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UNSW student awarded NSW Premier’s Multicultural Community Youth Medal

UNSW student Khushaal Vyas has won the 2017 NSW Premier’s Multicultural Community Youth Medal.

UNSW student awarded NSW Premier’s Multicultural Community Youth Medal

Khushaal, who is in his fourth year of a dual Law/Arts degree and is a Co-president of the UNSW Law Society, received the medal at the recent NSW Premier’s Harmony Dinner.

The award recognises the “valuable role of a young person in promoting intercultural dialogue and co-operation”.

Why Australia must learn from our mistakes in the Iraq War

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 26 March 2017.

Donald Trump is proposing a $54 billion increase in US defence spending. He says this is needed to ramp up the fight against ISIS. His Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has also suggested the US may take pre-emptive military action against North Korea. On these and other fronts, the President is laying down a more aggressive and interventionist military policy than his predecessor.

A brazen political killing shakes Myanmar, already teetering on the path to democracy

Dr Melissa Crouch speaks to the LA Times (24 March 2017) regarding Myanmar's instability following the death of lawyer, U Ko Ni.

Dr Crouch said, “I can think of many Muslim lawyers in Myanmar who very deliberately keep a much lower profile... He stood out.”

 Crouch said, "Ko Ni had come to believe that space for free speech was narrowing. Last November, when she invited him to speak in Yangon on a panel about constitutional issues — the type of event he usually welcomed — he refused."

PhD Excellence Awards - 2016

UNSW Law would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2016 PhD Excellence Awards.

Established in 2013 by the Higher Degree Committee, these awards acknowledge UNSW Law’s top PhD candidates who receive two “A’s” from examiners for their PhD thesis.

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 round of the Award (together with their topics and supervisors), as follows:

Dr Jackyln Hartley

Topic: Constructing a contextual model of Indigenous participation in decision-making: A comparative analysis.

Australia finally has crowd-sourced equity funding, but there’s more to do

OPINION: Marina Nehme, The Conversation, 22 March 2017.

The Senate has passed a bill to allow companies to access crowd-sourced equity (CSF). But its conditions make 99.7% of Australian companies ineligible and the lowered governance requirements that some companies may qualify for may not outweigh the costs of accessing CSF.

Megan Davis appointed UNSW’s first Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous

Law Professor Megan Davis has been appointed as UNSW’s first Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous.

Professor Davis will take up the role on 1 June after her obligations in leading the Referendum Council Aboriginal Constitutional Dialogues are fulfilled.

In her role as PVC Indigenous, Professor Davis will have overall responsibility for ensuring that UNSW delivers on its agenda for Indigenous students.

Sara Connor prepares for four years in Bali jail

Dr Melissa Crouch talks to 7 News (14 March 2017) on the conviction of Sara Connor for her role in the death of a police officer in Bali.

Dr Crouch said regarding the four year sentence, "An offense in the context of Australia would potentially receive a very harsh sentence".

View the video here.

UNSW’s Kaldor Centre and Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre form dynamic alliance

UNSW's Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law and the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford are formalising a partnership to strengthen vital new thinking on global refugee policy.

Two internationally renowned research centres, the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW and the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) at the University of Oxford, are formalising a partnership to strengthen vital new thinking on global refugee policy.

The emperor has no clothes: truth on S18C finally revealed

Professor George Williams AO speaks to The Australian (10 March 2017) regarding section 18C.

Professor Williams was quoted from his submission to the parliamentary inquiry into free speech saying, "references to the subjective re­sponses of groups targeted by the speech should be replaced with an objective test having reference to the standards of a reasonable member of the community".

Australia's discriminatory constitution would allow a Trump-style travel ban

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 13 March 2017.

Donald Trump has signed a second executive order to close America's borders to nations with large Muslim populations. Many Australians think we should follow suit, with a Newspoll finding that 44 per cent (or 52 per cent of Coalition voters) supporting such a move. The idea has also been backed by prominent politicians including government MP George Christensen.