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Let’s see the Solicitor-General’s advice on Barnaby Joyce's section 44 fate

OPINION: Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby, The Australian Financial Review, 18 August 2017. 

The Prime Minister and the Attorney-General are confident Barnaby Joyce will be found safe from the scalping blades of section 44 of the Constitution; so confident, he will continue to hold office as Deputy Prime Minister and retain his seat in Cabinet.

Malcolm Turnbull's comments about Barnaby Joyce are unwise

Opinion: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 15 August 2018.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull may come to regret his bold statement that Barnaby Joyce is "qualified to sit in the house and the High Court will so hold". For an accomplished lawyer normally so careful about such matters, Turnbull was insensitive to the role of the High Court as the independent and final arbiter of these matters.

Ngoc Tram Nguyen Scholarship celebrates its first graduate

Victor Lam, UNSW Law’s inaugural recipient of the Ngoc Tram Nguyen Scholarship, celebrated his graduation at a ceremony in June 2017.

The Ngoc Tram Nguyen Scholarship was established in 2011 in memory of Tram Nguyen and aims to support a socio-economically disadvantaged student who has completed their schooling in a non-selective, public secondary school located in south-west Sydney.  

Victor Lam started at UNSW Law in 2012 undertaking a dual degree of Commerce and Law.

Australia’s First Peoples Mooting Competition

On Friday 4 August, the Grand Final of the Mooting Competition of Australia’s First Peoples was held at Gilbert + Tobin’s offices in Barangaroo. This is the fourth year that the competition has taken place. It is a significant event that showcases the advocacy skills of Indigenous law students from UNSW Law and, for the first time, also from UTS Faculty of Law. UNSW Law are keen to develop this partnership further with UTS, and with other law schools, so that as many Indigenous law students as possible have the opportunity to experience mooting in a supportive, yet challenging environment.

Eye on Alumni: Amy Zhang (BA/LLB ’13)

Amy Zhang is a Senior Associate at Harmers Workplace Lawyers, one of Australia’s largest and most renowned specialist workplace law firms. Amy was recognised on three occasions as one of the 30 leading lawyers in Australia under 30 years of age, and has been a finalist in over ten prestigious national and international awards since 2015. Amy works across all areas of workplace law, and has particular experience in complex litigation, sexual harassment and discrimination cases. Amy has also co-authored a number of articles, and contributed to various policy submissions and international employment and litigation handbooks. 

1. Describe your career path since graduating from UNSW Law.

Andrew Kaldor AM speaks at Scientia Circle Event Protecting Refugees

Few topics divide the Australian voting public as sharply as immigration. Some people are inclined to ‘stop the boats’, others to ‘close the camps’, however, finding solutions to the complex problem of displacement will require more than three-word slogans. As the world faces the largest number of displaced people since the Second World War, there has never been a more important time for informed and evidence-based discussion on refugee issues.

Facing Equality Portrait series launch

The launch of the Facing Equality portrait series was held on Tuesday 1 August, at UNSW Law.

The series, comprised of photographs of esteemed UNSW alumni, can now be seen on the ground floor of the law building. By combining photographic portraits with thoughts and words from a diverse range of UNSW alumni, the project seeks to encourage everyone to face up to the challenge of equality in our time.

A core focus of the evening was on implicit bias. Implicit, not just explicit, forms of bias are a major obstacle to the achievement of equality in Australia today. Yet social psychologists have shown that mere exposure to images of successful individuals from diverse backgrounds can help shift expressions of implicit bias.

Reaching Safe Ground: Addressing Sexual Assault and Harassment at Australian Universities

Two days after the Australian Human Rights Commission released its landmark report on a national student survey of sexual assault and harassment at Australian universities, the Australian Human Rights Centre launched On Safe Ground: A Good Practice Guide for Australian Universities. Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, representatives from Universities Australia, the National Union of Students and UNSW SRC, and an overwhelming number of advocates and victims attended the launch.

A global perspective

UNSW Law partners with several overseas institutions to offer students exciting opportunities to add international experience and legal knowledge to their law degrees. Last month more than 100 UNSW Law students participated in overseas electives in New York, Santiago and Shanghai.