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Eye on Alumni: Prodita Sabarini

Prodita Sabarini is the Editor of The Conversation Indonesia. Prior to receiving a Masters of Human Rights Law and Policy from UNSW in 2012, Prodita worked for 7 years as a reporter for the Jakarta-based English daily The Jakarta Post. She was the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for International Studies in 2013-2014, before returning to Indonesia to join The Conversation as Jakarta editor in 2014.

Tell us about your career in Indonesia before coming to Australia, and what led you to study a Masters of Human Rights Law & Policy at UNSW?

International Workshop on UN Security Council

On 28-29 September 2017, UNSW Law’s Associate Professor Chris Michaelsen and his collaborators on the ARC Discovery Project on influence in the United Nations Security Council, held a workshop in Florence Italy entitled ‘Influence in the United Nations Security Council: rethinking the role of elected members’. You can view the program for the workshop here.

The cross-disciplinary workshop brought together a distinguished group of diplomats, practitioners and academics with the aim of better understanding the factors that impact the level of influence elected members can have on the UN Security Council’s decision-making.

2017 UNSW Law Alumni Spring Drinks

Last week UNSW Law alumni gathered at The Lobby Bar in Sydney to reconnect with old friends, network and hear the latest from UNSW Law at the annual Alumni Spring Drinks. 

Hosted by Dean Professor George Williams, the evening included an address from recently appointed Law Alumni Committee President, Pavithra Vigneswaran (BCom/LLB '12), and Dr Gabrielle Appleby, Associate Dean (International and External Engagement) at UNSW Law.

It was wonderful to see so many first-time Spring Drink attendees at the event, and a great mix of alumni from those about to graduate in November, to alumni from the founding classes of UNSW Law in the 1970’s. 

Strengthening our commitment to China and the region

UNSW Law’s China International Business & Economic Law (CIBEL) Initiative travelled to Beijing last month to further drive collaboration and strengthen the Faculty’s commitment to China and the region.

The UNSW Law delegation was headed up by Law Dean, Professor George Williams, and included Associate Dean (International & External Engagement) Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby, CIBEL Co-directors, Professor Deborah Healey and Associate Professor Heng Wang, CIBEL members Associate Professor Charlie Weng and Dr Weihuan Zhou, and Dr Alexandra George.

UNSW features in AFR's annual power list

Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law, Megan Davis has been named alongside UNSW Chancellor David Gonski and UNSW quantum physicist Professor Michelle Simmons, in Australia's 30 most powerful people list, in the Australian Financial Review Magazine's annual Power issue. 

Professor Megan Davis and the Referendum Council are ranked at number 7 on the Australian Financial Review’s Cultural Power List. The Cultural Power list, measures a person's ability to define what it means to be Australian.

Professor Davis, delivered a Statement from the Heart at Uluru, which set out the need for Australia's First Nations to have their own voice in Parliament and a "Makarrata Commission" to promote truth and reconciliation.

UNSW Law student awarded Student Leader of the Year

UNSW Law is proud to congratulate Arts/Law student and 2017 Law Society Co-President Khushaal Vyas, who has taken home the Student Leader of the Year award at Australian Leadership Excellence awards held on 5 October 2017.

Shortlisted from a pool of 22 students nationwide, Khushaal underwent a rigorous selection process that involved two rounds of interviews and a written submission before taking home the national award.

UNSW Law academics help launch million-dollar grant on the oceans

Our oceans are a global matter of concern.  Established protocols of governance are inadequate to deal with the complex set of challenges we are facing today, from habitat devastation to the multitude of effects attributable to climate change. UNSW Law’s Scientia Professor Rosemary Rayfuse and Associate Professor Lucas Lixinski are the only law partners involved in a multidisciplinary three-year project investigating themes around ocean governance - Representations, Resources and Regulatory Governance of the Oceans or ‘3ROceans’.

Research to ease fears and encourage patient-centered responses to medical injuries

UNSW Law’s Dr Jennifer Moore, who earlier this month was the runner-up for the KPMG Inspiring Teacher in a First Year Undergraduate Program Award, has collaborated with Dr Marie Bismark (University of Melbourne) and Professor Michelle Mello (Stanford), on a paper exploring the opportunities that exist for healthcare institutions and policymakers to develop and improve on patient-centered responses to medical injuries, as an alternative to medical malpractice litigation.

Out on a limb: Australia’s troubling exceptionalism on human rights


Australia is the only democratic country without a comprehensive national human rights law. Even non-democratic nations have a charter or bill of rights, excepting only Vatican City (a theocratic monarchy) and Brunei (an authoritarian sultanate with a record of human rights abuses).

George Brandis' submission to High Court in MP citizenship case is 'a stretch'

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 9 October 2017.

The High Court will begin hearing the cases of seven federal parliamentarians who are citizens of other nations on Tuesday. If it was only a matter of applying the letter of the law, their fates would be clear. This is because section 44 of the Constitution states that a person cannot sit in Parliament if they are a "subject or a citizen … of a foreign power".