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'Caught between homelands'

Professor Jane McAdam writes in Inside Story (13 March 2013) about two 20th century island relocations that could provide a guide if climate change hastens migration in the Pacific.

'UN monitors question single parent welfare cuts

Beth Goldblatt speaks to ABC News about welfare cuts.

United Nations human rights monitors have asked the Federal Government to justify its decision to cut welfare payments to single parents. The Federal Government this year moved thousands of single parents onto the lower unemployment payment, Newstart, cutting their payments by up to $110 a week.

To watch the interview click here.

Developments in the High Court and other Australian courts in 2012 and beyond

Judges, academics, government lawyers, members of the bar and politicians came together at the recent Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law conference to discuss recent cases in Australian public law and consider broader developments and future trends.

Herbert Smith Freehills supports new Law & Economics initiative

Looking at law through an economic lens will be the focus of a new joint initiative between UNSW Law and the Australian School of Business (ASB). Generously funded by leading law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, the initiative will allow UNSW to advance the study of ‘Law and Economics’ in Australia, a field which impacts upon public policy as well as other areas of law.

The term ‘Law and Economics’ refers to the use of economic concepts to explain the effects of laws, determining which are economically efficient and which need to be made more efficient or welfare maximizing.

Mooters’ skills take the world by storm

UNSW Law mooters are among the best in the world if the results from the latest competitions are anything to go by. Guy Baldwin and Jono Stephens recently came fifth at the World Human Rights Moot Court Competition at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Hot on their heels is the 2013 Philip C Jessup International Law Moot team who will be heading to the international rounds in Washington DC later this month.

The ‘Jessup’ mooters are Guy Baldwin, Emily Burke, Evelyn Douek, Lyndon Goddard and Rohit Sud, advised by Dr Lucas Lixinski (Dean’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellow), and co-coached by James King and Ben Mostafa (UNSW alumni).

DTP strengthens advocates for Nepal's migrant workers

The plight of Nepalese migrant workers is the focus of a five part series of capacity building programs being run by the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) in Kathmandu throughout 2013. The first of these sessions took place over four days in February, with 20 participants from migrants, human rights and women’s organisations attending.

The program aims to build the capacity of organisations struggling with human rights challenges as hundreds of thousands of Nepalese migrant workers leave the country each year. Patrick Earle, Director of the DTP, hopes the training will help human rights advocates to address and end the abuses these workers face.

'O' what a week at UNSW Law!

Around 600 people joined in the O Week celebrations at UNSW Law last week as new students across undergraduate, Juris Doctor and postgraduate programs were welcomed into the Law School.

For many, the highlight of O Week was an address by the Hon. Michael Kirby on Thursday which was delivered to commencing undergraduate students. He advised them to do three things as they embark on a new chapter in their lives: be a ‘joiner’ and take an active role in clubs and societies; look after yourself and be aware of how you and those around you are coping with the stresses of your law studies and seek out help; and finally don’t be complacent about the law, but question the law and act to identify and address injustices in our legal system.

Product of Australia - Ben and Eva Lasky

As a cohort of new students are starting at UNSW Law, two of our alumni tell us about how they met at Law School, and got married, and about their lives with their two year old daughter in New York.

Ben and Eva Lasky met at Law camp in 1996 and started dating in second year. They have been together now for over 15 years.

“I guess you could say [our daughter] is a direct product of the UNSW law school experience!” said Ben.

Both completed Science/Law at UNSW and passed the New York Bar exam together, but if you think that Ben and Eva’s career directions are fairly similar, you would be wrong.

International Bar appoints Prof Jane McAdam to climate change task force

Professor Jane McAdam has been appointed to the International Bar Association (IBA) Task Force on Climate Change Justice and Human Rights.  The IBA is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies.  It influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world. It has a membership of more than 35,000 individual lawyers and 198 bar associations and law societies spanning all continents.

Words of advice to Law students

When Professor David Dixon, Dean of UNSW Law welcomed students to the Law School this week, he urged them to stretch themselves and their minds.

“You are joining a Law School with a history, tradition and a culture of values, engagement, respect, and commitment to justice which sets you apart as members of it. It is now your law school, your responsibility to shape that tradition and build that culture.”

“The UNSW lawyer looks to reform the law, not just apply it; to improve the world, not just live off it,” Professor Dixon said.