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Megan Davis appointed UNSW’s first Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous

Law Professor Megan Davis has been appointed as UNSW’s first Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous.

Professor Davis will take up the role on 1 June after her obligations in leading the Referendum Council Aboriginal Constitutional Dialogues are fulfilled.

In her role as PVC Indigenous, Professor Davis will have overall responsibility for ensuring that UNSW delivers on its agenda for Indigenous students.

Sara Connor prepares for four years in Bali jail

Dr Melissa Crouch talks to 7 News (14 March 2017) on the conviction of Sara Connor for her role in the death of a police officer in Bali.

Dr Crouch said regarding the four year sentence, "An offense in the context of Australia would potentially receive a very harsh sentence".

View the video here.

The emperor has no clothes: truth on S18C finally revealed

Professor George Williams AO speaks to The Australian (10 March 2017) regarding section 18C.

Professor Williams was quoted from his submission to the parliamentary inquiry into free speech saying, "references to the subjective re­sponses of groups targeted by the speech should be replaced with an objective test having reference to the standards of a reasonable member of the community".

Australia's discriminatory constitution would allow a Trump-style travel ban

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 13 March 2017.

Donald Trump has signed a second executive order to close America's borders to nations with large Muslim populations. Many Australians think we should follow suit, with a Newspoll finding that 44 per cent (or 52 per cent of Coalition voters) supporting such a move. The idea has also been backed by prominent politicians including government MP George Christensen.

Interview: Lyria Bennett Moses (UNSW’s ‘Designing Technology Solutions for Access to Justice’ unit)

Associate Professor Lyria Bennett Moses was interviewed by The Legal Forecast (2 March 2017), regarding UNSW Law's new course, 'Designing Technology Solutions for Access to Justice', and the future of law and technology.

Changes to Commercial and Corporations Practice in the Federal Court of Australia

OPINION: Associate Professor Michael Legg, Law Society Journal, February 2017.

In 2016, the Federal Court established a National Court Framework (‘NCF’) to fundamentally reform and govern how the Court operates. The Court is now organised and managed nationally with nine key National Practice Areas (‘NPAs’) created. All of the Court’s practice notes have accordingly been revised and reissued. 

UNSW’s Jane McAdam vying for NSW Woman of the Year

UNSW Law Professor Jane McAdam is a finalist in the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year award.

Scientia Professor Jane McAdam, Director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, is one of four powerful female role models announced as finalists for the 2017 NSW Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year.

The winner, to be chosen by Premier Gladys Berejiklian, will be announced on 8 March at a Sydney breakfast celebrating International Women’s Day and the outstanding contributions made by women across the state.

Female barristers are barely seen and rarely heard in our High Court

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 27 February 2017.

The legal profession is not the bastion of equality that it should be. Women are too often denied the same opportunities as men and discrimination is common. This has led the Law Council of Australia to introduce programs aimed at achieving fairness and removing unconscious bias about the fitness of women to serve as lawyers.

Bush democracy wins out but council mergers continue in Sydney

OPINION: Amelia Thorpe, The Conversation, 17 February 2017.

Assent ruled in the High Court under Chief Justice Robert French

Professor George Williams AO and Professor Andrew Lynch speak to the Australian (17 February 2017) regarding their research into the dissent rate of former Chief Justice Robert French.

"There was a level of agreement on the French court we have not seen in contemporary times,” Professor Lynch said.