The Full Bench (TFB) is the UTS Law Students’ Society quarterly academic law journal with articles contributed by interested students, academics and professionals. Each edition focuses on topical legal themes. The Full Bench is also a valuable academic resource, and provides UTS law students with the opportunity to be published authors.
Over the years, The Full Bench has experienced tremendous success in terms of contributions to its editions and in its readership. The publication is hugely dynamic, and has evolved to include segments such as ‘Q&A’, ‘10 words or less’, and the very popular, ‘Stop. Hammer Time’. As a result, TFB has been continues to be incredibly successful as it has in past years.
Make sure that you ‘like’ the TFB Facebook page for updates on all things TFB related! For those interested in contributing, quarterly calls for contributors are made to members via social media, email, and our fortnightly newsletter, The Buzz.
For more information on how to contribute or any other queries, please contact the 2018 UTS LSS Publications Director, Tom Brennan, at email@example.com.
The Full Bench 2017, Edition 2
‘Do Lawyers Dream of Electric Sheep’ is the first edition of The Full Bench in 2017!
To kick off 2016, the UTS LSS has brought to you TFB edition 1 ‘The Price of Privacy’. Reminders of the importance and significant influence the law maintains within the privacy arena are highlighted in this issue, bringing to life the concerns of revenge porn and Big Brother. TFB students engaged with this theme in identifying areas most critical to both law students and the average person alike, including meta-data retention laws and Safe Harbour principles. So devour this edition and learn what the law has to say about privacy and its place in contemporary society.
As we each retreat back into our shells in order to prepare for the onslaught of readings, assignments and presentation preparation, the UTS LSS has brought to you the second edition of TFB, ‘The Gender Agenda’. It has been a crazy couple of years for gender as issues such as the United States bathroom bill for transgendered people or the legalities concerning the pay gap have played out numerous times over social media and incited rigorous debate. This edition showcases the contributions of numerous students who have put pen to paper to discuss these issues and inform fellow law students and colleagues alike of the interplay between law and gender. Please enjoy and consider becoming involved for the next edition.
To bring the year to a close, the final edition of The Full Bench is out. Inside its pages you will find the details of current political dramas around the world as a reflection of the world we are living in right now. From Trump’s tirades to reasons why we should become a republic, this edition reflects the interests of the law student body. We hope this edition covers the topics you wished to ask about but were too afraid to! Please enjoy reading and soaking up all of the different ways politics and law intersects.
TFB started the year by examining the ubiquitous force of the law in light of its impact on our liberties. Rights and freedoms are rarely absolute and will often conflict with each other. This then raises the difficult question of how fundamental rights and freedoms should be balanced in liberal democracies. In our first edition, TFB students identified areas where Commonwealth or State laws may be encroaching on rights and freedoms and evaluated whether these restrictions are warranted. Our contributors delivered some cracker articles for our readers, including topics such as metadata retention laws, current Australian policies on detaining refugee children and a review of the ‘Speaker Series I – A Façade of Freedom’, which took place earlier this year.
2015 has seen an earthquake crisis in Nepal, executions in Indonesia and the completion of the Millennium Development Goals. In line with this current period of reflection by the international community, our second edition: ‘(In)securities, International Protection and the Law’, sees UTS law students examine the protection afforded by international laws and the extent to which human security is promoted within a global context. Our contributors have produced evocative, well-researched and informative pieces for our readers. Pages 18-19 features an examination of the executions in Indonesia by Jason Corbett. Turn to pages 26-27 to read Robert Guzowski’s incisive investigation of the relationship between governance and epidemics. Dylan Barber has delivered a poignant piece about humanitarian aid and the recent earthquake crisis in Nepal now that the dust has settled (pages 30-31). Don’t forget to check out our ‘Stop.Hammer Time.’ segment (pages 40-41) to see how Bianca Newton argues against the Responsibility to Protect doctrine.
In the third edition for 2015, ‘New Directions: The Australian Legal Profession’, the TFB team and its contributors shed light on current and future trends operating to alter the landscape of the Australian legal sphere. It is critical for UTS students, as lawyers in the making, to be aware of the state of the workforce we will inherit. Technology, market relations, mental health and legislative reforms have all contributed to the transformation of Australian legal practice in recent times. In this third instalment, The Full Bench couldn’t be prouder to present to our readers an exclusive interview with Lea Armstrong, who was appointed the first female Crown Solicitor in NSW earlier in the year. Other articles explore the impact of the funding cuts made to Community Legal Centres this year, an overview of ADR and the Australian Court System as well as the important relationship between lawyers and mental health. Happy reading!
In the fourth and final edition for 2015, ‘Lawmakers and Social Changes’, the TFB team set out to investigate the way societal changes have influenced the law. Our earlier editions have delivered evocative, well-researched and seamlessly executed pieces for our readers, covering a wide range of issues, from legal liberties to human (in)securities. Now, social change! Our contributors have left no stone unturned in bringing to you pieces that will challenge your current state of mind and tempt you to read more. These pieces involve an in-depth exploration of the debate surrounding the legal and ethical issues regarding the legislation of assisted death, domestic violence and where one might stand on environmental matters. Enjoy!
2014 started with a shock, to The System that is, with our first edition of The Full Bench for 2014 exploring ‘Law Reform’ and its associated issues. Titled ‘Shock the System: Law Reform’, our contributors explore everything from the environmental policy to the deficiencies with same-sex marriage legislation to date, barriers to constitutional change to tax reform and more. Ponder the wisdom of the one punch laws with Andrew Blinn, who examines the consequences of mandatory minimum sentencing, and look behind ‘the veil of ignorance’ with Jon Schild, who poses the uncomfortable yet necessary question of how we would choose to treat others in a society where we could not choose our own class. With such an abundance of critical thought, we know that there will be something to trigger everyone’s interest!
Grangegate got our tongues wagging, but a little digging by our TFB contributors has revealed that there is no shortage of scandal and moral conundrums pertaining to corruption, both in Australia and abroad. ‘Dishonest Dealings: Corruption and the Law’ features an array of fantastic articles, set to raise an eyebrow or two. Learn about Australia’s policy on phone tapping in ‘We Tapped That’ by Emily Meller, and turn to page 26 to see Taryn Priadko’s discussion of whether the price of border security is too high. Be sure to check out our TFB Exclusive! interview with SMH journalist Kate McClymont, and a feature article by UTS’ very own Dr Penny Crofts. Complete with witty one liners about how Australia can prevent corruption in the face of our Barry O’Farrell’s resignation (Hint: Drink more vodka) and another instalments of Verbatim, this edition of TFB is set to impress!
Take a Byte out of edition 3 of The Full Bench, which explores issues associated with technology and the law! Our contributors tackled a range of thought-provoking topics, from human genome patents to bitcoin to 3D printing. Turn to page 20 to read about the increasingly important topic of biotechnology and food sustainability, and be sure to check out the opinions of our editors’ on the ‘right to be forgotten’. Featuring a forward by Professor Jill McKeough,’Byte Me: Technology and the Law’, this edition is not to be missed.
The Full Bench 2014 closes with a bang for Edition 4. This edition pits Australia against the world, exploring the triumphs and pitfalls of our legal system and those of other countries. And with this, we duly revisit an ever-so-glaring topic within our legal vernacular: an Australian Bills of Rights. Flip through a copy of Edition 4 and you’ll find other juicy issues such as aviation laws, blasphemy laws, personal property laws, and the prohibition of torture.
Are you interested in the moments when your morals collide with the law? Edition 1 of The Full Bench titled ‘A Moral Compass: Ethics and the Law’ explores these pivotal moments in a variety of areas of law. As you turn the pages you’ll read about fascinating topics such as abortion, religious animal slaughter, wrongful life and the representation of lawyers in pop culture throughout time. Be sure to read our new segment ‘In 10 words or less’ on the Steubenville rape case and debate section (Stop. Hammer Time.) on if ‘sexting’ should be illegal. Enjoy!
Edition 2 of The Full Bench, titled ‘The Melting Pot: Culture and the Law’, explores the pivotal, contemporary issue of whether there is a meeting of the minds where culture and the law is concerned. As you indulge in this edition of TFB, you will discover more about the interplay of culture and the law.
Our writers explore if culture is an appropriate defence to a crime, the protection of refugees fleeing due to domestic violence, and the difficulties experienced by Indigenous Australians when they face a Westernised legal system. We’ve introduced a ‘letter to the editors’ segment, so be sure to email us if you have comments or want to share your views on any of the topics in this edition. Happy reading!
Take a journey overseas with Edition 3 of The Full Bench titled ‘Crossing Continents: International Law’. Learn about activism in China with Robert Guzowski, who went to Guangzhou with the UTS BUiLD Program. Whilst in China you can also examine how new legislation which forces children to visit their ageing parents impacts individual freedoms with Ana-Maria Cindric. Our contributors tackle the hard issues, with Martha Crnkovic discussing Australia’s response to child sex tourism and Stuart Davey questioning Australia’s hardline asylum seek policy. Be sure to keep an eye out for the quirky jokes featured in Verbatim, and our fast facts in Obiter. Download your copy of Edition 3 today to read all of the thought-provoking articles on all things International!
Murder, manslaughter, mental illness, violence. You tell me the crime, I’ll tell you, we’ve done it (and by that, I mean written about it!). This edition of TFB explores everything crime related. You’ll listen to Mark Curry explore what happens when someone consents to and even begs for their own murder, while Martene Gelle questions whether violence on the sporting field should be dealt with by our criminal justice system. Johanna Fisher examines if children should be placed behind bars, and our debaters battle it out over what the main purpose of prison should be. Make sure you read our hilarious segment of ‘In 10 Words or Less’ where our readers were asked: ‘What isn’t a crime that should be?’ We hope you love it!