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Manus Island: the end does not justify the means

OPINION: Professor Jane McAdam, The Conversation, 27 February 2014. The Australian government cannot duck and weave and imply that events on Manus Island involving asylum seekers were lawless acts over which it had no control. A policy aimed at “stopping the boats” does not operate in a vacuum: it is circumscribed by international legal obligations into which Australia has freely entered.

Killing Cabinet confidentiality destroys democracy

OPINION: Professor George Williams, The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 February 2014.

A stoush has arisen between Attorney General George Brandis and his Labor counterpart Mark Dreyfus over the release of cabinet documents to the royal commission into the home insulation program. It raises important questions of principle about Australian democracy.

Battle brews over release of cabinet papers to royal commission on home insulation scheme

Professor George Williams comments on the Abbott government's plan to make cabinet documents from the former government available to the royal commission into the abandoned home insulation scheme in the Sydney Morning Herald on 22 February 2014.

Restitution and Unjust Enrichment

Unjust enrichment is an independent source of rights and obligations which along with contract, tort, equity and statute, forms part of the legal matrix in which commercial disputes arise and are litigated. Knowledge of the law of restitution is essential for the modern commercial litigator.

UNSW Law is proud to launch the exciting new course Restitution and Unjust Enrichment in Semester 2 2014. This exciting new course will be ideal for the novice or seasoned litigator. 

Coalition's FOFA 'streamlining' will destroy protections

OPINION: Professor Dimity Kingsford Smith and Viroshan Poologasundram, The Conversation, 14 February 2014.

Every employed Australian will enter the financial markets through their superannuation, meaning most Australians will need financial advice at some point in their life.

Research shows most people lack financial knowledge and don’t fully understand fees and commissions. Many, overwhelmed, simply trust their financial advisor.

Scrapping complementary protection immigration laws a backward step

OPINION: Professor Jane McAdam, The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 February 2014.

A Senate Committee will examine on Friday whether or not Australia should get rid of laws that prevent our government from deporting people to places where they are at risk of being killed, tortured, or exposed to other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

Churches warn Scott Morrison against 'playing God' with asylum seekers' lives

Professor Jane McAdam comments on the Federal government's proposed changes to Complementary Protection immigration laws in The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 February 2014.

Changing faces of High Court ease dissent

OPINION: Professor Andrew Lynch, The Australian, 14 February 2014.

The High Court is a paradox. On the one hand, very few public institutions enjoy its reputation for solidity and permanence. On the other, the court frequently changes and develops in surprising ways, with the departure of one justice and appointment of a new one being an especially powerful catalyst.

Congratulations to our Jessup mooters

Congratulations to UNSW Law’s Jessup moot team on reaching the quarterfinals of the competition in Canberra recently.

Students Akshay Rao, Nicky Block, Pavi Hariharan, Sean Cameron and Sumer Dayal were strong contenders with their Applicant Memorial ranked second in the competition.

This year's hypothetical case was concerned with issues about development of marine resources, underwater cultural heritage, pursuit of ships engaging in illegal activities at sea, and criminal jurisdiction.

Professor Megan Davis speaks on the 6th anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generation

Professor Megan Davis delivered the Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) Reconciliation Lecture on the 6th anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generation.

As a member for the Expert Panel on Constitutional recognition, Professor Davis took SKM staff and affiliates through the Panel's five recommendations, which include removing section 25 (which says the States can ban people from voting based on their race) and removing section 51 (xxvi) (which can be used to pass laws that discriminate against people based on their race).