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Anti-terror experts converge on UNSW Law

An impressive array of international experts came together in December to discuss the growth of surveillance after 9/11. The major international conference was on ‘States of Surveillance: Counter-Terrorism and Comparative Constitutionalism’, co-hosted by the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) Constitutional Responses to Terrorism Research Group and the UNSW Law  ARC Laureate ‘Anti-Terror Laws and the Democratic Challenge’ Project.

Speakers visited from the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand, India, Europe and Japan, with representatives from the Australian Federal Police, the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Office and the UN Security Council also attending.

Prize & Dean's List Winners for 2012

Congratulations to all UNSW Law students who have won prizes and are included on the Dean’s List for outstanding academic performance in 2012.

Become a Law Student Ambassador

Current law students are invited to represent their law school as a Student Ambassador at a variety of recruitment events throughout the year.

This can include on-campus events like Open Day and UNSW Law Parent & Student Information Evening, or off-campus events like school talks and careers markets. Student Ambassadors talk to high school students and their parents, answer questions about programs and courses, give building tours and generally assist in the running of faculty events and student recruitment activities.

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR? Law students who are:

• In second year or above

• Confident, enthusiastic and happy talking to all kinds of people

'Eleventh hour for action to change federal funding to local councils'

Professor George Williams writes in The Sydney Morning Herald (29 January 2013).

UNSW Law centre reveals 60% of pro-bono work done for organisations

Over 60 percent of the pro bono work undertaken by large law firms is for organisations rather than individuals, according to the Final Report on the National Law Firm Pro Bono Survey 2012, released today by the National Pro Bono Resource Centre at UNSW Law.

Four of the five areas of law and practice where most pro bono services were provided are only relevant to the legal needs of organisations: governance, deductible gift recipient (DGR) applications, commercial agreements and incorporations. The report also highlights family law (other than domestic violence), employment law, wills/probate/estate law and criminal law, as the top practice areas where firms rejected requests for pro bono assistance in the last financial year.

Future Fellow Project seeks PhD student for scholarship

Professor Bronwen Morgan is seeking to appoint a PhD scholar to work closely with her on a Future Fellowship project exploring legal support structures for social activists and social enterprises responding to climate change. The aim of the project is to develop the foundations of effective governance structures for ethically-motivated citizen initiatives aimed at carbon footprint reduction. The project will study both social enterprises and social activist initiatives, and is particularly interested in organisations or initiatives that draw on both activism and enterprise in their strategies.

Diaspora deserve vote in presidential polls to select who represents them

Fergal Davis writes in The Irish Times (22 January 2013)

Orientation Week at UNSW Law

All new UNSW Law students are invited to get involved in UNSW Orientation Week, running from Monday 25 February through to Friday 1 March.

The Law School hosts welcome events and activities for undergraduate, Juris Doctor and posgraduate students. All students are strongly encouraged to attend the formal welcome lectures for their program.

Students attending the the undergraduate welcome on Thursday 28 February will have the honour of hearing from The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG. Make sure you arrive early to secure a seat!

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The Armstrong Saga and the impact of doping on Global Sport. Doping in Sport- Session 1 2013

On the eve of Lance Armstrong’s much anticipated Oprah interview, there has never been a more fitting time to consider the issue of doping in sport. The revelations that saw Armstrong stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, his lucrative sponsorship deals, and led to a lifetime ban from sport, have marred the sport of cycling in recent months. These same revelations saw Australia’s own, Matt White, former coach of the men’s professional national team of Cycling Australia, exposed as a drug cheat. For leading Australian expert in sport and anti-doping, Catherine Ordway, the entire sport needs a shake-up, something she intends to explore in her new postgraduate course, Doping in Sport: Global Issues.

'Troubles brewing as violence resumes in Belfast'

Dr Fergal Davis writes in ABC The Drum (10 January 2013). "The peace process has failed to deliver for the Loyalists of Northern Ireland, writes Fergal Davis, and they've taken their grievances to the streets. A moment of supreme political leadership is needed to prevent a return to anarchy."