Sydney Law School Research Grant Success

19 December 2008



Sydney Law School would like to congratulate its staff members of their recent Research Grant success:

  • Associate Professor Rosemary Lyster has been awarded a University of Sydney Bridging Support grant for her ARC application titled Developing a legal framework for Indonesia's participation in an internationally sanctioned scheme for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (and Degradation), on which Dr Tim StephensProfessor Elisabeth Peden and Dr Simon Butt were co-Investigators.
  • Dr Fleur Johns has been awarded a University of Sydney Bridging Support grant for her ARC application titled Power, Rule and Consensus in the Mekong River Basin: The Dynamics of 'Hard' and 'Soft' Law in Transboundary Water Governance, on which Associate Professor Rosemary LysterDr Ben SaulDr Tim Stephens and Professor Phil Hirsch from Geosciences were co-Investigators.
  • Associate Professor Greg Tolhurst has been awarded a University of Sydney Bridging Support grant for his ARC application titled Modernising and Codifying Australian Sale of Goods Law, on which Dr Peter GerangelosProfessor Elisabeth Peden , The Late Professor George Winterton and Professor John Carter were co-Investigators.
  • Dr Simon Butt has been awarded a Faculty ECR/R&D grant  for his project titled Legal drafting in decentralised Indonesia. Indonesia began a process of decentralisation in 1999. Significant lawmaking powers were devolved to over 440 local and regional parliaments and executive bodies. This project will look at the implications of this decentralisation of lawmaking throughout Indonesia.
  • Dr Rita Shackel has been awarded a Faculty ECR/R&D grant for her project titled Understanding the legal basis of successful appeals in child sexual assault cases. This project will investigate the grounds for, and outcomes of child sexual assault appeal cases decided by the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal in the period 2005-2008.
  • Professor David Kinley has been awarded a University of Sydney International Visiting Research Fellowship to fund a visit by Sydney Law School alumnus, Dr Andrew Lang from the Law Department, London School of Economics. Their project is titled Crisis and its consequences: The human rights impact of global finance. 
  • Associate Professor Gail MasonProfessor Mark Findlay andProfessor Julie Stubbs have been awarded a Faculty Visiting Scholar grant to fund a visit by Dr Paul Johnson from the Department of Sociology, the University of Surrey.
  • Professor David Kinley as been awarded a Faculty Visiting Scholar grant to fund a visit by Dr David Bilchitz from the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law.
  • Associate Professor Luke NottageDr Ben Saul and Vivienne Bath have been awarded a Faculty Conference Seeding grant to fund the International Conference on Human Rights in Asia-Pacific: Towards Institution-Building. This conference will be one of the first opportunities for leading legal scholars to talk through the issues arising from political aspirations towards institution-building for human rights monitoring the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Dr Simon Butt was awarded the Australia-Indonesia Governance Research Partnership. Along with his Indonesian research partner - The Centre for Study of Law and Policy, Indonesia (PSHK) - he will investigate the extent to which Indonesian parliaments accommodate constitutional and international human rights norms when making laws; and the extent of the authority of regional parliaments to pass revenue raising laws.
  • Dr David Rolph was awarded for his Faculty LSSF grant titled Judging the Media: An Analysis of Judicial Perceptions of the Media in Australia. Judges determine the rights and responsibilities of the media in relation to a range of legal issues - from defamation to contempt of court to the emerging issue of invasion of privacy. In doing so, judges inevitably provide an assessment of the media's conduct and their motives. In addition, judges disclose, sometimes incidentally, sometimes overtly, views about the role of the media in contemporary Australian society. This project seeks to analyse the complex and occasionally contradictory perceptions of the media which are revealed by decided cases.
  • Dr Rita Shackel was awarded for her Faculty LSSF grant titled What do victim impact statements reveal about the harm suffered by child sexual assault victims?. This project seeks to analyse victim impact statements in child sexual assault cases in order to better understand how victims of such abuse are impacted by these offences. Our understanding of the impact of such crime on victims rests largely on psychological research and clinical reports. This research project is important because it provides insights into: (i) the harm caused by child sexual abuse from the victim's perspective; (ii) the nature of such harm as articulated by victims within a legal context; and (iii) information about how such statements are used by sentencing courts to sentence convicted offenders in such cases.
  • Dr Tim Stephens was awarded for his Faculty LSSF grant titled Responding to the Threat of Ocean Acidification: An Acid Test for International Law.This project will examine how existing international institutions may be used to address ocean acidification which is occurring in tandem with human induced climate change. The world's oceans are a major carbon sink, absorbing increasing amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere which dissolves forming carbonic acid that disrupts processes of calcification utilised by many marine organisms, including corals. Despite the seriousness of this problem it is poorly addressed by existing international regimes. Although falling implicitly within the climate change regime and regimes for marine environmental protection it is not clearly and effectively embraced by either. Through publication as a journal article this project will contribute to knowledge on the gaps and linkages in addressing ocean acidification in an era of regime complexity and competition in international environmental law.

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