January 2024: Legal Current Affairs – Cases, Media and Legislation

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To enhance the understanding of legal terms, concepts and content in Legal Studies course, reference to relevant current affairs is important.An objective for the Legal studies course is for students to develop skills in investigating, analysing and communicating legal information and issues. This objective is further elaborated in both preliminary and HSC course outcomes (P8, H8).

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January 2024: Legal Current Affairs – Cases, Media, and Legislation

To enhance the understanding of legal terms, concepts and content in Legal Studies course, reference to relevant current affairs is important.

 

An objective for the Legal studies course is for students to develop skills in investigating, analysing and communicating legal information and issues. This objective is further elaborated in both preliminary and HSC course outcomes (P8, H8).

This teaching resource is targeted to the legal studies teacher that wants relevant current affairs topics that may adapted into their lessons to support the course content.

Featured in the January 2024 edition:

  1. Disney’s earliest Mickey and Minnie Mouse enter public domain as US copyright expires.
  2. Secrecy of Bernard Collaery trial risked damaging public’s faith in administration of justice, court rules.
  3. Customers of ‘The Iconic’ at risk of being defrauded due to lack of payment verification measures.
  4. South Africa’s International Court of Justice case against Israel.
  5. Violent riots in PNG leave 16 people dead, as PM declares state of emergency for 14 days.
  6. Legal advice – warn naming and shaming alleged criminals online can backfire.
  7. Triple murderer Farquharson loses claim over gravesites of children he murdered.
  8. Schools urged to be on lookout for signs of forced marriage as numbers rise across Australia.
  9. Australia sanctions Russian citizen Aleksandr Ermakov over 2022 Medibank cyber-attack.
  10. ICJ says Israel must prevent genocide in Gaza.

Presented as a monthly publication, the compilation consists of significant court judgements, media releases related to legal issues and important new/ amendments to legislation. Each entry in the publication provides.

  • Headline for the event.
  • Brief background or context for the event.
  • QR code for quick reference to the sources.
  • Brief explanation for the significance of the event, including legal impacts and implications.
  • Cross referenced to relevant syllabus topics.

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