representative under s 79(8)
        p.378                                                                                      +cite    

  • RECENT CASES — Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO
  • Negligence: Duty of care
        p.380                                                                                      +cite    
  • Wills: Construction — Property split among (a) spouse and (b) four cousins — How apportioned
        p.380                                                                                      +cite    
  • Pre-emption rights
        p.380                                                                                      +cite    
  • Judges: Recusal
        p.381                                                                                      +cite    
  • Clergy discipline: Sexual misconduct short of adultery
        p.381                                                                                      +cite    
  • Purchase of trust property by a trustee
        p.382                                                                                      +cite    
  • Mistake of law or mistake of fact
        p.383                                                                                      +cite    
  • Contracts: Repudiation
        p.383                                                                                      +cite    
  • Trade marks: Revocation and infringement
        p.384                                                                                      +cite    

  • ARTICLES
  • THE HAGUE CHOICE OF COURT CONVENTION AND INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL LITIGATION
        Hon J J Spigelman, AC
        p.386                                                                                      +cite        
        Ratification of the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements can reduce the transaction costs and uncertainties associated with the enforcement of legal rights and obligations in international trade and investment. The most important matter which will determine whether the Convention succeeds is the extent to which states adopt the perspective that the autonomy of commercial parties should be respected as distinct from a focus on the courts as a manifestation of state sovereignty.
  • WHAT RIGHTS DO YOU TAKE TO PRISON? HABEAS CORPUS AND PRISON CONDITIONS
        Adrian Hoel
        p.395                                                                                      +cite        
        This article considers the breadth of the writ of habeas corpus in affording relief to validly sentenced prisoners in Australian jurisdictions. In doing so, it considers whether this remedy may be available either to uphold prisoners' residual rights to liberty whilst in prison or where they are being held in intolerable prison conditions. Traditionally, the writ could not be issued where prisoners were lawfully imprisoned, irrespective of the conditions in which they were held. The notions of residual liberty and intolerable conditions as bases for a writ of habeas corpus have received some judicial consideration in Australia but have not been unequivocally endorsed or rejected by the superior courts. This article considers international and Australian jurisprudence in this area, as well as a recent application in the High Court's original jurisdiction. It also considers the possible impact of Australian human rights legislation.
  • ACCESSORIAL LIABILITY UNDER THE TRADE PRACTICES ACT
        Conor Bannan
        p.407                                                                                      +cite        
        Under s 75B of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth), individuals and other third parties involved in a contravention of the Act can be made liable as accessories to the primary contravention. The section is regularly relied on in commercial litigation in Australia. For example, the prohibition on misleading or deceptive conduct in s 52 of the Trade Practices Act applies only to corporations, but s 75B allows an applicant to bring a claim against the directors or advisors of a company. This can be particularly important where the primary contravener is insolvent or has limited assets. Despite the importance of s 75B and the difference of judicial opinion on its interpretation, however, there has been relatively limited analysis of the provision. This article considers some contentious issues regarding the operation of s 75B and its equivalent provisions, particularly in the context of contraventions of s 52.