A Reasonable Balance: The NSW and Queensland Law Reform Commissions’ Reports about Consent and Culpability in Sex Cases involving Adults – Law School: Events A Reasonable Balance: The NSW and Queensland Law Reform Commissions’ Reports about Consent and Culpability in Sex Cases involving Adults – Law School: Events

A Reasonable Balance: The NSW and Queensland Law Reform Commissions’ Reports about Consent and Culpability in Sex Cases involving Adults

2021 Criminal Law CPD Series:

A Reasonable Balance: The NSW and Queensland Law Reform Commissions’ Reports about Consent and Culpability in Sex Cases involving Adults

SUBSTANTIVE LAW
CPD Points: 1.5

In response to public concern about the operation of the law relating to offences such as rape and sexual assault, the New South Wales and Queensland governments have recently required their respective law reform commissions to consider whether Parliament should make reforms in this area. But, last year, each Commission issued a Report in which it advocated only relatively modest changes to the status quo.

Crucially, both bodies rejected proposals that, if they were to be enacted, would make it impossible, or at least practically impossible, for a person accused of such offending to rely successfully on honest and reasonable mistake of fact. While this has drawn a negative response from some quarters, it is argued in this webinar that each Commission was clearly correct to maintain a culpability requirement for the very serious offences with which it was concerned. This is not to say that the Commissions’ proposals should be accepted in their entirety. Indeed, it will also be argued that each has taken an erroneous approach to the issues of consent, withdrawal of consent and fraudulently induced sexual activity. Rather, this seminar suggests that the law reform commission recommendations, if adopted, will nevertheless preserve a reasonable balance between the interests of the complainant and those of the accused.

Presenter

Dr Andrew Dyer is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney Law School, having been appointed the inaugural Colin Phegan Lecturer in Legal Reasoning at the beginning of 2014. A graduate of Sydney Law School and the London School of Economics, Andrew began his working career not as a lawyer, but in television, acting in and writing for various sketch comedy shows. He then worked at a large commercial law firm; as tipstaff to a judge of the NSW Court of Appeal; and, immediately before coming to Sydney Law School as a sessional lecturer in 2010, as a Researcher at the Judicial Commission of NSW.

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Full series (7 webinars) = $300
Individual webinar(s) = $50

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This webinar will be released on Wednesday 28 April.

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About the series

This new 2021 Criminal Law CPD series, presented by the Sydney Institute of Criminology is made up of 7 webinars. Topics include: criminal behaviour in the digital age, consent and culpability in sex cases involving adults, irreducible life sentences, preventive detention; and neurotechnology and the criminal law.

You can register for the full series or individual webinar(s) and catch up on demand. Webinars will be presented by experts from Sydney Law School.

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Date

Apr 28 2021
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