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Australia must not miss boat on China banks

OPINION: Professor Ross Buckley, Canberra Times, 30 October 2014.

Last Friday China launched a new development bank, its second this year. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is to have an initial capital of $50 billion, most of which will be provided by China.

Headquartered in Beijing, its members comprise 20 Asian nations, including India, but not Japan, Australia, or Indonesia. This is despite Australia being invited, and early indications that we were interested in joining. Our change of mind has come about after lobbying by the United States. The US is strongly opposed to this initiative.

UNSW Law Curriculum Review

UNSW Law has introduced major changes to our LLB and JD degree programs. Informed by consultations with stakeholders, investigation of international best practice and awareness of developments in law and lawyers' work, these changes and how we made them are outlined in our curriculum review report. Focusing on the ideas of law in action and law in the world, the new curriculum sets a new benchmark for Australian legal education. 

On Monday 20 October 2014, UNSW Law launched the Curriculum Review with guest speaker, The Hon RS French AC Chief Justice of Australia.

Study highlights mobile phone laws, driver education need revamp

Professor Alex Steel comments on our current mobile phone laws in the Sydney Morning Herald, 26 October 2014.

Mobile phone laws are confusing, overly broad, constantly out-dated and do not warrant the vast amount of time and money spent on enforcement, an in-depth analysis of the legislation by a leading law academic says.

Rhodes Scholarship goes to UNSW Law alumnus for second year running

2015 Rhodes ScholarArts/Law graduate Sean Lau will explore the role of Christian ethics in public issues like responses to child abuse and climate change as the state’s newest Rhodes Scholar – the second UNSW Law alumnus in two years to win the prestigious prize.

Lau, a Scientia scholarship student who graduated from UNSW with the University Medal in Law and First Class Honours in Philosophy, and as valedictorian of his class in 2012, will study a Masters in Christian theology at Oxford University after being named the 2015 NSW Rhodes Scholar.

Eye on Alumni - Kylie Marks

The UNSW Law Alumni Network met up with the Founder and Director of The Shared Initiative, Kylie Marks (BIntSt/LLB ’08), to find out more about her project and passion to use her law degree to make a difference.

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International student academic skills day

Last month, an International Student Academic Skills Day took place at UNSW Law, building on previous workshops aimed at developing skills for international students across class preparation, class participation and assessments.

UNSW public lawyers contribute to major international conference

The inaugural Public Law Conference was held from 15 to 17 September 2014 at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law. The theme was “Process and Substance in Public Law”. The conference was a tremendous success and brought together over 200 delegates drawn from a wide variety of common law and other jurisdictions, including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Nearly 50 papers were delivered during the conference by leading public law scholars from across the common law world. The conference is the first in a series of biennial international conferences on public law.

Inspiring Indigenous law student awarded prestigious scholarship

Congratulations to Danielle Hobday, an inspirational Indigenous law student in her 4th year, who has recently been awarded a prestigious Youth Off The Streets scholarship!

Emerging topics in postgraduate law

UNSW Law’s commitment to innovative learning is reflected in the variety of new courses available in 2015. The Legal Landscape of the Sharing Economy; Human Rights and Security; Skills in Dispute Management; and White Collar Crime; as well as popular existing course Doping in Sport: Global Issues will be on offer in 2015.

Scott Morrison personally intervenes to block claims for permanent asylum

Dr Joyce Chia, Senior Research Associate at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law comments in The Guardian (22 October 2014) on Scott Morrison's issuing of a 'conclusive certificate' which stops permanent protection being offered to refugees and blocks any review of the decision on the grounds of national interest.