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Parliamentary prayers should be consigned to history

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 25 September 2017.

Whenever Parliament sits, the House of Representatives begins with two prayers. For the first, Speaker Tony Smith says: "Almighty God, we humbly beseech thee to vouchsafe thy blessing upon this Parliament. Direct and prosper our deliberations to the advancement of thy glory, and the true welfare of the people of Australia."

The Lionel Murphy papers shed more light on a controversial life

OPINION: Professor Andrew Lynch, The Conversation, 14 September 2017.

Today sees the release of thousands of pages from the parliamentary archives concerning allegations of improper conduct made against High Court judge Lionel Murphy. They shed alarming new light on an affair that gripped the political and legal class in Australia in the mid-1980s.

Indonesia challenges Australia’s anti-dumping measures at the WTO

OPINION: Dr Weihuan Zhou, The Conversation, 15 September 2017.

In the midst of sensitive trade negotiations between Australia and Indonesia, a dispute has broken out between the two countries over Australia imposing protectionist trade tariffs on Indonesian paper imports. But now other WTO countries are looking to emulate Australia’s “anti-dumping” policies in order to gain an economic edge.

Insight – Australia WTO paper dispute: impact on new EU antidumping methodology

OPINION: Dr Weihuan Zhou and Stéphanie Noël, Borderlex, 7 September 2017.

On 1 September 2017, Indonesia brought a dispute to the World Trade Organization over Australia’s anti-dumping measures on A4 copy paper. The implications of a ruling in this case will go far beyond the case at hand and may impact, in the long-term, the anti-dumping practice of the European Union.

The twisted politics of terrorism in Myanmar

Opinion: Melissa Crouch, the Interpreter, 12 September 2017.

Academic of the Year - Michael Legg

Friday 1 September marked the 17th annual Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards, the premier legal industry event of the year.

A life in the law with Elizabeth Broderick

UNSW Law alumna and former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick AO reflected on her life in the law as she delivered the 11th Hal Wootten Lecture.

The annual Hal Wootten Lecture was established in 2006 by the Faculty of Law in honour of its founding dean, Emeritus Professor Hal Wootten QC. In each lecture, a pre-eminent lawyer reflects on his or her life in the law and on law’s potential as a force for good.

UN expert highlights connections between poverty, inequality and human rights

Philip Alston has urged policy makers to recognise the connections between poverty, inequality and human rights as he delivered the Australian Human Rights Centre's Annual Public Lecture. 

Australia's conservative government has drawn heavily on policy positions developed by American conservative think tanks, Professor Philip Alston told an audience at the Australian Human Rights Centre (AHRCentre) Annual Public Lecture. 

Eye on Alumni - Associate Professor Michael Legg

Michael Legg is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the IMF Bentham Class Actions Research Initiative at UNSW Law. With 18 years of experience as a legal practitioner, Michael has worked with leading law firms in both Australia and the US. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW, Federal Court of Australia, High Court of Australia and in the State and Federal courts of New York.