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Indonesian migrant workers not able to access justice at home

Every year, tens of thousands of low-wage Indonesian migrant workers suffer abuse and exploitation throughout the migration process. Very few are able to access justice abroad or at home after they return, according to a new international report released today.

Focusing on the most vulnerable and exploited group – migrant workers who go to the Middle East – the report reveals that private Indonesian recruitment businesses and insurers are rarely held responsible for workers being deceived about working conditions abroad, not receiving promised wages, or other common breaches of workers’ legal rights.  

Postgraduate coursework personal consultations at the Sydney CBD Campus

Are you considering an LLM, Masters, or Graduate Diploma in an area of the law?

During November we are offering a personal consultation service on Tuesday evenings at our CBD O'Connell Street campus in Sydney.

Drop in or book a personal consultation with one of our staff. Find out which program best suits you and have your questions answered on entry requirements, the application process, and the learning environment. We have programs for lawyers and for non-law graduates. You can ask about international opportunities, human rights internships, postgraduate external internships, and take a look at the CBD campus. Don't miss out on the opportunity to start your studies in 2014.

Kiribati man seeks climate change asylum in NZ

Professor Jane McAdam speaks to TVNZ (16 October 2013). 

While conditions in Kiribati are difficult, there was little chance they fell within the scope of the refugee convention or the UN human rights convention, said Jane McAdam, an expert on refugee law at Sydney's University of New South Wales.

There was "certainly not the political will" to extend the laws to include climate change impacts, she added.

Pathway to Oxford for UNSW JD students

UNSW Law and Oxford University Faculty of Law have signed a memorandum of understanding to give UNSW JD students the opportunity to graduate with two internationally recognised qualifications in just three and a half years. UNSW JD students who gain admission to the BCL or MLF through this route will spend 2.5 years at UNSW and 1 year at Oxford.

Oxford University’s highly regarded Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) and Masters in Law and Finance (MLF) will be open to applications from UNSW JD students in their fourth semester of study at UNSW. Successful applicants will complete their fifth semester at UNSW and then undertake a full academic year at Oxford. 

US default would play into China's hands

Professor Ross Buckley writes in The Canberra Times (17 October 2013).

Is the US about to do it again? Is it really about to give China a wonderful free gift?

When a financial crisis engulfed south-east Asia in 1997, the major Pacific countries funded the bailout coordinated by the International Monetary Fund. Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong and Japan all contributed equally. China, as itself Hong Kong, effectively gave twice. There was not a cent from America. The region noticed, and remembered.

Explainer: what are double dissolutions and how do they work?

Fergal Davis writes in The Conversation (16 October 2013).

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has indicated (again) that he is willing to set in motion the procedures necessary to call a double dissolution election, in order to force the repeal of the carbon tax through the Senate.

But what is a double dissolution? Why does the Australian Constitution have such a mechanism? And what happens next?

Euthanasia law criticised as out of step with society

The Sydney Morning Herald writes about Visiting Professorial Fellow Nicholas Cowdery's Justice Talks Lecture (16 October 2013).

Former NSW director of public prosecutions Nicholas Cowdery has urged the O'Farrell government to legalise voluntary euthanasia and to relax drug laws as part of a push to align the criminal law with community expectations of justice.

Mr Cowdery used a speech on Tuesday night to advocate new laws to give terminally ill people the right to an assisted death.

World has a duty to stand up for dignity

Michael Kirby AC, CMG writes in The Sydney Morning Herald (15 October 2013) about World Dignity Day. World Dignity Day was held at NSW Parliament House on Monday 14 October and was organised by UNSW Law.

We did not have a Dignity Day when I was at school. But, even at my primary school at Summer Hill, we received an inkling of the values that should bind us together.

Global Dignity Day comes to Australia

What does it mean for people to live a dignified life? That's the question being considered by 170 high school students from across Sydney who will meet at NSW Parliament House on Monday 14 October for the first large-scale Australian Global Dignity Day event.

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG will deliver the keynote address to the year 10 students representing 37 schools across Sydney. As a champion of human rights within Australia and abroad, he will draw on his personal and professional experiences in his inspiring and challenging talk.

Right, you lot, it's time we seceded

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

Are you sick of your local representative? Fed up with paying tax? Like to be a monarch ruling your own nation? If so, you could be one of a surprising number of people who have seceded from Australia to form their own micro nation.