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Indonesian blasphemy saga: Islamic hardliner accused of insulting Christianity

Dr Melissa Crouch speaks to The Age (28 December 2016) regarding Habib Rizieq allegedly insulting Christianity during a sermon on Christmas Day.

"I think it is probably unprecedented for a Catholic group to lodge a complaint against a radical Islamist leader," Dr Crouch said. "I think we are in uncharted waters."

Berlin Attack: Far-Right AFD blames Merkel's Immigration Policy

Associate Professor Christopher Michaelsen speaks to ABC News Radio (21 December 2016) regarding the Berlin Christmas Market attack which resulted in the death of twelve people.

Associate Professor Michaelsen said, "It was within five minutes that representatives from the AFD party, the Populist party in Germany, called for repercussions and called for Merkel to take responsibility for it. I think it's sort of an exaggeration because German policies have been tightened in the past 12 months already, so I think it's a misrepresentation of what's actually happening."

Report urges pragmatism in refugee debate

Madeline Gleeson speaks to Lawyers Weekly (20 December 2016) regarding The Kaldor Centre's push to direct refugee and asylum seeker debate towards finding solutions.

"There are minimum legal standards that govern whether third-country resettlement is appropriate,” Ms Gleeson said, “Because the group of refugees on Manus Island and Nauru has suffered distinctly as a result of Australia’s policies, they require a higher standard of services.

Will treaties with Indigenous Australians overtake constitutional recognition?

OPINION: Harry Hobbs, The Conversation, 20 December 2016.

Discussions have begun between the South Australian government and three Indigenous nations aimed at finalising a treaty.

Australian expats should be allowed to vote here, no matter how long they've been away

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 December 2016.

The 2016 federal election has given rise to many reform ideas. Electronic voting has been supported by Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten, while others have called for a radical overhaul of political donations. Another persistent idea is that every Australian should be entitled to vote, even if they live overseas. Other countries permit this, and we should follow their lead.

China vows to fight US and EU over anti-dumping measures

Dr Weihuan Zhou speaks to news.com.au (17 December 2016) regarding China’s vow to take action against the west over the scrapping of trade promises it claims were made 15 years ago.

Dr Zhou said, “Firstly, China may not have a measure to argue against until the US and EU actually apply the non-market economy methodology by using surrogate prices/costs in an anti-dumping case.” 

“Secondly, even if they did use surrogate prices/costs in calculating dumping margins, it may find a justification under the WTO Anti-Dumping Agreement," he said.

The process for Australia to become a republic

Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby appears on Channel Ten's, The Project (16 December 2016), regarding the possibility of Australia becoming a Republic.

Associate Professor Appleby said, "There is a sense that the best way to achieve success, would be to first have some sort of plebiscite before further developing the model and looking towards constitutional change and a referendum."

View the full program here. Associate Professor Appleby appears at 5m 50s.

Law reform report urges greater rights for victims

Dr Tyrone Kirchengast speaks to ABC's The World Today (9 December 2016) regarding a Victorian law reform commission on victim rights during criminal trial.

Asylum seekers will welcome another New Year still in limbo

OPINION: Madeline Gleeson, the Sydney Morning Herald, 13 December 2016.

The remote Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus Island will be among the first places in the world to celebrate the arrival of 2017. Some 1,500 refugees and asylum seekers will be there to greet it, stranded in a combination of semi-detention and community residences. Four New Years into their offshore limbo, yet little closer to knowing what this one will bring.

Law professor Martin Krygier wins prestigious legal theory award

UNSW Law's Professor Martin Krygier has been awarded the prestigious Dennis Leslie Mahoney Prize in Legal Theory.

Professor Krygier, Gordon Samuels Professor of Law and Social Theory at UNSW Law, won for a number of articles from the past five years on the rule of law and his book Philip Selznick: Ideals in the World, published by Stanford University Press in 2012.

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