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Robot lawyer designed to help unrepresented people state their case in court

Associate Professor Lyria Bennett Moses speaks to ABC News (29 November 2016) regarding a new online robot lawyer designed to help people represent themselves in court.

Associate Professor Bennett Moses said that the program is extremely useful and a skill that all lawyers should in fact have.

"People entering the legal profession should not only know and understand the law, they should be proficiently skilled to be able to understand these kinds of systems and ideally build them," she said.

The role and function of Constitutional Courts in Comparative Perspective

Professor Theunis Roux and Dr Melissa Crouch were interviewed on Myanmar National Television (25 November 2016) discussing their workshop on 'The role and function of Constitutional Courts in Comparative Perspective' with the Myanmar Constitutional Tribunal.

The conference was part of an ongoing series of major workshops on constitutional law by the Australia Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project, and was generously funded by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

The academic who has spent a lifetime doing pro bono legal work

Originally published in Australian Pro Bono News, Issue 114:November 2016.

Professor George Williams AO has been the Dean of the UNSW Faculty of Law since June this year. He is also the Anthony Mason Professor, a Scientia Professor at UNSW Law, and Foundation Director of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law.

What would America’s withdrawal from the TPP mean for Australia?

Dr Weihuan Zhou speaks to (23 November 2016) regarding President-elect Donald Trump's announcement of his intention to withdraw the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Dr Zhou said, “China is only so active in pushing the RCEP [Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership] because of the TPP, because of Japan’s role in the TPP,” Dr Zhou explained. “If the US withdraws from the TPP and the pact dies, China likely won’t continue pushing for the RCEP.”

The Implications of Trump Denouncing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

OPINION: Professor Leon Trakman, ILA Reporter, 23 November 2016.

President- elect Donald Trump’s announcement on Tuesday 22 November 2016 that the US will not ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is not a surprise.  He had stated that he would do as such throughout the presidential campaign, as had his democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

His formal announcement is that the state parties to the TPP, including Australia, will revert to the position they had been in before the TPP was negotiated, seven years ago.

Teach on, in a world of ‘just words’

OPINION: Professor Fleur Johns, The Australian, 23 November 2016.

Much has been thrown up in the air by Donald Trump’s presidential victory. Much that has been thought in law and policy fields seems to need rethinking. What is to take its place? This is a challenge for all, but particularly for those who work in universities, trying to equip the next generation for what is to come.

For more than a century, law and policy in democratic settings have been marked by two great convictions.

Q&A: Melissa Crouch on the Blasphemy Law

OPINION: Dr Melissa Crouch, Indonesia at Melbourne, 22 November 2016.

Dr Melissa Crouch recently spoke with Tim Mann on Indonesia at Melbourne about the implications of the blasphemy charges against the Governor of Jakarta.

FactCheck Q&A: how much was spent on the Cambodia refugee deal and how many were settled?

OPINION: Madeline Gleeson, The Conversation, 21 November 2016.

"…when it comes to the government’s previous attempts, we know when there was announced with great fanfare that people were all set to head off to Cambodia, and of course we saw that millions of taxpayer dollars – but very few lives which were changed by that."