LawFest Twenty-Twenty (Law and Justice Studies)

About LawFest Twenty-Twenty

LawFest Twenty-Twenty was created to ignite the passion for current legal issues in year 11 and 12 students by giving them access to current industry and academic experts. Designed in collaboration with Tasmanian Legal Studies school teachers, the Faculty of Law and the School of Social Sciences, LawFest Twenty-Twenty aligns with the Tasmanian Legal Studies curriculum.

Students are introduced to a current topic through a short lecture and a recommended reading list. They are later given the opportunity to task topical questions of the experts in a live Q&A webinar. You can access the reading list here (PDF 191KB). The live webinars were held on 3 September 2020, however, you can access recorded sessions by scrolling to the Watch Now section below.

Watch Now

Lecture by Professor Ben Richardson

The past year has witnessed many protests by activists, including climate change marches and the Black Lives Matter rallies. Explore our rights to protest in Australia and some legal restrictions such as COVID-19 regulations and maintenance of public order and safety.

Featuring: Professor Ben Richardson

Protest and Anti Protest Law in Australia | Lecture by Professor Ben Richardson

Live Schools Q&A Session

Recorded as part of LawFest Twenty-Twenty, this Q&A with expert Professor Benjamin Richardson addresses anti-protest laws in Australia. The webinar is hosted by Dr Matt Killingsworth.

Live Schools Q&A with expert Professor Benjamin Richardson addressing anti-protest laws in Australia

Lecture by Anja Hilkemeijer

The right to freedom from religious discrimination is often confused with the right to religious freedom. Explore the differences between these distinct rights and the existing state and national laws that protect Tasmanians from religious discrimination.

Featuring: Anja Hilkemeijer

Religious discrimination legislation | Lecture by Professor Ben Richardson

Live Schools Q&A Session

Recorded as part of LawFest Twenty-Twenty, this Q&A with expert Anja Hilkemeijer addresses religious discrimination legislation.  The webinar is hosted by Dr Matt Killingsworth.

Live Schools Q&A Session on Religious discrimination legislation.

Girt by Sea: Legal responses to Australia's coastal climate risks

With over 90% of the population living within 50km of the coast, Australia’s coastal communities will experience severe impacts from sea level rise, flooding and storm surge. How can we design better laws and policies to future-proof our coastal communities?

Featuring: Professor Jan McDonald

Girt by Sea | Lecture by Professor Jan McDonald

Climate change increases Australia's bushfire threat: How should the law respond?

Bushfires are becoming more frequent and intense, burning nature we thought was ‘unburnable’. How can conservation laws help save nature?

Featuring: Dr Phillipa McCormack

Climate change increases Australia's bushfire threat | Lecture by Dr Phillipa McCormack

Live Schools Q&A Session

Recorded as part of LawFest Twenty-Twenty, this Q&A with experts Prof Jan McDonald and Dr Phillipa McCormack addresses the legal responses to climate-related natural disasters in Australia. The webinar is hosted by Prof Tim McCormack.

Live Schools Q&A Session on legal responses to climate-related natural disasters in Australia.

Lecture by Dr Peter Lawrence

Does the Paris agreement system of emissions reductions reflect soft law and soft thinking, or can it be salvaged to provide the basis for effective national climate action?

Featuring: Dr Peter Lawrence

Lecture by Dr Peter Lawrence

Live Schools Q&A Session

Recorded as part of LawFest Twenty-Twenty, this Q&A with expert Dr Peter Lawrence addresses the international legal framework for emissions targets.  The webinar is hosted by Prof Tim McCormack.

Live Schools Q&A Session on international legal framework for emissions targets.

Lecture with Dr Lynden Griggs

Essendon Football Club players never tested positive to a performance enhancing substance. Yet, they were found guilty by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and given a two year prohibition from playing the game that earned their income. Were they political pawns or unlucky athletes who were found out?

Featuring: Dr Lynden Griggs

Anti-doping laws in sport: Lecture with Dr Lynden Griggs

Live Schools Q&A Session

Recorded as part of LawFest Twenty-Twenty, this Q&A with expert Dr Lynden Griggs addresses anti-doping laws in sport.  The webinar is hosted by Dr Matt Killingsworth.

Live Schools Q&A session on anti-doping laws in sport.

Social media and workplace law: Part 1

To what extent should employers have a say as to what employees do on social media? Is it lawful for employers to sack or discipline workers for ‘inappropriate' social media use? Lucy Line discusses the legal principles involved.

Featuring: Lucy Line

Social media and workplace law | Lecture by Lucy Line

Social media and workplace law: Part 2

To what extent should employers have a say as to what employees do on social media? Is it lawful for employers to sack or discipline workers for ‘inappropriate' social media use? Mark Rinaldi presents a real life case study, the matter of Bowker & Ors v DP World & Ors.

Featuring: Mark Rinaldi

Social media and workplace law | Lecture by Mark Rinaldi

Contact Us

If you have any questions, suggestions or comments regarding LawFest Twenty-Twenty, we would love to hear from you. Please email your feedback to Tas.Future.Students@utas.edu.au.