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Impact Investing Hub launches ‘Current Deals’ site

A new ‘Current Deals’ Library has been launched by the Social Impact Hub Clinic to connect investors and investees in the growing impact investment market.

The Impact Investing Hub site is open to the public, and can be used by both retail and sophisticated investors. Three teams of UNSW Law and Business School students were involved in building the Impact Investing Hub site over the last year.

UNSW Law Co-leads Global Study on Digital Technology and Migrant Worker Protection

UNSW Law’s Bassina Farbenblum has been awarded a substantial grant from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations to undertake the first global study of digital technology initiatives intended to improve migrant worker protection and access to justice. The study, in collaboration with Laurie Berg (UTS Law), will explore the ways in which technology is being mobilised to transform the labour migration landscape and the host of risks and challenges that it brings.

James Norton - 2018 Rhodes Scholar

James Norton, who recently graduated from a Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Laws, joins a long list of UNSW students awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.

For James, it is a wonderful opportunity to study at Oxford and use what he learns when he returns to Australia.

“But the special thing about the scholarship is the Rhodes Scholars community,” says James. “Meeting incredible people from all around the world ... that has great appeal to me.”

Interested in Germany since his teens, James majored in European Studies at UNSW and learnt German, winning the University’s Goethe Prize in 2012.

Nura Gili’s 5th annual Indigenous Awards Night

Gathering for an evening of celebrations on campus, Nura Gili, UNSW’s Centre for Indigenous Programs hosted their 5th annual Awards Night on Friday 13 October. The evening recognises and celebrates the academic achievements, triumphs of effort and resilience of Indigenous students across UNSW.

UNSW Law academic, professional & technical staff along with student representatives, Indigenous students and Indigenous graduates attended the Awards Night in support of the Faculty's award winners, and the winners from across the University. Each winner embodied determination, effort, a quest for high standards and the desire to make a difference for Indigenous peoples in Australian society.

History, Headlines and the Law: What's shaping refugee policy in Australia?

From ‘asylum seekers’ to ‘illegals’. From an Immigration Department to Border Protection officers. From welcoming Indochinese in the 1970s to Operation Sovereign Borders patrols today. Words make worlds, and the human impact of Australia’s shifting language and policy on refugees was vividly laid out for the audience that filled Wotton + Kearney’s Sydney office for the UNSW Law Alumni teams’ most recent Look Who’s Talking panel discussion - ‘History, Headlines and the Law: What's shaping refugee policy in Australia?’.

UN slams Australia’s human rights record

Youth Unemployment and NSW Police's "Secret Blacklist"

Dr Vicki Sentas was interviewed on FBI Radio (28 October 2017) speaking about her recent report into the Suspect Target Management Plan (STMP).

How did you first come across the program?

The program was first introduced seventeen years ago, so it’s been around for a really long time, but it’s really surprising that most people haven’t heard of it before. I first came across it [STMP] when I was working with Redfern Legal Centre, which is a well-known community legal centre, about three years ago.

Politicians, not people, the real obstacle to indigenous voice

OPINION: Professor Ros Dixon, The Australian Business Review, 3 November 2017.

Last week I had the privilege of standing on a stage with Noel Pearson, Megan Davis and Thomas Mayor as they presented to members of the Sydney legal community the physical version of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Pre-emptive policing is harmful and oppressive, and requires independent scrutiny

OPINION: Dr Vicki Sentas, The Conversation, 2 November 2017.

For 17 years, police in New South Wales have run a program predicting and disrupting future offenders to reduce crime. But very little was known about the program, the Suspect Targeting Management Plan, before our new study revealed children as young as ten have been targeted for intensive policing.

What is the plan?

Manus detention centre: Australia is still responsible for these men — and those who haven't made it this far

OPINION: Madeline Gleeson, ABC News, 1 November 2017.

Australia has "closed" the Manus Island detention centre, and all eyes are on the hundreds of men who have barricaded themselves in, refusing to move to the "transit" accommodation in nearby Lorengau for fear of what awaits them there.

All Australian security personnel and essential services have been withdrawn, leaving the men to fend for themselves.