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After Heydon and Carmody, does Australia need a new test for judicial recusal?

OPINION: Dr Gabrielle Appleby, The Conversation, 3 September 2015.

In recent months, two high-profile cases have illustrated why the apprehended bias procedure for recusal is in need of reform. Earlier this week, Dyson Heydon AC QC refused to step down as the royal commissioner investigating corruption in trade unions.

Another Heritage Site Bites the Dust

Dr Lucas Lixinski speaks to 2SER (3 September 2015) about the motives behind ISIS' recent attacks on cultural heritage sites.

"Islamic State get a lot of visibility from such acts and it helps in their recruitment efforts."

Listen to the full interview here.


Maverick to the end, Dyson Heydon's decision should surprise no one

OPINION: Robert Woods, The Sydney Morning Herald, 31 August 2015.

On August 13, it emerged that Dyson Heydon had agreed to address a NSW Liberal Party fundraising event, which was to take place during his tenure as the Coalition-appointed head of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

For a number of observers, not least among them the Opposition and the union movement, these revelations gave focus to broader charges of partisanship already being directed at the royal commission, and Heydon's appointment to it.

Coming to grips with Europe's refugee crisis

OPINION: Professor Jane McAdam, The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 August 2015.

The European migration "crisis" has become one of the main global news stories this year. Some 300,000 refugees and migrants have already entered Europe by sea, with projections that many more will arrive before the year's end.

Meanwhile, Turkey and Lebanon are sheltering some 3.5 million refugees, mostly Syrians who have fled the brutal civil war. They now comprise a quarter of Lebanon's total population. 

Is cultural destruction reason to go after ISIS?

Dr Lucas Lixinski speaks to The Wire, 28 August 2015, regarding ISIS' destruction of the ancient temple of Baal Shamin in the city of Palmyra.

Listen to the interview here.

Moving forward with Indigenous recognition

Formalising consultation with Indigenous people through a constitutionally mandated advisory group could be an innovative and meaningful solution to the recognition deadlock, reaching beyond symbolism to deliver real change, UNSW legal experts say.

An Indigenous advisory group empowered by the Constitution was among recommendations of the Expert Panel on constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, handed down in 2012.

Writing in a special edition of the Indigenous Law Bulletin (ILB), funded by UNSW Law, Professor Cheryl Saunders from the University of Melbourne said the proposal could be an elegant solution in the recognition debate, the formalities for which are now dragging into their fifth year.

UNSW Law commits to Reconciliation Action Plan

UNSW Law has become the first Law School in the country to adopt its own Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

The document, which has been approved by Reconciliation Australia, was launched at an event featuring Indigenous speakers and artists, including performances from Indigenous UNSW Law student Bridget Cama, and a rap composed by Rhyan Clapham.

The Action Plan commits UNSW Law to a range of initiatives, including measures to increase Indigenous staff and students in the Faculty.

Be brave. Work hard. Think big.

Be brave. Work hard. Think big.Eye on Alumni

Dr Michael Fullilove, Executive Director, Lowy Institute for International Policy

BA (Hons) ’94 USYD, LLB ’98 UNSW, M.Phil ’99 D.Phil ’04 Oxford

UNSW Law alumnus Michael Fullilove has been selected to deliver the 2015 Boyer Lectures, an annual lecture series on topics of particular relevance to the Australian community, presented by a leading public figure appointed by the ABC Board.

Activism and Enterprise Project Update: Winter 2015

Between Activism and Enterprise, the Future Fellowship project of UNSW Law’s Professor Bronwen Morgan, working with Dr. Declan Kuch, Jarra Hicks and Caroline Bird, has had – appropriately – a very active few months making links with a diverse array of entrepreneurs and enterprises.