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Symbolic constitutional recognition off the table after Uluru talks, Indigenous leaders say

Professor Megan Davis spoke to ABC News (27 May 2017) following her reading of the "Uluru Statement of the Heart" at the closing ceremony of the Uluru convention.

"I think that all of the different regions came together and participated in what was a difficult and structured agenda … it was really inspiring to see the way the mob worked together to get to that common ground at the end of the day," Professor Davis said.

50th anniversary of pivotal 1967 referendum

Professor George Williams AO spoke to SBS Radio News (26 May 2017) regarding the 50 year anniversary of the 1967 referendum and what it really did for Indigenous people.

 "Many people have some myths and misconceptions about what this referendum actually did. It didn't give Aboriginal people citizenship. It didn't give them the vote. In fact, what it did do was change the Australian Constitution, which is the rulebook for the nation."

2017 Allen & Overy Private Law Moot, hosted by UNSW Law

From Saturday 20 May to Monday 22 May 2017, UNSW Law hosted the Allen & Overy Private Law Moot, an intervarsity mooting competition open to competitors from all over Australia and select international universities. This prestigious competition, now in its fourth year, is Australia’s only national moot focussed on private law and commercial topics.

Thirteen teams from universities in Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Pakistan travelled to UNSW to compete this year. The 2017 problem raised complex issues on equity and remedies, and was written by Professor Simone Degeling and Jessica Hudson, the academic advisors of the competition.

All competitors and teams performed to a very high standard and are to be congratulated for their participation.

The ongoing legacy of the Mabo decision

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 June 2017.

Saturday was the 25th anniversary of the High Court's Mabo decision. The impact of this landmark case still reverberates today in debates on Indigenous recognition and disadvantage. It is rarely far from the surface as we struggle to come to grips with our colonial past.

The government should pick towns, not industries, to fund

OPINION: Professor Rosalind Dixon and Professor Richard Holden (UNSW Business School), The Conversation, 31 May 2017.

Rather than propping up failing industries, what if government instead provided incentives like tax breaks for expanding firms to locate in regional centres? This would help policymakers avoid a retreat to protectionism while also going some of the way to addressing rising inequality in Australia.

Explainer: how proceeds-of-crime law works in Australia

OPINION: Nicholas Cowdery, The Conversation, 1 June 2017.

The nine legal jurisdictions of Australia have a patchwork of laws directed at depriving criminals of the profits of their crimes. There are many similarities between jurisdictions, but the laws are by no means uniform.

What are proceeds of crime?

Power, treaty and truth

Getting a head start on the clerkship application process


Clerkship applications are undoubtedly a stressful experience. Most law students are juggling their studies with work and/or extra-curricular activities and it can easily become overwhelming.

Early preparation however, can make all the difference.

The Law Society of NSW runs a summer clerkship program which most of the larger firms participate in.

Although applications don’t open until 15 June this year, it is worth starting now so that you are able to submit a well-thought out application, rather than a rushed job.



Uluru statement offers up different set of priorities

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 May 2017.

The Uluru statement is a landmark moment in the reshaping of our system of government to reflect the aspirations of Australia's first peoples. It is the first time in over a decade of discussion about constitutional recognition that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have had the opportunity to speak with one voice. Their claims have come late in the debate, but must be accorded great weight and respect.