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Identity Matters: Andrew and Renata Kaldor - from refugees to philathropists

Andrew and Renata Kaldor were featured in a piece for 'DNA Nation', a three-part documentary which premiered on SBS on Sunday 22 May.

"Put yourself in that person's shoes. You've got to understand what that person is going through, before you say anything critical about them."

It was a fundamental moral principle on which Andrew and Renata Kaldor were both raised.

Andrew was one when he and his family fled war-torn Hungary to the Austrian border, with the help of people smugglers and forged documents. Upon reaching the border, they were confronted by a three-man Austrian patrol.

“You may as well kill us – we’re not going back,” Andrew’s father said. They were so desperate for freedom they were willing to die for it.

Dutton’s refugee claims are out of step with evidence and thinking at home and abroad

OPINION: Frances Voon and Dr Claire Higgins, The Conversation, 19 May 2016.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday defended Peter Dutton as an “outstanding immigration minister” after a storm erupted following Dutton’s earlier comments on refugees. In response to the Greens’ proposal to increase Australia’s annual humanitarian refugee intake to 50,000, Dutton said:

Former Obama adviser to deliver lecture on why corporations need to factor in human rights

When an eight-storey building in Bangladesh collapsed in 2013, killing more than 1,100 garment workers and injuring 2,000 others, the spotlight turned to Western retailers and their attitudes to human rights.

Professor Michael Posner sees this as a potent example of why companies’ responsibility to protect and promote human rights remains critical to resolving global challenges, including poverty, trafficking, gender inequality and climate change.

The major parties must work with the Greens and minor parties if they can't govern alone

OPINION: Professor George Williams, The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 May 2016.

The lead-up to the July 2 election has produced a familiar refrain. The Greens have indicated their willingness to form a coalition with Labor. Labor has expressed horror at the prospect, and the Liberals have warned that Labor cannot be taken at its word.

Eye on Alumni - Adam Hochroth


After graduating from UNSW Law, Adam Hochroth (BA / LLB ’04) worked for a number of years at Freehills.  Then, with a Master of Laws under his belt, Adam sat the NSW Bar exam, where he ranked first.  He has been a barrister at Banco Chambers since 2012.  Here he tells the UNSW Law Alumni Network a bit about his work, what it’s like to be a barrister and how to stay focused under a heavy workload.

International refugee law symposium pays tribute to Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill

On 15 April 2016, the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law was proud to co-host a symposium at All Souls College, Oxford to celebrate the scholarship of Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill.  Professor Goodwin-Gill, who is Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Emeritus Professor of International Refugee Law at Oxford, and member of the Kaldor Centre’s Advisory Committee, has been an intellectual pioneer in identifying, mapping and shaping the sub-discipline of international refugee law.

The Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession

The future of law is not as we know it. Change is upon us and a new Law Society Thought Leadership project will help solicitors prepare for the threats and opportunities that lie just around the corner.

The project will be known as the Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession, or FLIP. From fresh collaborations, cutting edge tech and nimbler services, to the rise of AI, Big Data, outsourcing and unbundling, the FLIP commission is surveying the disrupted new landscape.

UNSW Law's Professor Janet Chan receives the 'Distinguished Criminologist Award'

On 21 April 2016, Professor Janet Chan of UNSW Law received the 2015 Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) Distinguished Criminologist Award.
The prize is awarded annually to those who have demonstrated outstanding, significant and sustained contribution to Australian or New Zealand criminology in one or more of the following areas: teaching and scholarship; advancing international appreciation of criminology through research and publications; or involvement in criminology in public life.

UNSW Law student interns at the historic Khmer Rouge Trials


Fourth year UNSW Law student Sonia Flaherty has started a three-month internship in Cambodia at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) with the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT). The ECCC is a special tribunal formed to prosecute serious crimes perpetrated by the Pol Pot regime and its leaders.