2009 Sydney Law School LSSF Grant Winners

20 November 2008



Sydney Law School extends its congratulations to the following Faculty members in no particular order who were victorious in the most recent round of LSSF Grant Applications:

  • Professor David Kinley - Research and editorial assistance in the final stages of the publication of three books in the general area of human rights and the global economy. 

This project constitutes the fruition of two ARC grants (one Linkage and one Discovery) that ran consecutively from 2003 to 2007 - "Multinational Corporations and Human Rights" (2002-04) and "The WTO and Human Rights" (2005-07), respectively. The funds from these have been expended just short of what is needed to complete the final stages of three book publications.

  • Patricia Lane - "The Battle of Sandon Point" - an examination of the operation of indigenous cultural heritage and planning laws in NSW.

This project will investigate the relationship in NSW between the Aboriginal cultural heritage protection regime, and environmental protection and planning legislation in the context of the litigation over the Sandon Point development near Wollongong in NSW. The NSW provisions will be compared with those in other jurisdictions, particularly in Queensland under the Integrated Planning Legislation, to identify problems in the NSW system and consider opportunities for reform.

  • Kate Miles - Blue Oil: Freshwater Resources and International Investment Law.

This project aims to undertake research on the impact of international investment law on the use of freshwater resources and the provision of water services in the host state. In particular, it aims to identify the legal mechanisms that will progress the equitable resolution of water-related investor-state disputes and that will facilitate the socially and environmentally responsible operation of foreign-owned water-related companies. Through publications as a book chapter, the project is designed to contribute to the scholarly discourse on the way in which international investment law interacts with social and environmental issues.

  • Dr Jacqueline Mowbray - International Law and Language Rights: The Case of Diasporic Language Communities.

In an age of globalisation, language communities are increasingly scattered around the world, rather than concentrated in particular territorial areas. This project investigates how well the existing international legal framework meets the needs of such diasporic language communities to protect and use their own languages. In doing so, it seeks to achieve two objectives: to understand how the existing law in this area could be developed to meet the linguistic needs of these groups more effectively; and, through this process, to identify some of the limitations inherent in current legal approaches to language rights more generally.

  • Dr Kristin Savell - An analysis and critique of the legal regulation of embryonic research for therapeutic purposes and the prohibition of inheritable genetic modification in Australia, the UK & the USA.

This project examines legal responses to embryonic research for therapeutic purposes and inheritable genetic modification. Although the Prohibition of Human Cloning Act 2002 (Cth) permits embryonic cloning for research only and pre-emptively prohibits inheritable genetic modification (IGM), there has been scant discussion of the impact of such technologies on reproductive rights generally, and the rights of the disabled in particular. Accordingly, this project will adopt a disability rights perspective to examine and critique the current regulatory and policy landscape with respect to embryonic research for therapeutic purposes and IGM in Australia and key comparator jurisdictions, such as the USA and the UK.

Contact: Greg Sherington

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