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Get the ‘vibe’ from a new legal education blog

A group of UNSW Law academics has launched a platform for educators, professionals, students and scholars to discuss the issues around legal education in Australia. ‘Lawschoolvibe’ aims to share information and provoke debate around the challenges facing modern law schools, such as mental health, the legal job market and best practice teaching methods.

One of the contributors, Colin Picker, Associate Dean (International) at UNSW Law, says the blog aims to capture local and international developments in legal education.

“Our objectives are to reflect upon and help develop practices in the teaching of law, the development of legal scholarship generally, the administration of law schools, and provide and discuss the latest in legal education research,” he said.

Leading international research institute appoints UNSW Law academic as Director

Associate Professor Adam Czarnota this month departs UNSW Law for a two year appointment  as the Scientific Director of the prestigious International Institute for the Sociology of Law (IISL) at Onati in the Basque Autonomous Region of Spain.

In this role, Adam will oversee the Institute’s teaching and workshop programs, the development of the library, production of publications and relations with European universities. The IISL is the only international establishment which is entirely devoted to teaching and promoting the sociology of law, socio-legal studies, and law and society research.

City to Surf to Scholarship

Over $50,000 was raised by the UNSW Law City to Surf team for the Danielle Sirmai Memorial Award last month, bringing the total fundraising efforts close to $100,000. The new award will assist law students to travel abroad for an internship or other course of study in international commercial arbitration or private international law.

Danielle Sirmai graduated from UNSW Law in 2003, before tragically  passing away from pancreatic cancer in 2012 at the age of 33.

Lessons from Lehman's Collapse

Professor Justin O'Brien is interviewed by CNBC (15 September 2013).

Positive Obligations and Criminal Justice: Duties to Protect or Coerce.

Dr Liora Lazarus, from the University of Oxford presented a seminar at UNSW Law on Tuesday 17 September titled "Positive Obligations and Criminal Justice: Duties to Protect or Coerce". A bio of Dr Lazarus and her seminar paper can be found below:


Liora Lazarus, BA (UCT), LLB (LSE), DPhil (Oxon), is a University Lecturer in Law, Member of the Centre for Criminological Research, and Fellow of St. Anne's College. Her primary research interests are in comparative human rights, security and human rights, comparative theory and comparative criminal justice.

Click here to read the seminar paper

Senates and sensibility: how best to reflect the people's will?

Fergal Davis writes in The Guardian (11 September 2013).

It looks like Australia has elected senators for the Australian Sports party and the Australian Motoring Enthusiasts party for the first time. In a country of sports mad V8 lovers this is a historic moment. However, instead of celebrating, many are accusing the Senate electoral system of distorting Australian democracy.

World Trade Law: Contemporary Issues and Concerns

This course, World Trade Law: Contemporary Issues and Concerns (LAWS8989/JURD7689) provides students with an opportunity to study select issues of international trade law in much more detail than can be covered in the introductory international trade law course.

Micro parties could party on if Abbott dissolves the problem

Professor George Williams writes in The Sydney Morning Herald (10 September 2013).

Micro parties have enjoyed stunning success at the polls, but may never take their seats in the Senate. It lies within the power of Australia's major parties to deny them this, and indeed any prospect that they will secure such a victory in the future.

On the Record: Samah Hadid

We all want to see an end to poverty. Samah Hadid is taking steps to make that happen as the National Director of the Global Poverty Project, a role she combines with her Master of Human Rights Law & Policy study at UNSW Law.

Alumnus donates $25,000 to South-West Sydney scholarship

The provision of an annual scholarship to aspiring law students from South-West Sydney is now a step closer thanks to a $25,000 donation from a UNSW Law alumnus.

The Ngoc Tram Nguyen Scholarship can currently only be offered every two to three years, providing a disadvantaged student with $5,000 per annum towards their law studies. This generous donation will significantly assist fundraising efforts that aim to offer the scholarship annually.

Tram Nguyen was a young Cabramatta woman who hoped to study Law at UNSW before her life was tragically cut short in 2004. The scholarship was established in her memory in 2011 to provide other young people from non-selective South West Sydney schools a chance to reach their potential.