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Women of influence start out at UNSW Law

Five UNSW Law alumni were named in the Top 100 Women of Influence awards from a pool of over 350 nominations Australia-wide. The inaugural awards seek to recognise the contributions of bold female leaders across 10 categories.

The  youngest alumna recognised was April Long (BA/LLB ‘12) in the Young Leader category for her work in the Indigenous community. April is currently National Manager of the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy and Member of the National Youth Advisory Council. She was inaugural Indigenous Law Student of the Year in 2011 and a former Editor of the Indigenous Law Bulletin at UNSW.

KLC honoured for Pro-Bono partnership

UNSW’s Kingsford Legal Centre and law firm Herbert Smith Freehills were honoured with the Pro Bono Partnership Award at the Annual Justice Awards last month. Their win was the result of a program that improves access to justice for socially and economically disadvantaged residents in Sydney’s east.

The Annual Justice Awards – held by the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW – recognise the contributions of organisations towards improving access to justice in the state, particularly for those who are socially or economically disadvantaged.

For over 20 years Freehills has provided KLC with a secondee solicitor who participates in all areas of KLC service including advice, casework and community legal education, as well as educating and mentoring students.

Academics awarded over $1.8million in research funding

UNSW Law academics have been awarded over $1.8 million in Australian Research Council (ARC) 2012 grants. Grants include three Discovery Project grants, one Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) grant and one Discovery Indigenous grant.

Professor Ross Buckley was among the thirteen UNSW Law researchers included in the research projects. Professor Buckley received the highly prestigious Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA) for his role as Chief Investigator in a project looking at systemic responses to global financial instability.

Emeritus Professor David Browm, Conjoint Professor Christopher Cunneen and Melanie Schwartz won two Discovery Project grants.

'Rape as a weapon of war: what the law can do'

Amrita Kapur writes in The Conversation (3 November 2012).

During the chaos of war, rape is used by the powerful as a deliberate strategy to destroy any opposition. The law, seemingly, has little role to play. After all, during conflict the normal rules of law and order no longer apply.

Instead of being an exception, perpetrators number in the thousands and commit crimes unchecked. Historically, the “excesses of war” were even regarded as inevitable; the rape of women and pillaging of towns simply perks of victory.

'Environmental defenders under attack: why funding must be restored'

Amelia Thorpe writes in The Conversation (5 November 2012).

With a new planning system about to be introduced in NSW, the need for an independent, specialist public interest environmental and planning law centre is greater than ever.

For nearly 30 years, the Environmental Defender’s Office (EDO) NSW has been the only provider of specialist public interest environmental law advice in NSW. Yet now, precisely when it is needed most, the future of the organisation is in doubt.

ARC grant for research into the systematic responses to global financial instability

Congratulations to Professor Ross Buckley and Dr Yvonne Wong (with Professor Rolf Weber, Professor Douglas Arner and Professor Emilio Avgouleas) who were awarded $675,000 by the Australian Research Council for research into systematic responses to global financial instability.

ARC grant for research into justice reinvestment in Australia

Congratulations to Professor Julie Stubbs, Melanie Schwartz, Professor Christopher Cunneen and Emeritus Professor David Brown who have been awarded a $230,000 Australian Research Council grant for research into 'Justice Reinvestment in Australia: conceptual foundations for criminal justice innovation'.

ARC grant for research into comparative analysis of youth punishment in Australia and the United Kingdom

Congratulations to Conjoint Professor Christopher Cunneen, Melanie Schwartz and Emeritus Professor David Brown (with Professor Eileen Baldry and Professor Barry Goldson) who have been awarded $429,000 by the Australian Research Council for research on youth punishment in Australia and the United Kingdom.

ARC grant for research into 'the role of cultural factors in the sentencing of Indigenous sex offenders in the Northern Territory'.

Congratulations to Professor Megan Davis, Associate Professor Anne Cossins and Kyllie Cripps who were awarded $230,000 by the Australian Research Council for research on the role of cultural factors in the sentencing of Indigenous sex offenders in the Northern Territory.

ARC grant for research into 'The Australasian Legal Scholarship Library: new content and sophistication for a world- leading legal scholarship repository and citator'

Congratulations to Professor Graham Greenleaf,  Professor Andrew Byrnes and Professor Janet Chan(with Mowbray, Prof Andrew S; Kenyon, Prof Andrew T; Fitzgerald, Prof Brian F; Blakeney, Prof Michael L; Twomey, Prof Anne F; Cane, Prof Peter F; Svantesson, A/Prof Dan J; Freiberg, Prof Arie; McDonald, A/Prof Leighton; Rolph, A/Prof David; Wells, Mr Andrew M;Grantham, Prof Ross B; Stuhmcke, Prof Anita), who have been awarded $290,000 by the Australian Research Council for research on The Australian Legal Scholarship Library.

The Australasian Legal Scholarship Library: new content and sophistication for a world- leading legal scholarship repository and citator

2013          $290,000.00

Total          $290,000.00

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