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'Unlocking native title'

Sean Brennan writes in Inside Story (14 June 2012) on how the system needs attitudinal change as much as it needs Nicola Roxon’s proposed legislative reforms when it comes to Native Title.

'Cape York land agreement makes history'

Sean Brennan talks on the ABC 7.30 Report (22 May 2012) about the Wik Mungkan people who have been given rights over land on the Cape York peninsula after a near 40-year struggle.

'Court overturns ban on Ibrahim web articles'

Emeritus Professor Michael Chesterman talks to the Sydney Morning Herald (16 June 2012) about a media law ruling that was made in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal. 

Aussie privacy concerns over Facebook PG category

David Vaile talks to the Australian Financial Review (6 June 2012)  about the protection of children's privacy on Facebook.

'State of same-sex union: federal defeat won't spell end of debate'

Professor George Williams writes in the Sydney Morning Herald (5 June 2012) about the motion that called on the Commonwealth to provide for marriage equality.

UNSW Law alumni graduate to Harvard and Columbia

Two more UNSW Law alumni have been awarded scholarships to prestigious USA law schools to pursue postgraduate study. Talia Epstein (BInt/LLB 08) will pursue postgraduate study at Columbia on a Lionel Murphy Postgraduate Scholarship while Jessica Roth (BA/LLB 10) will be studying at Harvard on a Robert Menzies Scholarship.

UNSW Law alumni graduate to Harvard and ColumbiaTalia’s $40,000 scholarship to Columbia will enable her to undertake a LLM focusing on mental health law, such as substitute decision making and diversionary programs outside of the criminal justice system for those suffering from mental health issues.

Law students shine on stage and screen

First it won best International Webseries at the LA Film, TV & Webisode Festival. Now SYD2030  been officially selected for the International Television Festival in July.

SYD2030 is a YouTube series  by a group of UNSW students past and present. It follows “six ridiculously good-looking university law students struggling to balance their thriving social lives with the demanding workload of law school”, says Arts/Law student Tatjana Marjanovic who stars in the online drama. Congratulations to Tatjana and the team and best wishes for July!

Law students are also shining off-screen with playwright Daniel Muggleton also receiving recognition for his talent.

Chinese Hospitality – from the Silk Road to the Port

The number of UNSW Law alumni in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong is relatively small, but they certainly made up for it with enthusiasm and hospitality when UNSW Dean Professor David Dixon visited the cities in May.

At the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing, Professor Xiang Gao (Dean of Comparative Law, a UNSW Law LLM and PhD graduate) hosted Professor Dixon’s presentation on ‘Comparative criminal investigation: how police question suspects in the US, UK and Australia’.

After the presentation, CUPL assigned two students as guides to Professor Dixon and his wife Professor Lisa Maher to tour the city.

KLC celebrates its makeover with Peter Garrett MP

Federal Minister and UNSW Law alumnus Peter Garrett officially opened the newly renovated Kingsford Legal Centre (KLC) on Friday 25 May with UNSW Law Head of School Carolyn Penfold and Director Anna Cody. Mr Garrett commended the work done for the local community and the contribution KLC has made to Australian legal education.

Be an agent of change – urged Chee Wee Lim

Chee Wee LIM (BCom LLB 92) is President of the Malaysian Bar. He is also a Partner at Skrine law firm in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is a dispute resolution specialist with experience in commercial and corporate dispute resolution and litigation including international arbitration. In Legal 500 2010/2011, he was described as a ‘rising star’ who is ’full of energy’ and ‘provides well thought solutions’ for his clients.

When we met Chee Wee on his visit to the Law School in April, full of energy he certainly was – energy to help make Malaysia a better place, energy to speak out for what is wrong, energy to nurture young Malaysians to progress Malaysia on its path to becoming a modern and progressive country.