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Empowering Retail Payments: UNSW's work in Nepal

Between 29 May and 9 June, Louise Malady and Cheng Yun Tsang worked in Kathmandu, Nepal, representing the UNSW Digital Financial Services (DFS) Research Team. This Team is assisting the country’s central bank, Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), carry out a stocktake of retail payment systems and identify regulatory gaps and barriers preventing those systems from flourishing. NRB plans to develop a national retail payment strategy drawing upon the UNSW DFS Team’s findings.

Gilbert & Tobin team named best team at Online Courts Hackathon

In early July, Gilbert + Tobin flew a team of two lawyers, a designer, a technolegal and UNSW Law student Adrian Agius to London to compete in the Online Courts Hackathon.

The event was hosted by the Society for Computers and Law, LegalGeek and the UK Ministry of Justice in support of their billion-dollar strategy to deliver technology improvements in the court system. With technology and law icons including Professor Richard Susskind and Lord Chief Justice John Thomas in attendance, the event attracted participation from all over the globe, with some 200 participants taking part.

Tony Abbott's 'solution' to Senate deadlock has its own problems

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 3 July 2017.

When Tony Abbott laid down his conservative manifesto last week, the immediate question was how this would affect the standing of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Less attention was paid to Abbott's alternative program for government. It includes a proposal for governments to bypass the Senate, which he described as the "mother of all reforms".

The homeless have no choice but to live life in public

OPINION: Amelia Thorpe, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 June 2017.

The recent forced removal of homeless people from a camp in central Sydney raises some difficult questions, not least being whether it is reasonable for the bankers, lawyers and politicians of Martin Place to be protected from the disturbing sight of the homeless.

Tenants’ calls for safe public housing fall on deaf ears

OPINION: Gemma McKinnon, The Conversation, 27 June 2017.

I have worked and researched in housing law for one-third of my life. When news of the Grenfell Tower fire broke, our network of tenant advocates and housing researchers was heartbroken and angry, but not necessarily surprised.

Islam and the State

Dr Melissa Crouch spoke to ANU Myanmar Research Centre’s, Myanmar Musings podcast series (13 June 2017) regarding her book, Islam and the State and touched on the challenges and the use of Islamic personal law in Myanmar.

Q: Why did you chose to frame a book about Muslims in Myanmar in regards to interactions with the state?

Embrace robotic disruption but don’t lose your human skills

OPINION: Associate Professor Michael Legg, The Australian, 16 June 2017.

Technology has started to become a source of angst for current and future lawyers. Concern follows from headlines such as “Robots replace lawyers” and “Machines replace lawyers” telling stories of elation at the end of lawyers.

However, as Robert Bolt said through the voice of Thomas More in A Man For All Seasons, if you cut down all the laws “d’you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow?”

Proposed citizenship test would forgo a ‘fair go for all’

OPINION: Khanh Hoang, The Interpreter, 16 June 2017.

The Australian Government this week introduced a new Bill into parliament to amend the Citizenship Act 2007. The move comes just two weeks after submissions to its discussion paper had closed – those submissions have not been made public.

Overreaction to Khayre's crimes exactly what terrorists seek

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 June 2017.

The crimes committed in Melbourne by Yacqub Khayre led to a predictable political response. Within days, state and federal leaders announced tougher anti-terrorism measures, including limits on parole and further powers of detention. These responses satisfied a political need to be seen to act, but it is not clear that they will make the community safer.

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