Federal criminal law conference

I went to a conference last week in Sydney on federal criminal law, run by the NSW Bar Association and the Law Council of Australia. It’s a feeder conference (alongside various roundtables) to a coming 2020-style summit in Canberra on federal criminal justice reform. The speakers included Andrew Lynch, Stephen Keim and Mark Weinberg.

And me, wearing my human rights and federal criminal law hats, neither of which especially fit me, but being a Victorian criminal law academic who is a more-than-passive observer of the Charter is close enough. I spoke about my love/hate relationship with the Charter and mused about its application to substantive criminal law, including examples discussed on this blog like the ‘World Youth Day’ case, the prosecution of a teen on child porn charges and the ‘wardrobe malfunction’ case. II began with some concerns about the lack of involvement of criminal lawyers in consultations on human rights statutes and ended with some suggestions for how criminal lawyers could contribute to the coming debate over a federal charter. The papers are available here.

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