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UNSW refugee researcher awarded Fulbright Scholarship

The Kaldor Centre's Claire Higgins has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to explore how past experiences can help create positive solutions for millions of displaced people.

UNSW historian Dr Claire Higgins has been awarded a prestigious 2017-18 Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship to explore how past experiences can inform positive solutions for the millions of people currently displaced worldwide.

Dr Higgins, a Senior Research Associate at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, will spend six months at Georgetown University investigating how the United States has used in-country resettlement pathways.

Regulations needed for litigation funders who can’t pay out when cases fail

OPINION: Associate Professor Michael Legg, The Conversation, 15 February 2017.

Access to funding for litigation has become a critical component of class action cases in Australia. This is because it provides the necessary financing for this form of expensive and complex litigation.

Yet its unregulated nature may expose consumers to the risk of the funder becoming insolvent or simply failing to pay legal fees – or, if a class action is lost, the defendant’s costs.

Australia is ill-prepared for its own version of Donald Trump

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

President Donald Trump is putting enormous strain on the institutions and rules that have made the US democracy such a success. His direct, personal attacks on judges threaten the independence and standing of the judiciary. A willingness to govern by executive order also undermines the role of Congress as the nation's primary lawmaker.

Big hurdles in Mohammed Hussain's court challenge to validity of ACT election

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO speaks to The Canberra Times regarding Mohammed Hussain's challenge to declare an election in Canberra void.

Professor Williams said that courts would not overturn elections easily, "Evidence needs to be put to the court showing that, first, there had been a mistake or other wrongful action, and secondly, that that mistake could have affected the result." 

"Courts are understandably wary about overturning elections. The mere fact that a mistake has been made is not enough," he said.

Brazen Killing of Myanmar Lawyer Came After He Sparred With Military

Dr Melissa Crouch speaks to the New York Times (2 February 2017) regarding the killing of Myanmar lawyer, U Ko Ni.

Dr Crouch said, “He was a man who could appreciate different traditions precisely because his own tradition in his country did not always receive the respect that it deserved.”

Read the full article here.

Melissa Crouch appointed to ACICIS Advisory Panel

Dr Melissa Crouch has been appointed to the ACICIS Advisory Panel to assist with the development of its new Law Professional Practicum (LPP).

The Australian Consortium for 'In-Country' Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) has convened an Advisory Panel 'To ensure the Law Professional Practicum meets the needs of member universities and has rigorous academic standards'.

Dr Melissa Crouch is one of ten selected academics on the Advisory Panel.

Read more here.

UNSW refugee lawyer wins Victorian Premier’s Literary Award

Madeline Gleeson's book about the reality of life for asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island is among the winners at the Victorian Prenier's 2017 Literary Awards.

A disturbing account of life for asylum seekers in the Nauru and Manus Island refugee processing centres written by UNSW's Madeline Gleeson is one of the winners at the Victorian Premier's 2017 Literary Awards.

Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru, published by NewSouth, was named winner of the Non-Fiction Award at a ceremony in Queen Victoria Gardens in Melbourne on Tuesday.

'Stand-out' Aussie lawyer named in new general counsel survey

UNSW Law alumnus, Michael Vrisakis, has been recognised as one of the most endorsed lawyers by in-house counsel from around the world by the new Acritas Stars list. 

Over 3,000 in-house counsel contributed to the new star system, developed by Acritas, which lists and rates some of the best lawyers in the market. The resource explains why clients consider each practitioner to be exceptional, and was compiled as a way to help in-house teams identify the best lawyers in the business and the reasons why other clients highly regard them.

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Susan Kiefel: Australia's first female chief justice

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 January 2017.

At 10:15am on Monday morning, Susan Kiefel will be sworn in as chief justice of the High Court. She will be the 13th person, and first woman, to hold Australia's most senior judicial office. Her appointment came as no surprise. She is the longest-serving member of the court, and has a record of incisive legal reasoning, hard work and integrity.