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Eye on Alumni - Nicholas Carney

Nicholas Carney is a Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills. He graduated from UNSW Law in 2004 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and a Bachelor of Laws. In 2012 Nicholas was awarded a National Volunteer Award (Education category) for the electorate of Sydney for establishing a scholarship and mentoring program between Herbert Smith Freehills and the Come-In Youth Resource Centre, Paddington and was awarded Doyle’s ‘Rising Star’ for Planning and Environment law in 2016. Nicholas also sits on the University of New South Wales Council and the UNSW Risk Committee.

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Collaboration between UNSW Law and Indonesia

In the last week of June, UNSW Law was delighted to welcome UNSW Law alumnus Dr Fritz Siregar, as a visiting scholar to the Faculty. During his visit, Fritz delivered an engaging seminar on his new and important role as Commissioner of the Indonesian Elections Supervisory Board (2017-2022).

The electoral laws in Indonesia are currently undergoing major changes, and preparations will begin this year for the organisation and supervision of the impending April 2019 presidential and parliamentary national elections. Dr Fritz Siregar and Dr Melissa Crouch of UNSW Law currently hold a UNSW Indonesia Seed Fund grant and an ANU Indonesia Research Fund grant to study judicial independence, the elections, and the courts in Indonesia.

Empowering Retail Payments: UNSW's work in Nepal

Between 29 May and 9 June, Louise Malady and Cheng Yun Tsang worked in Kathmandu, Nepal, representing the UNSW Digital Financial Services (DFS) Research Team. This Team is assisting the country’s central bank, Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), carry out a stocktake of retail payment systems and identify regulatory gaps and barriers preventing those systems from flourishing. NRB plans to develop a national retail payment strategy drawing upon the UNSW DFS Team’s findings.

Gilbert & Tobin team named best team at Online Courts Hackathon

In early July, Gilbert + Tobin flew a team of two lawyers, a designer, a technolegal and UNSW Law student Adrian Agius to London to compete in the Online Courts Hackathon.

The event was hosted by the Society for Computers and Law, LegalGeek and the UK Ministry of Justice in support of their billion-dollar strategy to deliver technology improvements in the court system. With technology and law icons including Professor Richard Susskind and Lord Chief Justice John Thomas in attendance, the event attracted participation from all over the globe, with some 200 participants taking part.

Tony Abbott's 'solution' to Senate deadlock has its own problems

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 3 July 2017.

When Tony Abbott laid down his conservative manifesto last week, the immediate question was how this would affect the standing of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Less attention was paid to Abbott's alternative program for government. It includes a proposal for governments to bypass the Senate, which he described as the "mother of all reforms".

The homeless have no choice but to live life in public

OPINION: Amelia Thorpe, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 June 2017.

The recent forced removal of homeless people from a camp in central Sydney raises some difficult questions, not least being whether it is reasonable for the bankers, lawyers and politicians of Martin Place to be protected from the disturbing sight of the homeless.

Tenants’ calls for safe public housing fall on deaf ears

OPINION: Gemma McKinnon, The Conversation, 27 June 2017.

I have worked and researched in housing law for one-third of my life. When news of the Grenfell Tower fire broke, our network of tenant advocates and housing researchers was heartbroken and angry, but not necessarily surprised.

Islam and the State

Dr Melissa Crouch spoke to ANU Myanmar Research Centre’s, Myanmar Musings podcast series (13 June 2017) regarding her book, Islam and the State and touched on the challenges and the use of Islamic personal law in Myanmar.

Q: Why did you chose to frame a book about Muslims in Myanmar in regards to interactions with the state?

Embrace robotic disruption but don’t lose your human skills

OPINION: Associate Professor Michael Legg, The Australian, 16 June 2017.

Technology has started to become a source of angst for current and future lawyers. Concern follows from headlines such as “Robots replace lawyers” and “Machines replace lawyers” telling stories of elation at the end of lawyers.

However, as Robert Bolt said through the voice of Thomas More in A Man For All Seasons, if you cut down all the laws “d’you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow?”