Globalising the law degree

4 February 2009


The Dean,  Professor Gillian Triggs, spoke of her aim to make law at Sydney "a truly international and globalised degree," in a feature article published in  Campus Review 

"So many legal problems are global or transnation in character," Professor Triggs said.

"These include climate change, the integration of trade, taxation, terrorism, war crimes, and criminal matters generally.

"For example, preventing companies from promoting tobacco consumption in developing countries in ways that they're not allowed to in developed countries requires extraterritorial jurisdiction.

"We aim to education our students for a genuinely international practice."

Professor Triggs also emphasised Australia's important contribution to international law generally.

"Australia may only be a middling power with a small population, but we punch well above our weight in international law," Professor Triggs said.

"Our legal experts have had major input into drafting some of the world's most important laws, including the law of the sea and the Rome statute of the International Criminal Court.

"We boast world leaders in several fields, such as James Crawford in constitutional and maritime law, Michael Pryles in international arbitration and Ivan Shearer in human rights.

"Michael Kirby and Geoffrey Robertson are household names.

"You can go back several decades to Doc Evatt, first president of the UN Genearl Assembly who had major input into the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."

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