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Embrace robotic disruption but don’t lose your human skills

OPINION: Associate Professor Michael Legg, The Australian, 16 June 2017.

Technology has started to become a source of angst for current and future lawyers. Concern follows from headlines such as “Robots replace lawyers” and “Machines replace lawyers” telling stories of elation at the end of lawyers.

However, as Robert Bolt said through the voice of Thomas More in A Man For All Seasons, if you cut down all the laws “d’you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow?”

Proposed citizenship test would forgo a ‘fair go for all’

OPINION: Khanh Hoang, The Interpreter, 16 June 2017.

The Australian Government this week introduced a new Bill into parliament to amend the Citizenship Act 2007. The move comes just two weeks after submissions to its discussion paper had closed – those submissions have not been made public.

Overreaction to Khayre's crimes exactly what terrorists seek

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 June 2017.

The crimes committed in Melbourne by Yacqub Khayre led to a predictable political response. Within days, state and federal leaders announced tougher anti-terrorism measures, including limits on parole and further powers of detention. These responses satisfied a political need to be seen to act, but it is not clear that they will make the community safer.

Creating Safe Zones and Safe Corridors in Conflict Situations: Providing Protection at Home or Preventing the Search for Asylum?

Legal scholarship, foreign policy decision-making and on-the-ground experience came together in a panel discussion on 7 June to launch the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugees new Policy Brief, Creating safe zones and safe corridors in conflict situations: Providing protection at home or preventing the search for asylum? 

20 Years After the Asian Crisis: Lessons, Challenges and the Way Forward

Scientia Professor Ross Buckley gave the keynote talk at a conference on 13 – 14 April held in Tokyo titled, “20 Years After the Asian Crisis: Lessons, Challenges and the Way Forward”.

The Global Governance of Health and Biosecurity

On June 7 2017, the UNSW Law Initiative for Biolegalities, in cooperation with the UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine, held a workshop on Natural and Unnatural Threats: Pandemics – The Global Governance of Health and Biosecurity.

Eye on Alumni - James Morton (LLB '03)

James Morton (LLB '03) has worked as a defence barrister with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the NT and Queensland. James has a broad criminal law background and was sworn in as a Judicial officer in May 2017,  serving in Mt Isa, Queensland. James is a lecturer at QUT Law and a member of the Regional Parole Board and the Chair of the Sentencing Advisory Council that has recently been reinstated under Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath.

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IMF Bentham Class Actions Research Initiative Holds First Conference

The IMF Bentham Class Actions Research Initiative (CARI) at UNSW Law held its first conference on 1 June 2017. The conference theme was “Resolving Class Actions Effectively and Fairly”.

The keynote speaker was Justice Michael Lee of the Federal Court of Australia who provided observations on the court’s power to vary litigation funding agreements as part of class action settlements. You can read his speech here

Law Student awarded 2017 NIRAKN essay competition prize

Noah Bedford, a 3rd year Arts/Law student, was awarded one of four undergraduate prizes in the 2017 NIRAKN essay competition for Indigenous students, for his essay entitled Indigenous Incorporation and The Complex Creativity of Self-determination. A winning essay is characterised by its in-depth research, introduction of analysis and original ideas in conjunction with key themes and issues relevant to the work of NIRAKN.