25 Sep
5:45pm - 7:00pm
Addressing Modern Slavery | Book Launch
Addressing Modern Slavery, by Justine Nolan and Martijn Boersma Date: Wednesday, 25th September Time: 5.45pm Where: UNSW Book Shop, Quadrangle Building, E15, Kensington Campus Authors: Justine Nolan, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at UNSW Sydney Martijn Boersma, Lecturer in the Faculty of Business at the University of Technology Sydney Chair: Professor Andrea Durbach (UNSW Law) Commentators: Professor Jennifer Burn, NSW Interim Anti-Slavery Commissioner and Faculty of Law, UTS Jo-anne Schofield, National Secretary of United Voice Amy Sinclair, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, Australian and Pacific Representative About the Book An estimated 40 million people are modern-day slaves, more than ever before in human history. Long after slavery was officially abolished, the practice not only continues but thrives. Whether they are women in electronics or apparel sweatshops, children in brick kilns or on cocoa farms, or men trapped in bonded labour working on construction sites, millions of people globally are forced to perform labour through coercion, intimidation or deceit. In a world of growing inequality and trade-offs between the haves and the have-nots, consumers, business and government are all part of the problem and the solution. While we have all become accustomed to fast fashion and cheap consumer goods, the affordability of these commodities often comes at the price of human exploitation. Addressing Modern Slavery examines slavery in the modern world and outlines ways it can be stopped. This event is free of charge, but you are kindly requested to register attendance by clicking the RSVP button above. Any questions regarding this event may be directed to Natalie Klein – n.klein@unsw.edu.au.  
27 Sep
12:30pm - 2:00pm
CIBEL Lunch Seminar: Is Australia’s economy too dependent on China?
  Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre invites you to attend CIBEL Lunch Seminar "Is Australia’s economy too dependent on China?" given by Professor James Laurenceson on 27th September. Abstract With China now buying one-third of Australia’s exports – $150 billion, or more than seven percent of GDP – have we become “too dependent’ on China? Can Australia manage this dependence by increasing sales to alternative markets such as India? This presentation highlights that the realities of international economic complementarities and purchasing power mean that many Australian industries will need to deal with more exposure to China, not less. This raises three distinct risks – the fallout from a Chinese economic “hard-landing”, the knock-on effects of consumption-driven Chinese growth for Australia’s resources exports and the Chinese government using trade as a tool of coercion. An investigation into the likelihood and magnitude of these risks shows them to be real but frequently overstated. That said, the implications at lower levels of aggregation, such as for individual firms, are likely to be far greater than for the country as a whole.   Speaker's bio Professor James Laurenceson is an economist and Acting Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute at UTS. He has previously held appointments at the University of Queensland (Australia), Shandong University (China) and Shimonoseki City University (Japan). He was President of the Chinese Economics Society of Australia from 2012-2014. His academic research has been published in leading scholarly journals including China Economic Review and China Economic Journal. Professor Laurenceson also provides regular commentary on contemporary developments in China’s economy and the Australia-China economic relationship. His opinion pieces have appeared in the Australian Financial Review, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, South China Morning Post, amongst others.   Be quick! Registrations close on Sunday 22 September. REGISTER HERE
01 Oct
5:00pm - 7:00pm
UNSW Law Book Forum ‘The Child's Right to Development'
The Child’s Right to Development, by Noam Peleg Date: Tuesday, 1 October 2019 Time: 5 pm - 7 pm Where: UNSW Law Common Room, Level 2 of the Law Building Author: Dr Noam Peleg Chair: Scientia Professor Louise Chappell Commentators:  Professor John Tobin (The University of Melbourne) Dr Faith Gordon (Monash University) Ms Megan Mitchell (National Children’s Commissioner) About the Book: This book provides a comprehensive account of how child development and the right to development of children have been understood and utilised in international children's rights law. The book argues that conceptions of childhood that focus either on children's future as adults, or on children's lives in the present, overlook the hybridity of children's lived experiences. The book therefore suggests a new conception of childhood - namely, 'hybrid childhood' - which accommodates respect for children's agency and human dignity in the present, in the process of growth, and in the outcomes of this process when the child becomes an adult. Consequently, and building on the capability approach's idea of human development, the book presents a radical new interpretation of the child's right to development under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It offers a comprehensive interpretation of the right to development, and situates it in the broader context of children’s lives and children’s law. This event is free of charge, but you are kindly requested to register attendance by clicking the REGISTER button above. Any questions regarding this event may be directed to Natalie Klein – n.klein@unsw.edu.au   This event is co-hosted by UNSW Law and the Australian Human Rights Institute
24 Oct
1:00pm - 2:00pm
CIBEL Lunch Seminar: Belt and Road Initiative and China’s Progressive Opening-up Pattern
Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre invites you to attend the next CIBEL Lunch Seminar "Belt and Road Initiative and China’s Progressive Opening-up Pattern" given by Professor Xinya Mao on 24th October.   Abstract Since late 2013, the Chinese government, led by President Xi Jinping, has introduced a new policy initiative – the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). BRI firstly aimed at building up a closer economic relationship with China’s neighbouring countries, but now, it can be regarded as an inclusive platform for infrastructure connectivity and practical cooperation between Asia, Central Asia, Europe and whichever regions and countries provided it has the will to participate in. This seminar will examine the significance of BRI for both Chinese economic development and regional economic cooperation in the aspects of infrastructures, trade, finance, etc. in the past six years. It believes that BRI has created a new pattern of China’s opening-up at capital flows, enterprise innovation, and geographic connectivity, and so on. Going forward, China would take a series of measures during the construction of BRI and Free trade zones (FTZs) to widen its door to the outside world and boost higher-quality opening-up.   Speaker's bio Prof. MaoProfessor Xinya Mao obtained her PhD in Economics from Fudan University (Shanghai) in 2006. Since then, Prof. Mao has been working at Department of Academics, China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP). She is currently a professor of Economics, and the director of the Belt and Road Research Centre, CELAP. Prof. Mao’s research activities have covered the Belt and Road Initiative, Pilot FTZs in China, and economic development and urbanization in China. She is an author and editor of five books, and over 50 academic articles and book chapters. Prof. Mao has received academic grants from China National Philosophy and Social Science Foundation, China Scholarship Council, Shanghai Municipal Government, Fudan University Creative Foundation, and CELAP Research Foundation.  Be quick! Registration closes on 17 Oct. REGISTER HERE
15 - 16 Nov
9:45am - 3:45pm
Protecting Rights, Addressing Inequality: Writs as Constitutional Transfer
The courts are often a key site of the struggle for the enforcement of rights and accountability. The rise of constitutional adjudication globally is usually framed within the context of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the creation of independent constitutional courts in many parts of the world over the past three decades. This development is held up as a key moment in the globalization of constitutional law. And yet, there have been prior moments in history when key ideas and institutions of constitutional review spread across regions and around the world. One example is the prerogative writs, a set of common law remedies that were included in post-colonial independence constitutions across former British colonies, particularly across South Asia, as well as parts of Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean (Crouch 2018). Constitutional writs – the remedies of habeas corpus, certiorari, prohibition, mandamus and quo warranto – are an important remedy both historically and for contemporary modes of administrative adjudication. In the immediate post-colonial era, the constitutional writs were a remedy sought for the protection of rights against the power of the state. While the postcolonial courts in Burma were among the first to develop the constitutional writs in 1948-1949, it is in India that the writs became associated with judicial activism. The writs in constitutional form were also included in places such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, among other countries. This workshop seeks to investigate the history, development and variations of this model of constitutional adjudication, following the transformation from the common law remedies of England to a constitutional means of protecting rights. It will also consider the symbolic status of constitutional writs, how the importance of these remedies has changed over time and under what conditions. This workshop seeks to draw attention to the role of constitutional writs as legal transfer and consider these remedies as the intersection of constitutional and administrative law and rights protection. The constitutional writs have important implications for the protection of rights against the power of the state and for addressing inequality. Papers in the workshop will consider the following questions: To what extent did courts have writ jurisdiction prior to independence from colonial rule (ie under the common law), and how was this power used to protect rights? How did the Indian constitution-makers formulate and understand the importance of the constitutional writs and the relationship with the provisions on rights? Why did other countries decide to include the constitutional writs in their independence constitutions? Was it part of a strategy of borrowing from the Indian constitutional model more generally? To what extent were specific discussion had over the inclusion of remedies and rights provisions? To what extent has the use of the constitutional writs as a remedy for the protection of rights against the state and to address inequality changed over time? Following Anuj (2017), to what extent do the constitutional writs serve the middle class, rather than offering a remedy for the poor against the abuse of power? Countries with constitutional provisions on quo warranto continue to grant this remedy, while its use has died out in Western common law jurisdictions. Why is this the case? When is quo warranto as a remedy granted and how in what kinds of cases is it used in today? This event is sponsored by UNSW Law School and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
26 Nov
9:00am - 5:00pm
Good decisions: Achieving fairness in refugee law, policy and practice
Kaldor Centre Annual Conference 2019 Good decisions: Achieving fairness in refugee law, policy and practice Every day, decisions are made about whether people need international protection because they are at risk of persecution or other forms of serious harm. A variety of people make these life-or-death calls – immigration officials at the airport, tribunal members and judges, public servants, even Ministers themselves. In another sense, the decisions are also made by the general public, because the politicians they elect to public office will shape the overall approach. The 2019 Kaldor Centre Annual Conference will bring top Australian and global thinkers together to explore aspects of refugee decision-making from the micro to the macro level – from individual cases through to wider public policy. It asks how we can ensure that refugee decision-making is fair, transparent and protection-sensitive, with outcomes that are consistent with international law. Registration is essential. Register here See the Draft Conference Program For any enquiries please contact us at: kaldorcentre@unsw.edu.au Presented by  Conference Sponsors The Kaldor Centre would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2019 Annual Conference. To discuss available sponsorship opportunities please contact Frances Voon, Executive Manager at: Frances.Voon@unsw.edu.au.