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Frozen Chooks Revisited: The Challenge of Changing Law/s


Reg Graycar


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law

August, 20 2008

CHANGING LAW: RIGHTS, REGULATION AND RECONCILIATION, Rosemary Hunter, Mary Keane, eds., pp. 49-76, Ashgate Publishing: Aldershot, 2005
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/94

Abstract:     
This chapter reflects critically on a range of law reform processes that have taken place in Australia. While law reform is generally seen as inherently progressive, as part of a progress narrative, the chapter questions some of these assumptions by focusing on a number of different law reform processes, ranging from work done by permanent statutory law reform agencies to ad hoc reviews. Three particular examples are used as case studies: these are reforms to sexual assault or rape laws in New South Wales, 'family law reform', and the 2002 review into public liability/negligence: Australia's tort reform 'crisis'.

Two common themes identified are the persistence and power of myths and stereotypes and reliance on anecdotal information in place of evidence-based research. I suggest that law reform should be driven more by social context, relationships and themes rather than simply working from pre-existing legal categories. A related concern is how to ensure participation in law reform processes by the people most affected by the laws in question.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 29

Keywords: law reform, family law, sexual assault law, tort law, feminist jurisprudence, gender, legal method, empirical research

JEL Classification: K10, K13, K14, K30, K40

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Date posted: August 22, 2008  

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Graycar, Reg, Frozen Chooks Revisited: The Challenge of Changing Law/s (August, 20 2008). CHANGING LAW: RIGHTS, REGULATION AND RECONCILIATION, Rosemary Hunter, Mary Keane, eds., pp. 49-76, Ashgate Publishing: Aldershot, 2005; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/94. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1242684

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Reg Graycar (Contact Author)
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
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