From The Dean's Desk

The Dean, Professor Joellen Riley

Reviewing the pre-publication proofs for JurisDiction is surely the most pleasant of my responsibilities as Dean of the University of Sydney Law School. Each edition – and this is no exception – is full of great stories about the achievements of our alumni, students and staff as they work and study all around the world.

Many of the stories in this edition focus on the opportunities Sydney students have enjoyed this year to experience the law in action, and to fully understand how valuable their legal education is, for themselves and also for the communities around them.

Hannah Solomon’s experience as a UN intern at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia, and the opportunities our alumna, Natasha Naude, is creating for health law students interested in the problem of HIV, are inspiring examples of the breadth of opportunities available to Sydney graduates.

Our students are truly remarkable. Mitchell Cleaver, our first graduate of the Cambridge Pathways program, is profiled in this edition. News that came too late for our copy deadline for this edition is that Daniel Fletcher, our Peter Hely Scholarship recipient in 2015, has returned home with the Vinerian Scholarship Proxime Accessit, a prize awarded to second place in the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) exams at the University of Oxford.

Read closely the stories about our students’ achievements and you will also see the work of our inspiring academic staff: Associate Professor Rita Shackel, mentoring our Law Without Walls students; Dr Garner Clancey creating links for our students to community policing; Professor David Hamer, supervising students in the Not Guilty Sydney Exoneration Project.

It certainly is a privilege to work with such a dedicated team, and with such talented, energetic and community-minded students. And it is wonderful that so many of our alumni keep in touch with us, as they use their legal education and experience to change our world.

Professor Joellen Riley
Dean, Sydney Law School