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Opinion: Time to change terrorism laws

Professor George Williams, Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, Faculty of Law, UNSW. Sydney Morning Herald, 24 February 2009, p.11

Law student Adam Arnold wins Australian Legal History Essay Competition

Adam Arnold with Sir Gerard Brennan

Third year Arts/Law student Adam Arnold has won the 2008 Australian Legal History Essay Competition.

Adam was presented with the award on 25 February by former Chief Justice the Hon. Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE at an awards ceremony hosted by the Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History at the State Library.

The theme of the competition was the importance to the effective working of the legal system of individual honesty, a well-informed conscience and trust. The question was: "How can a lawyer defend somebody he or she 'knows' is 'guilty'? What is it to 'know' that somebody is 'guilty'?"

Federal Minister for Home Affairs, Bob Debus, launches a special edition of the Australian Indigenous Law Review

Home Affairs Minister Bob Debus

Hal Wootten (foreground) ... one of
the original Royal Commissioners
was also on hand for the launch

Nearly 20 years after the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths stirred the national conscience, Indigenous Australians continue to die needlessly due to government inaction, a survey of responses to coronial recommendations has found.

The Royal Commission's 1991 Final Report called for mandatory responses by governments to recommendations made by coroners in inquests, yet almost two decades later only a handful of Australian jurisdictions have answered the call.

Gleeson court criticised

Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, Faculty of Law, UNSW. Australian Financial Review, 20 February 2009, p.19

ABC 702 Sydney

Deborah Healey, Faculty of Law, UNSW.ABC 702 Sydney, 17 February 2009

Radio National (Canberra)

Emeritus Professor Michael Chesterman , Faculty of Law, UNSW. Radio National (Canberra), 16 February 2009

Radio National

Professor Prue Vines, Faculty of Law, UNSW. Radio National: Life Matters, 12 February 2009

Canadian research grant won by Associate Professor Jane McAdam

Associate Professor Jane McAdam and four international colleagues have won a research grant from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council International Opportunities Fund.

The research project is entitled 'War Crimes and Refugee Status: The Application and Interpretation of International Humanitarian and International Criminal Law to the Adjudication of Refugee Status in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand'. Collaborators on the project with Associate Professor Jane McAdam are Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill (Oxford), Professor Geoff Gilbert (Essex), Professor Kate Jastram (Berkeley) and Professor James Simeon (York University, Toronto).

Opinion: Are baby boomers litigious and greedy?

Professor Prue Vines, Faculty of Law, UNSW. Online Opinion, 6 February 2009,

UNSW Faculty of Law ranked top in learning and teaching

For the third consecutive year, the Faculty of Law has been recognised for the quality of its learning and teaching in rankings released by the Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).

Business, Law and Economics at UNSW achieved the top score for excellence (Band A1) and was the only university listed in the highest band for improvement in this cluster.

'These results indicate not only that UNSW is top for teaching and learning in this area, but also that it continues to improve relative to others in the field,' said Professor David Dixon, Dean of the Faculty of Law.