Receding visions of justice in recent Australian case law on involuntary detention

Dr. Mark Brown (University of Melbourne)

Tuesday 1 March 2011, 4pm-5.30pm
Room 4.206, University Place – School of Law, University of Manchester.
Abstract: The paper will examine the intersection and interplay between criminal, civil and administrative detention in recent High Court of Australia case law. Recent years in Australia have seen a massive expansion in new forms of involuntary detention, but most importantly the post-sentence detention of sex offenders. The ultimate injustice of this new civil-criminal hybrid is examined and contrasted with the approach taken to involuntary preventive detention by the European Court of Human Rights.

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