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UNSW refugee lawyer a finalist in Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

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

Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru, published by NewSouth, is one of six titles shortlisted for the non-fiction award. 

Gleeson, a research associate at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law in UNSW Law, wrote the book as an attempt to go beyond the rumours, allegations, secrecy and political spin and inform Australians about what has happened on Nauru and Manus Island since 2012. 

Islamist rule by law in Indonesia: The threat to Indonesian democracy

OPINION: Dr Melissa Crouch, Asia & The Pacific Policy Society, 2 December 2016.

The great paradox of Indonesian democracy is on display for all the world to see.

On the one hand, there is greater freedom of expression and association for all. But on the other, this has given fuel to Islamists to espouse lawlessness and violence in the absence of a strong state.

New strata changes could leave residents out in the cold

Cathy Sherry appeared on 7 News (22 November 2016), discussing new strata laws that will mean just 75 per cent of residents in an apartment building need to approve a buyout from a developer.

Cathy Sherry said, "I remain very concerned about this legislation, because what we're talking about is people forcibly losing their homes." 

There is a straightforward fix for section 18C

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 December 2016.

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has received an extraordinary amount of attention over the past five years. Indeed, the debate has transcended what the section actually does. The provision has become an icon for those concerned rightly about the erosion of freedom of speech in Australia. It has also become a central argument in the culture wars for those who feel that political correctness and progressive thinking have gone too far.

High-profile Indonesians arrested ahead of major blasphemy rally in Jakarta

Dr Melissa Crouch speaks to The Sydney Morning Herald (3 December 2016), regarding the rallies in Jakarta calling for the arrest of the Governor, Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama.

Dr Crouch discussed how post-1998, democratisation had given greater voice to Islamic organisations, who used their freedom to promote an Islamist agenda that claimed to uphold the law.

Legal start-up tackles law student influx

Professor George Williams AO, speaks to Lawyers Weekly (2 December 2016), about UNSW Law's recent partnership with Crowd & Co, launching 'Crowd Paralegal', a new online platform connecting certified student paralegals with law firms.

Professor Williams has said the platform is an important step for the future of the legal profession. 

Courting consensus and a global view: a Kiefel court

Professor Andrew Lynch speaks to the Financial Review (1 December 2016) on the appointment of Australia’s first female High Court chief justice, Susan Kiefel.

"Justice Kiefel has only rarely been at odds with her colleagues on the court over her nine years of service, but at the same time she has consistently shown she is not reluctant to disagree as the case might demand," Professor Lynch said.

Statistics compiled with fellow Professor George Williams, highlight the increasing trend towards joint judgments that has been a hallmark of the French court.

Fidel Castro's legacy: beyond human rights clichés

OPINION: Dorothea Anthony, Online Opinion, 29 November 2016.

Make no mistake – the language of human rights is a powerful tool of international politics. It can shape the way we think about other countries. We are wide open to suggestion when we hear the words human rights, because they sound so pure and precious. How could any country get away with violating them? Shouldn't we target violators, and stop them?

How do we deal with the prospect of increased climate migration?

OPINION: Professor Jane McAdam, The Conversation, 1 December 2016.

On average, one person is displaced each second by a disaster-related hazard. In global terms, that’s about 26 million people a year.

Most move within their own countries, but some are forced across international borders. As climate change continues, more frequent and extreme weather events are expected to put more people in harm’s way.