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Social Enterprise Legal Models Working Group Report

Cooperative or company limited by guarantee? Legal entity choice is a key element our study of small-scale initiatives in Australia that mix elements of social activism and social enterprise in an effort to respond to environmental challenges. Entity choice determines precise roles and responsibilities, as well as financial flows. These demarcations often need to be revisited by emergent groups who are tackling such large challenges as democratising food and energy distribution monopolies. Turning to experts is often counterproductive.

Ending violence against women

A UNSW staff member and photographer has produced an exhibition aimed at raising awareness of violence against women and girls.

Diane Macdonald, the photo editor for the Human Rights Defender, a publication produced by UNSW’s Australian Human Rights Centre, has taken the series of 50 black and white images. 

The collection is a series of portraits and quotes from individuals and groups based in Sydney who are committed to bringing an end to all forms of gender-based violence.

AIIB: Australia does the smart thing, finally

Data to Decisions and the Launch of the first Law and Policy Project Agreement

On 11 February 2015, the Board of D2D CRC held a Board meeting at UNSW Law School. The Board members—Tim Scully (Chair); Fatima Beattie, Deputy Director General, IP Australia; Cath Ingram, Chairman of Partners, KPMG; Kathryn Adams, Board Director, Plant Biosecurity CRC, Suzanne Campbell, CEO, Australian Information Industry Association, and Dr Sanjay Mazumdar, CEO of D2D CRC—also attended a launch of the the first research project of the Law and Policy Research Program, which consists of a comparative study of law and policy on Big Data in Australia, the UK and Canada. 

Metadata law concessions good news for press but problems remain

OPINION: Professor George Williams, The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 March 2015.

Journalists have won concessions from the federal government in regard to its proposed metadata law. The government bill would have given enforcement and intelligence agencies a broad discretion to access journalists' metadata, including information setting out who the journalist has been communicating with. This could have been used to identify the source of leaks or other embarrassing stories run by a journalist.

Human rights advocate Julian Burnside to speak at UNSW

Julian Burnside

Distinguished barrister and human rights advocate Julian Burnside AO QC will deliver the 2015 Hal Wootten Lecture at UNSW Law on Monday 30 March.

Julian Burnside will speak on “The bludgeonings of chance” at UNSW Law’s premier annual lecture, in which a pre-eminent lawyer reflects on his or her life in the law and on law’s potential as a force for good.

What does ‘being Australian’ mean under the Constitution?

OPINION: Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby and Sangeetha Pillai, The Conversation, 20 March 2015.

Australians commonly regard citizenship as central to political life and identity. There is a public expectation that being an Australian citizen carries with it important rights and obligations.

Climate change brings disasters on steroids

OPINION: Professor Jane McAdam, The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 March 2015.

Australia's $5 million contribution to address the devastating impacts of Cyclone Pam is a much-needed and welcome act.  But remedial responses like this are not enough.  Governments must also develop more proactive tools to help mitigate the impacts of disasters in the first place, including the displacement of people from their homes.

Adding fuel to the fire for shareholder class actions

OPINION: Associate Professor Michael Legg and John Emmerig, Australian Financial Review, 13 March 2015.

A key battleground in shareholder class actions in Australia is causation. In practice, it provides an important filter or "brake" on the number of class actions that are attempted.

Making us great

Making us 'great'

At the end of 2014, UNSW Law held a drinks reception to thank our major Law Endowment Fund donors for their generous support.  Hosted by Macquarie, guests were treated to a curated tour of the organisation’s very impressive art collection before catching up over cocktails and canapés.

The Law Endowment Fund was established to enable UNSW Law to deliver outstanding research, teaching, and student support initiatives.