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Radio National: Late Night Live

Professor Megan Davis, talks about the Australian Constitutional panel on Radio National: Late Night Live (28 September 2011) . See summary below:

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As part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations, and in conjunction with our ‘new look’ website, UNSW Law has ventured out into the realm of social networking to build greater connections with students, alumni and community.

Celebrating 40 years leading in the law

Chief Justice of the High Court, the Hon. Robert French, and Attorney-General, the Hon Robert McClelland, were among the 350 guests who gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of UNSW Law School on 17 September 2011.

Delivering the keynote address, Justice Robert French traced the history of the Law School over 40 years and its role as a leader. 

“The University of New South Wales Law School from its foundation has been at the leading edge of change in legal education,” Justice French said.

“The record is one of high achievement. The graduates of the Law School today include many leading figures in public life, in politics, in the judiciary, and the legal profession.”

State building - Palestinian Law Deans visit UNSW Law School

A group of Palestinian law deans has completed a tour of Australian universities under a UNSW-led program aimed at strengthening the legal system in the emerging Palestinian state.

Five Deans from the West Bank toured the law schools during the visit sponsored by the Council for Australian-Arab Relations.

The tour is the result of the hard work of UNSW Law School’s Founding Dean Hal Wootten, who came up with the idea after visiting the Palestinian territories three years ago.

Professor Wootten said Australia, as an example of a modern legal system operating in a secure democracy, has much to offer a future Palestinian state.

Excellence in research

UNSW is the state’s top ranked university based on the Excellence in Research for Australia report, which evaluated research activity and quality in the country’s 41 higher education institutions.

The analysis, produced by the Australian Research Council, assessed performance across eight broad discipline groups, broken down into 22 fields and 157 specific subject areas. Results are based on a range of indicators including publications and citations, expert review and international benchmarks.

Nationally, UNSW received the fourth highest rating – 4.04 of a maximum five – measuring its performances in all broad fields of research as “at, above or well above” world standard.

SBS: Insight - Hacktivism

Alana Maurushat, from UNSW Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre, talks about hacking and online protests on this week's episode of SBS Insight (27 September 2011).

To view the full episode click here. (The page is no longer available)

"It's not the law Thompson should fear"

Professor George Williams writes on the political furore enveloping Craig Thomson and speculation around his disqualification from Parliament (Sydney Morning Herald, August 30 2011). See summary below:

The political furore enveloping Craig Thomson has led to speculation that his disqualification from Parliament will bring down the Gillard government. However, it is unlikely that he will be disqualified. The damaging public debate will no doubt work to the political advantage of the opposition, but the law is unlikely to produce the outcome they desire.

"The laws that erode who we are"

Professor George Williams writes on how Australia's anti-terrorism laws restrict democratic freedoms and would never have been allowed to pass in the US (Sydney Morning Herald, September 10, 2011). See summary below:

Australia responded to September 11, 2001, with an extraordinary burst of law-making. In the ensuing decade, the Federal Parliament enacted 54 pieces of anti-terrorism legislation; 48 of these were passed under the Howard government, an average of one new anti-terrorism law every seven weeks.

OAIC should have more power: Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre

David Vaile, executive director of UNSW Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre, comments on Office of Information Commissioner (OAIC) should have more power to protect personal information and privacy online (CIO Magazine, August 1 2011). See summary below:

The UNSW Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre has called on the Federal Government to expand the Office of the Information Commissioner’s (OAIC) powers to better protect personal information and privacy online.

"Plan by Australia, Malaysia to swap refugees is blocked"

Greg Weeks comments on the Australian High Court ruling that asylum seekers cannot be sent to Malaysia (Wall Street Journal, Asia, September 1 2011). See summary below:

The Australian High Court ruled Wednesday that Australia cannot send asylum seekers to Malaysia, effectively blocking a recent agreement between the two countries and dealing a major blow to the government of Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.