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UNSW Law students participate in China National Model United Nations

Four UNSW Law Students (Sarah McIntosh, Rebecca Stanley, Stephanie Blaker and Sam Emery) participated in the 11th China National Model UN Conference, held at South East University, Nanjing, from 7-9 November 2014. The conference and UNSW participation was made possible under the bilateral China-Australia Human Rights Technical Cooperation Program, administered by the Australian Human Rights Commission. The Australian Human Rights Centre at UNSW Law School has collaborated with the Commission on this project for a number of years. The team was accompanied by Andrew Byrnes and by and Natasha de Silva from the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Who'll be the next judges of the High Court?

OPINION: Professor George Williams, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 November 2014.

The Abbott government will soon make two very significant appointments. They arise due to the retirements of Justices Kenneth Hayne and Susan Crennan from the High Court. The Constitution mandates that High Court judges must retire at 70, the so-called "statutory age of senility", which for Hayne is on June 5 and Crennan on July 1 next year.

Dr Cameron Holley elected as member of The Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law

UNSW Law Senior Research Fellow Dr Cameron Holley has been elected to a new expert panel on Environment Law, set up by the Places You Love Alliance, the biggest ever alliance of environment groups. 

Places You Love Alliance Media Release

• Expert Panel to design ‘next generation’ environment laws for Australia  
• Timeline for delivery mid-2016       

The inaugural meeting of Australia’s new Panel of Experts on Environmental Law will be held in Sydney tomorrow morning. 

G20 faces crucial test of its credibility as Brisbane summit looms

Professor Ross Buckley comments in The Guardian (10 November 2014) on the ongoing credibility of the G20.

“The world was in a perilous state in 2008, much more perilous than people thought,” argues Ross Buckley, professor of international finance law at the University of New South Wales.

Prison health system buckles under pressure of deaths in custody

Professor Chris Cuneen comments in The Sydney Morning Herald (8 November 2014) on the surge in the number of prison inmates dying in custody. 

State governments have directly contributed to the ageing of the prison population through tougher law and order policies, said Chris Cunneen, conjoint professor of criminology in the Faculty of Law at the University of NSW. 

Security systems hacked

David Vaile, Director of the Cyberspace Law and Policy Community, talks to The Canberra Times (8 November 2014) about security and privacy concerns associated with internet-connected security devices.

On a warm summer’s day in the ACT, a couple cheekily kiss among the shelves of a Canberra store, not knowing  they’re being watched by a security camera – and the entire world.

Two UNSW Law students selected as Governor-General’s Prize finalists

Congratulations to UNSW Law students Rosalind Acland and Henry Cornwell on being selected as finalists for the 2013-2014 Governor-General's Prize.

The Governor-General's Prize, which has earned a reputation as Australia’s most prestigious essay competition, is open to students enrolled in an undergraduate degree at an Australian university. Each year, a series of questions are provided across topics related to law, politics, history, and social justice, for consideration, research, and response by students.

UNSW tops the country in ARC funding

UNSW researchers have won the highest amount of Australian Research Council funding in Australia – with $45.3 million across three funding schemes announced on 5 November 2014.

Congratulations to UNSW Law academics, who were succesful in securing ARC funding for the following projects:

Discovery Project DP150100300

UNSW Chief Investigators: Christopher Michaelsen (Lead CI), Jeni Whalan

Project Title: Leveraging power and influence on the United Nations Security Council

Amount awarded: $488,403 (awarded 2015 – 2018)

Super needs a better regulator, not more rules

OPINION: Scott DonaldAustralian Financial Review, 6 November 2014. 

Revelations that employees of Cbus, one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds, may have provided confidential member data to a union colleague has added fuel to the contention that all is not well in the superannuation world, governance-wise.

National Security: Finding A Balance

Research Fellow Keiran Hardy featured on ABC's Q&A, 3 November 2014, commenting on the Foreign Fighters Bill and other anti-terrorism laws