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The Wigs

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The Wigs

Minnimal Productions

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The Wigs is a monthly podcast exploring and interrogating contemporary legal issues in and out of the court room. The first and only podcast (so far) featuring practising barristers talking shop. Join Emmanuel Kerkyasharian, Felicity Graham, Stephen Lawrence and Jim Minns as they deep dive into the scenarios and outcomes that make up our legal system.
 
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Wigs & Wice

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Wigs & Wice

Lindsay Harbert Silberman, Paul Croce

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Two friends, one bottle and plenty of things to wig out about. Sit down, enjoy a glass of your favorite wice and join Paul Croce and Lindsay Harbert as they dish on what's flipping their wigs. Each week, they'll talk all things pop culture, tell you who's the problem, and chase down a tangent whenever a sparkly one comes along.
 
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In 1909, same-sex relationships were illegal in Great Britain and the consequences of being “caught” were heavy and, at times, catastrophic. Imagine yourself trapped in that situation of not being able to live your love and passion in freedom–without a doubt, a terrifying, soul-crushing feeling. The 1987 Merchant-Ivory film Maurice, based on the no…
 
There is so much about this film that impacted us that we struggled to compact it all in one single conversation: The subtlety of the main love story: a love between equal-leveled minds and opposite characters. The delicacy of the cinematography that works as a piece of art on each frame of the movie. The smartness with which key elements were buil…
 
Welcome to a special episode of The Wigs. This episode was recorded live at the 2022 reasonable cause conference. The conference provides continuing professional development units for hundreds of criminal lawyers each year. Run by Mark Dennis SC, all proceeds go to Reasonable Cause Incorporated to assist disadvantaged young Cambodians further their…
 
In this, the last episode of season 3, the wigs kick off with a discussion about an important new prisoner rights case. Bassam Hamzy is a convicted murderer who is classed by prison officials as a dangerous inmate. Regulations made by the state government that interfered with his right to legal representation were recently struck down by the NSW co…
 
This episode of the wigs kicks of with a discussion of the now notorious visa cancellation and removal from Australia of the world number 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic on the basis he was unvaccinated and might encourage anti-vaccination sentiment. Secondly, The Wigs sit down with barrister Phil Boulten SC to have a fascinating discussion about th…
 
Our final episode for 2021, The Wigs delve into the latest case on Julian Assange’s fate, a man who is inching closer to facing prosecution in the United States over his involvement in the Wikileaks publications. Then on the local stage, a case which finally quashes the controversy over the nature of an appeal against conviction from the Local Cour…
 
Celebrating a return to the studio, in this episode The Wigs delve into three diverse topics. First up, the limits of academic freedom as revealed in a recent High Court of Australia decision of Ridd v James Cook University [2021] HCA 32. Should academic freedom be qualified by a requirement to “afford respect and courtesy to others in one’s field …
 
What happens when you create a period drama with a young, North American audience in mind? And when you add on one of the most successful Black, female producers in television to helm the show? Bridgerton, that’s what you get! In this episode, we bring a very special guest, our sister Adriana, a mechanical engineer in the sunny Silicon Valley in Ca…
 
How many times have you seen a dark-skinned woman wearing a high-society 18th-century dress in history books? How much do you know about the lives of people of colour in the 18th century in England? (at least those who were not enslaved) And here’s one more: how often have you seen a Black woman starring in a period film? With these and a few other…
 
Did you ever wonder what it must have been like for Marie Antoinette when the riots of the French Revolution started to heat up the mood in the country? Did you ever wonder what it must have been like to be in the Versaille Palace and witness the uncertainty among the royals on the verge of free-fall? What happened behind those walls? How did those…
 
In this extras episode of The Wigs Emmanuel Kerkyasharian has a fascinating discussion with Edward Santow about Human rights, technology and artificial intelligence. The wide-ranging discussion touches on the robodebt saga, responsibility for algorithmic decision making, algorithmic deference & the need for the legal profession to understand more a…
 
Take a Jane Austen classic, a Taiwanese director, a novice screenplay-writer and some of the best actors in England from the early 1990s and voilà! You get an unforgettable film adaptation of one of the most famous love stories in British literature. This award-winning version of Sense & Sensibility stole our hearts many years ago and still today i…
 
In this episode, the Wigs are joined by solicitors Peter O’Brien and Stewart O’Connell to discuss the recent High Court decision about the liability of media outlets for things posted by other users in the comments on the media outlets’ Facebook pages. Peter and Stewart act for the plaintiff in the defamation proceedings, Dylan Voller. See omnystud…
 
“A kiss is a secret which takes the lips for the ear.” Pure Poetry that is! And so is the next film we review on this new episode: Cyrano de Bergerac. The 1990 film adaptation of this classic of French literature is one of our all-time favorites, a fast-paced story with no redundancies. Starring Gerard Depardieu in what became his most pivotal perf…
 
It’s 1908. Europe is at peace. The upper-middle class is living carefree. Now, picture Italy, its warmth, its sunlight-bathed landscapes. Picture Florence and a young handsome couple. Picture England’s countryside with green pastures and people playing feather ball. You’re now immersed in the setting of a beautiful story about love, romance, societ…
 
In this extra content interview, Wig Stephen Lawrence sits down with Alison Battison the founder of Human Rights for All, a unique Australian pro bono law firm having a major impact on Australian migration and human rights law. Human Rights for All specialise in obtaining liberty for detained asylum seekers, refugees and stateless persons. They rep…
 
On this episode, the Wigs discuss the recent High Court decision Commonwealth of Australia v. AJL20 [2021] HCA 21, A narrow win for the Commonwealth against a refugee whose visa was canceled on character grounds, and a case that has potentially big implications for the protection of liberty in this country. Secondly, a world-first in enforcement ag…
 
This bonus episode of The Wigs is part of our solo Wig interview series. Felicity Graham sat down with special guest Rawan Arraf of the Australian Centre for International Justice to discuss universal jurisdiction, the crime of apartheid, the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction over alleged offences in the occupied Palestinian Territory, th…
 
Kicking off Season 3, The Wigs Felicity Graham, Stephen Lawrence and Emmanuel Kerkyasharian (along with Jim Minns) broadcast live from lockdown with an in-depth look into the NSW public health orders that have hastily been put in place. Issues including the right to silence, the right against self-incrimination, policing in the time of COVID and th…
 
In this episode, the final for season 2, the wigs tackle the changes the NSW government is proposing to sexual consent laws. These changes - if passed by parliament - will require participants in sexual acts to seek "active consent" before engaging. It is a proposal that has divided the legal community and raises profound questions about the role o…
 
The Wigs LIVE! Recorded at the NSW Public Defenders conference on Sunday 14 March, 2021 before approximately 500 conference delegates. The annual PD's conference is NSW premier criminal law conference and The Wigs were certainly happy to accept the invitation. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
This episode is devoted to a recent damning report delivered to the NSW Parliament by the NSW Law Enforcement Conduct Commission following a complaint by a criminal defence solicitor in regional NSW that he had been targeted, harassed and intimidated by police officers in Strike Force Raptor - when he was simply doing his job, that is representing …
 
In this episode Wig Stephen Lawrence sits down with Barrister Douglas McDonald-Norman to talk about a fascinating figure in Indian legal history, William Broome, the British colonial judge who ‘stayed on’ in 1947 when the new Indian nation was born. Douglas McDonald-Norman practises from Eight Selborne Chambers in Sydney where he has a diverse prac…
 
The Wigs are back together live in the studio for the first time in 2021, kicking off the year with three legal controversies. First up, a look at the phenomenon of de-platforming, where social media companies restrict people's access to their platforms on account of things said in the expression of views and beliefs. Secondly, the wigs analyse a n…
 
We know, we're as shocked as you are to see us pop up in your new episodes. But we're here and 2020 is almost freaking over! While we wait patiently for all the important people to get the vaccine first, let's stay indoors and listen to us tell you about all the fun stuff we read, watched, listened to and drank to keep us sane in the wildest year o…
 
In this Xmas special the wigs, with the aid of a bottle or two of French champagne, bring a close to the legal year with a discussion of three interesting legal controversies. Firstly the wigs discuss the "lawyer x" scandal in Victoria. A tale of what happened when a famous criminal defence barrister turned rogue and began secretly working for the …
 
In this episode the wigs are back into some complex black letter law. First up is an examination of the details of a new bill currently before the NSW state parliament which is proposed to give police sweeping new investigative powers in respect of people with drug supply convictions. A legitimate response to a social problem or another incursion i…
 
The Wigs sat down with Geoffrey Robinson QC to talk about international law in the context of a war over Nagorno- Karabakh. Geoffrey Robertson Q.C. is a human rights barrister, academic, author and broadcaster. He holds dual Australian and British citizenship. He is a founder and joint head of Doughty Street Chambers in London. He serves as a Maste…
 
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