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Crossbench support crucial to government's survival

Professor George Williams speaks to The Sydney Morning Herald (26 June 2013).

University of New South Wales constitutional expert George Williams said while the Labor Party could choose its leader, in a hung Parliament its leader would not necessarily be Prime Minister.

Kevin Rudd would need the support of crossbench MPs to deliver him a parliamentary majority to keep Labor on the Treasury benches.

European Human Rights Law & Institutions - LAWS8157

UNSW Law is pleased to offer the popular postgraduate course, European Human Rights Law & Institutions in Semester 2.

Europe enjoys the world’s most advanced regional human rights system. Its “jewel in the crown” is the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) of 1950, the world’s first and still unique human rights treaty, adopted by the Council of Europe as a reaction to the mass murders and atrocities of the Second World War.

Forty-seven States have ratified the Convention; some 50,000 applications have been submitted in 2008; some 100,000 cases are pending before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

New book by Gabrielle Simm: Sex in Peace Operations

UNSW Law academic, Gabrielle Simm has published a book examining the regulation of sex between international personnel and local people during UN peace operations.

Gabrielle Simm’s book, titled Sex in Peace Operations, was published by Cambridge University Press in June 2013 and was the basis of a conversation on campus between Dr Simm and Professor Louise Chappell at an event co-hosted by the Australian Human Rights Centre and the Gender Related Violence Studies Network.

Congratulations to the winner of the 2013 UNSW Law Essay Competition

Congratulations to Kevin Kim who has won the 2013 UNSW Law Essay Competition.Kevin's essay was selected from entries submitted by Year 11 and 12 students from across Australia who wrote on Hacktivisim and the Law.

The Dean, David Dixon, presented Kevin with his prize at a ceremony at Knox Grammar in July.

How should the law respond to Hacktivism?

Judges included academics from UNSW Law's Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre who were impressed with the very high standard of entries and the students' understanding around hacktivism and the law.

UNSW Law and the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre congratulate the following students:

Eight reasons offshore processing is a failure

Professor Jane McAdam writes in The Sydney Morning Herald (21 June 2013).

The Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights has found that Australia's regional processing legislation violates many of our human rights obligations.

At a time when the Coalition is advocating tougher border protection policies, this is a wakeup call that we have already gone far too far.

LAWS8026 Banking & Finance Law

This Postgraduate course in Banking and Finance Law examines the law and practice concerning the provision of finance. The course is of particular relevance to those seeking to strengthen professional skills and will be taught primarily by specialist practitioners, principally by leading banking and finance law partners of King & Wood Mallesons. A transactional approach will be adopted in appropriate classes.

The focus of this course is on the raising of debt finance, including secured transactions, subordinated and unsecured lending, bank finance and capital market borrowings, and syndicated loan financing.

The main topics are:

Work by UNSW Law academics informs Australian Law Reform Commission report on copyright

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has released its Discussion Paper titled 'Copyright in the Digital Economy' (DP79). The Discussion Paper released on 5 June recommends substantial changes to Australian copyright law to include a broad, flexible exception for fair use.

Not a Judas in sight but it's not over yet

Deborah Healey appointed to NSW Rugby League Board

UNSW Law Senior Lecturer, Deborah Healey, has been appointed to the Board of the NSW Rugby League (NSWRL).

Deborah, who lectures in Sports Law at UNSW, was one of three new appointments announced by the NSWRL Chairman, Dr George Peponis recently. Also appointed as a Board member was Mr Nick Politis and Mr David Trodden was appointed CEO. Dr Peponis said each of the new appointments was specifically targeted to enhance the evolution of the governance and strategic direction of Rugby League in NSW.

Dr Peponis welcomed Deborah’s appointment and the skills and experience she will bring to the Board.