40th Anniversary | Law

40th Anniversary

In 2011, UNSW Law commemorated its 40th Anniversary with a full calendar of celebrations including public lectures, conferences, book and journal launches, a film festival, gala dinner and more. Adding to this sense of occasion was the graduation of our 10,000th law student and the announcement of three new scholarships for 2012.

Take a look back on the highlights of our 40th Anniversary year.

40th Anniversary

The 40th Anniversary Dinner

Chief Justice of the High Court, the Hon. Robert French, and Attorney-General, the Hon Robert McClelland, were among the 350 guests who gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of UNSW Law School on 17 September 2011.

Justice Robert French delivered the keynote address, tracing the history of the Law School over 40 years and its role as a leader.UNSW Chancellor, David Gonski, an early graduate of the Law School, reminisced about his days as law student and the spirit of the place and current Dean, David Dixon, launched the Ngoc Tram Nguyen Scholarship, which will be offered to a student with a background of social and economic disadvantage in South West Sydney to study law.

The evening also celebrated the launch of the most generous scholarships in the Law School’s history, the John M Green Scholarship program for disadvantaged students enabling a total of six $100,000 scholarships to be provided.

Films for Thought Series

This film festival showcased movies that dealt with some of the key issues concerning the Law School -- including Indigenous rights, refugees, climate change and treatment of marginalized groups. Six ‘Films for Thought’ were screened over the year with special guest speakers introducing the films and money raised for various non-profit organisations.

The Finished People – 4 April

The Burning Season – 6 May

Rabbit Proof Fence – 21 July

Motherfish - 4 August

A Common Purpose -18 August

There Once was an Island – 25 August

Balibo – 13 October

Professorial Lecture Series

Professors from UNSW Law delivered a series of public lectures on hot topics such as the global financial crisis, indigenous rights, climate change, terrorism and more. Listen to what they had to say below:

Professor Justin O'Brien - 'State of Ireland:State of Crisis', 24 March

Professor Julie Stubbs - 'Gendered Violence and Restorative Justice', 15 April

Professor Ross Buckley - 'Financing Development: How we could defeat global poverty and disease if we really wanted to do so', 2 May

Professor Gary Edmond - 'The Cool Crucible: Forensic Science and medicine in the criminal trial', 19 May

Professor Jane McAdam - 'Do Climate Change Refugees Exist?', 29 July

Professor Megan Davis - 'From QLD to the UN: An Indigenous lawyer's path to the United Nations', 25 August

Professor George Williams - 'A Decade on from 9/11: Taking stock of Australia's anti-terror laws', 12 September

Professor Prue Vines - 'Apologising for Personal Injury: when to say you're sorry', 7 October

Journal & Book Launches

Property Law Review Journal Launch - 15 March

Indigenous Law Bulletin 30th Anniversary Edition Launch - 27 July

UNSW Law Book Launch Celebration - 27 October


ALSA Conference - Speaker's Forum 'Over the Rainbow: GLBTIQ law reform', 9 July

ALSA Conference - Speaker's Forum 'Free Post-Its Won't Save You: Beyond corporate careers', 11 July

ALSA Conference - Speaker's Forum 'Let me LOL: Privacy and censorship in the online world', 13 July

G + T Centre Conference - Climate Change & Migration in the Asia-Pacific , 10-11 November

Dispute Resolution in the Next 40 Years: Repertoire of Revolution?, 30 November - 2 December

Talks and Lectures

Look Who’s Talking – ‘The Judiciary & the Courts’, 5 April

AHRCentre Annual Lecture - US Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich, 10 May

Law Soc Speakers' Forum - Rusty Young, 17 May

Annual Hal Wootten Lecture - Professor Martha Nussbaum, 11 August

Hail to the Chief - A conversation with the Rt Hon Sir Isaac Isaacs GCB per medium of Prof Tony Blackshield, 5 May

Law, Governance & Social Justice Series - Justice Virginia Bell, 20 April


NY Alumni Celebration - 26 January

Paris Alumni and Student Dinner - 26 January

Law Graduation Ceremonies - 15 & 29 March

Class of 81 Reunion - 31 March

London Alumni Celebration - 2 August

Let’s Celebrate in Canberra - 24 August

Singapore Alumni Celebration - 30 August

Alumni Spring Garden Party - 16 November

Former Staff Reunion - 29 November