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UNSW Law supports Adam Goodes

UNSW Law expresses our support for Adam Goodes and our condemnation of those who denigrate him publicly. In June, Adam Goodes was awarded UNSW’s highest honour at the Law graduation ceremony in recognition of his “dedication to reconciliation and his distinguished service to the community”.

Professor Ben Berger speaks at UNSW Law Staff Seminar Series

Professor Ben Berger speaks at UNSW Law Staff Seminar Series
Professor Ben Berger, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto

On 21 July 2015, UNSW Law staff heard from Professor Ben Berger from the Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronoto. Professor Berger's seminar entitled ‘Crises of Secularism, Crises of Constitutionalism?’ was the first seminar of the Staff Seminar Series for Semester 2, 2015.

Charging $22,000 for a graduate position won’t solve the problem of law graduate oversupply

OPINION: Professor Rosalind Dixon and Professor Richard Holden, The Conversation, 28 July 2015.

“Adlaw”, an Adelaide-based firm launching this month, announced its plans to charge law graduates A$22,000 up front for a job with them, with the promise of learning on the job and earning back that sizeable investment. While we are currently facing a problem of an oversupply of law graduates, this isn’t the way to go about solving it.

Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Winners

Congratulations to three of our outstanding UNSW Law alumni who were named as winners in last month’s Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30!

While Lucienne Cassidy (BA/LLB ’10) was a winner in the Banking & Finance category, Anna Spies (BA/LLB ‘11) won for Intellectual Property, and Gavin Hammerschlag (BCom/LLB ’11) was recognised for his work in the M&A space. 

Now in its third year, the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 recognises young lawyers striving for professional excellence within their specific practice areas.  It is open to lawyers across Australia working either in private practice or in-house who are under the age of 30 at the date on which the awards night is held. 

Well done Lucienne, Anna and Gavin!

The Australian Pro Bono Centre

On 17 June 2015 the National Pro Bono Resource Centre officially changed its name to the Australian Pro Bono Centre. The Centre’s new name and exciting new visual identity were launched by the Centre’s Chair, Phillip Cornwell, at the Welcome Drinks to the 2015 National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference.

The new name

Australia-Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project Workshops

Myanmar is currently at a pivotal moment in its political history, with what might be its first genuinely open and free elections in decades scheduled for November 8, 2015.

The Australia-Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project (AMCDP), a consortium of law schools devoted to generating understanding and support for constitutional democracy in Myanmar, have just returned from a series of two highly successful workshops.  

The workshops commenced in Mandalay for two days from 13-14 July, followed by a workshop on 16 July in the capital, Nay Pyi Daw.

The 5th National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference

UNSW Law recently sponsored three Indigenous Law students to attend the 5th National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference in Sydney. 

The 5th National Access to Justice and Pro Bono conference was co-hosted by the Australia Pro Bono Centre (based in the UNSW Law Building centres precinct), the Law Council of Australia and the Law Society of New South Wales, and was held from 18-19 June in Sydney.

Operationalising Human Rights Norms in Peace Missions

UNSW Law’s Associate Professor Chris Michaelsen has successfully obtained funding in this year's competitive grant round of the Australia-Japan-Foundation for a project entitled "Operationalising Human Rights Norms in Peace Missions".

Chris is collaborating on this project with Associate Professor Tetsuya Toyoda (Akita International University) and Lieutenant Commander Takashi Kawashima (Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, currently visiting fellow at the AHRCentre). The project will organise two workshops in Sydney and Tokyo to examine Australian and Japanese perspectives on operationalising human rights norms in multilateral and UN-led peace missions.

Nura Gili Winter School 2015

Nine Indigenous high school students from as far afield as Hobart and Nana Glen (near Coffs Harbour) spent a week of their recent  school holidays experiencing what it’s like to be a student at UNSW Law. This was all part of the Nura Gili Winter School program. Each July, Indigenous students from Years 10-12 can participate in this week-long residential program which, for many, is the first time they’ve come to Sydney and/or visited a university campus.

Launch of a new Public Law Blog

A new national online platform is bringing readers expert commentary and analysis about topical public law issues. AUSPUBLAW - The Australian Public Law Blog - was launched in June by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. The blog features regular posts by academics, practitioners and others from across Australia.