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Dr Greg Weeks joins Australian Journal of Administrative Law

This week Dr Greg Weeks  has been appointed as the new Book Reviews Editor for the Australian Journal of Administrative Law.

Greg is a Lecturer at UNSW Law and a member of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law.

ASIO's new power over asylum seekers needs proper checks

OPINION: Professor George Williams, The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 May 2014.

Last week, government and opposition members voted together in Federal Parliament to confirm that refugees subjected to an adverse security assessment by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) could be detained indefinitely.

Megan Davis features on SBS' Living Black

Professor Megan Davis speaks with SBS' Living Black program at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York (19 May 2014).

View the full episode here.

A tribute to Owen Jessep

It’s with great sadness that I have to tell you of the death of our colleague Owen Jessep.

Owen was a Senior Visiting Fellow, following his long career as an Associate Professor. Owen taught and researched in Family Law, doing both at the highest level. He was a great colleague and a fine person. He was an anthropologist as well as a lawyer, and long maintained his connections with Papua New Guinea, where his doctoral fieldwork was carried out. I received the following tribute from John Luluaki of the School of Law at UPNG, one of many that I have received following Owen’s passing:

Eye on Alumni - Fred Smith

Fred Smith (BE LLB ‘96)

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International SOS

Sydney (Adelaide born) 

Lives in: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Spends his downtime: skiing or road tripping through different parts of the country

Most inspired by:  fellow UNSW Law alumni! Dr Rebecca Huntley, author, researcher and drive time radio presenter; Mal Langford, Oslo-based Human Rights academic and recreational long distance cross-country skier; Rick Kalowski, TV comedy writer and producer

Call for Submissions: Alumni Magazine

The Alumni Network Committee is calling for submissions of photos and stories from your uni days! 

The biannual Alumni Magazine will feature then & now photos and stories from you and your old classmates.  We’d love to see your snaps and reminisce the old days. 

Do you have a then and now photo like the one above? Care to share? If so please email them to Lindsay,

Alternatively, if your uni photos are on Facebook and you’d like to share, tag UNSW Law Alumni!

Deadline for content submissions is 5 June 2014.

International Academic Symposium on Doping in Sport

Doping in sport is highly visible and of great public interest due to the importance of sport as part of the social fabric.  Controversies surrounding leading athletes and sporting bodies continue to make headlines yet the reputational and financial implications for amateur and professional athletes and their sports is often overlooked.

On Wednesday 16 April, 14 leading academics,  members of the Bar and legal practitioners met at UNSW Law to present and workshop papers addressing doping in sport from a variety of legal perspectives. 

Group effort

Let’s talk about that last one…

We need donations of $100,000 to fund residential scholarships so Indigenous students can attend UNSW Law.  Residential scholarships cover accommodation, meals, educational support and pastoral care services for the duration of a five year degree.

Think $100,000 is a lot of money?  We agree. It is, especially if you’re donating it alone.  But hear us out…

Take a minute to think of a few people you know; a few people who care about the same things you do.  Put that way, a donation of $100,000, paid in instalments of $20,000/year over 5 years, is just:

                                $5,000 / year      Group of 4 friends          

Improving Migrant Workers’ Access to Justice: UNSW Law Academic awarded Open Society Fellowship

UNSW Law Senior Lecturer Bassina Farbenblum has been awarded a prestigious Open Society Immigration Initiative Fellowship to continue her work on migrant workers’ access to justice in South and South East Asia.  Over the past two years, Bassina has led the world’s first major international study of migrant workers’ access to remedies in their home country, for abuses during recruitment before departure and while they are working abroad.  The study focuses on the millions of low-wage migrant workers who go from Indonesia and Nepal to the Middle East.