May 2016

In memoriam of Prince, Survive Law has taken a brief look into the legal legacy left by the flamboyant performer.

Apparently, his Royal Purpleness was just as experienced in law as he was in the entertainment industry, with The Hollywood Reporter claiming that Prince’s “legal skirmishes are nearly as legendary as the music”.

May 2016

Source: Bravo via Giphy

More than a few of you probably use The Real Housewives of Melbourne as a crucial procrastination tool. I know I do. Who can blame us? I certainly have a lot more fun hate-watching Lydia hate-watch Pettifleur try on every item of clothing in an opulent Dubai shopping mall than I do reading about the intricacies of making a statement of claim.

Apr 2016

I know, we all love Suits, myself included (just finished a binge of all 5 seasons actually, and now anxiously awaiting the 6th). But I think it’s time to dispel some myths. It got the long hours and mountains of paperwork correct but there are a few things that fall a bit short of reality...

Mar 2016

Survive Law's Leanne Rogers dives into Greg Urbas's Cybercrime textbook to give you the scoop on crime's new frontier.

Gregor Urbas’ Cybercrime: Legislation, Cases and Commentary delivers exactly what its title promises – cybercrime legislation, cases and commentary. What was once an “obscure backwater of law and criminology” is now a ubiquitous topic, with the ‘Internet of Things’ having impacted almost every facet of modern life. Yet it is surprising that very few Australian law schools teach this as a substantive subject in its own right – rather, cybercrimes are woven into other disciplines as an ‘afterthought’. In fact, before hearing about this book, the limited knowledge I had of dodgy dealings on the interwebs came from the pop-culture likes of The Matrix, Law and Order, and the recent series CSI: Cyber.

Jan 2016

The law cannot remain static, but must adjust to reflect the changing society that it serves. From time to time, criminal cases arise that dramatically dictate the need for alterations to the law. Those developments often occur, but what of the fates of those whose misfortunes were the catalyst for change? The stories of some of these unwitting — and unwilling — pioneers are collected in this fascinating book.

Survive Law is giving away a copy of LexisNexis' Crimes that Shaped the Law!


How do I enter?

For your chance to scoop up a copy, simply email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line 'I'm a criminal'. Also provide us with your name, your email address and the one crime that you think shaped the law as we know it today (fashion crimes unfortunately don't count) so we know the book will go to a loving home!

Can't wait? Buy a copy here

Entries close 11:59 p.m. AEST. 25/1/16.


The winner of the giveaway has been chosen. And their thoughtful response to the prompt was: 'R v L 1991 [HCA] 48 - rape within marriage.  I think this was a turning point for victims of crimes.  It just moved the yardstick for what was acceptable and a shift in viewing people as possessions.'

Thank you all for your weird and wonderful responses. (Except for the person who responded with Donoghue v Stevenson as a crime that shaped the law - I guess he was never tort. Pun intended.)


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