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Shades of Grey: Indeterminacy and Sexual Assault Law Reform


Jessica Kennedy


University of Canberra

Patricia L. Easteal


University of Canberra - Faculty of law

2011

13 Flinders Law Journal 49-77, 2011

Abstract:     
This paper discusses the theory behind legal indeterminacy, the need for it in Australian law, and how it can affect the implementation of legislative reform. A sample of sexual assault law reform provisions that were enacted to better protect victim witness from retrauma are deconstructed to demonstrate their statutory indeterminacy. We then examine the ways in which the greyness of these laws has facilitated and/or could affect judicial discretion, which from a feminist perspective, is exercised within a context replete with beliefs about ‘real rape’ and the accused’s right to a fair trial.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 29

Keywords: judicial discretion, legal indeterminacy, sexual assault law reform

JEL Classification: K00

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Date posted: December 4, 2012  

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Kennedy, Jessica and Easteal, Patricia L., Shades of Grey: Indeterminacy and Sexual Assault Law Reform (2011). 13 Flinders Law Journal 49-77, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2181787

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Jessica Kennedy
University of Canberra ( email )
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia
Patricia L. Easteal (Contact Author)
University of Canberra - Faculty of law ( email )
Australia
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