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Family matters

Changes have been made to family provision legislation and succession laws enacted by the Justice Legislation Amendment (Succession and Surrogacy) Act 2014. 

By Nancy Collins


Feature Articles

The brave new world of electronic conveyancing


The brave new world of electronic conveyancing

An EC clause has been drafted for inclusion in the  LIV/REIV standard contract of sale of real estate.

By Murray McCutcheon, Russell Cocks and David P Lloyd

A bird's eye view


A bird's eye view

Changes to family law legislation have prioritised the safety of the child. This article explores decisions handed down following the reforms and identifies several themes that have emerged in post-reform family law decision-making.

By Anna Parker and Dr Adiva Sifris

Love thy neighbour: the church and the mosque


Love thy neighbour: the church and the mosque

VCAT focused on the "significant social effects" when deciding whether to allow the proposed development of a mosque next to an Assyrian Christian Church.

By Charles Noonan

Freedom of speech and consumer protection


Freedom of speech and consumer protection

An individual's right to freedom of expression is limited by a prohibition on misleading and deceptive conduct. 

By Blair Ussher

When is


When is "unlawful" unlawful?

Under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 a public authority has obligations in terms of how it acts or makes decisions which affect human rights. However, the circumstances in which such issues may be brought to bear in litigation have not proven straightforward.

By Bruce Chen


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Editorial committee

Chair: Gerry Bean Members:  Tony Burke, Geoff Gronow, Melissa Macken, Chris Molnar, Cameron Ross and Carolyn Ford.


Editorial policy

All contributions and letters to the editor to be addressed to: Managing editor, Carolyn Ford, Law Institute of Victoria Ltd, GPO Box 263, Melbourne 3001. Tel: (61 3) 9607 9319. Mob: 0406 004 935. Fax: (61 3) 9607 9451. Email: Views expressed by contributors are not necessarily endorsed by the Law Institute of Victoria. No responsibility is accepted by the Institute, the editor or the printers for the accuracy of information contained in the text and advertisements.

CAB audit logoLIJ (Law Institute Journal) circulation September 2014 12,785 - CAB audited.

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