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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

Professor Jane McAdam awarded prestigious international human rights prize

The Director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW, Scientia Professor Jane McAdam, is the first Australian to be awarded the prestigious Calouste Gulbenkian Prize.

The Director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW, Scientia Professor Jane McAdam, is the first Australian to be awarded the prestigious 2017 Calouste Gulbenkian Prize, sharing the prize of 100,000 Euros with the Hungarian Helsinki Committee.

Let’s give indigenous people a voice in parliament

OPINON: Professor Rosalind Dixon, The Australian, 21 July 2017.

This week the referendum council recommended a simple question be put to the people: will they support constitutional change to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders an entrenched voice in the legislative process?

Constitutional convention would offer a way forward on Aboriginal recognition

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 19 July 2017.

 The Referendum Council has released its report into how the constitution should recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The report seeks to cut through the thicket of ideas that have grown up over a decade. It recommends that the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition pursue a single change to the constitution, namely a representative body of Indigenous peoples to advise Parliament on the making of laws.

UNSW success at the 2017 International Humanitarian Law Moot

UNSW Law students Chris Chiam and Veronica Sebesfi, placed first in the recent 2017 Australian Red Cross and Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Mooting Competition in Canberra.

Defeating the Queensland University of Technology team in a challenging grand final, both speakers displayed an impressive understanding of international humanitarian law and showed exceptional advocacy skills.

UNSW Law 30 Under 30 winners revealed

UNSW Law is proud to congratulate our young alumni who were recognised last month as some of the best upcoming talent in the Australian legal profession at the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards.

The Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 awards recognise young lawyers striving for professional excellence within their specific practice areas. The awards are open to lawyers across Australia working either in private practice or in-house who are under the age of 30 at the date on which the awards night is held. This year’s gala event was held at the Ivy Ballroom, Sydney on Friday, 23 June.

Nura Gili Winter School 2017

For over 10 years, UNSW Law has participated in the Nura Gili Indigenous Winter School Program. This program gives Indigenous high school students in Years 10-12 the opportunity to experience life on campus for a week as university students; living in College, participating in cultural activities run by Nura Gili – UNSW’s Indigenous Programs Unit – and, most importantly, taking taster classes in Law. In this way, students are able to form impressions about whether studying Law in future is for them and, if so, gather information about entry pathways, such as the annual Indigenous Pre-Law Program.