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Pathway to Oxford for UNSW JD students

UNSW Law and Oxford University Faculty of Law have signed a memorandum of understanding to give UNSW JD students the opportunity to graduate with two internationally recognised qualifications in just three and a half years. UNSW JD students who gain admission to the BCL or MLF through this route will spend 2.5 years at UNSW and 1 year at Oxford.

Oxford University’s highly regarded Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) and Masters in Law and Finance (MLF) will be open to applications from UNSW JD students in their fourth semester of study at UNSW. Successful applicants will complete their fifth semester at UNSW and then undertake a full academic year at Oxford. 

US default would play into China's hands

Professor Ross Buckley writes in The Canberra Times (17 October 2013).

Is the US about to do it again? Is it really about to give China a wonderful free gift?

When a financial crisis engulfed south-east Asia in 1997, the major Pacific countries funded the bailout coordinated by the International Monetary Fund. Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong and Japan all contributed equally. China, as itself Hong Kong, effectively gave twice. There was not a cent from America. The region noticed, and remembered.

Explainer: what are double dissolutions and how do they work?

Fergal Davis writes in The Conversation (16 October 2013).

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has indicated (again) that he is willing to set in motion the procedures necessary to call a double dissolution election, in order to force the repeal of the carbon tax through the Senate.

But what is a double dissolution? Why does the Australian Constitution have such a mechanism? And what happens next?

Euthanasia law criticised as out of step with society

The Sydney Morning Herald writes about Visiting Professorial Fellow Nicholas Cowdery's Justice Talks Lecture (16 October 2013).

Former NSW director of public prosecutions Nicholas Cowdery has urged the O'Farrell government to legalise voluntary euthanasia and to relax drug laws as part of a push to align the criminal law with community expectations of justice.

Mr Cowdery used a speech on Tuesday night to advocate new laws to give terminally ill people the right to an assisted death.

World has a duty to stand up for dignity

Michael Kirby AC, CMG writes in The Sydney Morning Herald (15 October 2013) about World Dignity Day. World Dignity Day was held at NSW Parliament House on Monday 14 October and was organised by UNSW Law.

We did not have a Dignity Day when I was at school. But, even at my primary school at Summer Hill, we received an inkling of the values that should bind us together.

Global Dignity Day comes to Australia

What does it mean for people to live a dignified life? That's the question being considered by 170 high school students from across Sydney who will meet at NSW Parliament House on Monday 14 October for the first large-scale Australian Global Dignity Day event.

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG will deliver the keynote address to the year 10 students representing 37 schools across Sydney. As a champion of human rights within Australia and abroad, he will draw on his personal and professional experiences in his inspiring and challenging talk.

Right, you lot, it's time we seceded

Professor George Williams writes in The Sydney Morning Herald (8 October 2013).

Are you sick of your local representative? Fed up with paying tax? Like to be a monarch ruling your own nation? If so, you could be one of a surprising number of people who have seceded from Australia to form their own micro nation.

Human Rights Fellowship Program for graduate law students

Legal Aid NSW in partnership with UNSW Law and the Australian Human Rights Centre has established a Human Rights Fellowship Program for graduate law students. The fellowship program has been developed to give UNSW law students interested in human rights legal practice an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience at Legal Aid NSW.

Fellowship Program Outline

International Student of the Year finalist

Master of Laws student Maria Lobato is in the running to become NSW’s International Student of the Year in the Higher Education category, thanks to her passion for student activism and volunteer work with refugees.

The state government awards celebrate initiatives of international students and recognise their contributions to the community.

While living in Sydney and completing a Master of Laws, the Argentinian-born student has served as the Coursework Student Officer for ARC’s Postgraduate Council, and is a member of the Postgraduate Coursework Committee of the Academic Board.

The Hon Justice Tony Meagher

The Hon Justice Tony Meagher (BCom LLB 77)

The Hon. Justice Tony Meagher was once described by a colleague as the “proverbial duck”, calm on the outside, paddling madly under the surface.

While the comment was made in reference to his time as a barrister, Justice Meagher says he is just as conscientious in his role as a judge, appointed to the NSW Court of Appeal in the Supreme Court in 2011.