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Seven reasons the UN Refugee Convention should not include 'climate refugees'

OPINION: Professor Jane McAdam, The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 June 2017.

Critics of the United Nations Refugee Convention tend to fall into two camps. In one camp are those who think the treaty is too old to respond to the displacement challenges of the 21st century, such as climate change and disasters. In the other camp are those who think the treaty is too generous and somehow responsible for the large numbers of refugees we see around the world today.

Police investigate if siege gunman used escort to lure officers into ambush

Dr Nicola McGarrity appeared on ABC's Lateline (6 June 2017) regarding the recent terrorist attack in Victoria.

Dr McGarrity said, "In my mind there are a number of other factors in play in this particular , including the existence of evidence of drug addiction on the part of the perpetrator, Yacqub Khayre, as well as some evidence that potentially he may have had a mental illness that contributed to these events". 

What's going on with Adani, and Indigenous leaders say they want a treaty

Harry Hobbs appeared on Triple J's Hack program (29 May 2017) speaking about the recent Indigenous leaders meeting at Uluru and their request for more than just symbolic Constitutional Recognition.

Q:  Barnaby Joyce described the Indigenous body as “another chamber in parliament”, is that really what it would be like?

Symbolic constitutional recognition off the table after Uluru talks, Indigenous leaders say

Professor Megan Davis spoke to ABC News (27 May 2017) following her reading of the "Uluru Statement of the Heart" at the closing ceremony of the Uluru convention.

"I think that all of the different regions came together and participated in what was a difficult and structured agenda … it was really inspiring to see the way the mob worked together to get to that common ground at the end of the day," Professor Davis said.

50th anniversary of pivotal 1967 referendum

Professor George Williams AO spoke to SBS Radio News (26 May 2017) regarding the 50 year anniversary of the 1967 referendum and what it really did for Indigenous people.

 "Many people have some myths and misconceptions about what this referendum actually did. It didn't give Aboriginal people citizenship. It didn't give them the vote. In fact, what it did do was change the Australian Constitution, which is the rulebook for the nation."

2017 Allen & Overy Private Law Moot, hosted by UNSW Law

From Saturday 20 May to Monday 22 May 2017, UNSW Law hosted the Allen & Overy Private Law Moot, an intervarsity mooting competition open to competitors from all over Australia and select international universities. This prestigious competition, now in its fourth year, is Australia’s only national moot focussed on private law and commercial topics.

Thirteen teams from universities in Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Pakistan travelled to UNSW to compete this year. The 2017 problem raised complex issues on equity and remedies, and was written by Professor Simone Degeling and Jessica Hudson, the academic advisors of the competition.

All competitors and teams performed to a very high standard and are to be congratulated for their participation.

The ongoing legacy of the Mabo decision

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 June 2017.

Saturday was the 25th anniversary of the High Court's Mabo decision. The impact of this landmark case still reverberates today in debates on Indigenous recognition and disadvantage. It is rarely far from the surface as we struggle to come to grips with our colonial past.

The government should pick towns, not industries, to fund

OPINION: Professor Rosalind Dixon and Professor Richard Holden (UNSW Business School), The Conversation, 31 May 2017.

Rather than propping up failing industries, what if government instead provided incentives like tax breaks for expanding firms to locate in regional centres? This would help policymakers avoid a retreat to protectionism while also going some of the way to addressing rising inequality in Australia.

Explainer: how proceeds-of-crime law works in Australia

OPINION: Nicholas Cowdery, The Conversation, 1 June 2017.

The nine legal jurisdictions of Australia have a patchwork of laws directed at depriving criminals of the profits of their crimes. There are many similarities between jurisdictions, but the laws are by no means uniform.

What are proceeds of crime?

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