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Janet Chan, Suzanne Poynton & Jasmine Bruce awarded $157,000 by ARC for research on legal services and wellbeing

Congratulations to  Professor Janet Chan, Suzanne Poynton and Jasmine Bruce who have been awarded $157,000 by the Australian Research Council for research on legal services and wellbeing.

Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant

Researchers: Chan, Prof Janet B; Poynton, Dr Suzanne M; Bruce, Dr Jasmine

Project title: A study of work stress, workplace culture and wellbeing programs for lawyers and support staff

ARC Funding: $157,495

Duration: 2012-2015

Partner Organisation(s): Legal Aid Commission of NSW

Administering Organisation: The University of New South Wales

Professor David Dixon, making connections in US and China, and paving the path for new linkages

In April-May, I made two very successful overseas visits. In April, I was in the US. My first stop was Boston, where I met several professors at Harvard to discuss possible collaboration, notably a summer school, clinical exchanges, and links between our refugee law projects.

'School chaplains decision opens can of worms for federal funding'

Professor Andrew Lynch writes in The Australian (3 July 2012) about the school chaplains decision.

UNSW Law strengthens ties with Thai judges

UNSW Law is further deepening its ties with the Supreme Court of Thailand, with 46 judges and officials on-campus undertaking a two-week intensive on the Australian Legal System. Hosted by Continuing Legal Education (CLE) at UNSW, the delegation has been studying the principles and practice of NSW courts through a series of lectures and court visits.

Among the party are Justice Panya, the past President of the Supreme Court and Justice Sarawut, the Deputy Secretary General of the Courts and Justice Department in Thailand. This is the fifteenth delegation sent by the Thai courts to gain some insight into the efficiencies of Australian court rooms.

Law student benefits from international experience and connecting with alumnus

Jessica Ji, fourth year Arts/Law student, met UNSW alumnus Sabine Pittrof (LLB 95) at an informal morning tea in 2011 when Sabine visited the Law School from Germany. This turned out to be an important connection for Jessica who went on exchange to Amsterdam in Semester 1, 2012.

Jessica Ji reports on her exchange and work experiences in Europe:

“Going on exchange and working abroad has been an invaluable experience for me. It has broadened my way of thinking, developed my independence and maturity, and encouraged me to approach the world with my eyes wide open.

Changing the world with the help of Bill Clinton

Talking with Bill Clinton about poverty is not something many people have the chance to do. Tanvir Uddin, a final year Arts/Law student was lucky enough to meet the former president as part of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) in March this year.

Tanvir was selected to participate in the annual conference held in Washington DC with 1200 other students from around the globe. He was fortunate to already be in the US for the event following a semester studying at Harvard Law School on a UNSW travel scholarship.

Justice has a voice at UNSW Law through new lecture series

Law and justice are at the heart of UNSW Law School, providing the foundation of our teaching and research. This very distinctive approach will be given a louder voice through a new public lecture series, Justice Talks,  which will be launched in August.

The inaugural Justice Talks lecture will be delivered by Professor Lucia Zedner from Oxford University. Her lecture is titled, Detaining the Dangerous – A comparative jurisprudence of preventive detention.

Based on a three year study into preventative justice, Professor Zedner’s talk will analyse the foundations for the range of coercive measures that states take against individuals in the name of crime prevention and public protection.

Corporate management the focus of latest Law Journal

Two UNSW Law Journal publications were launched at Freehills last week, with over 90 attending to celebrate the release of the 35th general edition as well as the 18th Forum publication, entitled Directors’ Duties Revisited.

With recent high-profile cases involving James Hardie and Centro, this very timely Issue of Forum addresses the practical and theoretical debates on the responsibilities of company directors.

Delivering the keynote address at the launch, The Hon Dr Robert Austin, former Judge of the Supreme Court of NSW, spoke of the importance of the issues covered in the publication.

Spirit of young UNSW Law scholar lives on, through a scholarship to help others

The tragic death of one of UNSW Law School's bright young scholars in 2011 has not been forgotten. Louise Odette Brown died in an apartment fire in Paris just over a year ago. Louise grew up in Surfolk Park. After completing her HSC at Lismore's Trinity Catholic College, Louise became a Law student at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). She was an exemplary student who had a passion for social justice and human rights.

The Louise Brown Memorial Award was set up by UNSW Law School to carry on Louise's passion by helping other students. The Award has already provided financial support to one student this year to undertake an international internship. But the money will run out in a few short years.

Jane McAdam interviewed by ABC's One Plus One on climate change and displacement

Professor Jane McAdam talks to ABC News, One Plus One (29 June 2012) about climate change rdisplacement and international law.

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