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Killer nurse joins ranks of inmates never to be released

Associate Professor Alex Steel speaks to The Sydney Morning Herald (3 August 2013).

Associate Professor Alex Steel, of the Faculty of Law at the University of NSW, said an intention to kill was not necessarily needed for a murder conviction.

Who cares about the constitution?

Professor George Williams is interviewed by ABC's Big Ideas (12 August 2013).

Who really cares about the Constitution? Or did you even know that Australia had one?

You're not alone if you didn’t know we had a written constitution. Another 40% of the country had no idea that a written constitution existed.

On the Record: Anna Katzmann

Among the many hats she wears, The Hon Justice Anna Katzmann is an outspoken advocate for lawyers suffering from mental illness.

Judge of the Federal Court of Australia since 2010, having served as a Barrister and Senior Counsel for 30 years prior, Justice Katzmann has seen people in the legal profession fall by the wayside because of insurmountable pressure.

“For a long time the profession buried its head in the sand and wouldn’t acknowledge that there was a problem, and that just made it worse,” she reflects. “Obviously not every emotional trauma is caused by work. Far from it, but work can make it a lot worse.”

European tour open doors for UNSW Law students

The Dean, David Dixon, has recently returned from a whirlwind tour of Europe, meeting with alumni and visiting leading Law Schools to explore partnership opportunities.

After hosting alumni events in London and Oxford, the Dean visited six English institutions which included Oxford, Cambridge, Kings College, London School of Economics, Northumbria, and Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Universities.

Research grant to plug holes in groundwater regulation

Water wastage, meter tampering and environmental impact will be the focus of a new study into groundwater regulation by Dr Cameron Holley.

Most sources of water are tightly regulated, however the actual volumes of groundwater being used is misunderstood. A $20,000 grant from the NSW Department of Trade & Investment will allow Cameron to look at whether intentional or inadvertent over-use  is undermining this valuable resource.

Cameron will partner with Professor Andrew Baker from The Connected Waters Initiative to examine scientific data on how meter tampering, faulty meters and other kinds of mismanaged groundwater extraction might be assessed on a wide catchment basis to prioritise aquifers for legal regulation.

Family law and domestic violence clinic receives funding boost

A Clinic focused on family law and domestic violence at Kingsford Legal Centre is set to grow thanks to a cash injection from the Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus. The clinic will receive $200,000 to ensure it continues to educate law students and assist disadvantaged community members over the next four years.

Kingsford Legal Centre, which is part of UNSW Law, takes six law students into the Family Law Clinic each semester. Working one day a week, the students work with community organisations developing creative and relevant presentations on domestic violence and family law. 

The funding will enable the clinic to evaluate and expand into new relationships with other community organisations and develop greater capacity to teach law students.

New director and new phase for Gilbert + Tobin Centre

The Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law has not one, but two new directors after Professor Andrew Lynch last month stepped down from the role after five years. Professor Rosalind Dixon has commenced as Interim Director until March 2014, with Associate Professor Sean Brennan to take on the role for a full term after that. Both Rosalind and Sean are well-placed to lead a centre that has grown to become one of Australia’s most influential shapers of public debate.

An insightful summer in New York for UNSW Law students

The New York Summer School proved to be just as successful the second time around, with 36 students returning inspired from the two-week human rights intensive at Columbia University.

Led by Justine Nolan, the course Human Rights in Practice was taught at Columbia Human Rights Institute with field trips to the United Nations Headquarters and Museum of the City of New York, which featured a historical exhibition on Social Activism.

International human rights scholars led discussions with students on the history of racial equality laws in the US, recent Supreme Court decisions on marriage equality, US policies on surveillance and counter-terrorism, housing and women’s rights.

Privacy and consent over time

Professor Christine Jolls from Yale Law School presented a research seminar at UNSW Law on 6 August 2013 on 'Privacy and consent over time'.

The seminar was co-hosted by UNSW Law and Herbert Smith Freehills Law and Economics Initiative.

About Professor Christine Jolls

Professor Jolls is one of the world's leading scholars on law and economics scholars, and a founder of the field of behavioural law and economics.  She holds a JD from Harvard Law School, Phd in Economics from MIT, and is director of the Law and Economics Program at the NBER. She also served as a clerk on the United States Supreme Court, and was previously a tenured professor at Harvard Law School.  

Critical Issues in Restorative Justice


Restorative Justice (RJ) is a term that encompasses a range of non-adversarial approaches to criminal justice. These processes focus on engaging affected parties in decision-making aimed at repairing the harm caused by crime.

Critical Issues in Restorative Justice (LAWS8117 / JURD7817) brings together leading practitioners and researchers in the field to speak about their research and experience running restorative justice programs.