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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".

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.