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Just Cases

29 EpisodesProduced by Monash Law SchoolWebsite

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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Episode 20: Could "billions of dollars" of government spending be unconstitutional?

December 14th, 2020


Outrage over a federal government decision to put religious chaplains in government schools made headlines at the time for being a fight over the …

Episode 19: Guinness World Record for... Death row

November 13th, 2020


1968 seems a lifetime ago. It was a defining year of the 20th century. 1968 is also the year that a Japanese professional boxer was sentenced to death for murder. Remarkably, he remains on death row to this day. The …

Episode 18: A country divided

October 30th, 2020


A newly-elected Australian government is concerned about a growing Communist influence in Australia. The scene is set for a major High Court case.

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October 30th, 2020


What is the rule of law?

What is executive power?

How do we hold power to account?

Are our legal institutions and protections still relevant these …

Episode 17: Do witchcraft laws breach freedom of religion?

September 17th, 2019


How does Australian law protect the beliefs and religious practices of witches, conjurers and fortune-tellers? A High Court case from the 1930s could …

Episode 16: Hard cases make bad law

August 22nd, 2019


“There’s a saying in law that hard cases make bad law,” says Dr Colin Campbell. “Judges will sometimes do what they think is right in a particular …

BACK CATALOGUE: "They Don't Teach You This At Law School."

August 6th, 2019


This is the most-downloaded episode of JUST CASES and one of the most controversial.

June 1996. Late at night, two young men cross paths on a Sydney …

Episode 15: Rolls-Royce's worldwide network of corruption

July 24th, 2019


Earlier this year the UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced it had shut down a long-running investigation into corruption at Rolls-Royce. What …

Rolls-Royce's "sophisticated criminal enterprise" (COMING SOON)

July 22nd, 2019


The name Rolls-Royce is synonymous with luxury. But in recent years, whistleblowers have revealed the prestige brand has been exporting corruption …

Episode 14: "Now free speech has been killed as well"

July 12th, 2019


How does the law balance the rights of women to access safe and legal abortions with the right to free speech and protest?

For over twenty years anti-abortion protesters have picketed abortion clinics around Australia.

Episode 13: Why is our secular government allowed to fund religious schools?

June 25th, 2019


A fight over a new toilet block at a Catholic school in 1962 turns into a major constitutional and ideological war, the effects of which last until …

Episode 12: Can a child decide to have gender-reassignment surgery?

June 12th, 2019


Issues affecting transgender people are much more prominent in the public consciousness than they’ve ever been. This episode of JUST CASES explores one important legal issue: can children access hormone therapy or …

Episode 11: "He knows how to operate in the shadows"

May 29th, 2019


The corruption case against former South African president Jacob Zuma has begun. Zuma’s case lifts the lid on the influence of weapons companies on governments worldwide.

“It’s not a story of a corrupt guy, Jacob Zuma,” …

Episode 11 Trailer

May 28th, 2019


The corruption trial of former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, exposes the influence of weapons companies on governments worldwide. (UPCOMING …

Just Cases: Season 3 coming soon

May 10th, 2019


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.

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Episode 10: Bombing of the Rainbow Warrior

November 23rd, 2018


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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BONUS EPISODE: How can safe injecting rooms be legal?

October 31st, 2017


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


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.

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

September 25th, 2017


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


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


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


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


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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