Just Cases

Just Cases

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Every day, law courts make decisions that change …


Episode 17: Do witchcraft laws breach freedom of religion?
Sep 17 • 32 min
How does Australian law protect the beliefs and religious practices of witches, conjurers and fortune-tellers? A High Court case from the 1930s could provide the answers. There’s a big debate about religious freedom in Australia after the federal…
Episode 16: Hard cases make bad law
Aug 22 • 33 min
“There’s a saying in law that hard cases make bad law,” says Dr Colin Campbell. “Judges will sometimes do what they think is right in a particular case, but in doing that they will muck up the law.” Numerous inquiries have uncovered widespread…
BACK CATALOGUE: “They Don’t Teach You This At Law School.”
Aug 6 • 27 min
This is the most-downloaded episode of JUST CASES and one of the most controversial. June 1996. Late at night, two young men cross paths on a Sydney street. When the sun rises the following morning, one of them will be found dead. The events of that…
Episode 15: Rolls-Royce’s worldwide network of corruption
Jul 24 • 32 min
Earlier this year the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced it had shut down a long-running investigation into corruption at Rolls-Royce. What did the UK authorities have to trade in exchange for Rolls-Royce’s money and cooperation? Between 1999 to…
Rolls-Royce’s “sophisticated criminal enterprise” (COMING SOON)
Jul 21 • 0 min
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…
Episode 14: “Now free speech has been killed as well”
Jul 12 • 28 min
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…
Episode 13: Why is our secular government allowed to fund religious schools?
Jun 25 • 33 min
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…
Episode 12: Can a child decide to have gender-reassignment surgery?
Jun 12 • 28 min
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…
Episode 11: “He knows how to operate in the shadows”
May 29 • 35 min
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…
Episode 11 Trailer
May 28 • 0 min
The corruption trial of former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, exposes the influence of weapons companies on governments worldwide. (UPCOMING EPISODE) www.JustCasesPodcast.com Music: ‘Alum Drum Solo’ by Blue Dot Sessions
Just Cases: Season 3 coming soon
May 10 • 0 min
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…
Episode 10: Bombing of the Rainbow Warrior
Nov 23, 2018 • 36 min
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…
Episode 9: Treachery and Treason
Nov 2, 2018 • 34 min
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 notes Storyteller: Dr Stephen Gray,…
Episode 8: Death at Sea
Oct 19, 2018 • 22 min
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…
Episode 7: Why the world’s wealthiest baby shouldn’t be a company director
Sep 5, 2018 • 22 min
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…
Episode 6: Is S+M sex illegal?
Aug 23, 2018 • 29 min
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…
Episode 5: Assault on the sports field
Aug 9, 2018 • 23 min
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…
Welcome to Season 2 of Just Cases
Aug 8, 2018 • 1 min
After a lengthy hiatus, Just Cases is back! Delivered every fortnight, Season 2 explores some of the weirdest court cases the experts are able to dig up, all for your listening pleasure. Can athletes be charged with assault for something that happens…
BONUS EPISODE: How can safe injecting rooms be legal?
Oct 30, 2017 • 9 min
The Victorian State Government has announced it will set up a safe injecting room, located in the inner Melbourne suburb of Richmond. It’s a first for the state, and only the second in Australia. A safe injecting room in Sydney’s Kings Cross was…
Episode 4: They don’t teach you this at law school
Oct 29, 2017 • 26 min
June 1996. Late at night, two young men cross paths on a Sydney street. When the sun rises the following morning, one of them will be found dead. The events of that evening are murky, but the resulting court case is unprecedented - and we still feel its…
Episode 3: How you can be detained for life without trial
Sep 24, 2017 • 30 min
The story of Ahmed Al-Kateb has far-reaching consequences for individual liberty. Mr Al-Kateb wanted to go home to Palestine, but the High Court decided he could be held indefinitely in Australia despite committing no crime. One constitutional law expert…
Episode 2: Help! I crashed my Uber
Sep 10, 2017 • 18 min
In the gig economy our cars, spare rooms and spare time have become handy money-earners. But sometimes things don’t go as planned. If you’re an Uber driver or Deliveroo cyclist and you injure someone else on the job, who has to cough up the money? Music…
BONUS EPISODE: Chief Justice, is the same-sex marriage postal vote doomed?
Aug 31, 2017 • 17 min
What’s the High Court challenge to the marriage equality postal vote all about? In this *BONUS EPISODE* Robert French, former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, drops by to explore two very similar cases he decided that provide the basis for…
Episode 1: A dagger at the heart of society
Aug 28, 2017 • 34 min
In the middle of WW1, the Australian government launches a stinging attack on an international ‘extremist’ network of German sympathisers. When a policeman is murdered in a small country town, the stage is set for a showdown between his killers and a…
Welcome to Just Cases
Aug 27, 2017 • 1 min
This new podcast from Monash Law School takes you behind the judgments and tells the backstory to some of the biggest legal cases that impact on our daily lives. (MUSIC: ‘Albatross v2’ by Computer Music All-Stars / CC BY 4.0 license)