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Social Impact Hub - a new clinic for students.

UNSW Law has further expanded its experiential learning program with the addition of a new clinic at the Social Impact Hub. Students work in small teams on real world projects in different areas of social impact, including social entrepreneurship and innovation, impact investing, business and human rights, philanthropy, measuring social impact and corporate social responsibility. The course enables students to put their legal and business skills and knowledge to use and gain practical experience in the field.

Thought Leaders Playlist - speaking out on topics that matter

A new video series featuring some of Australia's leading law academics and public commentators has been launched by UNSW Law.

The Thought Leaders Playlist contains 10 videos which are designed to go behind the headlines, explain the facts and provide expert leadership on critical and very current issues.

Scrapping legal aid for refugees will cost more than it saves

OPINION: Professor Jane McAdam, The Guardian, 1 April 2014.

The government has ceased funding legal assistance for asylum seekers who came by boat and for those in immigration detention, arguing the move will save taxpayers millions of dollars a year.

Professor Simone Degeling elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law

Professor Simone Degeling has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, an honour which recognises her contributions to legal research, scholarship and education.

The Academy of Law comprises elected Fellows, who are persons of exceptional distinction in the discipline of law who are demonstrably committed to the objects of the Academy and includes members of the judiciary, legal academics and legal practitioners.

UNSW Law congratulates Simone on this distinction.

I used to believe I had the right to be a bigot. But reason prevailed.

OPINION: Senior Lecturer Fergal Davis, The Guardian, 31 March 2014. 

Once upon a time, I believed in the right to be a bigot. I was a young, middle-class, private school educated white male living in Ireland, and I firmly believed in my right to offend.

Brandis, bigotry and balancing free speech

OPINION: Professor Andrew Lynch, The Age, 26 March 2014. 

The Coalition has dug itself into a deep hole before its proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act are even considered.

It is perhaps not surprising that a day after declaring that "people do have a right to be bigots", Commonwealth Attorney-General George Brandis has released his intended changes to provisions of the Racial Discrimination Act.

Cutting red-tape an excuse to reject unwelcome advice

OPINION: Professor George Williams, The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 March 2014. 

The Abbott government's plan for a repeal day of laws and regulations has thrown up a surprise. Among the thousands of changes is a proposal to abolish the independent monitor of anti-terrorism laws.

The decision to do so is unfathomable. Repealing the office will do nothing to liberate people from bureaucracy and red tape. In fact, it will frustrate that aim.

PhD Excellence Award 2013

In 2013, the Higher Degree Committee of UNSW Law decided to institute an annual PhD Excellence Award for candidates whose examiners recommended the conferral of the degree without the need for any amendment. 

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural 2013 round of the Award (together with their topics and supervisors), as follows: 

Colin Picker, ‘The feasibility and value of comparative and legal cultural analysis of international economic law’, Ross Buckley and Leon Trakman

Tracey Booth, 'Accommodating justice: An exploratory study of structures and processes that shape victim participation and the presentation of victim impact statements in the sentencing of homicide offenders in the NSW Supreme Court', David Brown and Sandra Egger

New CRC to tackle big data and national security

UNSW researchers are playing a key role in a new Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) investigating big data and its use in defence and national security.

Researchers from UNSW Law and the School of Computer Science and Engineering are key investigators in the $88 million Data to Decisions CRC announced recently by the federal government.

The CRC – funded through a $25 million government grant and $62.5 million in participant contributions – brings together researchers in areas of computer science, engineering, business and law with industry and state and federal national security agencies.

Norway research grant to UNSW Law professors

Professor Jane McAdam and Professor Rosemary Rayfuse are part of an international research team awarded a four-year grant by the Research Council of Norway.  Entitled ‘Climate Change and Sea Level Rise in the Anthropocene: Challenges for International Law in the 21st Century’, the project will be led by Professor Davor Vidas of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Oslo and will involve researchers from UNSW Law, the law faculties of the George Washington University in DC and the Autonomous University of Madrid, and the Department of Geology at the University of Leicester

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