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Certification needed to combat multiple class actions

OPINION: Associate Professor Michael Legg, Lawyers Weekly, 4 October 2017.

Allowing more than one class action to be brought means that efficiencies are lost and costs are duplicated. Less compensation is returned to group members.

However, the courts have been reluctant to choose between competing class actions because they are wrongly viewed as being like normal litigation.

NSW Police in Queanbeyan, Monaro area using controversial suspect list

Dr Vicki Sentas speaks to The Canberra Times (5 November 2017) regarding her recent report into the  NSW Police's Suspect Targeting Management Plan (STMP).

"[It's a] crime prevention program that targets people, both adults and young people, who have committed offences in the past as well as people who may not have committed offence but police otherwise may think they might commit a crime," Ms Sentas said.

Cathy Sherry awarded 'Academic of the Year' at the 2017 Women in Law Awards

UNSW Law’s Associate Professor Cathy Sherry took home the Academic of the Year award at the recent 2017 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards. UNSW Law is proud to have one of our academic staff take home the prize for the second year in row after Alexandra George took out the category in 2016.

The awards, organised by Lawyers Weekly, recognise the achievements of women who have challenged, influenced or changed the practice of law in Australia.

Muslims, NGOs, and the future of democratic space in Myanmar

Dr Melissa Crouch recently spoke to Catherine Scheer and Giuseppe Bolotta of The Religious Studies Project (13 November 2017) regarding her research on Myanmar’s Muslim population and the role played by the international community in relation to the escalation of violence targeting the Rohingyas.

Law in Action

Professor Prue Vines appeared on BBC Radio 4 (9 November 2017) discussing her studies in apologies law and the new campaign in England that urges companies to publicly apologise for mistakes. 

"When a person apologises to somebody, the person has been injured or hurt, their blood pressure drops, they feel a lot better. People are less likely to sue you if you apologise to them, and if they do feel that they really need to sue you, they are much more likely to settle early and cost you a lot less" Prue said.

UN slams Australia’s human rights record

Youth Unemployment and NSW Police's "Secret Blacklist"

Dr Vicki Sentas was interviewed on FBI Radio (28 October 2017) speaking about her recent report into the Suspect Target Management Plan (STMP).

How did you first come across the program?

The program was first introduced seventeen years ago, so it’s been around for a really long time, but it’s really surprising that most people haven’t heard of it before. I first came across it [STMP] when I was working with Redfern Legal Centre, which is a well-known community legal centre, about three years ago.

Politicians, not people, the real obstacle to indigenous voice

OPINION: Professor Ros Dixon, The Australian Business Review, 3 November 2017.

Last week I had the privilege of standing on a stage with Noel Pearson, Megan Davis and Thomas Mayor as they presented to members of the Sydney legal community the physical version of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Pre-emptive policing is harmful and oppressive, and requires independent scrutiny

OPINION: Dr Vicki Sentas, The Conversation, 2 November 2017.

For 17 years, police in New South Wales have run a program predicting and disrupting future offenders to reduce crime. But very little was known about the program, the Suspect Targeting Management Plan, before our new study revealed children as young as ten have been targeted for intensive policing.

What is the plan?

Manus detention centre: Australia is still responsible for these men — and those who haven't made it this far

OPINION: Madeline Gleeson, ABC News, 1 November 2017.

Australia has "closed" the Manus Island detention centre, and all eyes are on the hundreds of men who have barricaded themselves in, refusing to move to the "transit" accommodation in nearby Lorengau for fear of what awaits them there.

All Australian security personnel and essential services have been withdrawn, leaving the men to fend for themselves.