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Graduates rate UNSW Law above all others

According to The Good Universities Guide 2014 which was released this month, UNSW Law is the only law school in Australia to receive top rating in each category - teaching quality, generic skills, overall satisfaction, success getting a job and starting salaries. This is the third year running that The Good Universities Guide has reported UNSW Law’s leading position.

This news comes on the back of the 2013 QS World Rankings which named UNSW Law 12th in the world.

The Good Universities Guide 2014 found that UNSW Law students earn an average of $63,513 in their first year, which is $8,000 more than law graduates from Sydney University. Indeed, Sydney Law School rated below UNSW on every criterion.  

Public forum on Doping in Sport at UNSW Law

The drive for pure performance, changes to regulation, and controversies in cycling and football codes have pushed the issue of doping in sport to the forefront.  

Deborah Healey, Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law and a noted expert in Sports Law, will moderate a UNSW Law public forum Doping in Sport on Thursday October 10.

This event will examine issues around doping from a variety of perspectives including the operation and revision of the World Anti-Doping Code, the roles of government and sporting bodies, and outcomes and implications for athletes, including  from a human rights perspective. 

Systemic risk in finance the focus of inaugural symposium

The Centre for International Finance and Regulation (CIFR) held its inaugural Symposium last month, bringing financial sector leaders together to discuss the progress of six CIFR-funded research projects on systemic risk. The first of a series, the Symposium was designed to give researchers the opportunity to discuss their projects with an audience of academic peers, finance industry executives and financial sector regulators.

CIFR was established last year, after UNSW Law and the Australian School of Business successfully led a consortium of six Australian universities in a bid to host the new government-funded Centre.

Mobile phone fine print made clearer for kids

Australian children have one of the highest rates of mobile phone ownership in the world. This also makes them more vulnerable to contract traps, bill shock and debt according to the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre (NCYLC). 

These are the findings of the Caps, Apps and other Mobile Traps study, which has led to the release of a set of factsheets designed to help children and young people manage their mobile phone expenses.

Opinion: Australian parties in 'race to bottom' on asylum seeker policy

Professor Jane McAdam writes in (3 September 2013).

It might be surprising that in a country as wealthy, multicultural and big as Australia, one of the key election battles is about asylum seekers and refugees. Both major parties are engaged in a race to the bottom about how best to shut down Australia as a place of refuge for people who take to the sea.

Security Council sanctions: can Australia make a difference?

Christopher Michaelsen along with Marie-Eve Loiselle writes in The Conversation (29 August 2013).

For the United Nations Security Council, sanctions are an important instrument in addressing threats to international peace and security. They usually take the form of controls and bans on travel, trade in specified goods and services, and on financial dealings with designated persons and entities.

A smaller parliament and no upper house is not a good recipe for accountability

Fergal Davis writes in The Irish Times (29 August 2013).

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Unicameralism is a different form of government, not a cheaper form of government. Unfortunately, the debate on abolishing the Seanad has been defined by cost: Richard Bruton claims the Seanad costs €20 million a year; Michael McDowell counters that the true figure is a mere €1.60 per citizen. But the bean counters miss the point. Unicameral systems need to be designed to ensure effective scrutiny of government and clever design never comes cheap.

UN slams Australia's treatment of refugees

Professor Jane McAdam writes in The Interpreter (27 August 2013).

In a damning indictment of Australia's treatment of refugees, the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) has found 143 violations of international law by Australia.

Regulation, Litigation & Enforcement


The effective regulation of areas such as competition law, securities, financial services and taxation requires the availability and use of enforcement techniques, including litigation.

Jane McAdam interviewed on ABC Mornings by Linda Mottram

Professor Jane McAdam interviewed on ABC Mornings by Linda Mottram about the UN Human Rights Committee’s finding that Australia’s mandatory detention of refugees is cruel and inhuman treatment.