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Katrina Dawson

UNSW Law sends condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of alumna Katrina Dawson, who was tragically killed in the incident in Sydney’s Martin Place overnight.

Katrina graduated from UNSW Law in 2004 with a Master of Laws, specialising in human rights and social justice. Since graduating Katrina had embarked on a successful career as a barrister.

Katrina was an exceptional student and is remembered with much fondness by staff and other colleagues.
The cruelty and sadness of this is beyond understanding. Katrina’s family - including her husband, partner at King & Wood Mallesons and UNSW Law alumnus Paul Smith - are in our hearts and minds today.

Two Rhodes scholars in one year for UNSW Law

Rhodes Scholars

Emily Burke will join her friend and colleague Sean Lau at Oxford University after winning UNSW Law’s second Rhodes scholarship for 2015.

Emily is one of three Australia-at-Large scholarship winners, awarded from among the runners-up in each state and territory category.

She joins her friend and fellow UNSW Arts/Law graduate Sean Lau, who was named the 2015 NSW Rhodes Scholar in October.

Blood on many hands in CIA-torture scandal

OPINION: Professor George Williams, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 December 2014.

It has been known for several years that the United States tortured detainees in the aftermath of September 11. This occurred at Guantanamo Bay and at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The CIA also abducted people and held them at secret "black sites" outside of the US. Others were transferred by way of "extraordinary rendition" for interrogation and torture by foreign governments. 

No, Clive, asylum seeker bill won’t make it easier for the most vulnerable

OPINION: Professor Jane McAdam and Kerry Murphy (ANU), Crikey, 4 December 2014.

Tort wars: class actions set to increase as laws wind back

OPINION: Associate Professor Michael Legg, The Conversation, 4 December 2014.

In the early to mid-2000s governments throughout Australia introduced reforms restricting rights to claim for negligence. The tort of negligence and other statutory causes of action, including the prohibition on misleading or deceptive conduct, enables a person who is injured by another the right to seek compensation. The reforms were driven by concerns that high compensation claims were unaffordable for society and were increasing insurance premiums.

One step forward, many steps back for refugees

OPINION: Professor Jane McAdam, ABC's The Drum, 3 December 2014

Professor Jane McAdam features in latest Law Society Journal

Professor Jane McAdam is featured, along with Professor Ben Saul from the University of Sydney, in the latest Law Society Journal.

Part of the interview focused on Jane's role as the Director of the Kaldor Centre. “The purpose of the centre is to be a place of academic excellence, which is independent, has a public education role, and which, over the longer term, can help to achieve policy and legislative change so that Australian law better aligns with international law,” she said.

Government backs push for tech companies to deliver user data

David Vaile, Director of the Cyberspace Law and Policy Community, comments in The Australian Financial Review1 December 2014, on the Australian government's push for technology companies to do more to monitor and report potential terrorism and major crimes among their users.

David Vaille said law enforcement agencies could end up “drowning in vast lakes of irrelevant data”.

“There is no human capability to do the analysis and computer analysis is filled with false negatives and positives,” he said.

Reimagining State leadership

Professor George Williams discusses 'reimagining state leadership' on ABC Radio National's Big Ideas program, 26 November 2014. 

Tony Abbott wants a conversation about Federal - State relations. If the current arrangements are to be reformed what alternatives are there? How might they work and is there the political leadership to bring these ideas to life? George Williams and other panellists discuss.