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Sports champs closer to a win thanks to Ben Lexcen scholarships

A Tae Kwon Do champion and Water Polo whizz are the latest law students to be awarded UNSW Ben Lexcen Scholarships for sporting and academic excellence.

Ashleigh-Blaise Webb is a first year Arts/Law student and Australia’s reigning Tae Kwon Do champion, a sport she has been pursuing since the age of four. This scholarship continues a tradition for the Webb family, with Ashleigh’s mother, Dr Melanie Webb, one of the earliest Ben Lexcen scholars and a former windsurfing world champion herself.

But Ashleigh is not just a martial arts expert. She is also gifted academically, receiving a Scientia Scholarship for achieving 99.9 in her ATAR and an Academic Achievement Award for topping her year at school.


Three youngish (just a few grey hairs) alumni have teamed up to work for themselves.

Adam Ahmed, Chris Kim and Terence Clee are all graduates of UNSW with Commerce (Accounting)/Law  degrees. They formed Hemsley Lawyers in 2012, a boutique law, tax and accounting firm in Sydney.

“After spending several years working for major firms, last year Adam and I found ourselves engaged to our lovely fiancés and entering our 30s. The grey hairs were beginning to show, and we felt that this was a ‘now or never’ moment in our lives,” said Chris.

“We reached a fork in the road - either spend the rest of our lives in big firms or take a chance to build something for ourselves,” said Adam.

Biggest and best clinics found at UNSW Law

Australia’s largest clinical legal education program can be found at UNSW Law with the addition of two new courses in 2013. The first Land & Environment Court Clinic is underway this Semester to be followed by the ground-breaking Police Powers Clinic next Semester. 

UNSW Law now offers a choice of nine clinics to later year students, allowing them to work with real clients and cases for course credit.

The Police Powers Clinic is the first of its kind in the country, operating in partnership with the Redfern Legal Centre. The Centre, which has a long association with UNSW Law, runs a state-wide legal service for members of the public who have enquiries or complaints about their treatment by police.

World Economic Forum finds Global Leaders and Shapers at UNSW Law

A UNSW Law professor, an alumna and a current student have been recognised by the World Economic Forum as global movers and shakers. Scientia Professor Jane McAdam was named a ‘Young Global Leader’, joining an elite international group recognised for their professional achievements, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.

Alumna Angela Kintominas (BA/LLB ‘12) and current law student Kaleesha Morris (Arts/Law) were also honoured by the World Economic Forum as ‘Sydney Global Shapers’, a network of up-and-comers who have demonstrated their abilities and commitment to making a difference to their communities.

'Disappearing States?'

Professor Jane McAdam writes in Oxford University Press's blog (30th March 2013).

'Privacy: the fix should not be left to judges'

'Heydon's push for judicial individualism admirable, but will it catch on?'

Professor Andrew Lynch writes in The Australian (22 March 2013).

A STAUNCH defence of judicial individualism, delivered by Dyson Heydon to audiences at the outset of his final year of service on the High Court, goes a long way to explaining how he went on to determine the cases that followed.

These included the high-profile challenges to tobacco plain-packing and the commonwealth's funding of school chaplains.

International Law in the New Age of Globalization

Congratulations to Professor Andrew Byrnes and Dr Christopher Michaelsen of UNSW Law and Associate Professor Mika Hayashi of Kobe University on the publication of 'International Law in the New Age of Globalization'. This collection brings together a series of essays which address some of the challenges that globalization poses to the international legal order.

'Window safety locks key for saving lives'

Cathy Sherry writes in The Sydney Morning Herald (15 March 2013).

The NSW government's announcement that it will amend the strata legislation to require owners corporations to install safety devices on all windows, is a rational response to the significant number of children who fall from windows each year.

Chief Justice Bathurst launches new book, 'Future of Dispute Resolution' edited by Michael Legg

'Unlike most law books, its focus is squarely on the future rather than the present,' Chief Justice Tom Bathurst said when he launched the new book, 'The Future of Dispute Resolution'.

Edited by Associate Professor Michael Legg, the publication includes contributors from the judiciary, bar, academia, alternative dispute resolution practice, the commercial and community legal sectors and politics.

'The excellent analysis of current challenges to dispute resolution provided by the contributors to this volume, the diversity of views presented, and the suggestions for reform offered will be immensely useful to lawyers, ADR practitioners, and students seeking to better understand the future landscape of dispute resolution,' Justice Bathurst said.