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'Why Federalism? Judicial Arbitration of Federalism in the Absence of Regional Majorities that are National Minorities'

Professor Stephen Ross of the Dickinson School of Law (Penn State) presented a seminar at UNSW Law on 30 July on 'Why Federalism? Judicial Arbitration of the Federalism in the Absence of Regional Majorities that are National Minorities'.

To read the abstract of this presentation please click here.

More than a legal issue, PNG plan challenges core principles

Professor George Williams writes in The Sydney Morning Herald (23 July 2013).

It is likely that the Rudd government's PNG plan will be challenged in the courts. Refugee advocates will certainly be emboldened by their recent success in convincing the High Court to strike down Labor's Malaysian solution. The question now is whether this new plan will meet the same fate.

Shirli Kirschner appointed to NADRAC

Congratulations to Shirli Kirschner who has been appointed to the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (NADRAC) by the Federal Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC.

NADRAC is an independent body charged with providing policy advice to the Australian Attorney-General on the development of Alternative Dispute Resolution and with promoting the use and raising the profile of ADR.

Shirli Kirschner, a sessional lecturer at UNSW Law, is a professional mediator, facilitator and process designer with extensive experience in mediation in Australia and internationally. She has acted as a dispute resolution advisor for government and private sector organisations including the Department of Defence, Qantas, the USA Department of Navy, Rio Tinto and Telstra.

New book by Dr Lucas Lixinski

Congratulations to Dr Lucas Lixinski on the publication of his book, Intangible Cultural Heritage in International Law.

Published by Oxford University Press, the book offers a comprehensive analysis of the legal issues around intangible cultural heritage. It explores both institutional and substantive responses the law offers to the safeguarding of intangible heritage, relying heavily on critiques internal and external to the law. These external critiques primarily come from the disciplines of anthropology and heritage studies.

About Dr Lucas Lixinski

Nation's very foundation built on right to choose own god

Professor George Williams writes in The Sydney Morning Herald (Tuesday 16 July 2013).

Frontbencher Ed Husic's swearing-in on the Koran was celebrated by some, yet was the source of vitriol from others.

A common theme in many of the negative reactions was Husic had breached something fundamental in Australia's system of government. One person commented: ''How dare you disregard Australia's constitution like that. Absolutely sickening. Do we begin the push for sharia law now?''

Essay earns high praise from Sir Anthony Mason

Congratulations to Arts/Law student, Marie Iskander on winning first prize in the Sir Anthony Mason Constitutional Law Competition. In ranking the four finalists and announcing the winners on 20 June, Sir Anthony praised the message of Marie's essay as 'very well and persuasively written'.

International Aspects of Social Justice


Join Professor Julian Disney, one of Australia's leading figures in the area of social justice as he teaches the course, International Aspects of Social Justice.

Rosemary Rayfuse edits special edition of Nordic Journal of International Law

Professor Rosemary Rayfuse has edited a Special Edition of the Nordic Journal of International Law 82 (2013) based on papers presented a a Workshop on Protection of the Environment in Relation to Armed Conflict held on 16-17 February 2012 at the Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden.

Natural Resources Law


Improved management of natural resources upon which all life depends will be crucial in coming years if we are to slow the depletion rate of stocks of natural capital and the eco-systems services that they provide.

Natural Resources Law (LAWS8069/JURD7369) explores the role that the legal system can play by examining the legal framework in Australia for managing terrestrial resources (water, soil, native vegetation and forests) and marine resources (fish stocks and marine ecosystems). Key concepts are ecologically sustainable development, integrated natural resources management and resilience.

Whitepaper says come down from the clouds on data security

We are only one disaster away from eroding the confidence and validity of Cloud computing, experts involved in the launch of a major new report on data sovereignty risks have warned. 

Data Sovereignty and the Cloud - A Board and Executive Officer's Guide, has been launched in Sydney this week by UNSW Law's Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre in partnership with NEXTDC, Baker & McKenzie and Aon.

An estimated 71 per cent of Australians are using Cloud services, with many unaware of the fact, or that sensitive data may stored beyond Australia's boundaries.