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We desperately need a genuine plan for federal reform

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 21 May 2017.

If there is one thing our politicians agree on, it is that Australia's federal system is broken. A long succession of state and federal leaders have made this point, including most recently NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who says the Commonwealth "needs a massive overhaul". She wants "an honest conversation about our federation" and a new system that encourages states to pursue reform.

Myanmar failing to stop spread of religious violence, UN envoy says

Dr Melissa Crouch speaks to The Guardian (19 May 2017) regarding the current state of Myanmar and it's escalated religious intolerance following the recent setencing of Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama.

Melissa Crouch discussed an “intimidation campaign” that is currently under way in Yangon, saying that Nationalist protests have in the past shut down religious events.

Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 years after the Poverty Commission

The AHRCentre and UNSW Law were delighted to host the former High Court Chief Justice, Robert French to launch Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Poverty Commission, co-edited by Andrea Durbach, Brendan Edgeworth and Vicki Sentas (published by Federation Press).

The launch of the book coincides with the recent appointment of Justice French to lead the Law Council of Australia’s inquiry, the Justice Project, a national review which will investigate barriers to justice encountered by those facing significant economic and social disadvantage.

Miles Ma awarded UNSW Law 2016 Undergraduate Valedictorian

Yingzhe (Miles) Ma has been awarded the 2016 Undergraduate Valedictorian at the UNSW Law Awards Evening, Thursday 18 May.

UNSW Law Valedictorians are recognised for outstanding academic achievement and for their significant contribution to the communal life of UNSW Law.

Miles who recently completed a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce dual degree, emigrated from China with no English skills when he was nine years old. Upon receiving the award, Miles said “it is with great surprise that I was able to study law at UNSW, let alone become the 2016 LLB Valedictorian”.

A leader in innovation and business, UNSW Law alumna Shemara Wikramanayake recognised with prestigious Alumni Award

UNSW Law alumna Shemara Wikramanayake was recognised for her exceptional achievements and her inspirational leadership in the community on Tuesday 16 May 2017 with a prestigious Alumni Award in the category of ‘Business and Innovation’.

The annual awards celebrate the achievements of ten of the University’s most accomplished graduates and graduands, chosen from a pool of close to 290,000 alumni. President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs congratulated the recipients saying: “Choosing these winners from the extraordinary pool of talent spread across 146 countries and all facets of human endeavour is not an easy task".

The long road to recognition

OPINION: Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby and Associate Professor Sean Brennan, Inside Story, 19 May 2017.

First Nations have reclaimed the recognition process in the lead-up to a landmark gathering at Uluru this month.

UNSW Law’s fourth Indigenous judicial officer

UNSW Law’s fourth Indigenous judicial officer

Congratulations to alumnus James Morton (LLB ’03) who has become UNSW Law’s fourth Indigenous judicial officer after Pat O’Shane, Bob Bellear and Matthew Myers. James was sworn in on Friday 12 May, appointed a Queensland magistrate and will serve in Mt Isa.

Highlighting Relationships between Cultural Heritage and Human Rights

Pictured from left to right: Professor Sarah Williams, Dr Lucas Lixinski, Annmaree O'Keeffe AM, and Professor Andrea Durbach.

Do we value heritage because of what it is, or because of how we relate to it? And are we entitled to care about what happens to buildings and monuments we have never seen live, in far-away countries? Those were some of the questions discussed on May 15, 2017, in an event organized by UNSW Law’s Australian Human Rights Centre.

The world's fastest growing legal model for social enterprise

On May 10, 2017, The Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation, with the support of Alan Greig and the Legal Models Working Group on Social Enterprise, hosted a lively discussion in the boardroom on the Community Interest Company (CIC), a legal model for social enterprise created by the UK in 2005. Chaired by Professor Bronwen Morgan, the 20 or so attendees included law firms (large and small), business advisors, social investors, public policy makers (from the Department of Social Services at the Federal level and the Victorian State Department of Economic Development at state level ) and academics, all gathered to hear Phil Horrell, the recently retired Deputy Commissioner of the CIC regulatory agency in the UK.

As Myanmar Democratizes, Women’s Rights Lag Behind

Dr Melissa Crouch speaks to the New York Times (16 May 2017) regarding the current changes happening in Myanmar and the lack of protection and action to change women's rights and safety in the country.

Dr Crouch discusses the current laws that are in place that restrict marriages between Buddhist women and Muslim men adn the reasoning behind them.

Read the article here.