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Corporate social responsibility – who really benefits?

February 6, 2017

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Anders Örtenblad examines the sometimes unintended consequences of being ‘good’.

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The Hallmarks of Public, Utilities and Concessions Procurement

July 14, 2016

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technical_drawing2The 2014 EU legislative framework on public procurement and concessions has been enacted with high expectation, explains Christopher Bovis. […]

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: New Zealand, Indigenous Intellectual Property, and the Treaty of Waitangi by Matthew Rimmer

May 6, 2016

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There have long been significant concerns about how international trade agreements affect Indigenous rights, particularly in respect of Indigenous Intellectual Property. As highlighted in our recent handbook on Indigenous Intellectual Property, there has been an ongoing conversation about the relationship between Indigenous communities, intellectual property, and trade. Such discussions have traditionally taken place in multilateral fora like the World Trade Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the United Nations Environment Programme, international climate talks, and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples. Of late, the debate has also arisen in the context of bilateral trade agreements such as the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement 1994, and mega-regional trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership 2015. Matthew Rimmer goes on to discuss.

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‘Dollar Dave’ and the Reserve Bank: a tale of art, theft and human rights by Stephen Gray

March 23, 2016

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Changeover day: when Australia swapped from pounds to the new decimal currency. But the “C” in Changeover day might equally stand for Copyright day, for it marks the first Aboriginal copyright dispute. Stephen Gray goes on to explain.

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Is China’s social and political system unique? by David S G Goodman

February 25, 2016

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All social and political systems are of course both unique and comparable. Analysing and understanding the similarities as well as the differences is part and parcel of the social sciences. In the case of China three models have dominated academic understanding: the Communist party-state; the East Asia developmental state; and the Chinese civilization state, essentially the idea of Chinese exceptionalism. David Goodman goes on to discuss.

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