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Two ways forward now that the High Court has ruled on citizenship of MPs

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 27 october 2017.

Section 44 of the Constitution says that a person cannot sit in the federal Parliament if they are a "subject or a citizen … of a foreign power". A unanimous High Court has adhered to the ordinary and natural meaning of these words. It has disqualified five parliamentarians because they are the citizens of another nation. On the other hand, senators Canavan and Xenophon have survived because the High Court could not determine they possess such rights.

UNSW Law students use technology to provide greater access to justice

An app providing information about fines has been named the winner of a showcase featuring students of UNSW Law's new course using state-of-the-art legal technology. 

An app that can quickly and easily provide those working in a community legal centre with legal information about the payment of parking and other fines was on Tuesday named best app at a student showcase held by UNSW Law.

The students were among the first cohort in the Faculty’s “Designing Technology Solutions for Access to Justice” course.

The winning team of Jelena Ardelic, Clare Cullen, Jessica Liang and Leon Louie created an app to help the University’s Kingsford Legal Centre support its clients.

Secret NSW Police policy ‘harmful to young people'

Research led by UNSW has found that the NSW Police policy known as STMP is causing serious harm to young people and undermines the objectives of the NSW youth justice system.

A NSW Police policy that aims to predict and prevent future crime is causing serious harm to young people and undermines the objectives of the NSW youth justice system, research led by a legal academic from UNSW Sydney has found.

A report released today finds that the Suspect Target Management Plan (STMP) is disproportionately used against young people (under 25) and Aboriginal people, and increases costly contact with the criminal justice system with no evidence of a demonstrable impact on crime prevention.

The policy is also encouraging poor police practice, the report says.

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.