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World Refugee Day 2018: We can do better and we have done better

Bringing humane and principled order to the plight of those in search of refuge is a goal within our reach, writes Guy S. Goodwin-Gil.

Watering down laws may not stem the class action flood

Professor Michael Legg in the Australian Financial Review discussing the increasing number of shareholder class actions that end up having unintended consequences has seen the Australian Law Reform Commission propose a federal government review of the continuous disclosure regime on sharemarkets as well as the ban on misleading conduct.

Meeting the Future: ‘Fiduciary Obligations and Robo Advice’

Robo financial advice is seen as a way of ‘democratising’ financial advice and of providing low cost financial advice to consumers.

Financial institutions, regulators and consumers are increasingly aware, however, of the statutory obligations of advice providers. Could this statutory focus distract from other compliance obligations? In particular, equitable fiduciary obligations may bind those who provide robo financial advice.

Leading UNSW disability advocate Rosemary Kayess joins UN advisory group

UNSW’s Rosemary Kayess has been elected to United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

UNSW Law alumnus David Wong appointed to Malaysia’s top court

An alumnus of UNSW Law is the first person in the school’s history to be appointed to the apex court of a nation. Justice David Wong, who graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1976 and Bachelor of Laws in 1977, was appointed to the Federal Court of Malaysia on 30 April 2018.

Young alumni stand out on prestigious awards night

NSW Law alumni took home 10 per cent of the winnings from Lawyers Weekly’s 30 Under 30 awards evening held at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney last month.

UNSW Law students release international guide to protect migrant workers

Students from UNSW Law’s Human Rights Clinic have developed a guide to protect the rights of the world’s 150 migrant workers.

$26M funding cut to hobble ASIC, experts say

The Federal Government’s $26 million cut to ASIC’s budget has been blasted by experts and the opposition for undermining the corporate regulator, already facing the heat of the Banking Royal Commission.
The government is “all bark and no bite”, Labor MP Matt Keogh said Thursday in response to the Australian Financial Review’s exclusive report that ASIC’s permanent budget would be reduced from $346 million to $320 million and investigator numbers slashed by 30.
It claims to be big on white collar enforcement, but then it hobbles the enforcer, Keogh told Lawyerly.

Tragedy of Errors: The Solicitor General, the Supreme Court and the Truth

The Office of the Solicitor General found itself in the position of defending an Executive Order targeting a broad group of individuals whom, the president claimed, should be subject to broad restrictions in the interest of national security. As the office responsible for representing the United States before the Supreme Court, the Solicitor General argued that “[p]rompt and decisive action was necessary” because loyal individuals could not be separated from disloyal. Relying on that position — that the restrictions were justified based upon official military assessments — the Court accepted the government’s reasoning and ruled against the petitioners. Yet, it turns out, the government’s argument was demonstrably false; the Solicitor General knowingly misled the Supreme Court in order to obscure the fact that the Executive Order was based on racist ideas, rather than reasoned judgment.

New Policy Brief Released: Making the Global Compacts Work

The sheer number of people displaced around the world today raises the question: can governments respond effectively to large-scale movements of people? Tens of millions of refugees remain in protracted limbo simply because there are few solutions. Yet this year, for example, the United States has accepted only 11 Syrian refugees.

At this pivotal moment, however, a new expert analysis says game-changing progress is possible – not only for refugees, but also for migrants crossing borders in a world where people are more mobile than ever before.