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Should I stay or should I go? Shaping International responses to climate change, disasters and displacement.

OPINION: Professor Jane McAdam, The Law Society Journal, Issue 32 April 2017.

The world is facing the largest number of refugees since World War II – some 21 million people – but disaster-related displacement dwarfs the numbers forced out of their homes by conflict. It’s a trend that’s likely to continue as the impacts of climate change increase, writes PROFESSOR JANE MCADAM.

Protecting yourself on social media

Associate Professor Lyria Bennett Moses appeared on Weekend Sunrise (25 March 2017) discussing cyberspace safety and criminal law in regards to online child pornography.

Associate Professor Bennett Moses said, “If you think about child abuse material, which is what this video was, then it is an offence to produce, disseminate or possess that material”.

Bill Shorten the real loser in battle over 18C

Professor George Williams AO speaks to The Australian (31 March 2017) regarding the proposed changes to Section 18C.

Professor Williams said, "I can live with a single standard. It just should not be the standard in 18C.”

Why Australia must learn from our mistakes in the Iraq War

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 26 March 2017.

Donald Trump is proposing a $54 billion increase in US defence spending. He says this is needed to ramp up the fight against ISIS. His Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has also suggested the US may take pre-emptive military action against North Korea. On these and other fronts, the President is laying down a more aggressive and interventionist military policy than his predecessor.

A brazen political killing shakes Myanmar, already teetering on the path to democracy

Dr Melissa Crouch speaks to the LA Times (24 March 2017) regarding Myanmar's instability following the death of lawyer, U Ko Ni.

Dr Crouch said, “I can think of many Muslim lawyers in Myanmar who very deliberately keep a much lower profile... He stood out.”

 Crouch said, "Ko Ni had come to believe that space for free speech was narrowing. Last November, when she invited him to speak in Yangon on a panel about constitutional issues — the type of event he usually welcomed — he refused."

Australia finally has crowd-sourced equity funding, but there’s more to do

OPINION: Marina Nehme, The Conversation, 22 March 2017.

The Senate has passed a bill to allow companies to access crowd-sourced equity (CSF). But its conditions make 99.7% of Australian companies ineligible and the lowered governance requirements that some companies may qualify for may not outweigh the costs of accessing CSF.

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.