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UN set to review Australia’s record on women’s rights – and may find it wanting

Australia’s record on women’s rights is being reviewed by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in Geneva on July 2-3.

Coming elections may decide Trump's pick for the Supreme Court

Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his plans to retire from the US Supreme Court – thereby marking the end of nearly three decades as a justice of the court.

Watering down laws may not stem the class action flood

Professor Michael Legg in the Australian Financial Review discussing the increasing number of shareholder class actions that end up having unintended consequences has seen the Australian Law Reform Commission propose a federal government review of the continuous disclosure regime on sharemarkets as well as the ban on misleading conduct.

Leading UNSW disability advocate Rosemary Kayess joins UN advisory group

UNSW’s Rosemary Kayess has been elected to United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

$26M funding cut to hobble ASIC, experts say

The Federal Government’s $26 million cut to ASIC’s budget has been blasted by experts and the opposition for undermining the corporate regulator, already facing the heat of the Banking Royal Commission.
 
The government is “all bark and no bite”, Labor MP Matt Keogh said Thursday in response to the Australian Financial Review’s exclusive report that ASIC’s permanent budget would be reduced from $346 million to $320 million and investigator numbers slashed by 30.
 
It claims to be big on white collar enforcement, but then it hobbles the enforcer, Keogh told Lawyerly.
 

Tragedy of Errors: The Solicitor General, the Supreme Court and the Truth

The Office of the Solicitor General found itself in the position of defending an Executive Order targeting a broad group of individuals whom, the president claimed, should be subject to broad restrictions in the interest of national security. As the office responsible for representing the United States before the Supreme Court, the Solicitor General argued that “[p]rompt and decisive action was necessary” because loyal individuals could not be separated from disloyal. Relying on that position — that the restrictions were justified based upon official military assessments — the Court accepted the government’s reasoning and ruled against the petitioners. Yet, it turns out, the government’s argument was demonstrably false; the Solicitor General knowingly misled the Supreme Court in order to obscure the fact that the Executive Order was based on racist ideas, rather than reasoned judgment.

UNSW student wins prestigious Indigenous law scholarship

UNSW Law student Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts has overcome adversity to win the distinguished John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship awarded by the Law Council of Australia.

At the age of 11, Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts was removed from her family and placed in out-of-home care. The young Indigenous woman moved through more than a dozen different homes over the next few years, but far from being bowed by the experience, she used it as a motivation to study law.

People love parklets, and businesses can help make them happen

OPINION: Amelia Thorpe, The Conversation, 6 December 2017.

As councils across Australia strive to enhance their liveability, parklets are proving popular among city communities. A poll of 300-plus citizens gathered for the inaugural Perth City Summit in August found parklets are the street activation people would most like to see. But why are they so desirable?

Don't expect a long line of victims to front royal commission: experts

Professor Dimity Kingsford Smith speaks to The Age, Melbourne (6 December 2017) about the royal commission into financial services led by former High Court judge Kenneth Haynes.

Crisis in Myanmar – its origins and our response

Dr Melissa Crouch participated in a panel discussion for The Lowy Institute on 5 December 2017.

Over half a million Rohingya have fled Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh since 25 August, bringing with them accounts of crimes against humanity by Myanmar security forces and local mobs.

On 5 December the Lowy Institute convened an expert panel for a discussion of the background to the current crisis, including the roles of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar’s military, and an examination of what Australia and the international community can do to address one of Southeast Asia’s most serious humanitarian crises in decades.

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