Is ‘activist lawyer’ an oxymoron?

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Article
Category
Culture
Politics

This isn’t going to be a piece about corporate careers versus social justice alternatives (although I have opinions on that, too). Rather, I want to talk a bit about the inherent bias within law schools as institutions that create lawyers, about the kinds of discourse on ‘social justice’ issues that are promoted and deemed acceptable.

justice
cinema
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Reflection
Category
Politics

Watching the bombs

On a hill not far from the Gaza border, Israelis gather in the twilight. Some perch on the edge of a shabby white sofa. Others pull up rugs, pull out binoculars and snacks. Polite conversation and the fizzing of soft drink bottles being opened fill the air.

Gaza_Beach
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Polemic
Category
Activism

Gaza: if not now, when?

‘Atrocity’, ‘massacre’, ‘crime against humanity’: one thinks of Conrad’s reference to ‘the old, old words worn thin, defaced by ages of careless usage’. But there are times when such terms ring true – and we’re living through one of them. Whatever Hamas has or hasn’t done, attempts to justify a military assault on a city of millions necessarily rely on a terrorist logic: it’s the imposition of a collective responsibility that holds every Gazan guilty simply because they live in Gaza.

surveillance
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Polemic
Category
Politics

Surveillance of activists is about to get much, much worse

The mountain of reporting on the Israeli invasion of Gaza and the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has buried discussion of new laws that Federal Attorney General Senator George Brandis is attempting to pass through parliament. The National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (2014) will produce a significant shift in the way Australian intelligence agencies can collect information and collaborate.