Case studies aim to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and critical thinking skills in relation to the Australian legal system, as well as its effectiveness in promoting a just and fair society by capturing a range of perspectives. Their purpose aim is to foster engagement in students and have them grow up insisting that rule of law principles are important and must be protected and maintained.
The Rule of Law Education Centre is committed to educating teachers, students and the broader community about rule of law principles with the ultimate aim of creating active, engaged Australian and global citizens. If people do not know what the rule of law is or what it means to them, then that is exactly why it must be taught, and from an early age. Rule of law principles are important for all Australians to value and uphold, not just during their thirteen years of formal education, but for life.
The unsolved case regarding the disappearance over 40 year ago of Lynette Dawson became the subject of a globally acclaimed podcast ‘The Teacher’s Pet.’ As a result of media attention, the case was reopened and her husband at the time, Chris Dawson was found guilty of murder in 2022 by a judge alone trial. Click here
The trial of Gerard Baden-Clay for the murder of his wife Allison in 2012 was one of the most high-profit murder investigations and trials in the history of Queensland. This case note considers the criminal justice proess and what processes exist to ensure a fair trial and how the law addresses the expectations of victims and community in achieving a just outcome. Click here
The influence of media and social media on the justice process, from investigation post trial outcomes. Of particular importance was the impact that official and unofficial commentary and reporting has on the achievement of presumption of innocence, fair and prompt trials, knowledge and accessibility and free and open criticism. Click here
Brothers Bilal and Mohammed Skaf, dubbed the ‘Skaf Rapists’, were involved in a number of gang rapes across Sydney in the early 2000s. Mohammed Skaf’s recent release on parole on October 6, 2021, after 22 years in prison, has reignited a media debate about the adequacy of his sentence and whether he should have been allowed out into society on parole. Click here
Supreme Court of WA considered the penalties of breaking COVID directions after an unnamed woman was convicted for breaching Quarantine orders while picnicking with her terminally ill father. Click here