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Australia’s First Peoples Mooting Competition


On Friday 4 August, the Grand Final of the Mooting Competition of Australia’s First Peoples was held at Gilbert + Tobin’s offices in Barangaroo. This is the fourth year that the competition has taken place. It is a significant event that showcases the advocacy skills of Indigenous law students from UNSW Law and, for the first time, also from UTS Faculty of Law. UNSW Law are keen to develop this partnership further with UTS, and with other law schools, so that as many Indigenous law students as possible have the opportunity to experience mooting in a supportive, yet challenging environment.

Eye on Alumni: Amy Zhang (BA/LLB ’13)

Amy Zhang is a Senior Associate at Harmers Workplace Lawyers, one of Australia’s largest and most renowned specialist workplace law firms. Amy was recognised on three occasions as one of the 30 leading lawyers in Australia under 30 years of age, and has been a finalist in over ten prestigious national and international awards since 2015. Amy works across all areas of workplace law, and has particular experience in complex litigation, sexual harassment and discrimination cases. Amy has also co-authored a number of articles, and contributed to various policy submissions and international employment and litigation handbooks. 

1. Describe your career path since graduating from UNSW Law.

Andrew Kaldor AM speaks at Scientia Circle Event Protecting Refugees

Few topics divide the Australian voting public as sharply as immigration. Some people are inclined to ‘stop the boats’, others to ‘close the camps’, however, finding solutions to the complex problem of displacement will require more than three-word slogans. As the world faces the largest number of displaced people since the Second World War, there has never been a more important time for informed and evidence-based discussion on refugee issues.

Facing Equality Portrait series launch


The launch of the Facing Equality portrait series was held on Tuesday 1 August, at UNSW Law.

The series, comprised of photographs of esteemed UNSW alumni, can now be seen on the ground floor of the law building. By combining photographic portraits with thoughts and words from a diverse range of UNSW alumni, the project seeks to encourage everyone to face up to the challenge of equality in our time.

A core focus of the evening was on implicit bias. Implicit, not just explicit, forms of bias are a major obstacle to the achievement of equality in Australia today. Yet social psychologists have shown that mere exposure to images of successful individuals from diverse backgrounds can help shift expressions of implicit bias.

Reaching Safe Ground: Addressing Sexual Assault and Harassment at Australian Universities


Two days after the Australian Human Rights Commission released its landmark report on a national student survey of sexual assault and harassment at Australian universities, the Australian Human Rights Centre launched On Safe Ground: A Good Practice Guide for Australian Universities. Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, representatives from Universities Australia, the National Union of Students and UNSW SRC, and an overwhelming number of advocates and victims attended the launch.

A global perspective


UNSW Law partners with several overseas institutions to offer students exciting opportunities to add international experience and legal knowledge to their law degrees. Last month more than 100 UNSW Law students participated in overseas electives in New York, Santiago and Shanghai.

How a charter of rights could protect Australians’ fundamental freedoms

OPINON: Professor George Williams AO and UNSW Law alumnus Daniel Reynolds, The Conversation, 7 August 2017.

Australia’s record of human rights protection in areas such as Indigenous people, asylum seekers and freedom of speech are perennial topics of debate. The focus of these discussions is now shifting to whether Australia can take steps to establish a stronger legal framework for protecting human rights.

A charter of rights for Australia 'more urgent than ever'

Debates about freedom of speech, privacy, anti-terror laws and ASIO powers make George Williams’ book urging a national charter of rights more timely than ever.

With almost daily debates in the media about freedom of speech, privacy provisions, anti-terror laws or ASIO powers, an update of Professor George Williams’ book A Charter of Rights for Australia could not be more timely.

A New Publication Model for Legal Texts: second edition of Capacity and the Law on AustLII Communities platform

Last Friday AustLII launched a new model for the publication of free access texts about the law and legal issues in Australia with the publication online of the second edition of Capacity and the Law by Nick O’Neill and Carmelle Peisah. Capacity and the Law is the definitive text on this important area of law and medicine and is now available on the AustLII Communities publishing platform at http://austlii.community/wiki/Books/CapacityAndTheLaw/.

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