Find Purely Dicta’s articles that shine a spotlight on what Melbourne Law students are talking about.
Sound and fury at ‘woke barristers refusing to prosecute eco warriors’ – justified?
The cab-rank rule can have a moral cost for barristers.
Audax at fidelis: Why don’t we have a federal Human Rights Act?
Melbourne Law School is hosting Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher, and Laureate Professor Cheryl Saunders, to discuss whether we really need a federal Human Rights Ac.
“If The Law Were Otherwise”: Sami v Minister for Home Affairs A New Symbol of Hope?
Tony Sami is appealing to the HCA after being detained for over a decade.
Industrial Action at the University of Melbourne: How it Might Impact You
By Lachlan Clarke. Industrial action may be on the horizon for University of Melbourne employees as the National Tertiary Education Union has received approval from the Fair Work Commission (‘FWC’) to conduct a protection action ballot among its…
The Quality of Justice
You probably did alright in high school. Then in law school. Then in the courts.
REVIEW: ‘Just Mercy’ — A lesson in missing the point
The kinds of racism and prejudice which have informed films of the past are just as ubiquitous and pervasive today…
Beauty and the New Beast: Health, Wealth and Beauty Marketing
In her second article for Purely Dicta, Bella Ruskin identifies an insidious trend emerging within the skincare industry and its marketing tactics, which she terms ‘healthification’. Through close analysis and comparative analysis, Bella demonstrates how the ‘healthification’ of…
The human right to sexual pleasure: why feeling good is revolutionary
A woman in a nightclub cubicle once told me that rubbing your clit is a private act of resistance. She was drunk and slurring, but these were wise words nonetheless.
Endemic: How anti-Asian racism is entrenched in Australian legislation
It’s late March, 2020. Victoria has just entered a strict COVID-19 lockdown. To distract myself from what seemed to be the end of days, I was experimenting with baking. I had decided on a lemon meringue pie. A…
The commercialisation of IWD: the way forward is back.
It is now one week since International Women’s Day (IWD) 2022. The LinkedIn posts have come to a halt. The leftover pink cupcakes have been eaten. The motivational speakers have sent their invoices for payment. The conversation has…
Is this a game to you? The under-explored legality of mods and user-generated content
The video game industry has eclipsed almost all other entertainment industries when measured by profitability and growth-rate.
The Law and Institutional Opacity
I have a request for everyone reading this. Take a moment to reflect, if you would, on the kind of institutions you wish to see around you.
Does Work Work? The Case for Universal Basic Income and Fresh Economic Thinking
Last year, 2020, shone a glaring light on the failures of many long-accepted conventions.
A Trip Back in Time: How People Talked About Bisexuality 20 Years Ago
Happy Celebrate Bisexuality Day!
A Response to “Publius”: Fallopian Tubes & Fallacies
“Publius”, an anonymous third-year MLS student, published an article last night in De Minimis entitled ‘You Cannot Be Pro Choice and Pro Vaccine Mandate’.
I think, therefore I theorise: An introduction to first-person academia in feminist and queer literature
Where does first-person academia originate?
The Productivity Doctrine: Here’s your permission to do nothing
Hustle culture and burnout have emerged over the past decade as a key part of our cultural vernacular.
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr and the “Instinctive Weapon of the Vested Interest”
Almost exactly 80 years ago, Robert Menzies declared freedom of expression to be one of Australia’s ‘foundational’ freedoms.
Why Every Day Should Be “R U Ok Day”
Judith Marychurch, Assistant Dean- Teaching & Learning, reminds us about the support services available to students.
Going Behind the Grind with Neeharika and Paige
Neeharika Palachanda and Paige Carter talk about their awesome new podcast that helps you learn more about the career paths open to you after your law degree.
Environmental introspections with the LSS Environments portfolio as they discuss their new initiative, #chemicalsfreeseptember.