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Retaining juries in terrorism cases

Fergal DavisUNSW Law Senior Lecturer Fergal Davis was awarded the ‘2013 Politics article prize’ recently for his article The Jury as a Political Institution in an Age of Counterterrorism. The prize is awarded by the Political Studies Association annually for the best article published in the journal Politics in the preceding year.

Home-grown at UNSW and back to make a difference

In celebration of International Women's Day last month, we are recognising two fantastic women in law. Home-grown at UNSW, Maria Nawaz and Jessica Hudson are showing us how it's done and making a difference right here on our own turf.

Maria Nawaz (BInSt/LLB ’11) is a UNSW Law alumna pursuing a passion for social justice and making a difference.  As a solicitor at Kingsford Legal Centre, Maria works with vulnerable people in the community by offering legal advice and representation, as well as guidance to Law School students.

Call for Mentors by the UNSW Law Society

The UNSW Law Society is seeking to pilot a new professional mentoring program in 2014 which aims to partner up penultimate and final year students with legal professionals from a variety of fields, including but not limited to criminal law, the government and public interest sector, the Bar, corporate and commercial law and international legal organisations.

Bank experts call for financial system inquiry

Professor Justin O'Brien and Dr George Gilligan's submission to the Treasurer's financial system inquiry urges the government to examine implications of potential manipulation of financial benchmarks in Australia and overseas, The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 April 2014.

Libor shines light on industry's 'ethical deficit'

The scope of the entrenched cultural and technical problems uncovered by the Libor and related scandals make them the single biggest threat to global capital markets, UNSW Law Professor Justin O’Brien (This link is no longer available) has told a major international regulatory workshop.

But Professor O’Brien warned industry renewal and reform are likely to fail unless the core ethical deficit at the heart of contemporary banking is systematically addressed.

WA Senate poll a reminder that voters are being tricked

OPINION: Professor George Williams, The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 April 2014.

Western Australia’s Senate election re-run shows once again the need to reform the process by which senators are chosen. The poll attracted a record number of candidates, 77, up from 62 last year, and a smorgasbord of micro parties.

Behind the Tweed: becoming World Heritage Listed

Dr Lucas Lixinski interviewed on ABC Radio National, Behind the Tweed, 4 April 2014.

Dr Lucas Lixinski speaks on the World Heritage Committee and the process by which something can be considered heritage listed, and also 'Intangible Cultural Heritage'.

'Mind the gap: Reconnecting legal education with market demand'

Professor David Dixon and Associate Professor Michael Legg comment on changes to the Law curriculum, career planning and the appointment of a Director of Senior Studies, Law Society Journal, April 2014.

Postgrad Course: An Uncensored History of International Law

UNSW Law is proud to launch the new postgraduate course entitled An Uncensored History of International Law.

This course aims to examine some of the fundamental issues underlying international law, against the background of its history. Attention will be paid both to classical analyses of the nature of international law (positivism and its alternatives) and to some of the recent critiques of international law from perspectives such as critical legal studies, feminist legal theory, international relations theory.

Students in the course will have the opportunity to reflect and discuss issues such as:
Does international law possess a history, or a set of historical engagements, upon which we infrequently pronounce?

Number of NSW police with convictions rise

Professor David Dixon was interviewed on the rise in the number of NSW police with convictions, ABC 7.30, 3 April 2014.

'You'd have to look at those cases one by one to see what the circumstances were and what the risks are in terms of what the crime they committed indicates about future risks by that police officer's conduct,' Professor Dixon said.