Lifetime Employment in Japan: Casual Work, Part-Time Work and Women under Equal Opportunity Law

Lifetime employment has long been the cornerstone of corporate governance in Japan. College graduates at large firms have traditionally been guaranteed employment until retirement. These graduates, almost exclusively men, are guaranteed job security in return for complete loyalty to their company of choice. Originally sustained by cultural forces of “loyalty” and collectivism, the lifetime employment ...

‘Uniting People Together Instead of Dividing Them Up’: Trump, Farage and Lessons Learned on Racism, Discrimination and Sexism from Social Psychology and History

Previously, divisions of society were mended and band-aided by communal meeting areas: Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and other religious and civic halls. The decline of religion, or at least the decline of religious attendance, has seen the decline of these common meeting places for the collective consciousness of mankind. No longer can you strike up a ...

The Role of the Corporate Mega Firm

This article discusses the role of the corporate mega-firm in shaping the dreams, aspirations, and ambitions of Australian law students. In sum, I argue that students begin law school with clear social and moral convictions and leave as apolitical, passive enforcers of the law, unable to question the legal rules and principles they have been ...

Towards a Project-Based Economy: AI and the Future of Work

An AI lawyer is doing legal research in the US, a robot is laying bricks in Japan and a robot just passed a visual Turing test at MIT. The question is no longer whether automation will occur but how long we have to control its introduction and the future of human work before it does. ...

The Election of Donald Trump Sounds the Death Noll for Privilege and Identity Politics

It’s May 26, 2016 and Donald J. Trump attends a presidential rally in Bismarck, North Dakota. “We’re going to make America wealthy again,” he tells the crowd of mostly white, mostly middle-aged men. “You have to be wealthy in order to be great, I’m sorry to say.” In the middle of an argument against trade ...

Legal education- success but at what cost?

The following is a review of my book by Edwin Montoya Zorrila from the blog, Notes From The Wreck.   I preface this review with a disclosure. The author, Joshua Krook, is a friend of mine, and we have studied law together at the University of Sydney. I have also supported this book by helping ...

How Specialisation is Destroying My Generation

Gertrude Stein originally called those who returned from World War I a ‘lost generation’, disoriented, wandering directionless through life, battered and broken by the war and unable to contribute to literary endeavours. Today’s youth face not a war of arms, but a war of credentials. Lost beneath a pile of requisite qualifications, the credentialism required ...

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