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Ahok, Indonesia’s ‘Nemo’, sentenced to jail

OPINION: Dr Melissa Crouch, Asia & The Pacific Policy Society Policy Forum, 10 May 2017.

What do Nemo, the Archangel Gabriel, a martial arts teacher, and a man who whistled during prayers have in common? They have all been convicted by a court for blasphemy in Indonesia.

Jakarta's Christian Governor Ahok jailed for two years for blasphemy

Dr Melissa Crouch speaks to The Sydney Morning Herald (10 May 2017) regarding the imprisonment of Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) for being found guilit of blaspheming against religion.

Dr Crouch, claimed that the verdict was not inconsistent saying, "Judges fiercely guard their independence in Indonesia, and it may be that in this case they felt that the prosecutor recommended charges that were inconsistent with the original reason the case was brought to court."

Indonesia Governor’s Loss Shows Increasing Power of Islamists

Dr Melissa Crouch speaks to The New York Times (6 May 2017) regarding the role of religion in elections and the recent case of Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama in Indonesia.

“Religion has become politicized in local elections, and we saw that emerge in a big way in the election for governor in Jakarta,” said Melissa Crouch, “Democracy gives a greater space to everyone, including greater space for radical Islam.”

Read the full article here.

Predictive Coding: Machine Learning Disrupts Discovery

OPINION: Associate Professor Michael Legg and Thomas Davey (UNSW Alumni), The Law Society Journal, April 2017.

The decision in McConnell Dowell Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd v Santam Ltd (No 1) [2016] VSC 734 (‘McConnell Dowell’) signals the emerging judicial acceptance of predictive coding and should encourage practitioners in New South Wales to embrace the technology. Predictive coding provides solicitors with a rare opportunity to dramatically improve the time efficiency and cost effectiveness of court proceedings while also enhancing justice.

Machine learning, predictive coding and technology assisted review

The legend and laws of Anzac

Within a year of troops landing at Gallipoli in April 1915, it had become an offence to use the word Anzac – or even a word similar to it – in trade or business. The impact has been chronicled in a new book by UNSW Law's Catherine Bond.

In the Marketing Fails Hall of Fame, Woolworths’ 2015 “Fresh in our Memories” campaign remains a standout.

When Woolworths used the phrase and its logo on photographs of Australian diggers to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landing, public condemnation was swift. The supermarket giant was accused of commercialising Anzac Day and trivialising the memory of those who fought and died.

More MPs could be caught in disqualification trap

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 April 2017.

You might think that disqualification season is over. The High Court has heard and decided the cases of Rodney Culleton and Bob Day, barring both from taking up their seats in the Senate. The court has also refused an attempt by the Labor Party to disqualify Day's replacement, South Australia's new Family First senator Lucy Gichuhi​.

ANZAC: Controlling a name

Dr Catherine Bond was interviewed on ABC Radio National (22 April 2017) regarding her research into control of the term Anzac and the history of its use.

Dr Bond said, “You could probably say that [Anzac] is the most regulated word, particularly of national significance in the world. The only comparator would be something like Olympic, which obviously has international symbolism and significance. But Anzac is really a one-of-a-kind word in terms of the regulation and the extent of that regulation that we go to in Australia”.

Anzac Day-themed nightclub parties slammed as ‘insensitive’, ‘disrespectful’

Dr Catherine Bond speaks to The New Daily (24 April 2017) regarding the recent use of Anzac Day themed advertising for pubs and nightclubs.

Dr Bond said, “Much of the discussion is actually missing a key element — that the Protection of Word Anzac Regulations 1921 (Cth), actually permits use of the term in connection with Anzac Day events.”

“This exemption was introduced in 1979, and it was done in recognition of the fact that, by that time, commemoration activities, and community views about what was appropriate on Anzac Day, had started to change.

The firm that fought for a returned Anzac

Dr Catherine Bond speaks to Lawyers Weekly (24 April 2017) regarding the history around the term Azac and the origins of it's regulatory laws.

Dr Bond said that the historical records are a real credit to the firm’s lawyers, who clearly went out of their way to assist a soldier in very difficult circumstances, “Collison & Co continually liaised between Campbell and the Attorney-General’s Department seeking advice, they came up with alternatives to put to the department":.

Why is Anzac one of Australia's most heavily regulated words?

Dr Catherine Bond spoke to ABC's, The World Today, (11 April 2017) regarding her research on the legal restrictions on the use of the word Anzac through history.

Dr Bond said, “The reports back to Australia on the Gallipoli landing started from about the 8th of May and within about three months after that people had started to use it on products and had started to try to register the word Anzac as a trade mark. The first trademark registration was actually in relation to furniture, and that was in July 1915”.