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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.

Same-sex marriage: beware reducing anti-discrimination protections

The bill to legalise same-sex marriage should not reduce anti-discrimination protections for LGBTIQ people, Kingsford Legal Centre says.

Kingsford Legal Centre (KLC) welcomes the results of the same-sex marriage postal survey today, with 61% of people voting yes.

Associate Professor Anna Cody, Director of Kingsford Legal Centre, said: "This is a win for equality, with the Australian community strongly supporting the right of people to marry who they love."

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.

Eye on Alumni: James Norton

James attended secondary school in the Riverina, graduating as Dux of Wagga Wagga High School. Thereafter, he completed a Bachelor of International Studies (Distinction) and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) at UNSW. During his studies, James served as Executive Editor of the UNSW Law Journal and enjoyed success in mooting and witness examination competitions. He also studied abroad in Germany and interned at the Australian Embassy in Berlin. Passionate about education, James is a volunteer tutor in a program empowering Australian Indigenous children and a sessional academic at the University of Sydney. At Oxford, he hopes to gain the knowledge and skills essential to shaping ambitious policy in Australia, while continuing to live out his love of cricket.

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.

Impact Investing Hub launches ‘Current Deals’ site

A new ‘Current Deals’ Library has been launched by the Social Impact Hub Clinic to connect investors and investees in the growing impact investment market.

The Impact Investing Hub site is open to the public, and can be used by both retail and sophisticated investors. Three teams of UNSW Law and Business School students were involved in building the Impact Investing Hub site over the last year.

UNSW Law Co-leads Global Study on Digital Technology and Migrant Worker Protection

UNSW Law’s Bassina Farbenblum has been awarded a substantial grant from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations to undertake the first global study of digital technology initiatives intended to improve migrant worker protection and access to justice. The study, in collaboration with Laurie Berg (UTS Law), will explore the ways in which technology is being mobilised to transform the labour migration landscape and the host of risks and challenges that it brings.

James Norton - 2018 Rhodes Scholar

James Norton, who recently graduated from a Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Laws, joins a long list of UNSW students awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.

For James, it is a wonderful opportunity to study at Oxford and use what he learns when he returns to Australia.

“But the special thing about the scholarship is the Rhodes Scholars community,” says James. “Meeting incredible people from all around the world ... that has great appeal to me.”

Interested in Germany since his teens, James majored in European Studies at UNSW and learnt German, winning the University’s Goethe Prize in 2012.

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