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UNSW Law Essay Competition 2012

UNSW Law Essay Competition 2012

The UNSW Law Essay Competition is proudly presented by UNSW Law School, one of Australia’s premier institutions for legal education, and UNSW Indigenous Law Centre.

Year 11 and 12 students in Australia are invited to take part in our annual Law Essay Competition. This year’s topic is based on the 20th anniversary of the Mabo Case:

In 1992, the Prime Minister Paul Keating said that the High Court decision in Mabo ‘establishes a fundamental truth and lays the basis for justice’. What did he mean by this statement?

New International Scholarships for High Achievers

UNSW Law is offering a number of scholarships to International high achieving students commencing their studies in 2012.

Master of Laws (LLM)

All International students who have submitted an application to study the Master of Laws (LLM) at UNSW and who have an unconditional offer by 30 April 2012 for Semester 2, 2012, will be automatically considered for these scholarships. No separate scholarship application is required.

Juris Doctor (JD)

The Hon Michael Kirby welcomed UNSW Law students this week as they ‘embark on a great journey’.

The incoming class of 2012 undergraduate and JD Law students were welcomed to UNSW and to the law by the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG at O-week.

‘Law is a discipline which is about the control of power,‘ he said. ‘It’s our business as lawyers to be engaged with the moral dilemmas.’

Reflecting on his own time as a law student fifty years ago, Michael Kirby urged students to be very concerned with justice.

‘What are the issues of law that your generation will have the responsibility of perceiving as unjust and doing something about?’ he asked the students.

New students were both inspired and excited by the speech.

‘Look to your right and look to your left,’ Michael Kirby told students. ‘Maybe sitting next to you is a future chief justice of Australia’.

'Bikie laws open to abuse, says law expert'

Associate Professor Alex Steel speaks to The Sydney Morning Herald (20 February 2012) about how the new bikie laws could be selectively enforced by police to discriminate.

New laws designed to help police break up bikie gangs are open to abuse because they allow police to punish anyone who associates with people who have been convicted of a criminal offence in the past, a legal expert warns.

'Donations reform a big win, but will it last?

Professor George Williams writes in The Sydney Morning Herald (17 February 2012) that the Premier's new bill makes it illegal for any party or politician to accept a donation except from a voter on the electoral role.

The Premier, Barry O'Farrell, has won a major victory in securing Greens support for political finance reform. His changes will fundamentally reshape how NSW political parties raise and spend money. Although the law applies across the board, the greatest impact will be felt by the ALP.

'It's time for our first peoples to get a fair go in the constitution'

Sean Brennan writes in the Age (17 February 2012) about the referendum proposal that was presented to government recently.

This week in Parliament, the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader recommitted to constitutional reform in respect of Australia's first peoples.

This brings us a step closer to an essential change in Australia's foundation document, one which many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have fought for decades to achieve.

Welcome to new students and welcome back to returning students

The 2012 academic year is off to a flying start with students back on campus, classes starting for our JD students, and the newly refurbished Freehills Law Library opening the doors.

Postgraduate coursework students were welcomed at an orientation event at the UNSW CBD campus on Monday evening. They met some of their lecturers and fellow students and had an opportunity to ask staff about any last minute enrolment or administrative issues.

Undergraduate students will be welcomed on Thursday morning at the UNSW Law building on campus.

'Australia: A cautionary tale of litigation financing?'

Associate Professor Michael Legg's report on how businesses invest in high-stakes legal disputes creates conflicts of interest was the basis for a Wall Street Journal Blog (10 February 2012).

'We need to talk about COAG'

Paul Kildea writes in Inside Story (19 January 2012) about how the process has been hampered by a breakdown in trust between the Commonwealth and the states. Please see summary below:

With attention focused elsewhere, summer is always a good time for politically important developments to slip under the radar. Two decisions with important implications for federal–state relations have slipped through this summer, and they suggest that the Gillard government could have another fight on its hands.

'Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: the "what" and "how"'

Paul Kildea writes in the Canberra Times (11 February 2012), Australian Financial Review (10 February 2011) and Inside Story (2 February 2012) about what’s being proposed for Australian constitutional reform, and how we might get there. Please see summary below: