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UNSW Law 30 Year Reunion

Graduates of 1984 and 1985 were treated to a trip down memory lane last month thanks to the outstanding efforts of Shemara Wikramanayake (BCom/LLB ’85), Nicola Wakefield Evans (BJuris/LLB ’84), Victoria Weekes (BCom/LLB ’85), Katrina Rathie (BCom/LLB ’85), Michael Rose (BA/LLB ’85) and Elizabeth Broderick (BA/LLB ’84), who brought old classmates and friends together for a UNSW Law 30 Year Reunion.

Sustainability, social enterprise and sharing: what’s law got to do with it?

Last month, UNSW Law’s Professor Bronwen Morgan and Declan Kuch together with the University of Bristol Law School’s Caroline Bird ran a series of events culminating in a workshop in Bristol as part of Professor Morgan’s ARC Future Fellowship project, 'Between Social Activism and Social Enterprise: Socio-legal Support Structures for Grass-roots Responses to Climate Change’.

UNSW Law’s Look Who’s Talking Series 2015

Look Who's Talking

UNSW Law’s first Look Who’s Talking event was hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright, and featured a panel of industry leaders and experts from our alumni network and academic staff who discussed the law’s ability to both drive and obstruct technological innovation.

Australian lawyer to chair top UN Indigenous body

Professor Megan Davis speaks to ABC Drive's Patricia Karvelas (21 April 2015) about her election to chair the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She told Patricia Karvelas that the job is a dream come true.

Listen to the full interview here.

UNSW human rights lawyer Professor Megan Davis has been elected Chair of the United Nation's Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

UNSW human rights lawyer Professor Megan Davis has been elected Chair of the UN's permanent forum on Indigenous issues.

Professor Davis is one of Australia’s foremost experts on constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples having served as a member on the Prime Minister’s expert panel. She was elected unopposed to the UN position this week at the opening of the forum’s fourteenth session in New York.

The honour comes as Australia continues to grapple with how to 'Close the Gap' on Indigenous disadvantage and how to formally recognise its Indigenous peoples. It also comes as the Pilbara Land Council prepares to travel to New York to ask the UN to condemn the West Australian government’s decision to close remote Aboriginal communities.

Law Reform in Myanmar Beyond 2015

On Tuesday 31 March, a panel on ‘Law Reform in Myanmar Beyond 2015’ was hosted by the Gilbert & Tobin Centre for Public Law and the Australia-Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project.

Ahead of national elections to be held in Myanmar in late 2015, the panel discussion focused on what lies ahead for the law reform process in Myanmar.

UNSW Law Student wins 2015 John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship

UNSW Law student Tamara Kenny is a 2015 recipient of the Law Council of Australia’s 2015 John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship.

Tamara, a 3rd year Arts/Law student, belongs to the Yuin Nation and comes from Bodalla on New South Wales’ far south coast. Tamara is also a recipient of a Shalom Gamarada Scholarship that enables her to live on campus and is an active member of the Shalom College community. Last year, Tamara participated in the inaugural Australia’s First Peoples’ Mooting Competition, conceived of and run by UNSW Law Indigenous students, where she made it to the final.

UNCTAD partners with Centre for Law Markets and Regulation for Sydney competition law forum

Competition law is at the forefront of legal news in Australia in April. The Harper recommendations on our competition law and policy have been released after much consultation with business, lawyers and economists, and the important International Competition Network (ICN) conference, the global conference of competition law regulators, will be hosted by the ACCC in Sydney.

UNSW Indigenous law student mentoring program

UNSW Indigenous law student mentoring program

UNSW Law has partnered with law firm Gilbert+Tobin’s Corporate Social Responsibility team to pilot a mentoring program for first year Indigenous law students. Seven students are taking part in the mentoring program and each student has been paired with a mentor who is an Indigenous Sydney-based lawyer working in either law firms, corporations, community legal centres or Legal Aid.

Banking the Unbanked in Timor-Leste

UNSW Law to help the poor access financial services

Jose is a poor farmer in the village of Maucatar in the mountains of Timor-Leste. Like most people outside the capital city, Jose grows some of the food for his family and relies on a meagre welfare cheque from the government. However, accessing this money is difficult. The nearest bank branch is a two-day walk from his village, and Jose can’t afford to lose those days of employment.