Scientia Professor George Williams

George Williams AO is the Dean, the Anthony Mason Professor, and a Scientia Professor at UNSW Law. He has held an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship, and visiting positions at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Columbia University Law School in New York, and Durham University and University College London in the United Kingdom.

He has written and edited 36 books, including Australian Constitutional Law and Theory, The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia and Human Rights under the Australian Constitution. He has appeared as a barrister in the High Court in many cases over the past two decades, including on freedom of speech, freedom from racial discrimination and the rule of law. He has also appeared in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of Fiji, including on the legality of the 2000 coup.

As chair of the Victorian Human Rights Consultation Committee in 2005 he helped bring about Australia’s first State bill of rights, the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. In 2007 he chaired a NSW Government inquiry into Options for a New National Industrial Relations System that produced the historic referral of State industrial power over the private sector to the Commonwealth. He has also served on a High Level Advisory Group on Federal-State Relations, was a member of the NSW Government’s Panel to Examine Recall Elections and assisted the Northern Territory in its attempt to become Australia’s seventh State as a member of its Constitutional Convention Committee.

George is a well-known media commentator on legal issues. He has been a columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times and an on-air analyst for ABC Television. He is currently a columnist for The Australian, and reviews science fiction and fantasy books for The Weekend Australian and The Bookshelf on ABC Radio National.

George was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2011: ‘For distinguished service to the law in the fields of anti-terrorism, human rights and constitutional law as an academic, author, adviser and public commentator.’

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Books

Davis M; Williams G, 2015, Everything you Need to Know About the Referendum to Recognise Indigenous Australians, NewSouth

Blackshield AR; Williams G; Brennan S; Lynch A, 2014, Blackshield and Williams Australian Constitutional Law and Theory Commentary and Materials

Davis F; Mc Garrity N; Williams G, 2014, Preface, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203517451

Williams G; Hume D, 2013, Human Rights under the Australian Constitution 2nd edition, http://www.oup.com.au/titles/higher_ed/law/constitutional__and__admin_law/9780195523119

Williams G; Ramraj V; Hor M; Roach M, (eds.), 2012, Global Anti-Terrorism Law and Policy, Cambridge University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139043793

Williams G; Hume D, 2010, People Power: The History and Future of the Referendum in Australia, Original, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, https://www.unswpress.com.au/isbn/9781742232157.htm

Blackshield AR; Douglas R; Williams G, 2010, Public Law in Australia: Commentary and Materials, Original, Federation Press, Annandale NSW, http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862877986

Williams G, 2007, A Charter of Rights for Australia, Original, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney

Williams G; Stewart A, 2007, Work Choices: What the High Court Said, Original, Federation Press, Sydney

Williams G; Blackshield AR, 2006, Australian Constitutional Law and Theory: Commentary and Materials, 5th, Federation Press, Sydney

Charlesworth H; Chaim M; Hovell DC; Williams G, 2006, No Country is an Island: Australia and International Law, Original, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney

Williams G; Brennan S; Behrendt L; Strelein L, 2005, Treaty, Original, Federation Press, Sydney

Williams G, 2004, The Case for an Australian Bill of Rights: Freedom in the War on Terror, 1, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney

Blackshield AR; Williams G, 2002, Australian Constitutional Law & Theory: Commentary and Materials, 3rd, Federation Press, Sydney

Journal articles

Hobbs H; Williams G, 2019, 'Treaty Making in the Australian Federation', Melbourne University Law Review

Hobbs H; Williams G, 2019, 'The Participation of Indigenous Australians in Legal Education, 2001-2018', University of New South Wales Law Journal

Williams G; Hobbs H, 2019, 'The High Court on Constitutional Law: The 2018 Statistics', University of New South Wales Law Journal

Williams G; Hobbs H, 2019, 'Protecting Religious Freedom in a Human Rights Act', Australian Law Journal, vol. 93, pp. 721 - 733

Williams G, 2019, 'EMERITUS PROFESSOR MICHAEL COPER AO, FAAL Obituary', AUSTRALIAN LAW JOURNAL, vol. 93, pp. 603 - 604, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000474211700011&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

williams G; hobbs H, 2018, 'The Noongar Settlement: Australia's First Treaty', The Sydney Law Review, vol. 40, pp. 1 - 38, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000436327000001&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Williams G; Blackham A, 2017, 'A Balancing Act', Law Institute, vol. 91.05, pp. 28 - 31

Hobbs H; Williams G, 2017, 'The case for a national whole-of-government anti-corruption body', ALTERNATIVE LAW JOURNAL, vol. 42, pp. 178 - 183, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1037969X17730190

Reynolds D; Williams G, 2017, 'Gender Equality Among Barristers Before the High Court', AUSTRALIAN LAW JOURNAL, vol. 91, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000403080700003&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Hardy K; Williams G, 2016, 'Australian legal responses to foreign fighters', CRIMINAL LAW JOURNAL, vol. 40, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000390925700002&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Hardy K; Williams G, 2016, 'SPECIAL INTELLIGENCE OPERATIONS AND FREEDOM OF THE PRESS KEIRAN HARDY and GEORGE WILLIAMS', ALTERNATIVE LAW JOURNAL, vol. 41, pp. 160 - 164, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1037969X1604100304

Williams G; Reynolds D, 2016, 'Petitioning the Australian Parliament: Reviving a Dying Democratic Tradition', Australasian Parliamentary Review, vol. 31, pp. 60 - 79, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000394814700005&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Hardy K; Williams G, 2016, 'Special intelligence operations and freedom of the press', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 41, pp. 160 - 164, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1037969X1604100304

Williams G; Reynolds D, 2016, 'A human rights act for Queensland?: Lessons from recent Australian experience', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 41, pp. 81 - 85, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1037969X1604100202

Williams G, 2016, 'The Legal Assault on Australian Democracy', QUT Law Review, vol. 16, pp. 19 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.5204/qutlr.v16i2.651

Williams G; Williams A, 2016, 'The British Bill of Rights Debate: Lessons from Australia', Public Law, vol. July, pp. 471 - 490

Williams G, 2015, 'The High Court, the Constitution and human rights', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 21, pp. 1 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323238X.2015.11910929

Williams G; Ananian-Welsh R, 2015, 'Judicial Independence From The Executive: A First-Principles Review Of The Australian Cases', Monash University Law Review, vol. 40, pp. 593 - 638, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000215107700001&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Rienstra A; Williams G, 2015, 'Redrawing the Federation: Creating New States from Australia's Existing States', SYDNEY LAW REVIEW, vol. 37, pp. 357 - 387, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000377962900003&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Williams G; Reynolds D, 2015, 'The Racial Discrimination Act and Inconsistency under the Australian Constitution', Adelaide Law Review Association, vol. 36, pp. 241 - 256, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000373812400013&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Williams G; Reynolds D, 2015, 'The Operation and Impact of Australia's Parliamentary Scrutiny Regime for Human Rights', Monash University Law Review, vol. 41, pp. 469 - 507, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000387025700007&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Williams G, 2015, 'Why it's time to recognise Indigenous peoples in the Constitution', Australasian Psychiatry, vol. 23, pp. 214 - 217, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1039856215579821

Williams G, 2015, 'Same-sex marriage and the Australian states', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 40, pp. 4 - 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1037969X1504000102

Williams G, 2015, 'Should the Australian Constitution Establish an Indigenous Advisory Body?', Australian Indigenous Law Review, vol. 18, pp. 111 - 121

Williams G; Blackham A, 2015, 'Social Media and Court Communication', Public Law, vol. No 5, pp. 403 - 425, https://dialnet.unirioja.es/ejemplar/400507

Williams G, 2015, 'Bryan Pape and his Legacy to the Law', University of Queensland Law Journal, vol. 34, pp. 29 - 46

Williams G, 2015, 'A Referendum or Plebiscite on Same-Sex Marriage', Court of Conscience, pp. 32 - 36

Williams G, 2015, 'Constitutional Recognition by Way of an Indigenous Advisory Body', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 8, pp. 12 - 16, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=338080760924512;res=IELAPA

Williams G; Ananian-Welsh R, 2015, 'Judges in Vice-Regal Roles', Federal Law Review, vol. 43, pp. 119 - 146

Dixon R; Williams G, 2014, 'DRAFTING A REPLACEMENT FOR THE RACES POWER IN THE AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTION', PUBLIC LAW REVIEW, vol. 25, pp. 83 - 88, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000421537700001&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Hardy K; Williams G, 2014, 'TERRORIST, TRAITOR, OR WHISTLEBLOWER? OFFENCES AND PROTECTIONS IN AUSTRALIA FOR DISCLOSING NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION', UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES LAW JOURNAL, vol. 37, pp. 784 - 819, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000213968700014&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Williams G, 2014, 'Protecting freedom of speech in Australia', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 39, pp. 217 - 221, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1037969X1403900403

Ananian-Welsh R; Williams G, 2014, 'The new terrorists: The normalisation and spread of anti-terror laws in Australia', Melbourne University Law Review, vol. 38, pp. 362 - 408

Williams G; Burton L, 2013, 'What future for Australia’s control order regime?', Public Law Review, vol. 24, pp. 182 - 208, http://www.thomsonreuters.com.au/public-law-review-parts/productdetail/20236

Williams G, 2013, 'Race & the Australian Constitution', Australasian Parliamentary Review, vol. 28, pp. 4 - 16, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000213585800002&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Williams G, 2013, 'THE LEGAL LEGACY OF THE 'WAR ON TERROR'', MACQUARIE LAW JOURNAL, vol. 11-12, pp. 3 - 16, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000216740300011&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Williams G; Burton L, 2013, 'Australia's exclusive parliamentary model of rights protection', Statute Law Review, vol. 34, pp. 58 - 94, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/slr/hms048

Williams G; Blackman A, 2013, 'Australian courts and social media', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 38, pp. 170 - 175, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1037969X1303800308

Williams G; Blackham A, 2013, 'Accountability of Members of Australia's Federal Parliament for Misconduct', Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, vol. 13, pp. 115 - 156, http://dx.doi.org/10.5235/14729342.13.1.115

Williams G; Hardy KA, 2013, 'What is terrorism? Assessing Domestic Legal Definitions', UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs, vol. 16, pp. 77 - 162

Lennan J; Williams G, 2012, 'The Death Penalty in Australian Law', SYDNEY LAW REVIEW, vol. 34, pp. 659 - 694, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000213738000003&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Williams G, 2012, 'Removing Racism from Australia's Constitutional DNA', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 37, pp. 151 - 155, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1037969X1203700302

Williams G; Blackham A, 2012, 'The Appointment of Ministers from Outside of Parliament', Federal Law Review, vol. 40, pp. 253 - 285, http://search.informit.com.au.wwwproxy0.library.unsw.edu.au/fullText;dn=804188648272003;res=IELHSS

Williams G, 2012, 'Can Tasmania Legislate for same-sex marriage?', University of Tasmania Law Review, vol. 31, pp. 117 - 133, http://search.informit.com.au.wwwproxy0.library.unsw.edu.au/browsePublication;py=2012;vol=31;res=AGISPT;issn=0082-2108;iss=1

Williams G, 2011, 'Recognising Indigenous Peoples in the Australian Constitution: What the Constitution Should Say and How the Referendum Can be Won', Land, Rights, Laws: Issues of Native Title, vol. 5, pp. 1 - 16, http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/ntru/documents/WilliamsIssuesPaperVol5No1_002.pdf

Williams G, 2011, 'The Australian Constitution and the Aid/Watch Case', Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 3, pp. 1 - 8, http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/ojs/index.php/mcs/article/view/2152

Williams G, 2011, 'How to win the referendum to recognise Indigenous peoples in the Australian Constitution', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 7, pp. 18 - 21, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=440627799737800;res=IELHSS

McGarrity N; Williams G, 2010, 'Recognition of local government in the Commonwealth Constitution', PUBLIC LAW REVIEW, vol. 21, pp. 164 - 187, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000417800300003&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Kildea P; Williams G, 2010, 'Reworking Australia's referendum machinery', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 35, pp. 22 - 26, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1037969X1003500105

Hume D; Williams G, 2009, 'Advocating terrorist acts and Australian censorship law', PUBLIC LAW REVIEW, vol. 20, pp. 37 - 55, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000417798000005&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Williams G; Orr G, 2009, 'The people's choice: the prisoner franchise and the constitutional protection of voting rights in Australia.', Election Law Journal, vol. 8, pp. 123 - 139, http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/elj.2008.0016

Williams G; Hume DA, 2009, 'Australian Censorship Policy and the Advocacy of Terrorism', Sydney Law Review, vol. 31, pp. 381 - 410, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000213722200002&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Williams G; Pintos-Lopez H, 2009, 'Enemies foreign and domestic: Thomas v Mowbray and the new scope of the defence power', University of Tasmania Law Review, vol. 2008, 27, pp. 83

Williams G, 2008, 'High Court Appointments: The Need for Reform', Sydney Law Review, vol. 30, pp. 163 - 169, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000213720700011&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Williams G, 2008, 'A Charter of Rights for Australia', Pandora`s Box, pp. 26 - 32

Williams G; Dalla-Pozza D, 2007, 'The Constitutional Validity of Declarations of Incompatibility in Australian Charters of Human Rights', Deakin Law Review, vol. 12, pp. 1 - 40, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000213450600001&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Williams G; MacDonald EC, 2007, 'Combating Terrorism: Australia`s Criminal Code', Griffith Law Review, vol. 16, pp. 27 - 54

Williams G; MacDonald EC, 2007, 'Banned Books and Seditious Speech: Anti-Terrorism Law and Other Threats to Academic Freedom', Australia and New Zealand Journal of Law and Education, vol. 12, pp. 7 - 16

Williams G, 2007, 'The Races Power and the 1967 Referendum', Australian Indigenous Law Review, vol. 11, pp. 8 - 11

Williams G, 2007, 'Victoria`s New Charter: Human Rights and the Community', Just Policy: a journal of Australian social policy, pp. 6 - 10

Williams G; Behrendt L; McCausland R; Reilly A; McMillan M, 2007, 'The Promise of Regional Governance for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Communities', Ngiya: Talk the Law, vol. 1, pp. 126 - 166

Williams G, 2006, 'Strategies to Protect Academic Freedom', The Australian universities' review : journal of the Federation of Australian University Staff Associations, vol. 48, pp. 15 - 17, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000213390200007&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Williams G, 2006, 'The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities: Origins and Scope', Melbourne University Law Review, vol. 30, pp. 880 - 905

Williams G, 2006, 'Australia`s Legal Response to Terrorism: Where will it end?', Arena Journal, vol. 27, pp. 7 - 16

Williams G; Hume D, 2006, 'Who`s Listening? Intercepting the Telephone Calls, Emails and SMS`s of Innocent People.', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 31, pp. 211 - 215

Williams G; Hovell DC, 2005, 'A Tale of Two Systems: The Use of International Law in Constitutional Interpretation in Australia and South Africa', Melbourne University Law Review, vol. 29, pp. 95 - 130

Williams G, 2005, 'The Constitution and a National Industrial Relations Regime', Deakin Law Review, vol. 10, pp. 498 - 510

Williams G; Kostakidis-Lianos L, 2005, 'Bills of Responsibilities', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 30, pp. 58 - 63

Williams G, 2005, 'Balancing National Security and Human Rights: Lessons from Australia', Borderlands e-journal, vol. 4

Stevens T; Williams G, 2004, 'A Supreme Court for the United Kingdom? A View from the High Court of Australia', Legal Studies, vol. 24, pp. 188 - 209, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-121X.2004.tb00247.x

Brennan S; Williams G; Gunn B, 2004, 'Sovereignty and its Relevance to Treaty-Making Between Indigenous Peoples and Australian Governments', Sydney Law Review, vol. 26, pp. 307 - 352

Williams G, 2004, 'Human Rights and Judicial Review in a Nation without a Bill of Rights: The Australian Experience', Supreme Court Law Review, vol. 23, pp. 305 - 334

Williams G, 2004, 'The Constitutional Role of the Courts: A Perspective from a Nation without a Bill of Rights', NZ Journal of Public and International Law, vol. 2, pp. 25 - 46

Mercurio BC; Williams G; Orr G, 2004, 'Electoral Law Symposium: An Introduction', Federal Law Review, vol. 32, pp. 357 - 363

Mercurio BC; Williams G, 2004, 'Australian Electoral Law: Free and Fair?', Federal Law Review, vol. 32, pp. 365 - 395

Williams G, 2004, 'Responding to Terrorism Without a Bill of Rights: The Australian Experience', Asia Rights, vol. 2, pp. 1 - 6

Williams G, 2004, 'Commentary on `The Growth of Constitutional Writs`', Australian Journal of Administrative Law, vol. 12, pp. 30 - 34

Williams G, 2004, 'The Power To Go To War: Australia in Iraq', Public Law Review, vol. 15, pp. 5 - 9

Mercurio BC; Williams G, 2004, 'The Australian Diaspora and the Right to Vote', University of Western Australia Law Review, vol. 32, pp. 1 - 29

Williams G, 2003, 'National Security, Terrorism and Bills of Rights', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 9, pp. 263 - 273, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323238X.2003.11911101

Brennan S; Bosnjak V; Williams G, 2003, 'Rights-based Reconciliation Needs Renewed Action from Canberra', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 28, pp. 122 - 126

Williams G; Davis MJ, 2003, 'A Statutory Bill of Rights for Australia? Lessons from the United Kingdom', University of Queensland Law Journal, vol. 22, pp. 1 - 19

Williams G; Kerr D, 2003, 'Review of Executive Action and the Rule of Law Under the Australian Constitution', Public Law Review, vol. 14, pp. 219 - 233

Williams G, 2003, 'The First Step to a National Relations Regime? Workplace Relations Amendment', Australian Journal of Labour Law, vol. 16, pp. 94 - 98

Davis R; Williams G, 2003, 'A century of appointments but only one woman', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 28, pp. 54 - 58

Davis R; Williams G, 2003, 'Reform of the Judicial Appointments Process: Gender and the Bench of the High Court of Australia', Melbourne University Law Review, vol. 27, pp. 819 - 863

Hovell DC; Williams G, 2003, 'Advice to Hon. Simon Crean MP on the Use of Force Against Iraq', Melbourne Journal of International Law, vol. 4, pp. 183 - 189

Williams G, 2003, 'Australian Values and The War Against Terrorism', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 26, pp. 191 - 199

Williams G; Redman R, 2003, 'Weaker Protections Rejected', Law Society Journal, vol. 41, pp. 62 - 65

Charlesworth H; Chiam M; Hovell DC; Williams G, 2003, 'Deep Anxieties: Australia and the International Legal Order', Sydney Law Review, vol. 25, pp. 423 - 465

Orr G; Mercurio BC; Williams G, 2003, 'Australian Electoral Law: A Stocktake', Election Law Journal, vol. 2, pp. 383 - 402

Redman R; Williams G, 2003, 'Guarding Human Rights', Law Institute Journal, vol. 77, pp. 62 - 66

Williams G, 2002, 'The Treaty Debate, Bill of Rights and the Republic: Strategies and Lessons for Reform', Balayi: Culture Law and Colonialism, vol. 5, pp. 10 - 24

Williams G, 2002, 'Co-operative Federalism and the Revival of the Corporations Law: Wakim and Beyond', Company and Securities Law Journal, vol. 20, pp. 160 - 171

Williams G, 2002, 'One Year On: Australia`s Legal Response to September 11', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 27, pp. 212 - 215

McKenna M; Simpson A; Williams G, 2001, 'First Words: The Preamble to the Australian Constitution', University of New South Wales Law Journal, pp. 382 - 400

Williams G, 2001, 'Freedom of Speech and Defamation: Developments in the Common Law World ( with Adrienne Stone )', Monash University Law Review, pp. 362 - 378

Williams G; Orr G, 2001, 'Electoral Challenges: Judicial Review of Parliamentary Elections in Australia', Sydney Law Review, pp. 53 - 94

Williams G; McKenna M; Simpson AM, 2001, 'With Hope in God, the Prime Minister and the Poet: Lessons from the 1999 Referendum on the Preamble', University of New South Wales Law Journal, pp. 401 - 419

Williams G, 2001, 'Human Rights and the Second Century of the Australian Constitution', University of New South Wales Law Journal, pp. 782 - 791

Williams G, 2001, 'A Victory for democracy? An alternative assessment of Republic of Fiji v Prasad', Melbourne Journal of International Law, vol. 2, pp. 535 - 548

Williams G; Chin G, 2000, 'The failure of citizens' initiated referenda proposals in Australia: New directions for popular participation?', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 35, pp. 27 - 48, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10361140050002818

Williams G, 1996, 'The suppression of communism by force of law: Australia in the early 1950s', Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 42, pp. 238 - 240

Book Chapters

Williams G, 2019, 'Human rights and anti-terror laws in Australia', in Juss SS (ed.), Beyond Human Rights and the War on Terror, Routledge, 2 Park Square Milton Park Abingdon Oxon OX14 4RN, pp. 168 - 188

Williams G, 2019, 'Australia’s Constitutional Design and the Protection of Human Rights', in The Legal Protection of Rights in Australia, Hart Publishing, pp. 17 - 30

Williams G; Hobbs H, 2019, 'Trust and the Constitution', in , pp. 75 - 92

Williams G; Hardy K, 2019, 'Strategies for Countering Terrorism: An Australian Perspective', in Lennon G; King C; McCartney C (ed.), Counter-Terrorism, Constitutionalism and Miscarriages of Justice, Hart Publishing, Kemp House Chawley Park Cumnor Hill Oxford OX2 9PH UK, pp. 63 - 80

Williams G; Reynolds D, 2018, 'Parliamentary Human Rights Vetting and Deliberation', in The Cambridge Handbook of Deliberative Constitutionalism, Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom, pp. 72 - 87, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781108289474

Williams G; Hobbs H, 2017, 'Citizen Participation in Australia’', in Mechanisms of Citizen Participation: The Global Experience, Tirant lo blanch, Spain, pp. 49 - 64

Williams G, 2017, 'The Distinctive Features of Australia's Human Rights Charters', in Australian Charters Of Rights A Decade On, The Federation Press, Leichhardt NSW, pp. 22 - 35

Williams G, 2017, 'Human Rights and the Tasmanian Dam Case', in The Tasmanian Dam Case 30 Years On An Enduring Legacy, Federation Press, Sydney Australia, pp. 129 - 137

Williams G, 2016, ''Lone, vehement and incredulous': Chief Justice Latham in the Communist Party Case (1951)', in Lynch A (ed.), GREAT AUSTRALIAN DISSENTS, CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS, Univ New S Wales, Sydney, AUSTRALIA, pp. 97 - 115, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000390313100006&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Williams G, 2016, 'The High Court, the Constitution and Human Rights', in Rajkhowa S; Deka S (ed.), Comparative Public Law, EBH Publishers (India), pp. 333 - 350

Williams G; Hardy K, 2016, 'Executive Oversight of Intelligence Agencies In Australia', in Goldman ZK; Rascoff SJ (ed.), Global Intelligence Oversight Governing Security in the Twenty-First Century, Oxford University Press, UK, pp. 315 - 342

Williams G; Ananian-Welsh R, 2016, 'State Judges as Lieutenant-Governors', in Ananian-Welsh R; Crowe J (ed.), Judicial Independence in Australia: Contemporary Challenges, Federation Press, pp. 194 - 207

Williams G; Blackham A, 2016, 'Social Media and the Judiciary: A Challenge to Judicial Independence?', in Ananian-Welsh R; Crowe J (ed.), Judicial Independence in Australia: Contemporary Challenges, Future Directions, Federation Press, Australia, pp. 223 - 240

Williams G; Burton L, 2015, 'Australia’s Parliamentary Scrutiny Act: An Exclusive Parliamentary Model of Rights Protection’', in Parliaments and Human Rights Redressing the Democratic Deficit, Bloomsbury Publishing, UK, pp. 257 - 277

Williams G; Reynolds D, 2015, 'The Racial Discrimination Act and the Australian Constution', in Perspectives on the Racial Discrimination Act PAPERS FROM THE FORTY YEARS OF THE RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT 1975 (CTH) CONFERENCE SYDNEY, 19 - 20 FEBRUARY 2015, pp. 41 - 54

Williams G, 2015, 'Social Justice Through Constitutional Change: Mission Impossible?', in The Crimson Thread: Ideas for Australian Society, Henry Parkes Foundation, ETT Imprint, Australia, pp. 139 - 153

Williams G, 2014, 'OBITUARY Bryan Pape and his Legacy to the Law', in Upholding the Australian Constitution, Proceedings of the Twenty-Sixth Conference of the Samuel Griffith Society, The Samuel Griffiths Society, Melbourne Victoria, pp. 207 - 244

Hardy KA; Williams G, 2014, 'What is "Cyber-Terrorism"? Computer and Internet Technology in Legal Definitions of Terrorism', in Chen T; Jarvis L; Macdonald S (ed.), Cyberterrorism: Understanding, Assessment, and Response, Springer, pp. 1 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-0962-9_1

Williams G, 2013, 'Law Reform & the Constitution', in Bramston T (ed.), The Whitlam Legacy, Federation Press, Australia, pp. 280 - 288

Williams G, 2013, 'Mission Impossible? Achieving Social Justice through Constitutional Change', in Jones BT; McKenna M (ed.), Project Republic: Plans and Arguments for a New Australia, Black Inc., Australia, pp. 94 - 110, http://www.blackincbooks.com/books/project-republic

Williams G, 2012, 'Anti-terror legislation in Australia and New Zealand', in Ramraj VV; Hor M; Roach K; Williams G (ed.), Global Anti-Terrorism Law and Policy, Cambridge University Press, pp. 541 - 570, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139043793.027

Roach K; Hor M; Ramraj VV; Williams G, 2012, 'Introduction', in Global Anti-Terrorism Law and Policy, pp. 1 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139043793.001

Williams G, 2012, 'Rewriting the Federation Through Referendum', in Kildea P; Lynch A; Williams G (ed.), Tomorrow's Federation, edn. Original, Federation Press, Australia, pp. 294 - 309, http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862878228

Williams G, 2011, 'International Law and the War Power in Australia', in Brohmer J (ed.), The German Constitution turns 60 : basic law and Commonwealth Constitution, German and Australian perspectives, edn. Original, Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, pp. 101 - 109, http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/156159440?selectedversion=NBD47686204

Williams G; Priest SR, 2010, 'Women and Public Law', in Easteal P (ed.), Women and the Law in Australia, edn. 1st, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, pp. 407 - 423

Williams G, 2010, 'The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities', in Sykes H (ed.), Future Justice, edn. Original, Future Leaders, pp. 136 - 150, http://future-justice-4833f5.reading.booki.sh/

Williams G; Hume D, 2009, 'Commonwealth Power over Industrial Relations: Evolution without a Referendum', in Lee HP; Gerangelos P (ed.), Constitutional Advancement in a Frozen Continent: Essays in honour of George Winterton, edn. Original, Federation Press, Leichhardt, NSW, pp. 105 - 125

Williams G; Stone A, 2009, 'Freedom of Speech and Defamation: Developments in the Common Law World', in Barendt E (ed.), Freedom of the Press, edn. Original, Ashgate, UK, pp. 275 - 291

Williams G, 2008, 'Development of the Charter', in Pound A; Evans K (ed.), An Annotated Guide to the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, edn. Original, Lawbook Co., Sydney, pp. 1 - 11

Williams G, 2008, 'A Cooperative Model for a National System of Workplace Relations', in Stafford J (ed.), Remaking Australian Industrial Relations, edn. 1, CCH Australian Industrial Relations, Sydney, pp. 43 - 52

Williams G, 2007, 'Strategies to Protect Academic Freedom in Australia', in Free Speech in Fearful Times, edn. 1, James Lorimer & Co. Ltd, pp. 245 - 252

Williams G, 2005, 'The Rule of Law and the Regulation of Terrorism in Australia and New Zealand', in Ramraj V; Hor M; Roach K (ed.), Global Anti-Terrorism Law and Policy, Cambridge University Press, UK, pp. 534 - 552, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511493874.024

Sammut C; Chair C, 2005, 'Foreword', in Proceedings of the 2005 Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, ACRA 2005

Williams G; Hovell DC; Chaim M; Charlesworth H, 2005, 'International Law and National Law: Fluid States', in Charlesworth H; Chaim M; Howell D; Williams G (ed.), The Fluid State: International Law and National Legal Systems, edn. 1st, Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 1 - 17

Williams G, 2004, 'Human Rights and Judicial Review in a Nation Without a Bill of Rights: The Australian Experience', in Huscroft G; Brodie I (ed.), Constitutionalism in the Charter Era, edn. 1, LexisNexis, Ontario, Canada, pp. 305 - 334

Williams G, 2003, 'Constructing a Community-Based Bill of Rights', in Campbell T; Goldsworthy J; Stone A (ed.), Protecting Human Rights: Instruments and Institutions, Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 247 - 262, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264063.003.0013

Orr G; Mercurio BC; Williams G, 2003, 'The Australian Electoral Tradition', in Orr G; Mercurio B; Williams G (ed.), Realising Democracy: Electoral Law in Australia, edn. 1, Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 1 - 6

Williams G, 2003, 'Globalisation of the Constitution', in French R; Lindell G; Saunders C (ed.), Reflections on the Australian Constitution, edn. Original, Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 192 - 211

Williams G, 2003, 'The Whitlam Government and Constitutional Reform', in Hocking J; Lewis C (ed.), It`s Time Again: Whitlam and Modern Labor, edn. Original, Melbourne Publishing Group, Armadale, Victoria, pp. 195 - 215

Williams G, 2002, 'Sifting the Ashes', in Mackerras M; Warhurst J (ed.), Constitutional Politics: The Republic Referendum and the Future, edn. First, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia Queensland, pp. 131 - 143

Williams G, 2001, 'Five Reasons to Rewrite the Constitution', in Patmore G (ed.), The Big Makover: A New Australian Constitution, edn. Original, Pluto Press, Annandale, pp. 35 - 47

Williams G, 2001, 'Distrust of Representative Government: Australian Experiments with Direct Democracy', in Sawer M; Zappala G (ed.), Speaking for the People; Representation in Australian Politics, edn. 1, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, pp. 80 - 99

Reports

Davis F; McGarrity N; Williams G, 2015, Australia, Comparative Counter-Terrorism Law, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781107298002.023

Williams G, 2013, Submission to Standing Committee on Social Issues of the New South Wales Parliament ‘Inquiry into the Same Sex Marriage Law in NSW’, Australia

Williams G, 2013, Submission to Expert Reference Group on the Size of the Assembly ‘Review into the Size of the ACT Legislative Assembly’, Australia

Williams G; Goddard L, 2013, Submission to Premier of Tasmania on ‘Consultation Paper on Voluntary Assisted Dying’, Australia

Williams G, 2012, Submission to Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure, ACT Legislative Assembly ‘Review of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 (Cth), Australia

Williams G; Burke E, 2012, Submission to Joint Standing Committee on Treaties ‘Inquiry into Treaties Ratification Bill 2012’, Australia

Williams G, 2012, Submission to NSW Shadow Attorney General’s ‘Discussion Paper on Property Rights and Just Terms Compensation’, Australia

Williams G, 2012, Submission to House of Representatives Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee ‘Inquiry into Do Not Knock Register Bill 2012’, Australia

Williams G, 2011, Submission to Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters ‘Inquiry into the Conduct of the 2010 Federal Election and Matters Related Thereto’, Australia

Williams G, 2011, Submission to Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform ‘Inquiry into Pre-Commitments Scheme’, Australia

Williams G, 2011, Submission to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee ‘Inquiry into Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment (Disallowance and Amendment Power of the Commonwealth) Bill 2010’, Australia

Williams G, 2011, Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee ‘Inquiry into the Wild Rivers (Environmental Management) Bill 2011’, Australia

Williams G, 2011, Submission to Law Council of Australia ‘Discussion Paper on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians’, Australia

Williams G, 2011, Submission to Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee ‘Inquiry into the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Bill(s) 2011’, Australia

Williams G, 2011, Submission to Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters ‘Inquiry into the Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns’, Australia

Williams G; Galbally R; Gaze A; Storey H, 2011, Submission to Victorian Parliament Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee ‘Inquiry into the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities’, Australia

Williams G, 2011, Submission to Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians, Australia

Williams G, 2011, Submission to Australian Law Reform Commission ‘National Classification Scheme Review’, Australia

Williams G, 2011, Submission to ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate on ‘Inquiry into Economic, Social and Cultural Rights – A Good Idea for the ACT?’, Australia

Chong F; Williams G, 2011, Submission to NSW Shadow Attorney General’s ‘Consultation on Proposal to amend Interpretation Act 1987 (NSW), Australia

Williams G, 2011, Recall Elections for New South Wales? Report of the Panel of Constitutional Experts (Final Report), Australia

Williams G, 2007, Working Together: Inquiry into Options for a New National Industrial Relations System, NSW Government, Final Report

Williams G, 2007, Submission on National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Bill 2007, Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee, Submission on National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Bill 2007

Williams G, 2007, Submission on Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Testing) Bill 2007, Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee, Submission on Australia's Arrangement with Malaysia in relation to Asylum Seekers

Williams G, 2005, Responsibilities and Respect: The Report of the Human Rights Consultation Committee, State of Victoria, Victorian Human Rights Consultation Committee report

Williams G; Brennan S; Hume N, 2003, Submission to Legal, Constitutional and Administrative Review Committee, Queensland Parliament for its Inquiry into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Participation in Queensland’s Democratic Process, 10 April 2003, Queensland Parliament, Submission to Legal, Constitutional and Administrative Review Committee, Queensland Parliament for its Inquiry into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Participation in Queensland’s Democra

Brennan S; Williams G; Bosnjak V, 2002, Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee for its Inquiry into the Progress Towards National Reconciliation, Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee, Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee for its Inquiry into the Progress Towards National Reconciliation

Other

Conference Papers

Williams G; Reynolds D, 2015, 'The Racial Discrimination Act and the Australian Constitution’', in Perspectives on the Racial Discrimination Act: Papers from the 40 years of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) Conference, 40 years of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) Conference, Sydney, pp. 41 - 54, presented at 40 years of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) Conference, Sydney, 19 February 2015 - 20 February 2015, https://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/race-discrimination/publications/perspectives-racial-discrimination-act-papers-40-years

Constitutional Law, National Security and Terrorism, Electoral Law, Federalism, Human Rights and Social Justice, Indigenous Peoples and the Law, Law Reform, Referendums.

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News

Opinion|08 Nov 2019
A new era for education
The skills lawyers need are evolving as our world grows more technical. So legal education must also change, says George Williams.
Achievement|01 Oct 2019
Dean of Law in Conversation with Justice David Wong
UNSW Sydney and the Australian High Commission in Malaysia co-hosted a special event featuring a Q+A session with The Honourable Justice David Wong Dak Wah on August 19.
Achievement|12 Aug 2019
UNSW professor wins Academic of the Year at Australian Law Awards
Associate Professor Justine Nolan is the third UNSW academic in as many years to take home the prize recognising excellence and expertise in teaching
Thought leadership|07 Aug 2019
From high school dropout to High Court judge: Justice Michael McHugh reflects on career
The former High Court judge spoke at the third The Gilbert and Tobin Centre of Public Law Mason Conversation at the Banco court.
Opinion|Thought leadership|26 Jun 2019
Dean of Law on the direction of legal education at UNSW
"We want a law school that's producing students who are going to be leaders in this rapidly changing legal environment," says Professor George Williams in an interview with The Australian Legal Review.
Achievement|12 Jun 2019
UNSW Law honours its 2018 Valedictorians and prize winners
The Law Faculty hosted its annual Law Scholarships & Prizes Evening on 4 June, celebrating the high-achieving students of 2018.
Achievement|Thought leadership|09 May 2019
Founders of UNSW Law receive honorary doctorates
Anthony Blackshield and Richard Chisholm have been awarded UNSW’s highest honour in recognition of their contributions to the law.
Achievement|03 Apr 2019
UNSW Law celebrates 100 Indigenous graduates
The faculty recognises a significant milestone in a journey that is planned to pick up pace and is striving for 300 Indigenous alumni. 
Achievement|29 Mar 2019
Honourary doctorate awarded to Emeritus Professor Michael Coper
Professor Michael Coper has been awarded UNSW’s highest honour in recognition of his service to the law and legal education.
Achievement|06 Mar 2019
UNSW Law moves up in 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject
The Faculty has climbed two places to 14th in the world and now ranks third place in Australia.
29 Nov 2018
UNSW Law professor elected to the Academy of Social Sciences
Scientia Professor Rosemary Rayfuse has been elected to the Academy of Social Sciences in recognition of her exemplary achievements.
16 Nov 2018
UNSW Law and Herbert Smith Freehills partner on China international business and economic law research
The five-year partnership will strengthen research and joint education initiatives that contribute to economic relationships between Australia and China.
Achievement|08 Nov 2018
Honorary UNSW Law doctorate awarded to Pat Anderson, visionary leader and activist
Pat Anderson has been honoured for her advocacy of social justice and lasting change for Australia’s First Peoples. 
Achievement|07 Nov 2018
Inspirational Andrew and Renata Kaldor awarded UNSW’s highest honour
Andrew and Renata Kaldor, former refugees who have used their career success to influence refugee law and policy, have been recognised for their exceptional contribution to society.
22 Oct 2018
UNSW Law climbs to 23rd in latest THE World Subject Rankings
UNSW Law is ranked the first law school in NSW and second in Australia in the Times Higher Education (THE) World Subject Rankings 2019.
16 Oct 2018
UNSW Law appoints new Chair to tackle corporate danger areas
Professor Dimity Kingsford Smith, a leading voice in corporate and financial regulation, has been named the inaugural MinterEllison Chair in Risk and Regulation at UNSW Sydney. The establishment of the Chair comes as national leadership is required to address the findings of the Financial Services Royal Commission.
13 Sep 2018
Noel Pearson envisages an Australia unified through the pursuit of self-interest
Noel Pearson delivered an optimistic “Declaration to Australia”, along with a series of “uncomfortable but necessary truths”, to a packed theatre at UNSW Sydney during this year’s Hal Wootten Lecture.
05 Sep 2018
UNSW professor named Australian Law Academic of the Year
Professor Rosalind Dixon kept the UNSW streak alive at the 18th Annual Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards.
08 Jun 2018
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.
26 Mar 2018
From huts to the Roundhouse
Memories of lectures in the “huts” at UNSW flowed freely at the reunion of the first graduating classes of the Law School on 7 March.
06 Dec 2017
Section 44 compliance 'extraordinarily difficult'
OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 5 December 2017.
24 Nov 2017
New innovation and technology hub to tackle the future of law and the legal profession
Two new strategic alliances between UNSW and Allens and the Law Society of NSW will aim to tackle the challenges of technological change and its impact on lawyers, law and the legal system.Two new strategic alliances between UNSW Sydney and each of Allens and the Law Society of New South Wales will aim to tackle some of the increasingly complex challenges presented by digital and other technological transformations and their impact on lawyers, law and the legal system.  
Research|24 Nov 2017
UNSW launches Allens hub for tech, law and innovation
The University of NSW has unveiled a major legal research centre backed by national law firm Allens and the state Law Society that will focus on innovation and technology within society and the legal profession.The centre, to be known as the Allens Hub for Technology, Law & Innovation, is supported financially by a five-year commitment from the Law Society of $250,000 a year as well as an undisclosed sum from Allens.
21 Nov 2017
Australian laws fall short when it comes to protecting religious liberty
OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 21 November 2017.
17 Nov 2017
Cathy Sherry awarded 'Academic of the Year' at the 2017 Women in Law Awards
UNSW Law’s Associate Professor Cathy Sherry took home the Academic of the Year award at the recent 2017 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards. UNSW Law is proud to have one of our academic staff take home the prize for the second year in row after Alexandra George took out the category in 2016.
14 Nov 2017
History, Headlines and the Law: What's shaping refugee policy in Australia?
From ‘asylum seekers’ to ‘illegals’. From an Immigration Department to Border Protection officers. From welcoming Indochinese in the 1970s to Operation Sovereign Borders patrols today. Words make worlds, and the human impact of Australia’s shifting language and policy on refugees was vividly laid out for the audience that filled Wotton + Kearney’s Sydney office for the UNSW Law Alumni teams’ most recent Look Who’s Talking panel discussion - ‘History, Headlines and the Law: What's shaping refugee policy in Australia?’.
30 Oct 2017
Two ways forward now that the High Court has ruled on citizenship of MPs
OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 27 October 2017.
26 Oct 2017
UNSW Law students use technology to provide greater access to justice
An app providing information about fines has been named the winner of a showcase featuring students of UNSW Law's new course using state-of-the-art legal technology. An app that can quickly and easily provide those working in a community legal centre with legal information about the payment of parking and other fines was on Tuesday named best app at a student showcase held by UNSW Law.The students were among the first cohort in the Faculty’s “Designing Technology Solutions for Access to Justice” course.
20 Oct 2017
2017 UNSW Law Alumni Spring Drinks
Last week UNSW Law alumni gathered at The Lobby Bar in Sydney to reconnect with old friends, network and hear the latest from UNSW Law at the annual Alumni Spring Drinks. Hosted by Dean Professor George Williams, the evening included an address from recently appointed Law Alumni Committee President, Pavithra Vigneswaran (BCom/LLB '12), and Dr Gabrielle Appleby, Associate Dean (International and External Engagement) at UNSW Law.
20 Oct 2017
Strengthening our commitment to China and the region
UNSW Law’s China International Business & Economic Law (CIBEL) Initiative travelled to Beijing last month to further drive collaboration and strengthen the Faculty’s commitment to China and the region.
18 Oct 2017
Out on a limb: Australia’s troubling exceptionalism on human rights
BY GEORGE WILLIAMS AND DANIEL REYNOLDSAustralia is the only democratic country without a comprehensive national human rights law. Even non-democratic nations have a charter or bill of rights, excepting only Vatican City (a theocratic monarchy) and Brunei (an authoritarian sultanate with a record of human rights abuses).
11 Oct 2017
George Brandis' submission to High Court in MP citizenship case is 'a stretch'
OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 9 October 2017.
26 Sep 2017
Parliamentary prayers should be consigned to history
OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 25 September 2017.
05 Sep 2017
'Legally dubious': Why you shouldn't bet on the postal vote going ahead
OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 4 September 2017.
31 Aug 2017
Professor George Williams addresses National Press Club
Constitutional law expert George Williams has given a frank assessment of the government's High Court prospects on dual citizenship and the same-sex marriage postal vote.Watch the full address here.Below is a transcript of Professor Williams' National Press Club address:
31 Aug 2017
Vanessa Hardman Law Memorial Scholarship
UNSW alumna and lawyer Vanessa Hardman was a gifted sportswoman with a passion for travel, a selfless commitment to family, friends and colleagues, and an aptitude for always staying positive.In 2016, after battling breast cancer for six years, Vanessa passed away at the age of 47. A memorial scholarship has been established in her honour and will help future UNSW Law students carry on her legacy.
16 Aug 2017
Malcolm Turnbull's comments about Barnaby Joyce are unwise
Opinion: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 15 August 2018.
07 Aug 2017
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.
19 Jul 2017
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.
03 Jul 2017
Tony Abbott's 'solution' to Senate deadlock has its own problems
OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 3 July 2017.
19 Jun 2017
Overreaction to Khayre's crimes exactly what terrorists seek
OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 June 2017.
06 Jun 2017
50th anniversary of pivotal 1967 referendum
Professor George Williams AO spoke to SBS Radio News (26 May 2017) regarding the 50 year anniversary of the 1967 referendum and what it really did for Indigenous people.
05 Jun 2017
The ongoing legacy of the Mabo decision
OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 June 2017.Saturday was the 25th anniversary of the High Court's Mabo decision. The impact of this landmark case still reverberates today in debates on Indigenous recognition and disadvantage. It is rarely far from the surface as we struggle to come to grips with our colonial past.