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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.

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.”

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