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World Changers Wanted

We are seeking the world's best research minds to join us.

UNSW Australia has launched a global recruitment drive for the world's best research minds. Unprecedented investment is being made to recruit 700 new scholars into the UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme over the coming years.

UNSW Australia is a research-intensive university ranked in the world's top 50 universities (QS rankings 2016). Our Sydney campus is home to 55,000 students from over 120 countries. We aspire to be Australia's global university, improving and transforming lives through excellence in research, outstanding education and a commitment to advancing a just society.

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UNSW experts part of taskforce assessing ASIC’s powers

Two UNSW academics have been named as members of a new government taskforce reviewing the enforcement powers of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Professor Pamela Hanrahan, from UNSW Business, and Professor Dimity Kingsford Smith, from UNSW Law, are members of the Expert Group that will advise the core panel of representatives from government agencies.

What are the work rights of international students in Australia?

Bassina Farbenblum speaks to Australia Plus (19 October 2016) on her current research project with UTS and the University of Sydney, regarding the rights and working conditions for international students in Australia. 

Bassina provided advice on the actions that can be taken if a worker's rights are breached, noting that students should:   

The ICC’s Al-Mahdi ruling protects cultural heritage, but didn’t go far enough

OPINION: Dr Lucas Lixinski and Associate Professor Sarah Williams, The Conversation, 19 October 2016.

In the first of its kind, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has delivered an important judgment on the destruction of World Heritage.

George Brandis is playing politics with good government

OPINION: Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 October 2016.

Last week Australia was subjected to the unedifying spectacle of the country's first and second law officers giving opposing evidence before a hostile Senate Committee. The hearing involved its fair share of parliamentary theatrics, but it went far beyond this.

The Attorney-General and the government are playing short-term politics at the expense of long-term good government.

The plebiscite has damaged the chances of the Indigenous recognition referendum

OPINON: Professor George Williams AO, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 October 2016.

The plebiscite is dead, so what now? For same-sex marriage, the answer is almost certainly a stalemate. Instead of reform, expect further rounds of politicians blaming each other for not delivering an outcome favoured by most of the community and most of our elected representatives.

Wage theft amongst foreign workers

Bassina Farenblum speaks to The Queensland Times (13 October 2016) regarding a new study she is conducting with the University of Sydney and UTS on fair wage and work conditions for foreign workers in Australia.

Eye on our London Alumni

Did you know we have a growing UNSW Law alumni community in London? Are you currently based there or are you planning a move or visit to this wonderful city?

The UNSW Law Alumni Network is committed to building our communities far and wide. Our alumni base in London is looking to connect with you on a more regular basis and optimise your professional and social connections. Whether you’re a London local or a new kid on the block, staying connected to the UNSW Law community can open doors in many directions. You could meet your future employer, mentor or best mate at the next alumni event!

The art of calling when applying for jobs

Most people these days will email or message rather than use the phone, but when you’re looking for work, a quick call can make all the difference.

Generally, calling is better than emailing when applying for a job because it is hard to ignore someone who calls, but easy to delete or ignore an email.

Calling the contact person

If you’re applying for an advertised position, there will often be a contact person listed and I would strongly recommend that you ring him or her before applying for a job.

UNSW Law Internship Supervision Training and Drinks

In September, external host organisations braved the wild weather to attend the UNSW Law Internship Supervision Training and Drinks.  It was wonderful to see attendees from eleven different host organisations including the Law Society of New South Wales, Salvos Legal and the Department of Justice and six UNSW on-site centres, clinics and publications.

Frances Gibson, Director of Experiential Learning, hosted the event which commenced with a training session during which Frances and Pearl Beaumont (one of the UNSW Law Academic Supervisors) provided an overview of supervision requirements to help host organisations understand the expectations of UNSW Law regarding the work given to students and supervision during placements.