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Sinking nations

Professor Jane McAdam speaks to The Wire about climate change and displacement (3 May 2013).

Many people see climate change as an issue to face in the future but for the people of Kiribati and Tuvalu it's affecting them now in a big way. If things don't improve, they face displacement from their homes. For the proud nations they struggle not only to survive but to maintain their dignity in their fight against the elements.

IN PROFILE: Damien Miller (BA LLB 98)

UNSW alumnus Damien Miller will become Australia’s first Indigenous head of an overseas mission when he takes up his posting as Ambassador to Denmark this month.

Mr Miller graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws in 1998. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University.

Announcing the posting, Foreign Minister Bob Carr said that Damien Miller -- a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) -- would also serve as non-resident Ambassador to Norway and Iceland.

He was recently Deputy Ambassador to Germany and has previously served in the Australian High Commission in Malaysia.

First-rate results for our world-class mooters

It has been one of the most successful years ever for our international mooters, who collected a swag of awards and accolades at competitions in The Hague, Washington, Thailand and Paris over the past few months.

Following on from our team’s win at the Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law Competition, our ‘Jessup’ team recently returned from Washington DC. Guy Baldwin, Emily Burke, Lyndon Goddard, Evelyn Douek and Rohit Sud made it to the quarter-finals of the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot and were the last Australians standing in the prestigious competition.

New titles attract big names to book launch

Some of our prolific academics have celebrated the release of their latest publications this month with the help of leaders from the profession such as the Attorney-General Greg Smith, Chief Justice Tom Bathurst and the Hon Michael Kirby.

The latest book due to be launched is from UNSW Law Professor, Leon Trakman. Regionalism in International Investment Law has been co-edited by Nick Ranieri and will be launched on 20 May by the Hon Michael Kirby, who is one of the Australians appointed by the Government to the ICSID, the primary body responsible for investor-state dispute resolution.

Global experts brought together for CLMR conference and roundtable

The ‘Asian Century’ and judicial enforcement of market regulation will be the focus of three days of expert analysis this month. Luminaries from across the globe will converge on the CBD for a conference and roundtable hosted by UNSW Law’s Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation (CLMR).

The CLMR and Seattle University’s Berle Centre have partnered to present the 5thBerle Conference from 13-14 May. Entitled ‘Capital Markets, the Corporation and the Asian Century: Governance, Accountability and the Future of Corporate Law,’ the conference will look at how the authority and legitimacy of capital markets and corporations has been shaken, exacerbated by geopolitical and economic power shifts.

Wellbeing programs for legal professionals subject of new research

Although work stress and mental health issues are now recognised as a serious problem among Australian lawyers, there has been relatively little evidence-based knowledge of how this problem can be solved. This is about to change.

In a ground-breaking research project, UNSW Law researchers Professor Janet Chan, Dr Suzanne Poynton and Dr Jasmine Bruce will undertake a rigorous evaluation of wellbeing programs for lawyers and their support staff.

“It’s not just lawyers in large commercial practices who are affected by stress”, said Janet Chan who is heading up the project.

“Work stress in the legal profession extends across public and private sectors, as well as to support staff,” she said.

Our new curriculum: Law in the Global Context

By Associate Professor Colin Picker

In 2013, UNSW Law instituted a new curriculum, reflecting the most recent understandings of best practices and developments within the law and legal education.  That new curriculum sets a new benchmark for legal education in in Australia. The below is the first in a series covering the innovations and advances reflected in the new curriculum.


New Chair in International Finance & Regulation

Scientia Professor Ross Buckley has been appointed to a new Chair in International Finance and Regulation to drive research into systemic responses to global financial insecurity.

Leading international law firm, King & Wood Mallesons, sponsored the establishment of the Chair in partnership with the Centre for International Finance and Regulation (CIFR).

The relationship makes King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) the sole legal partner of CIFR, joining its other industry partners Macquarie Group, Commonwealth Bank and KPMG.

Megan Davis re-elected to UN, accompanies Governor-General to New York

The Governor-General Quentin Bryce has hosted a high-level reception in New York for UNSW Law Professor Megan Davis, Australia's recently re-elected representative on the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).

The reception was the culmination of a week-long tour of Canada by a delegation led by the Governor-General focusing on economic development in Indigenous communities.

Held at the residence of Australia’s Ambassador and permanent representative to the UN, Gary Quinlan, the reception was attended by many of the permanent representatives of the 54 serving UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) nations. The Permanent Forum is a subsidiary body of ECOSOC.

'Use of term 'illegal' is ignorant or mischievous'

Professor Jane McAdam writes in The National Times (23 April 2013).

While the Coalition may have hoped to score political points with the reappearance of its "illegal boats" billboard this week, it has shone a spotlight on its feeble grasp of international law. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is wrong to say that the Refugee Convention says asylum seekers are "illegal".