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Gonski fallout: NSW at risk of facing huge school funding bill

Professor George Williams speaks to WAtoday’s State Political Reporter (29 November 2013).

As the federal government plans to walk away from the Gonski schools funding agreement, UNSW Law's Professor George Williams has warned that due to a state government amendment to the NSW Education Act, the NSW government is at risk of facing a massive school funding bill.

What's it like to be a UNSW Law student?

View the video to see what it's like to be a Law student at UNSW Law.

Offshore processing centres are no place for children - Jane McAdam

OPINION: Jane McAdam is Scientia Professor of Law and Director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Law.

Recent reports that three asylum seeker children have been transferred from Nauru back to Australia because of concerns about their health raises a more fundamental question that lies at the heart of Australia’s international legal obligations and decision-making. Can offshore processing in Nauru or Papua New Guinea ever be in a child’s best interests?

Legally binding or not? Why breaking the Gonski funding deals matters - Shipra Chordia

OPINION: Shipra Chordia was Director of the Federalism Project within the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at UNSW Law.

Education Minister Christopher Pyne has announced the new government will dump the agreements with the states on the Gonski school funding reforms, negotiated by the former Labor government.

Sarah Lux-Lee wins Sir John Monash Scholarship

UNSW Law graduate Sarah Lux-Lee plans to use her Sir John Monash Scholarship to study a Master of Public Administration degree at Columbia University.

Sarah was named one of 15 winners of the prestigious postgraduate scholarship awards, administered by the General Sir John Monash Foundation.

The awards recognise academic excellence, leadership skills and commitment to the Australian community. They endow students with $50,000 a year for up to three years to undertake Masters or Doctoral degrees at the world’s best universities. 

With degrees already in Science and Law from UNSW, Sarah aims to continue her studies in New York.

Annual Alumni Spring Drinks

Check out this video snapshot of this year’s Annual Alumni party held on November 7th at the Hotel CBD Club Bar.  We had a great turnout and a vibrant venue.  Professor David Dixon, Dean of the Faculty, spoke briefly about this year’s achievements and introduced UNSW Law’s new Development Manager, Jordana Glanz and Development and Alumni Officer, Lindsay Owens.  2012 Alumni Leslie Phung and Angela Kintominas launched the Open Doors Campaign – a crowd funding scheme to raise money for the Noc Tram Nguyen Scholarship.  Within days the campaign reached its target with the help of UNSW Law Alumni and friends.  Tim Gordon also spoke on behalf of the Alumni Network Committee and thanked everyone involved in this year’s events and projects.

Professor Andrea Durbach shortlisted for Human Rights Award

Congratulations to Professor Andrea Durbach who has been named as a  finalist for the 2013 Australian Human Rights Law Award.

Andrea Durbach is a Professor of Law at UNSW and the Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre.

Law change required to ensure client privilege is properly protected

Opinion: Associate Professor Michael Legg writes in The Australian (The page is no longer available) , 15 November 2013.

The ubiquity of Electronically Stored Information (ESI), such as email, has created an increased risk that material exempt from discovery due to client legal privilege will not be properly protected.  Consequently the cost and burden of performing a comprehensive review to identify privileged documents is significant. 

Australian Research Council (ARC) funding success

Congratulations to the following UNSW Law academics on their success in the recent Australian Research Council (ARC) grant announcements.

Discovery Projects

New poster exhibition now showing: Court process, evidence & proof

A new exhibition of student work from the course, Court Process, Evidence & Proof is now on display in the Law Building. Please drop by to view the display in the exhibition corridor on level 1.

Court Process, Evidence & Proof 2013