Just Cases

15 EpisodesProduced by Monash Law School

Every day, law courts make decisions that change the lives of those present in the courtroom. Some decisions change society itself. JUST CASES tells the backstory to some of the biggest court cases you've never heard of.

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Just Cases: Season 3 coming soon

May 10th, 2019

0:59

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 …

Episode 10: Bombing of the Rainbow Warrior

November 23rd, 2018

36:02

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 …

Episode 9: Treachery and Treason

November 2nd, 2018

34:51

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 …

Episode 8: Death at Sea

October 19th, 2018

22:40

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 …

Episode 7: Why the world's wealthiest baby shouldn't be a company director

September 5th, 2018

22:56

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 …

Episode 6: Is S+M sex illegal?

August 24th, 2018

29:06

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 …

Episode 5: Assault on the sports field

August 10th, 2018

23:35

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 …

Welcome to Season 2 of Just Cases

August 9th, 2018

1:00

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 …

BONUS EPISODE: How can safe injecting rooms be legal?

October 30th, 2017

9:49

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 …

Episode 4: They don't teach you this at law school

October 30th, 2017

26:53

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 …

Episode 3: How you can be detained for life without trial

September 25th, 2017

30:19

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 …

Episode 2: Help! I crashed my Uber

September 11th, 2017

18:10

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, …

BONUS EPISODE: Chief Justice, is the same-sex marriage postal vote doomed?

September 1st, 2017

17:08

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 …

Episode 1: A dagger at the heart of society

August 29th, 2017

34:11

In the middle of WW1, the Australian government launches a stinging attack on an international 'extremist' network of German sympathisers. When a …

Welcome to Just Cases

August 28th, 2017

1:24

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 …

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