Court Report on R v Rowe [2017]

The following report on the case of R v Rowe [2017] is based on information presented to the court during trial on the 23rd of March, and on the 27th of March. Any factual errors are a result of observational inaccuracy. This report is not a complete report on the entirety of the case. The case was heard before the Supreme Court of Victoria in Bendigo, Victoria, presided over by Justice Lex Lasry. The counsel for Her Majesty consisted of barristers Ben Ihle, Crown Prosecutor Fron Dalziel, and Chief Prosecutor Justine McLeod. While the counsel for the accused, Joby Rowe, consisted of barristers Paul Higham and Julia Minster.

Market Report on Yamada-Denki

The following report is a report on the Japanese consumer electronics retail chain, Yamada Denki (株式会社ヤマダ電機); and on the consumer electronics market in the State of Japan. The report will suggest a new product for the company based on an analysis of both the company and of the domestic consumer electronics market. The key findings of this analysis was that Yamada is an market leader in Japan, and that the company has had great success, even in the face of the decline of the market in Japan over the last five years. However its resources are strongly concentrated in Japan, and the threat from neighbouring countries such as in the People’s Republic of China that dominate the industry in the Asia-Pacific region, could pose a long-term threat to the company.

Appropriate Dispute Resolution

In many ways, the term ‘appropriate dispute resolution’ could be seen as merely an acronym among many such as ‘additional’, or ‘assisted’ dispute resolution, for the much more common and culturally embedded term, ‘alternative dispute resolution’. However, it is much more intricate than a mere acronym. The use of the word ‘appropriate’ encompasses the diverse and distinct nature of each and every dispute, and how different methods of resolution are fitting for different circumstances of disputes. It is a very broad term that covers a wide range of dispute resolution methods other than litigation. In fact, the suitability of the term has been so influential that both legislation, as in the State of Victoria, and Chief Justices have advocated from a move away from the use of the word ‘alternative’, and towards ‘appropriate’ dispute resolution.

Downfall of the Guomindang

The Second Sino-Japanese War, while a disastrous immediate cause for the downfall of Nationalist rule over China, was not the sole cause. The downfall of the Guómín Dǎng (Chinese Nationalist Party) can also be attributed to the the failures of the Nationalist Decade, and not to mention the rise of the Communists as seen in Yán’ān and the development of Máoism made therein; along with the actions of both the Red Army and the Guómín Dǎng.

Should Australia have a Bill of Rights?

Whether or not Australia should adopt bill of rights has become a very contentious topic. While Australia is the only Western democratic state without a bill rights, this does not mean we as a nation should simply adopt such a bill purely to fall inline with the rest of our western brethren. The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia does protect only a limited number of rights, however the structural protections within the constitution – and the ability of the High Court to interpret the constitution and it’s meaning – provide for protections of citizens of the Commonwealth as well as flexibility and discerning in individual cases by justice’s of the High Court where appropriate. However in saying this, a Bill of Rights, such as that in the Unites States’ Constitution, does provide benefits of its own, such as giving the judiciary more power over the legislative, whom may be better distinguished to protect individual freedom’s and create precedents for such scenarios, rather than politicians.

The Downfall of the Romanovs

World War I was indeed the major cause for the downfall of Tsar Nicholas II and his dynasty. However, while World War I was a major immediate cause to the downfall of Tsarism, the part played by individuals of the likes of Tsar Nicholas II and Pytor Stolypin cannot be underestimated. Events such as Bloody Sunday and the tensions that existed in Russia prior to World War I, as well as Tsardom’s inherent system of repression and the socioeconomic discontent as a result of World War I, are also major contributing factors to the downfall of Imperial Russia.

The National Interest of the People’s Republic

In the twenty-first century, the Asia-Pacific state of the People’s Republic of China has been successful in perusing and achieving their national interest goals to a great extent, and has done so through the incorporation of all types and forms of power. However in saying this, China’s predisposition to favour certain elements of the national interest over others, can seriously undermine the extent to which they are able to pursue their national interest as a whole.

Institutions of Global Governance

The power and influence of two major contemporary global actors – the United Nations and the International Criminal Court is both widely acclaimed and criticised. The United Nations is hamstrung with its unavoidable and inherent paradox of holding the preservation of state sovereignty as sacred, whilst counter-intuitively aiming to encourage international cooperation; which at times requires the restriction of state sovereignty to meet its aims to keep peace throughout the world, whilst also fulfilling its role as an institution of global governance in maintaining international peace and security. However the United Nations has performed effectively to the best of its capability, if you can appreciate the complexity of taking on such a colossal role and the challenges such a role faces; the United Nations is very much a quiet achiever. The International Criminal Court however, is very much a ‘toothless tiger’, “a mosquito in the ear of an elephant” (as it was compared to by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir). Not due to incompetence or bad administration, but due to its embryonic nature, as the newest institution of global governance in the global community, and the many hardships the International Criminal Court faces and the difficulties of tackling state sovereignty and the national interests of states that act unilaterally.

The Cold War – Ideology or Power?

The Cold War was an ideological conflict to a minor, but nonetheless relevant extent. While ideology, be it communism or capitalism & democracy, were exclaimed as the be-all and end-all by both parties throughout the duration of the Cold War, many times were used as convenient justifications of a state’s actions which, behind closed doors, was very much a traditional power-play between the superpowers of the world, and the acquisition of geo-strategic assets for these ‘superstates’. Both parties were more than happy to throw away their ideology in favour of power, in some shape or form – as seen in cases of both US and USSR aggression throughout the late half of the 20th century. However there were times during the Cold War when it was genuinely ideological, be it for better – such as the Space Race, or for worse – such as the Cuban Missile Crisis.