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International Climate Change Law and Policy Course

The Newcastle Law School is offering a free online course on International Climate Change Law and Policy, coordinated by Dr. Elena Aydos (Newcastle Law School, UON), Dr. Sven Rudolph (Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University) and Professor Christopher Kellett (School of Electrical Engineering and Computing, UON).

This course will equip students with the fundamentals of International Climate Change Law and Policy. Students will learn to critically assess Environmental Economics theory and its application to climate change policy, including the use of market-based policy approaches such as environmental taxes and emissions trading.

All members of the community are invited to complete this free online course. The length of the course is 4 weeks, starting on 17 July 2019.

For more information see https://www.newcastle.edu.au/online-learning/international-climate-change-law-and-policy. Enrolments are open via the edX online platform.


Research Project concludes with a toolkit for legal practitioners to identify and act on elder abuse

Professor John Anderson and Shaun McCarthy were part of a team of researchers who recently completed a pilot project to improve screening and intervention through a health-legal collaboration as part of the broader ‘Action on Elder Abuse” research work. This pilot project was funded by a grant from the NSW Department of Family and Community Service (Ageing and Disability Commission). It brought together health and legal service providers in the Newcastle/Hunter region to design and pilot test an intervention to support elder abuse screening for community-dwelling older adults and the use of referral pathways for timely and effective action to address suspected situations of abuse.

A major outcome of this pilot project is Identifying and Acting on Elder Abuse: A Toolkit for Legal Practitioners, which has been circulated among participants in the study, other key stakeholders and legal practitioners. This toolkit is available to download here and provides a suggested elder abuse screening tool for use by legal practitioners. The toolkit is intended to be a living document to be updated and expanded as new information and research becomes available. The project team is planning an official launch of the toolkit in Sydney later this month.


Professor John Anderson presents at recent Law Society CPD Seminar

On Friday 22 February 2019, Professor John Anderson presented on his current research arising out of the interdisciplinary ‘Action on Elder Abuse’ research project at a Newcastle Law Society CPD Seminar held in NeW Space. John presented on ‘Criminal Law and Elder Abuse’ as one of a panel presenting on Elder Law issues of ‘Capacity, Powers of Attorney, Elder Abuse and Criminal Law’. He spoke about the intersection of elder abuse with offences against the person in the criminal law using inquest case studies of physical and psychological harm, neglect, and incompetence in the care of elders. John challenged the large audience, substantially comprising legal practitioners, about avenues for reform and the pros and cons of specific ‘elder abuse’ offences in the context of the current Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.



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