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  • (2007) Chan, Janet; Dixon, David
    Journal Article
    In 1997, the Wood Royal Commission into the New South Wales Police Service concluded that a state of `systemic and entrenched corruption' existed in the police organization. Major reforms were introduced in the wake of the Commission, including the appointment of a new Police Commissioner, organizational restructuring, a complete revamp of recruit education, as well as increased monitoring and accountability. The magnitude and scope of the Commission's reform programme was bold and ambitious by international standards. This article takes stock of the impact of the Commission 10 years after the publication of its Final Report. Drawing on interviews with key informants, official reports and other documentary sources, the article analyses the activities of the Commission, the intentions of its recommendations and the implementation and consequences of reform. The lessons of the NSW experience are salutary not only for understanding the vagaries of police reform, they also demonstrate the complex relationship between police organizations and the volatile political environments in which they increasingly need to operate.

  • (2009) Cunneen, Chris; Libesman, Terri; Behrendt, Larissa
    Indigenous Legal Relations in Australia introduces the major issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people in their contact with Anglo-Australian law and legal institutions. Written by a strong and experienced team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous authors, the text covers topics relating to sovereignty, jurisdiction and territorial acquisition; family law and child protection; criminal law, policing and sentencing; land rights and native title; cultural heritage, heritage protection and intellectual property; anti-discrimination law; international human rights law; constitutional law; social justice, self-determination and treaty issues.

  • (2004) Svantesson, Dan Jerker B.

  • (2006) Huang, Hui
    Journal Article
    The object of this article is to examine the recent legal reforms to the Company Law and the Securities Law of the People’s Republic of China. These reforms have made a number of substantial changes to these two laws, bringing them more closely into line with their counterparts in more developed economies. Despite many commendable achievements, these law reforms are however not without some problems. Nevertheless, it is argued here that the impact of these reforms on China’s economic development will be profound and that they will provide an excellent basis for further reforms in this area.

  • (2006) Huang, Hui
    Journal Article
    Determining the proper class of plaintiffs that might be allowed to sue an insider trader for damages has been a very difficult task. The article will first discuss the development of three main approaches to the issue, namely the privity approach, the contemporaneous trader approach and the nondisclosure-period trader approach. This is followed by a detailed discussion of who are the individual investors specifically harmed by insider trading, since the scope of potential plaintiffs is inherently related to the issues of causation and harm. It is recommended that the nondisclosure-period trader approach properly reflects the nature of harm caused by insider trading and eliminates the uncertainty of determining who qualifies as a plaintiff. Moreover, in order to avoid potential excessive damages due to the large number of plaintiffs under this approach, caps must be provided to limit the damages to some multiple of defendant’s illicit gains, depending on how far private suits are intended to serve a deterrent purpose.

  • (2005) Huang, Hui
    Journal Article
    The purpose of this article is to critically examine Chinas insider trading regulation, and based upon the results of such examination, set out reform proposals for China. With the benefit of overseas experience, in a relatively short period of time, China has made a remarkable achievement in setting up its insider trading regulatory regime. There are, however, some serious problems with the Chinese law, due to the uncritical implantation of the ideas from foreign sources. This is strikingly illustrated by the loopholes in the definition of insiders which are inherently related to the confusion around the underlying theory of insider trading liability. The article first broadly describes the background of the regulation of insider trading in China, and then offers a detailed discussion of its content. Based on this, a critique of Chinas insider trading regulation is carried out. It appears that China has hastily imported two conflicting insider trading theories, namely the equality of access theory and the fiduciary-duty-based theories which include the classical theory and the misappropriation theory. A careful analysis suggests that the equality of access theory is preferable to the fiduciary-duty-based theories, especially in the context of China. It is further submitted that the Australian information connection only approach to the definition of insiders is both theoretically justifiable and practically manageable, and thus should be introduced to reform Chinas insider trading regulation.