This report and associated policy briefs examine the effectiveness of courts at adjudicating complex cases, through analysis of cases involving health care, education, environmental risk regulation, and commercial law.
Situations of emergency and crisis pose significant challenges to all branches of government, none more so than the courts. Courts in democratic states face unique tribulations, though there is increasing recognition that even in authoritarian contexts courts can continue to play an important part in challenging and channelling a state’s recourse to crisis powers.
This report examines the influence of the media on the judiciary and politics, and features insights from Lance Price, former Government Director of Communications, on the unhealthy relationship between politics and the media exposed by the phone hacking scandal.
Other issues addressed include media ownership and control, and comparative studies from the US and Italy.