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'Nowhere to Turn'

Professor Jane McAdam quoted in Guernica Magazine (15 April 2013).

King & Wood Mallesons sponsors new Chair in International Finance & Regulation

King & Wood Mallesons sponsors new Chair in International Finance & Regulation              


King & Wood Mallesons, leading international law firm based in the Asia-Pacific, has sponsored the establishment of a new Chair at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in partnership with the Centre for International Finance and Regulation (CIFR).

The relationship makes King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) the sole legal partner of CIFR, joining its other industry partners Macquarie Group, Commonwealth Bank and KPMG.

Finding and filling the interstices between fields of law

Dr Matthew Dyson of Trinity College Cambridge presented a seminar at UNSW Law on 16 April on 'Finding and filling the interstices between fields of Law'.


The paper will set out an initial framework for researching, analyzing and explaining how different fields of law overlap. The work is grounded in the relationship between criminal law and tort law, but is being tested in overlaps between other areas of law. In outline, the paper sets out six areas for building this framework: components, perspectives, modes of interaction, purposes of interaction, mechanisms of change and methodology. The examples given will be taken from English law, French law, German law and some from Australia


'Brewers set to begin beer trademark battle'

Associate Professor Michael Handler speaks to ABC Radio National, ABC Local Radio, ABC News 24 and 7pm.

A Melbourne brewery seeking to revive historic beers is taking on beverage giant Carlton and United Breweries (CUB) over the trademark of more than 50 beer labels. A two-day hearing into the matter begins in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Thunder Road Brewing Company is hoping to remake many of Australia's historic and forgotten beers.

'Court forces Canberra's hand on super'

Professor Andrew Lynch writes in The Australian (12 April 2013).

Australia's federal system regularly throws up obstacles to the simplest of plans. Presently, the commonwealth and NSW governments have cause to reflect on this in the context of proposals they have announced that affect the remuneration packages of judges.

Corey Smith awarded the John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship by the Law Council of Australia

Congratulations to Indigenous law student, Corey Smith, who is the recipient of the Law Council of Australia John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship for 2013.

Law Council of Australia President, Mr Joe Catanzariti, said the Scholarship commemorates the memory of John Koowarta, an inspirational man who pioneered Indigenous land rights in Australia.

“It is my great pleasure to announce Mr Smith as the 2013 John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship recipient.

“Mr Smith is the 23rd recipient of the Scholarship which assists Indigenous men and women to study law.

“He has a passion for Indigenous issues and a desire to use his educational opportunities to ensure all people in Australia are treated equally before the law.

'Legality in the Contracting-Out State: Cues from the Case of Jimmy Mubenga' – a seminar by Dr Kristen Rundle, London School of Economics

Dr Kristen Rundle of the London School of Economics presented a seminar at UNSW Law on 9 April on 'Legality in the Contracting-Out State: Cues from the Case of Jimmy Mubenga'.

Dr Rundle’s research explores a number of themes concerning the relationship between the form of law and human agency; a line of inquiry that unites her scholarship on the jurisprudence of Lon Fuller, law and the Holocaust, British child migration to Australia, and questions of legality and vulnerability in the context of contracted-out government power. 

Dr Kristen Rundle is a visitor hosted by the Legal Theory Cluster at UNSW Law.

Below is an abstract of Dr Rundle’s seminar.

Abstract - 'Legality in the Contracting-Out State: Cues from the Case of Jimmy Mubenga'

'Creating new norms? The Nansen Initiative on Disaster-induced Cross-Border Displacement'

Professor Jane McAdam writes for the Asia-Pacific Migration and Environment Network (This link is no longer available) (1 April 2013).

In October last year, the Norwegian and Swiss governments launched the Nansen Initiative on Disaster-Induced Cross-Border Displacement.  It aims to build a consensus on key principles and elements regarding the protection of persons displaced across borders in the context of natural disasters that sets the agenda for future action at domestic, regional and international levels.  It marks a tentative first step towards international policymaking in this field.

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'Unions mount court challenge to donation laws'

Professor George Williams speaks to The Sydney Morning Herald (8 April 2013).

Political donations laws in NSW will be tested in the High Court for the first time in a case brought by the union movement, which argues they infringe freedom of political communication and association.

The laws, introduced by the O'Farrell government in 2011, ban donations from anyone other than individuals on the electoral roll and restrict what individual unions affiliated to a political party can spend on campaigns.

'Even heroes must comply with the laws of the land'

Professor George Williams writes in The Sydney Morning Herald (8 April 2013).

Like many people, I have had a conflicted reaction to Julian Assange. On the one hand, he has done the community a great service in bringing to light secret information such as combat video showing US soldiers casually killing civilians in Iraq. For this, he faces the wrath of America and its leaders. On the other hand, he is subject to tawdry allegations of sexual molestation in Sweden.