2007 News Archive
- Sydney Law School students win again in Tokyo Moot, 03/12/2007
- Professor Ron McCallum AO delivers occassional address at November 2007 Graduation Ceremony, 30/11/2007
- Professor Lee Burns wins 2007 Graham Hill Award, 30/11/2007
- Crossing Borders: Legal, Security and Health Perspectives on Pandemic Influenza, 26/11/2007
- 2007 Postgraduate Research Student Conference hailed as 'best to date', 26/11/2007
- "In Conversation with Professor Gillian Triggs", 08/11/2007
- Sydney Law School Student Wins 2008 New South Wales Rhodes Scholarship", 01/11/2007
- Former Dean Receives Prestigious Alumni Award, 25/10/2007
- 2007 Sydney Law School Postgraduate Information Evening Generates Strong Level of Interest, 23/10/2007
- Sydney Law School Alumni Appointments to Senior Counsel (SC), 18/10/2007
- Sydney Law School alumnus appointed as new University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor, 16/10/2007
- Sydney Wins John Peden Moot, 04/10/2007
- Sydney Wins Sir Harry Gibbs Moot, 28/09/2007
- The Great Cattle Station Scandal, 06/09/2007
- 2007 Sydney Law School Postgraduate Information Evening, 04/09/2007
- Applications for 2008 University of Sydney Graduate Entry Scholarships Now Open, 22/08/2007
- Professor Terry Carney Recognised by International Academy of Law and Mental Health, 24/07/2007
- Sydney Law School Jessup Team Wins Coveted Dillard Award, 06/07/2007
- Andrew Tuch's Research cited in ASIC v Citigroup, 02/07/2007
- Sydney Law School Alumni recognised in recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List, 28/06/2007
- Dean, Professor Ron McCallum AO wins prestigious Alumni Award, 13/06/2007
- Dr. Luke Nottage Makes Submission to Consumer Policy Inquiry, 24/05/2007
- Ron's Gift: Dean of Sydney Law School profiled on ABC TV's Compass, 15/05/2007
- 2007 Sydney Law School Prizegiving Ceremony, 10/05/2007
- Dean, Professor Ron McCallum awarded with an Order of Australia, 09/05/2007
- Sustainable Development Law in China, 08/05/2007
- Professor Jennifer Hill Engaged as Consultant for Major International Takeover Case, 27/04/2007
- Professor Gillian Triggs Appointed as New Dean for Sydney Law School, 24/04/2007
- Professor Jennifer Hill Elected to European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI), 23/04/2007
- Dr. Luke Nottage contrbutes Report on Australia for EU Study into Consumer Redress, 18/04/2007
- Sydney Law School 2007 Jessup World Champions, 02/04/2007
- Dr. James Renwick named as Fulbright Scholar, 12/03/2007
- A Nation Built on Words: The Constitution and Cultural Identity in the United States and Australia, 09/03/2007
- Sydney Law School annouces exchange link with Harvard Law School, 28/02/2007
- Sydney Law School National Runners-Up in 2007 Jessup International Law Moot, 19/02/2007
- Harvard Chair Lecture - A Nation Built on Words: The Constitution and Cultural Identity in the United States and Australia, 08/03/2007
- Emeritus Professor Ivan Shearer Selected as Australia's Representative to International Human Rights Inquiry, 15/01/2007
- Sydney Law School Students Win World Debating Championships, 08/01/2007
Wan Sang Lung (3rd year Arts/Law) and Showhei Matsui (4th year Arts/Law), were on the winning "Team Australia" that successfully defended its trophy in the 6th Intercollegiate Negotiation and Arbitration Moot Competition held in Tokyo over 1-2 December 2007.
They competed in the English-language division for a combined performance that fended off Japanese and international students particularly from the University of Tokyo, as well as 14 other top law schools in Japan.
"One day involved negotiating a complex commercial contract, and the second day involved arbitrating disputes under the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts," said the Law School's Associate Professor Luke Nottage.
The winning Team was supported by the Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL) and many generous sponsors.
Please click here for further details.
For further information, please contact co-coach Associate Professor Luke Nottage
In his last official act as the previous Dean of the Sydney Law School, Professor Ron McCallum AO delivered the occassional address at the November 2007 Sydney Law School graduation.
Occasional Address by Professor Ron McCallum AO @ November 2007 Sydney Law School Graduation Ceremony
Professor Lee Burns, one of the Sydney Law School's leading Taxation Law Scholars, is the recipient of the 2007 Graham Hill Award, announced at a ceremony held in the Federal Court of Australia's Sydney Chambers last night.
The Award Committee decided unanimously to confer the prestigious prize upon Professor Burns, who is an expert in international and comparative taxation law, with a speciality in Tax Law Design and Drafting.
Professor Lee Burns pictured with this family at the 2007 Graham Hill Award Ceremony
The Hon. Justice Michael Black AC, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, opened proceedings before handing over to The Hon. Justice Richard Edmonds, also of the Federal Court.
Both spoke of the tremendous contribution the late Justice Graham Hill made to the profession, specifically in relation to the improvement of revenue law in Australia.
From left to right: Professor Gillian Triggs, Dean, Sydney Law School, The Hon. Justice Richard Edmonds, Federal Court of Australia, The Hon. Justice Michael Black AC, Chief Justice, Federal Court of Australia and Professor Lee Burns, Sydney Law School
Professor Gillian Triggs spoke of the outstanding commitment displayed by Justice Hill towards the Law School, both as an alumnus and lecturer.
Justice Hill was one of the Law School's longest serving teachers and prior to his death taught in the Law School's Postgraduate Coursework program for 40 years.
Accepting the Award, Professor Burns expressed his tremendous gratitude towards the Committee, as well as to the Law School and his family.
For a 15-year period, Professor Burns' involvement in organisations including the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) resulted in regular overseas assignments, with the most recent of activities concentrated in the Pacific region with countries such as the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.
"There is a fantastic opportunity for Australia to make an influential and significant contribution to reform in the Pacific region," Professor Burns said.
Professor Burns also thanked his colleagues in Taxation Law, whom he referred to as "...as the best collection of
Taxation Law specialists in the world."
"I don't think any other Law School, including the most prestigious institutions in the world, can lay claim to the fact that they have half-a-dozen Taxation Law specialists of the calibre that Sydney holds."
Also present during proceedings were Justice Hill's widow, Mrs. Uta Hill and Mr. and Mrs. Tully, Justice Hill's son-in-law and daughter.
Further information on the Graham Hill Award is available via www.grahamhillaward.com.au
From left to right: Professor Gillian Triggs, Dean, Sydney Law School pictured with the Late Justice Hill's Widow, Mrs. Uta Hill and his daughter, Mrs. Tully
The Centre for Health Governence, Law and Ethics recently held its third annual conference in conjunction with the University of Sydney's Centre for International Security Studies and the Faculties of Health.
Entitled, Crossing Borders: Legal, Security and Health Perspectives on Pandemic Influenza, the event marked an invaluable opportunity for experts in Law, Medicine and Security Studies to discuss the latest thoughts on responses to pandemic influenza.
The Centre for Health Governance, Law and Ethics supports and informs Australia's leading postgraduate program in Health Law.
Associate Professor Belinda Bennett (Centre) with Conference speakers and delegates
The St. James Institute is conducting a special event entitled "In Conversation with Professor Gillian Triggs" on Thursday, 6th December 2007 from 6pm until 7:30pm. Please see the links below for further information.
"In Conversation with Professor Gillian Triggs"
For the second year in a row, a student from Sydney Law School has won the New South Wales Rhodes Scholarship.
Joanna Mascarenhas, a final year Economic and Social Sciences/Law student, aims to use her Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford to undertake an MPhil in civil law with particular focus on European labour law.
Former Dean of the Sydney Law School, Professor Ron McCallum AO, recently received the Honour of the Queen's University Alumni Achievement Award.
According to the Queen's University Alumni Association, this award is presented annually to an alumna/us who has demonstrated "...the high ideals imparted by a Queen’s University education through significant contribution to one or more of the following: the arts or sciences; public service; leadership in business, industry or a profession; community / charitable / volunteer work."
Professor McCallum AO graduated with a Masters of Laws (LLM) from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1974.
As mentioned previously, the Award is in addition to the Order of Australia (AO) Professor McCallum received in May 2007.
From left to right: Karen Hitchcock, Principal of Queen's University, Professor Ron McCallum AO, Dan Rees, President of the Queen's University Alumni Association, and Michael Burns, President, Clearsight Investment Program, Wellington West Capital Inc.
The Sydney Law School held its annual Postgraduate Information Evening on Thursday, 11th October 2007, as part of the University of Sydney's Postgraduate Information Week.
175 prospective postgraduate coursework and research students registered for the event, which is an opportunity to speak directly to academic and general staff about study options and other related issues.
As part of proceedings, the Law School's new Dean, Professor Gillian Triggs, delivered a presentation on the Law School's Postgraduate Program, covering aspects such as exclusive features, admission requirements and enrolment.
There was strong interest in coursework areas such as Criminology and International Law as well as great demand for the flagship Sydney LLM and research degrees.
Many of the Sydney Law School's Postgraduate Coursework degrees are open to applicants with a bachelor's degree in another discipline besides Law.
The Sydney Law School was one of the first law faculties in Australia to develop and implement an introductory postgraduate coursework unit of study for Non-Lawyers - Legal Reasoning & the Common Law System
For further information, please visit Postgraduate Law @ Sydney
The Sydney Law School would like to congratulate the following alumni on their appointment to Senior Counsel (SC) (in no particular order):
- Mr Peter C Tomasetti (LLB `79)
- Mr Anthony P Cook (BA `81, LLB `83)
- Mr Gregory P McNally (BA `80, LLB `80)
- Mr Mark M Hobart (LLB `75)
- Ms Margaret M Cunneen (LLM `89)
- Mr David R Pritchard (LLB `85)
- Mr Wayne G Muddle (BEc `85, LLB `87, LLM ’94)
- Ms Sophie J Goddard (BA `86, LLB `89)
- Mr Francois Kunc (BA `84, LLB `86)
- Mr Stephen C G Burley (LLB `87)
- Mr Michale A Wigney (BEc`85, LLB `88, LLM `94)
- Mr Alwyn I Tonking (BA `68, LLB `71)
A leading Australian academic and alumnus of Sydney Law School, Dr. Michael Spence (BA 1985, LLB 1987) of the University of Oxford, has been appointed as the next Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney.
Please visit the News section of the University of Sydney website for further information.
Visit Dr. Michael Spence's Homepage
Sydney Law School students were victorious in the annual John Peden Moot, defeating the team from Macquarie University.
The Sydney team consisted of Nadia Yetton-Lim (3rd Year Economic & Social Sciences/Law), Alice Zheng (3rd Year Economic & Social Sciences/Law) and Alim Khamis (2nd Year Graduate Law).
The Hon. Justice Margaret Beazley AO (LLB 1974), The Hon. Justice Ruth McColl AO (BA 1972, LLB 1975) and the Hon. Justice John Basten of the New South Wales Court of Appeal, judged the Moot.
The moot, which focussed on the implied term of good faith in contract law, was held in the Banco Court, Supreme Court of New South Wales.
The Sydney University Law Society (SULS) organised the event.
Sydney Law School won the annual Sir Harry Gibbs Moot, defeating the team from the University of Adelaide.
The team remained undefeated throughout the competition with the topic in the final involving the notion of Citizenship.
Andrew McLeod (4th Year Science Honours/Law) won best oralist in the final rounds.
Associate Professor Helen Irving Pro-Dean (Staff Development) coached the team.
The 2007 Sydney Law School Postgraduate Information Evening will be held on Thursday, 11th October 2007.
The Information Evening takes place in the Law School Assembly Hall located on the ground floor of the building - 173-175 Phillip Street Sydney 2000.
The Evening will commence at 5:30pm and finish at approximately 7:00pm.
Representatives from the Law School's Postgraduate Program will be available to answer any questions you may have.
The new Dean of the Law School, Professor Gillian Triggs, will also be present and is set to deliver a brief presentation on the Law School's postgraduate program at approximately 5:45pm.
Did you know that if you're a domestic applicant to Graduate Law in 2008 you're eligible to apply for one of the University of Sydney's Scholarships for Graduate Entry degrees?
There are two categories:
- Entry Scholarships - worth $5,000 per annum for one year
- Merit Scholarshps - worth $5,000 per annum for the entire degree (three years in the case of Graduate Law)
Applicants are assessed on their academic results, references and a personal statement.
Applications close Friday, 11th January 2008.
At the opening ceremony of the 30th Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health (IALMH) in Padua recently, Professor Terry Carney was presented with a plaque in recognition of his distinguished presidency from 2005 to 2007.
The IALMH is founded on the belief that issues arising from the interaction of law and mental health can best be addressed through multidisciplinary and cross-national approaches, drawing on law, the health professions, the social sciences, and the humanities.
Each year, the IALMH holds an International Congress on Law and Mental Health, bringing together the international community of researchers, academics, practitioners and professionals in the field whose wide-ranging perspectives provide for a comprehensive look at important law and mental health issues.
Professor Terry Carney is currently Director of Research at Sydney Law School.
Visit Professor Carney's Profile
To compliment its achievement in winning the 2007 Jessup Moot, the Sydney Law School Jessup Team is the winner of the 2007 Dillard Award.
The Dillard Award is given to the best combined memorials as selected from amongst the top memorials submitted in each of the 48 regional and national Qualifying Tournaments in the Jessup worldwide.
"This means competing against the best written memorials from the 10 regions in the United States, seven in Russia, and the national competitions in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, New Zealand, India and many other countries and regions," said the Dean, Professor Ron McCallum AO.
"This is truly fantastic news - very well done indeed and special thanks to coach Justin Hogan-Doran and all those on our Faculty who assisted with the preparation of the Jessup team."
Andrew Tuch’s research was cited extensively in the recent Federal Court decision in ASIC v Citigroup (No 4)  FCA 963.
The case, which deals with the fiduciary duty of investment banks and attenuation of those duties by contract, is one most high profile and significant Australian commercial cases in many years.
Andrew’s articles, which are cited in the judgment are “Investment Banks as Fiduciaries: Implications for Conflicts of Interest” (2005) 29 Melbourne UL Rev 478 and “Obligations of Financial Advisers in Change-of-Control Transactions: Fiduciary and Other Questions” (2006) 24 Companies and Securities LJ 488.
Sydney Law School's Dean, Professor Ron McCallum AO has been honoured by the Queen’s University Alumni Association as the 2007 recipient of the Queen’s Alumni award.
The Queen’s Awards and Recognition Committee noted Professor McCallum's significant contributions since his graduation from their LLM program in 1974.
The award will be presented on October 11th 2007, coinciding with the celebration of the Queen’s Law School 50th anniversary.
The award represents another notable achievement for the Dean, who recently received his Order of Australia (AO) award at a ceremony in Sydney.
Sydney Law School’s Dr. Luke Nottage has made submission to the Government’s Public Inquiry into Australia's Consumer Policy Framework.
Based on his research, teaching and consultancies in the specific areas addressed, Dr. Nottage argues that consumer policy has been losing its way in too many areas in Australia, particularly over the last decade.
In product safety, consumer contracts and access to justice, this transformation has been largely to the detriment of consumers.
By contrast, the changing world economy has prompted reforms in major trading partners, particularly Japan and the EU, to expand protections for consumers despite much economic deregulation in other spheres.
Dr. Nottage's submission concludes that this Inquiry provides a welcome opportunity for the Australian Government to make up this lost ground, and harmonise consumer law and policy to restore some balance for consumers.
Professor Ron McCallum AO, Dean of Sydney Law School, was recently profiled on ABC TV's Compass program.
Please click here for further information, where you can also click through to a complete transcript.
The 2007 Sydney Law School Prizegiving Ceremony took place on Thursday, 10th May 2007.
For further information please click here.
At a ceremony in Government House, Sydney, the Dean, Professor Ron McCallum was invested an Order of Australia.
Professor McCallum received the AO for services to law, social justice and human rights, and support for the visually impaired.
The Sustainable Development Law in China unit is being held from 10 June to 21 June 2007 at Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJU) in Shanghai, co-ordinated by Professor Wang Xi, Professor Ben Boer and Nicola Franklin.
There is a very good line-up of Chinese Professors speaking on the range of environmental law issues with which China is grappling.
The unit also coincides with an IUCN seminar being held at SJU thus giving us further access to leading Chinese environmental lawyers.
Amongst the lecturers is Professor Wang Canfa (from Beijing) who has an international reputation for establishing the first "EDO" in China the Centre for Victims of Pollution.
The field trips include visits to Nanjing, Hangzhou and Suzhou as well as those to the Shanghai Steelworks and to an EPA.
The unit is worth 12 credit points and the "In-China fee" is $1050 and covers all your living expenses, local transportation and field trips.
If you are interested, please contact:
Tel 61 2 93510274
Fax 61 2 93510200
Sydney Law School Academic, Professor Jennifer Hill, was recently engaged by the high profile New York law firm, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, to act as a consultant in litigation relating to the US$47 billion hostile takeover of the Spanish company, Endesa S.A.
Professor Hill provided a Declaration for the purposes of the New York District Court decision in E.On AG v Acciona, S.A. 2007 WL 316874 (S.D.N.Y), dealing with the Spanish takeover.
The University of Sydney has appointed Professor Gillian Triggs as the new Dean for the Sydney Law School. Further information is available here
Professor Jennifer Hill was recently elected as a Research Associate at the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI).
She has also been appointed to the Editorial Board of International Corporate Law and Financial Regulation for Cambridge University Press and selected as a contributor in the field of corporate law to the forthcoming Oxford University Press publication, New Oxford Companion to Law.
Professor Hill will be a Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence during May 2007.
To view Professor Hill's profile, please click here.
The Sydney Law School's Dr. Luke Nottage recently contributed the Report on Australia for the European Commission's major Comparative Study on alternative means of consumer redress other than redress through judicial proceedings.
The study covers court-annexed and private Alternative Dispute Resolution, as well as collective redress through injunctions and aggregation of damages claims via class actions.
The Commission is embarking on further study into collective redress as well as accelerating its broader consumer law reform program.
For further information, please click here
A team of students from Sydney Law School were named 2007 World Champions of the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition on Saturday, 31 March 2007.
The team of Lucas Bastin (Arts/Law), Odette Murray (Arts/Law), Fiona Roughley (Arts/Law), Natasha Simonsen (Economics & Social Sciences/Law) and Zellie Wood (Arts/Law) defeated opponents from King's College London in the final in Washington D.C. after winning the semi-final against the University of Queensland.
Further information is available here.
Sydney Law School alumnus, Dr. James Renwick (LLB 1985, SJD 1993) has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.
Dr. Renwick, who is also an adjunct member of Faculty who teaches National Security Law within the Postgraduate Coursework program, won a professional scholarship, as part of the Australian United States Alliance Studies sponsored by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Each Fulbright Scholarship is worth up to $40,000 and permit each scholar to study and research in the U.S. for up to twelve months.
The scholars come from across Australia and include state government and CSIRO staff, postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers, and senior academics.
The Australian Fulbright Program was established in 1949 through the first treaty ever signed between the Australian and U.S. governments.
The two way scholarships are administered by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission headquartered in Canberra and funded by the Australian and U.S. Governments and a select group of corporate partners.
Over 2,600 Australians and 2,000 Americans have been recognised as Fulbright Scholars to study in our respective countries during the past 58 years.
In an Australian first, Sydney Law School recently announced its new exchange link with Harvard Law School.
For the full article, please click here.
For the first time in seven years, the Sydney Law School secured the title of Runners-Up in the National competition of the 2007 Jessup International Law Moot in Canberra recently.
This achievement was matched by the Sydney team winning the awards of Best Speaker, Best Memorial (Applicant), Best Memorial (Respondent) and Best Memorial (Overall).
"This is the first time in the history of the national competition that a University team has won all of the awards for their two 10,000-word memorials, which were researched and written over a period of five months, including many late nights on Level 14," said Sydney-based Barrister and Team Coach, Justin Hogan-Doran.
The team was undefeated through the round robin part of the tournament, defeating Melbourne, Adelaide, ANU and Deakin.
In the Quarter-Finals, they again defeated Adelaide in a tight moot.
In the all-important Semi-Finals, they defeated the team from Bond University, last year’s Australian Champion and the victor then over Sydney.
The semi-final team of Lucas Bastin (current WTO World Moot Champion) and Zelie Wood, won a unanimous decision of a highly interventionist bench, with Zelie Wood singled out for praise.
This qualified the team for the finals against the University of Queensland and for the international rounds in Washington.
The team decided to share the mooting in the finals around, and Fiona Roughley and Natasha Simonsen, Odette Murray (also WTO World Moot Champion) instructing, took on UQ in the grand final before Gleeson CJ and expert international lawyers from academia and Government.
In a very close moot, UQ edged out Sydney.
The moot this year ranged across diplomatic immunities, expropriation, international organizations and human rights.
"Jessup is an intense and often bruising experience for some of our brightest students," said Justin Hogan-Doran.
"The Sydney team not only impressed other Universities with their mooting skills and obvious intellects, but also by the friendly spirit in which they competed.
"Many coaches, especially of those teams whom Sydney had defeated, told me at the awards dinner that their students had found the Sydney team to be inspiring as much by the way they competed as how well.
"From my observations of the team at close quarters over six months, more than 200 contact hours and five long days and nights in Canberra, I was not at all surprised by this, and especially that the team chose amongst themselves to share the mooting roles in the final rounds.
"They were exceptional ambassadors for the Law School, its students and its values."
Harvard Chair Lecture - A Nation Built on Words: The Constitution and Cultural Identity in the United States and Australia
Associate Professor Helen Irving will deliver the inaugural lecture for the returning holder of the Harvard Chair of Australian Studies at the University of Sydney, on Thursday 8 March 2007.
Entitled A Nation Built on Words: The Constitution and Cultural Identity in the United States and Australia, the lecture will reflect upon national culture, the power of words-, and the different paths taken by similar constitutions.
The Harvard Chair was established in 1976 by a grant from the Australian government in recognition of the American Bicentenary and to further American understanding of Australia.
Many distinguished Australians from a wide variety of disciplines have held the Chair including distinguished historians Manning Clark and Geoffrey Blainey, former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and former Chancellor of Sydney University, Dame Leonie Kramer. Professor Irving is the first to hold the Chair at Harvard Law School.
Talking about the forthcoming lecture, Professor Irving said:'The Constitution of the United States of America, written at the end of the eighteenth century, was a breathtaking experiment in the power of the written word.'
'The idea that words could create a nation and invoke a new sovereign was original and daring at the time. After much debate and many close-calls, it was ultimately successful.'
'I will explore in the lecture, how, as the United States grew, belief in the authority of words and inventiveness with language became embedded in its culture. The Constitution attained an almost sacred character in the American mind.'
"The framers of Australia's Constitution, written at the end of the nineteenth century, were fascinated with the United States. They copied much from its Constitution, and their hopes for Australia's were equally inspired. Yet the contrast today between the cultural status of the two Constitutions could not be greater,' said Professor Irving.
Professor Irving holds four degrees, including a PhD in history and a law degree both from the University of Sydney. She is Pro-Dean (Staff) and Director of the Julius Stone Institute for Jurisprudence, in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney.
Teaching Australian and Comparative Constitutional Law and Theory, Professor Irving has published widely on constitutional history, citizenship, and constitutional jurisprudence. Her next book, Gender and the Constitution will be published in the United States in late 2007.
This public lecture takes place at the University of Sydney's Eastern Avenue Auditorium (Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney via City Road) at 5.30pm on Thursday 8 March.
For further information please contact the Media Office on +61 2 9351 4312 or 0421 617 861
Emeritus Professor Ivan Shearer Selected as Australia's Representative to International Human Rights Inquiry
Sydney Law School's Emeritus Professor Ivan Shearer AM RFD consolidated the Law School's reputation in International Law recently after being chosen as Australia's representative to an international Inquiry on human rights violations in Sri Lanka.
The Inquiry will conduct investigations into violations committed by parties on all sides of the conflict since August 2005.
"The President of Sri Lanka asked certain countries, including Australia, to nominate members of an International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) to observe the investigations and enquires of the Commission and to ensure they accord with international norms," the Dean of Sydney Law School, Professor Ron McCallum AO stated.
"This is absolutely marvellous news and I could not think of a better person to be nominated by Australia than our own Professor Emeritus Ivan Shearer."
The other members of the Group are to be nominated by the United Kingdom, Canada, the EU, The Netherlands, Japan and the United States.
For Professor Shearer's profile please click here
Two Sydney Law School students, Julia Bowes (Arts/Law) and Anna Garsia (Graduate Law), recently won the World Intervarsity Debating Championships held in Vancouver, Canada. For the University News article click here. For the Sydney Morning Herald article click here.