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New book traces the origins of Australia’s refugee policy

The Kaldor Centre's Claire Higgins has gone behind the scenes to take readers into key decision-making moments that shaped Australia's refugee policy.

The ‘White Australia’ policy was not long gone when the first refugees from communist Vietnam sailed into Darwin Harbour, seeking asylum and inadvertently challenging the Fraser government to define a new national identity.

Professor George Williams addresses National Press Club

Constitutional law expert George Williams has given a frank assessment of the government's High Court prospects on dual citizenship and the same-sex marriage postal vote.

Watch the full address here.

Below is a transcript of Professor Williams' National Press Club address:

The Constitution is not normally front-page news in Australia. Despite the profound impact it has on our politics and society, it is easy to see why.

Vanessa Hardman Law Memorial Scholarship

UNSW alumna and lawyer Vanessa Hardman was a gifted sportswoman with a passion for travel, a selfless commitment to family, friends and colleagues, and an aptitude for always staying positive.

In 2016, after battling breast cancer for six years, Vanessa passed away at the age of 47. A memorial scholarship has been established in her honour and will help future UNSW Law students carry on her legacy.

“One of Vanessa’s biggest strengths was her selflessness,” remembers her husband of nine years, Dominic Spacie. “She always put other people before herself… and she enjoyed being a mentor.”

Meet the lead for UNSW's latest Grand Challenge, Living with 21st Century Technology

Law academic Lyria Bennett Moses is leading UNSW's fourth Grand Challenge, which will tackle the pace of technological development.

Associate Professor Lyria Bennett Moses from UNSW Law has been chosen to lead the fourth Grand Challenge, Living with 21st Century Technology.

UNSW joins international FinTech research team

Against a backdrop of rapid technological innovation and disruption, an international research collaboration is researching the impact of technology on financial institutions and their regulation.

UNSW Scientia Professor Ross Buckley has joined forces with law professors from Europe and Hong Kong to cooperate in researching the law and regulation of financial technology (FinTech).

Why Barnaby Joyce should stay put

OPINION: Professor Rosalind Dixon, the Australian Financial Review, 22 August 2017.

The Commonwealth Parliament is facing a constitutional crisis not seen in decades: section 44 of the Constitution prevents members of Parliament from being "citizens" of another country, and the list of MPs potentially in that category keeps on growing. Many of those MPs sit on the crossbenches, but now the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is implicated in ways that threaten the government's slim majority.

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.

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