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Many wrongs can make a right: how mass redress schemes can replace court action

OPINION: Associate Professor Michael Legg, The Conversation, 24 November 2015.

Modern society is characterised by mass manufacturing, mass investment and mass consumption which give rise to “mass wrongs” – and the need for a system of mass redress.

Reports of harm to underpaid employees, users of pay-day lending and financial advice, shareholders and consumers has seen the rise of the redress or resolution scheme which diverts disputes from the courts into a quasi-administrative/ alternative dispute resolution mechanism.

Gillian Triggs reflects on Australia’s human rights record

An Australian government delegation faced tough questioning by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council in Geneva earlier this month, and more than 100 countries made recommendations about Australia’s human rights record.

President of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) Gillian Triggs will discuss how the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) could be used to better ensure human rights in Australia, when she speaks at UNSW’s Australian Human Rights Centre on Thursday 26 November.

As Asia embraces the Trans-Pacific Partnership, ISDS opposition fluctuates

OPINION: Professor Leon Trakman and Professor Luke Nottage, The Conversation, 20 November 2015. 

Alongside this week’s APEC leaders’ summit in Manila, US President Obama met counterparts and trade ministers from 11 other Asia-Pacific states that agreed in October to the expanded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Regulatory Uncertainty Hindering Foreign Banks in China: CIFR

Associate Professor Deborah Healey comments in Regulation Asia on a report funded by CIFR which suggests China is likely to put stability and national economic development before competition when ruling on bank mergers, creating a potential barrier for foreign lenders looking to expand their business (10 November 2015).

Anti-monopoly law impedes market entry in China

Associate Professor Deborah Healey comments on a recent study funded by the Centre for International Finance and Regulation (CIFR) which compared the approaches of competition law to bank mergers in China and Australia (11 November 2015). 

Professor Healey said the findings meant that bank merger determinations in China were likely to be based on issues such as the impact on national economic development rather than pure competition issues.

"Conversely, we found that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) determines mergers, including bank mergers, on competition grounds alone," said Professor Healey.

Where can refugees find protection?

Ensuring refugees are protected in the current national and international climate is the central challenge to be discussed at UNSW’s Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law annual conference this week (Friday 20 November).

The question framing the Kaldor Centre’s 2015 Conference is ‘where can refugees find protection?’ The conference will consider the important issue of regional cooperation for refugee protection, and will provide national, regional and global perspectives on key issues in refugee law.

It will draw on the knowledge of expert speakers, providing an unprecedented opportunity for discussion and interaction to help address this important issue.

UNSW Law alumna wins 2016 Menzies Scholarship

UNSW Law alumna Emily Rumble has won the prestigious 2016 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law, giving her the opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Civil Law at Oxford University.

Emily, who graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons I) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons I, University Medal) in 2012, currently works in the financial services regulatory practice at Herbert Smith Freehills in Sydney, working with domestic and international financial institutions to help ensure they are compliant with their regulatory obligations.

It was witnessing the impact of the global financial crisis (GFC) which inspired the 2016 Menzies Scholar in Law to plan her scholarship and her career in financial services law. 

UNSW conference discusses Myanmar’s post-election future

As Aung San Suu Kyi's party prepares to take power in Myanmar, UNSW Law is hosting a conference to discuss the opportunities and challenges the country faces after more than 50 years of military-backed rule.

Organised by Myanmar expert, UNSW’s Dr Melissa Crouch, the conference will bring together scholars from Australia and overseas to discuss what the recent general election means for Myanmar’s business, foreign investment and legal system.

Reforming the judicial system will be a key issue for leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), Ms Suu Kyi, says Dr Crouch, a law lecturer at UNSW.

Is cyber terrorism an imminent danger or merely Hollywood fiction?

Dr Keiran Hardy comments in The Sydney Morning Herald (15 November 2015) on cyber terrorism. 

"Under the Australian definition of terrorism, an act that has a political motive, that is intended to influence the government by intimidation, and which interferes with electronic systems, would fall within the definition," he said.

Suu Kyi confident junta will accept election results

Dr Melissa Crouch features on SBS World News Radio (11 November 2015) speaking about the results of the election in Myanmar. She told the ABC despite the optimism sweeping across Myanmar, there are tough times ahead for Ms Suu Kyi.

"One of the things going forward for her I think is how to reform a judicial system in particular, as well as dealing with a parliament that still has 25 per cent of the fixed reserves for the military. As well as a smaller number of ethnic groups, political parties, that she will have to work with."