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December 2012
Corporate Governance Review: Reflection on the board of directors    View Summary
18 December 2012
The Hon. Ray Finkelstein, QCThe Corporate Law section of the Ross Parsons Centre hosted a special seminar on the role of the board of directors.
AusAID's Australian Leadership Award Fellowships (ALAF) program   View Summary
18 December 2012
The Faculty is pleased to announce an AusAID Australian Leadership Award Fellowship (ALAF) was recently funded in round 12 of the program.
Vale John Mackinolty (LLM 1987, Hon Fellow 1991)   View Summary
13 December 2012
John MackinoltyAlumni and friends of Sydney Law School will be saddened to learn of the recent passing of John Mackinolty, Dean of the Faculty between 1980 and 1985.
The Law Society of NSW Mock Trial Competition   View Summary
13 December 2012
The Law Society of NSW Mock Trial CompetitionSydney Law School recently hosted the grand final of the Law Society of NSW Mock Trial Competition between Bega High and Hills Grammar.
Robert Bromwich, SC (LLM 1993) appointed Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions   View Summary
12 December 2012
Robert Bromwich, SC (LLM 1993)Sydney Law School would like to congratulate Robert Bromwich, SC (LLM 1993) on his appointment as Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.
Law and Literature   View Summary
11 December 2012
Law and LiteratureSydney Law School is pleased to announce this March 2013 intensive, taught by Professor Bernhard Schlink and Emeritus Professor Reg Graycar.
Did 2Day FM break the law?   View Summary
10 December 2012
Professor Barbara McDonaldProfessor Barbara McDonald considers the legal implications of the controversial 2Day FM prank call to King Edward VII Hospital in London.
The law of succession to the Australian throne   View Summary
6 December 2012
Professor Anne TwomeyWhile most of the discussion of the impending royal birth falls into the category of fawning adulation, dismissive contempt or celebrity gossip, the one substantive issue that has arisen concerns the rules of succession to the throne and the attempt to change them, writes Professor Anne Twomey.
Patrick Bateman (BEcSocSci '10 LLB '12) wins Australia-At-Large Rhodes Scholarship   View Summary
5 December 2012
Patrick Bateman (BEcSocSci '10 LLB '12)Congratulations to our 24th Rhodes Scholar, Patrick Bateman (BEcSocSci '10 LLB '12).
November 2012
2013 Justice Peter Hely Scholarship Opens   View Summary
29 November 2012
Justice Peter Hely ScholarshipApplications are now open for the 2013 Justice Peter Hely Scholarship. The Scholarship was established by the Law School through contributions from the friends and colleagues of the late Justice Peter Hely to promote postgraduate study in the fields of commercial law and equity.
Corporate Governance Review: Reflections on the board of directors   View Summary
26 November 2012
The Hon. Ray Finkelstein, QCThis event featuring The Hon. Ray Finkelstein, QC and The Hon. Robert Austin will canvass a range of topical corporate governance issues regarding the board of directors.
Issues faced by foreign investors entering into agreements with developing nations   View Summary
22 November 2012
Professor Luke NottageProfessor Luke Nottage comments on the litigation action by Macau-based property investment company, Sanum Investments against the Laos Government in relation to what it claims are illegal seizures of its assets.
Globalising Asia: Health Law, Governance & Policy - Issues, Approaches & Gaps   View Summary
22 November 2012
Globalising Asia: Health Law, Governance & Policy - Issues, Approaches & GapsThe report from the conference jointly hosted by the Faculties of Public Health and of Law at Thammasat University, Bankok, Thailand, which explored the impact of globalization and emerging health law issues within ASEAN and the asia-pacific region, which was also co-sponsored by the International Development Law Organisation, is now available.
Refugees, Detention and the United Nations   View Summary
21 November 2012
Professor Ben SaulProfessor Ben Saul outlines his involvement in the case of two refugees in detention that has attracted the attention of the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
The Hon. Justice James Allsop appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court   View Summary
20 November 2012
The Hon. Justice James Allsop Sydney Law School would like to congratulate The Hon. Justice James Allsop (BA 1974, LLB 1980) on his appointment as Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia.
The case of Ahmed al-Jabari   View Summary
19 November 2012
Dr Alison Pert examines the legal issues surrounding the assaination of Hamas leader Ahmed al-Jabari.
The Part IVA Reforms   View Summary
19 November 2012
The Part IVA ReformsJust what will change in the Part IVA landscape - and how it will change - is vitally important to business and their advisers and this seminar will examine what the new Part IVA could look like.
Juvenille Offenders   View Summary
16 November 2012
Garner Clancey Garner Clancey comments on whether there has been an increase in the number of juvenille offences.
International Commercial Arbitration - Australia in the Asian Century?   View Summary
16 November 2012
Professor Luke NottageProfessor Luke Nottage says Australia's reputation as a plausible seat for international arbitration may be in jeopardy.
The Catholic Church's Towards Healing protocol   View Summary
15 November 2012
Professor Patrick Parkinson, AMProfessor Patrick Parkinson, AM says he's now withdrawn his support for the protocol because the Church failed to take action over clergy who didn't comply.
The Regulatory Aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis   View Summary
12 November 2012
The Regulatory Aftermath of the Global Financial CrisisSydney Law School is pleased to announce the latest book co-authored by Professor Jennifer Hill.
2012 International Arbitration Lecture   View Summary
11 November 2012
Clayton Utz and Sydney Law School are pleased to support the 2012 International Arbitration Lecture: The Impact of International Arbitration on the Rule of Law.
The University of Sydney Convocation Medal   View Summary
6 November 2012
University of Sydney Convocation MedalCongratulations to Patrick Bateman (BEcSocSci '10 LLB '12) and Andrew Thomas (BEc '11 LLB '13) on winning the 2012 University of Sydney Convocation Medal.
2013 Peter Cameron Sydney Oxford Scholarship Opens   View Summary
2 November 2012
2013 Peter Cameron Sydney Oxford Scholarship OpensApplications for the 2013 Peter Cameron Sydney Oxford Scholarship are now open.
October 2012
IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law: Ben Boer appointed as Deputy Chair   View Summary
31 October 2012
Emeritus Professor Ben Boer Emeritus Professor Ben Boer has been appointed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Council as Deputy Chair of the World Commission on Environmental Law.
Linguistic Justice: International Law and Language Policy   View Summary
31 October 2012
Linguistic JusticeSydney Law School is pleased to announce the new book by Dr Jacqueline Mowbray, Linguistic Justice: International Law and Language Policy.
The Olympus scandal and corporate governance in Japan   View Summary
31 October 2012
Professor Luke NottageCorporate governance in Japan is important for Australia, given the countries' strong trade and investment relationship, and recent pressure to finalise a bilateral Free Trade Agreement, argues Professor Luke Nottage, in a recent Sky News interview.
The National Family Law Moot    View Summary
25 October 2012
National Family Law Moot We are pleased to announce more mooting success with students from Sydney Law School winning the National Family Law Moot recently.
New Technologies, Risk and Environmental Law   View Summary
25 October 2012
New Technologies, Risk and Environmental LawThis new offshore unit will take place in Amsterdam as part of the 2013 Sydney Law School in Europe Program.
Company Tax   View Summary
23 October 2012
Professor Michael DirkisProfessor Michael Dirkis says the government's decision to make companies pay their tax monthly rather than quarterly would hit business cashflows.
Should consumer protection laws be extended to insurance contracts?   View Summary
22 October 2012
Professor Robert MerkinProfessor Robert Merkin from the University of Southampton will deliver the next Ross Parsons Corporate Law Seminar.
Victoria's Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse   View Summary
22 October 2012
Professor Patrick Parkinson, AMProfessor Patrick Parkinson, AM has told Victoria's State Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse that figures for the Catholic Church are six times higher than other churches combined.
2013 Sydney Law School Postgraduate Program   View Summary
15 October 2012
2013 Sydney Law School Postgraduate GuideSydney Law School is pleased to announce its Postgraduate Program for 2013.
Does Australia deserve a seat on the Security Council?   View Summary
10 October 2012
Professor Ben SaulAustralia is a worthy candidate for a seat on the UN Security Council, writes Professor Ben Saul.
The effectiveness of CCTV in preventing crime   View Summary
10 October 2012
Garner ClanceyGarner Clancey comments on the federal Coalition's announcement that it will spend $50 million on CCTV if it wins power next year.
The Sir Harry Gibbs National Constitutional Law Moot   View Summary
10 October 2012
National Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot Congratulations to final year Economic and Social Sciences/Law student, Angus Abadee on winning the Sir Harry Gibbs National Constitutional Law Moot.
Crisis, Commitment and the Corporation   View Summary
9 October 2012
Professor Colin Mayer from Oxford UniversityProfessor Colin Mayer from Oxford University will deliver the next instalment in the Ross Parsons Corporate Law Seminar Series.
Sydney Law School alumni SC appointments for 2012   View Summary
9 October 2012
Sydney Law School would like to congratulate its alumni who were among the latest round of senior counsel appointments announced by the NSW Bar Association last week.
ASIO, Indefinite Detention and Refugees   View Summary
9 October 2012
Professor Ben SaulDecent democracies do not tolerate indefinite detention without trial, based on secret evidence, merely because it is convenient, and whatever the human costs, writes Professor Ben Saul.
2012 Kevin McCann Lecture on Energy and Resources Law   View Summary
3 October 2012
Kevin McCann Lecture on Energy and Resources LawMitchell H Hooke, CEO of the Minerals Council of Australia recently presented the annual Kevin McCann Lecture on Energy and Resources Law.
The Nicholas Cowdery Criminal Law Moot   View Summary
3 October 2012
The Nicholas Cowdery Criminal Law MootCongratulations to the Sydney University Law Society (SULS) team on winning the Nicholas Cowdery Criminal Law Moot.
September 2012
Alumna wins Cambridge International Scholarship   View Summary
28 September 2012
Odette Murray (BA 2005, LLB 2007)Congratulations to Odette Murray (BA 2005, LLB 2007) on winning a Cambridge International Scholarship to study a PhD in law at Cambridge, commencing in October 2012.
Faces of Nepal   View Summary
28 September 2012
Faces of NepalSydney Law School will host a special photo exhibition by students of the 2012 Himalayan Field School on behalf of the School in the Sky Foundation.
U Didn't Build That by MC 'Bama    View Summary
27 September 2012
U Didn't Build That by MC 'BamaAlumnus, Hugh Atkin (BA 2006, 2008 LLB) has created another entertaining internet parody in the leadup to the US Presidential election.
Professor Pat O'Malley elected to as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia   View Summary
26 September 2012
Congratulations to Professor Pat O'Malley on being elected as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.
Plain Packaging - The Next Chapter   View Summary
26 September 2012
Professor Luke NottageProfessor Luke Nottage comments on pending litigation in international forums against Australia's tobacco plain packaging laws.
Law v Pharmacy Charity Rugby Game    View Summary
26 September 2012
Law v Pharmacy Charity Rugby Game On Friday 17th August the Law Society took on the Pharmacy Society in a rugby match at St John's Oval, the University of Sydney.
The Law of the Sea   View Summary
25 September 2012
Associate Professor Tim StephensAssociate Professor Tim Stephens discusses public international law, national and international environmental law and the law of the sea with Margaret Throsby on ABC Radio Classic FM.
Sham Contracting   View Summary
25 September 2012
Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum, AO comments on the rise in sham contracting.
2012 Sydney Law School Postgraduate Information Evening   View Summary
14 September 2012
2012 Sydney Law School Postgraduate Information EveningRegister to attend the 2012 Sydney Law School Postgraduate Information Evening to find out more about your postgraduate study options for 2013.
The Persecution of David Hicks   View Summary
10 September 2012
Professor Ben SaulThe admission by prosecutors that evidence from Guantanamo probably would not pass muster in an Australian court is the closest we have come to a formal acknowledgment by any Australian authority that Hicks' military trial was defective by ordinary standards of justice, writes Professor Ben Saul.
The legal framework for international sea rescue    View Summary
10 September 2012
Associate Professor Tim StephensCo-Director of the Sydney Centre for International Law, Associate Professor Tim Stephens, says the legal situation is not so clear cut when it comes to international sea rescue.
The Constitution of Indonesia   View Summary
7 September 2012
The Constitution of IndonesiaThis new book co-authored by Dr Simon Butt, examines the remarkable constitutional transition performed by Indonesia over the last 60 years.
Australia's largest class action   View Summary
7 September 2012
Professor Greg Tolhurst The Acting Dean, Professor Greg Tolhurst comments on the High Court's decision that ANZ's honour, dishonour or over-limit fees, charged when customers exceeded their account limits, could be characterised as a penalty rather than a fee for a service.
The Anglican Church and Marriage Vows   View Summary
6 September 2012
Alumnus and comedy writer, Dominic Knight (BA 1999, LLB 2001) Alumnus and comedy writer, Dominic Knight (BA 1999, LLB 2001) gives his view on the debate over the proposal to change the word "obey" to "submit" in the Anglican marriage vows.
How the High Court has changed Australia's constitutional balance   View Summary
6 September 2012
Michael SextonNew South Wales' Solicitor General will next week deliver a public address discussing the highest court of Australia's history as a decision maker that shifts power away from the states and towards the federal government.
August 2012
Sir Anthony Mason and The Dismissal   View Summary
31 August 2012
Professor Anne TwomeyProfessor Anne Twomey comments on revelations by former Chief Justice, Sir Anthony Mason he advised former Governor-General, Sir John Kerr that he should warn Gough Whitlam of his intention to sack his government in 1975.
Indonesia, Australia and Asylum Seekers   View Summary
31 August 2012
Associate Professor Tim StephensAssociate Professor Tim Stephens comments on the recent boat tragedy involving asylum seekers off the coast of Indonesia
The Patent War between Apple and Samsung   View Summary
30 August 2012
Associate Professor Kim Weatherall Associate Professor Kim Weatherall says despite the US Jury's verdict which ordered Samsung to pay Apple roughly US $1.5 billion, the war between the two is far from over.
The Partial Defence of Provocation   View Summary
30 August 2012
State ParliamentDr Arlie Loughnan, Associate Professor Thomas Crofts and Graeme Coss have been invited to appear before the State Parliament's Select Committee on the Partial Defence of Provocation.
Dr Rita Shackel recognised for work in Sri Lanka   View Summary
27 August 2012
Dr Rita ShackelDr Rita Shackel recently received the Medico-Legal Society of Sri Lanka Oration Medal and the Professor C.C. de Silva Memorial Oration Medal for her work on Child Sexual Abuse in Sri Lanka.
Anders Breivik: the fine line between bad and mad    View Summary
27 August 2012
Dr Arlie LoughnanDr Arlie Loughnan comments on one of the most high profile court decisions on "madness" and crime.
Castan Centre for Human Rights Moot Competition 2012    View Summary
27 August 2012
Castan Centre for Human Rights Moot Competition 2012 Congratulations to the Sydney University Law Society (SULS) Team on winning the Castan Centre for Human Rights Moot Competition 2012.
About time we all cared more about marriage   View Summary
24 August 2012
Professor Patrick Parkinson, AMOne of the most heartening aspects of the otherwise divisive debate on same-sex marriage has been the recognition on all sides of politics that marriage matters, writes Professor Patrick Parkinson, AM.
Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in Investment Treaties   View Summary
21 August 2012
Professor Luke NottageProfessor Luke Nottage says the ongoing arbitration claim of 'expropriation' that Philip Morris Asia initiated under the 1993 Hong Kong-Australia bilateral investment treaty should not feed into a blanket rejection of any forms of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in investment treaties.
Assange and Asylum   View Summary
21 August 2012
Dr Alison PertDr Alison Pert commented on the latest developments associated with Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange.
The Sydney Juris Doctor (JD) 2013   View Summary
20 August 2012
The 2013 Sydney Juris Doctor (JD) Guide The 2013 Sydney Juris Doctor (JD) Guide is now available to order or download online.
Youth and crime   View Summary
20 August 2012
Garner ClanceyGarner Clancey comments on claims that gangs of youths are using retail shopping centres to conduct brawls.
Justice in Julian's weird Wiki-world   View Summary
20 August 2012
Professor Ben SaulProfessor Ben Saul discusses the legal dimensions surrounding Britain's threat to enter Ecuador's embassy to arrest Julian Assange and Ecuador's granting of asylum to him.
International Commercial Litigation   View Summary
14 August 2012
International Commercial LitigationApplications are still open for this intensive unit, which takes place at Humboldt Law School, Berlin.
Back to the Future or Groundhog Day for Refugee Policy?   View Summary
14 August 2012
Professor Mary CrockProfessor Mary Crock co-authored a response to the report by the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers.
Endeavour Foundation Endowment Fund Research Award   View Summary
10 August 2012
Linda Steele Sydney Law School would like to congratulate lecturer and PhD candidate, Linda Steele on winning the Endeavour Foundation Endowment Fund Research Award.
High Court dismisses international custody battle   View Summary
8 August 2012
Professor Patrick Parkinson, AMProfessor Patrick Parkinson, AM comments on the case of four young sisters at the centre of an international custody row who have failed in their bid to have the High Court intervene in the dispute.
The Eurozone Crisis: Slaughter and May's Involvement   View Summary
7 August 2012
The Eurozone Crisis: Slaughter and May's InvolvementMarc Hutchinson and Matthew Tobin, partners of Slaughter and May, London, will give a short talk about the firm's perspective on, and work related to, the Eurozone crisis on 13 August 2012.
Constitutionalism and the Enlargement of Europe   View Summary
3 August 2012
Constitutionalism and the Enlargement of EuropeSydney Law School is pleased to announce the new book by Professor Wojciech Sadurski.
World Trade Organization - Dispute Resolution   View Summary
3 August 2012
World Trade Organization - Dispute ResolutionExamine what a nation's obligations are under the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Herbert Smith visiting Professor at Cambridge Law School   View Summary
1 August 2012
Professor Rosemary LysterProfessor Rosemary Lyster has been appointed as a Herbert Smith Visiting Professor at Cambridge University for 2012.
July 2012
Alumna wins prestigious Oxford Scholarship   View Summary
31 July 2012
Naomi Oreb (BA 2008, LLB 2010)Congratulations to Naomi Oreb (BA 2008, LLB 2010) on winning the Vinerian Scholarship for first place in the BCL exams at Oxford University.
Professor Greg Tolhurst appointed as Acting Dean   View Summary
30 July 2012
Professor Greg TolhurstSydney Law School is pleased to announce that Professor Greg Tolhurst has been appointed as Acting Dean.
Institute of Criminology Events   View Summary
27 July 2012
The Institute of Criminology (IC) is pleased to announce two special events to take place the week commencing 30 July 2012.
Dynamics of Corporate Governance in East Asia: a focus on China, Japan and Korea   View Summary
27 July 2012
Professor Kon Sik KimProfessor Kon Sik Kim from Seoul National University will deliver this special seminar next Friday, 3 August 2012.
Professor Gillian Triggs bids farewell to the Law School   View Summary
27 July 2012
Professor Gillian TriggsProfessor Gillian Triggs would like to sincerely thank all concerned during her term as Dean.
The ATO and MONA   View Summary
26 July 2012
Professor Michael DirkisProfessor Michael Dirkis comments on the dispute between the Australian Taxation Office and the founder of the Museum of Old and New Art.
Child Sex Abuse and the Crimes Act   View Summary
25 July 2012
Senior Lecturer, Miiko Kumar Senior Lecturer, Miiko Kumar comments on calls for police in New South Wales to open an investigation into three senior priests of the Catholic Church who failed to inform police of a priest's apparent admission of child sex abuse.
Reforming Justice: A Journey to Fairness in Asia   View Summary
24 July 2012
Reforming Justice: A Journey to Fairness in AsiaThe Sydney Law School is pleased to invite you to the book launch of Reforming Justice: A Journey to Fairness in Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2012) by Dr Livingston Armytage.
Water Law   View Summary
23 July 2012
Water LawThis unit of study situates the management of Australia's water resources within an International Law context including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, International Water Law principles and an internationally recognised human right to water.
Thomas Kelly's death: a trial by social media   View Summary
20 July 2012
Thomas KellyAssociate Professor David Rolph discusses whether the posting of pictures of Thomas Kelly's alleged killer on social media could pose serious risks to criminal cases and the right to a fair trial.
Law and Healthy Lifestyles   View Summary
19 July 2012
Law and Healthy LifestylesThis new intensive health law unit responds to the growing interest in law and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Goods and Services Taxation Principles B   View Summary
16 July 2012
Goods and Services Taxation Principles BThis intensive unit will examine the interpretation, operation, and administration of aspects of GST that are complex in theory and/or in practical application.
Research Handbook on Executive Pay   View Summary
6 July 2012
Research Handbook on Executive PayProfessor Jennifer Hill has co-edited a new book with Professor Randall S. Thomas of Vanderbilt University on executive pay.
Original Research has an Impact on Australian Constitutional Law   View Summary
6 July 2012
Professor Peter GerangelosThe High Court of Australia has in recent cases made reference to original research undertaken by Professor Peter Gerangelos relating to the independence of the judicial process, the rule of law and the separation of the judicial branch from the political branches of government.
Unholy Silence - the abuse of Children and the Catholic Church   View Summary
4 July 2012
Professor Patrick ParkinsonIn an interview for the Four Corners investigation into the abuse of Children and the Catholic church Professor Patrick Parkinson AM believes that a Federal Royal Commission is long overdue in this area.
June 2012
QS World University Rankings 2011/2012   View Summary
29 June 2012
QS World University Rankings 2011/2012Sydney Law School moved up to tenth in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings for 2011/2012.
The Iraq War   View Summary
29 June 2012
Professor Ben SaulThe contrast to Britain's collective soul-searching over the Iraq War through the Chilcott Inquiry could not be more stark than in Australia, writes Professor Ben Saul.
Sharia Family Law   View Summary
28 June 2012
Dr Ghena KrayemDr Ghena Krayem comments on the move by legal assistance organisations to blend sharia divorce law with the Australian family law system.
Registered Associations   View Summary
28 June 2012
Registered AssociationsThe HSU scandal has placed greater scrutiny on the law governing trade unions and employer organisations, which this new second semester intensive will explore.
Alumnus Richard Button (BA 1982, LLB 1984) appointed to Supreme Court of New South Wales   View Summary
27 June 2012
The Hon Justice Richard ButtonFormer Deputy Senior Public Defender and Sydney Law School alumnus Richard Button SC has been appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
Law and Society in Indonesia   View Summary
26 June 2012
Law and Society in IndonesiaThis unit provices an introduction to the Indonesian legal system and provides a background on Indonesian history, economics, politics, religions and cultures.
Julian Assange's Asylum Bid   View Summary
22 June 2012
Professor Ben SaulThe latest move by the WikiLeaks founder leads to doubts about his claims on the law, writes Professor Ben Saul.
State vs Federal   View Summary
22 June 2012
Professor Anne TwomeyProfessor Anne Twomey says a recent High Court decision on funding of a state program supports the federal concept, where power is not centralised but shared between the state and national levels of government.
Sydney hosts Chinese Law Deans Delegation   View Summary
22 June 2012
Professor Gillian TriggsSydney Law School will play host to 21 deans of Chinese Law Schools as part of a special Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD) event.
Vale The Hon David Hodgson AO (1939-2012)   View Summary
20 June 2012
The Hon David Hodgson AOSydney Law School mourns the passing of alumnus The Hon David Hodgson (BA 1959, LLB 1962), former judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, on 5 June 2012.
Vale Frank Walker QC (1942-2012)   View Summary
20 June 2012
Frank Walker QCSydney Law School mourns the passing of alumnus Frank Walker QC (LLB 1966, LLM 1970), former NSW Attorney General, on 12 June at the age of 69.
Queen's Birthday Honours for alumni and friends   View Summary
13 June 2012
The Hon Gareth Evans AC QCSydney Law School alumni and friends were recognised in the latest round of Queen's Birthday Honours, announced on 11 June 2012.
Beyond Employment   View Summary
7 June 2012
Beyond EmploymentThis new book by Professor Joellen Riley and Dr Shae McCrystal examines the historical and demographic context of the types of work relationships found in contemporary Australian workplaces.
Protecting refugee children's rights   View Summary
5 June 2012
Professor Mary CrockProfessor Mary Crock founded the Small Mercies, Big Futures project to examine the treatment of refugee children who arrive in Australia, with the aim of encouraging new policies and law reform to protect their rights.
2012 Sydney Law School Prizegiving Ceremony   View Summary
4 June 2012
Chelsea TabartOn 24 May 2012, the Sydney Law School held its annual Prize Giving Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of outstanding students.
May 2012
Personal Property Securities in the U.S.   View Summary
31 May 2012
Personal Property Securities in the U.S.This new August intensive will be taught by Professor Charles W. Mooney, JR from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Financial Issues on Relationship Breakdown   View Summary
30 May 2012
Financial Issues on Relationship BreakdownThis August intensive will be taught by former Family Court Judge, Stephen O'Ryan QC and one of America's leading experts in Family Law, Professor Thomas Oldham.
Decision on Allseas Construction and the Migration Act    View Summary
30 May 2012
The Dean, Professor Gillian TriggsThe Dean, Professor Gillian Triggs comments on the Federal Court decision to allow Allseas Construction to employ foreign workers in Australian waters without 457 visas.
Ashurst Australian Internships for Chinese Lawyers   View Summary
29 May 2012
Ashurst Australian Internships for Chinese LawyersSydney Law School has partnered with Ashurst, Australia's new global law firm, to provide its students with opportunities to gain exciting and challenging transnational and international experience as an intern working in Ashurst's China practice.
Obama's Affordable Care Act    View Summary
29 May 2012
Obama’s Affordable Care ActThe pending United States Supreme Court decision about the constitutionality of President Obama's universal health care legislation is the most important decision since Bush v Gore, and the most important American judicial decision about health in a generation, according to Professor Lawrence Gostin from Georgetown University's Law Center.
Blowout in waiting times for family law proceedings    View Summary
28 May 2012
Professor Patrick Parkinson AMProfessor Patrick Parkinson AM says the long delays in cases before the family courts could be emotionally and financially devastating for families.
Law, governance and justice in the Mekong   View Summary
22 May 2012
Law, governance and justice in the MekongThis seminar explores the roles laws and lawyers play among technologies of governance operative in the Mekong River Basin today.
Manifest Madness   View Summary
21 May 2012
Manifest MadnessSenior Lecturer and Faculty of Law staff member Dr Arlie Loughnan's book Manifest Madness: Mental Incapacity in the Criminal Law has just been published by Oxford University Press.
The operation of the Income Tax General Anti-avoidance rule   View Summary
21 May 2012
Professor Graeme CooperProfessor Graeme Cooper will be part of a Federal Government expert roundtable to assist in clarifying the operation of the Income Tax General Anti-avoidance rule.
Law Society of New South Wales Mock Trial Competition   View Summary
17 May 2012
Law Society of New South WalesSydney Law School is pleased to announce that it is the major sponsor of the Law Society of New South Wales Mock Trial Competition.
Sydney Law School Team wins Peden Moot   View Summary
17 May 2012
Congratulations to the Sydney Law School Team on winning the 2012 Sir John Peden Contract Law Moot.
Divestment of foreign mining interests in Indonesia   View Summary
16 May 2012
IndonesiaProfessor Luke Nottage and Dr Simon Butt examine Indonesia's new mining regulation, which requires majority or wholly foreign-owned companies holding mining licenses in Indonesia to divest a majority share of the company — a minimum of 51 per cent — to an 'Indonesian participant' after 10 years of production.
The Age of Criminal Responsibility?   View Summary
16 May 2012
Associate Professor Thomas Crofts Associate Professor Thomas Crofts asks how do legal systems deal with this difficult question?
Michael Kirby speaks at Sydney Connections Breakfast   View Summary
15 May 2012
The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMGThe Hon Michael Kirby speaks on the topic 'Roddy's Folly and Kirby's Cartoons: Michael Kirby, Roddy Meagher - and the challenge of friendship' as part of the Sydney Connections Breakfast series.
Analysing Criminal Law   View Summary
10 May 2012
Professor Mark FindlayProfessor Mark Findlay provides commentary on two cases concerning criminal law, one involving the revoking of bail in the Supreme Court of NSW, the other concerning the admission of guilt in a murder over two decades later in the United States.
Politics, Race and Crime   View Summary
9 May 2012
Associate Professor Gail Mason Associate Professor Gail Mason says the Primer Minister and other federal politicians studiously avoided references to race during the Indian student crisis of 2009.
Perfecting Pregnancy   View Summary
9 May 2012
Perfecting PregnancyA new book co-authored by Associate Professor Kristin Savell explores the tensions and ambiguities that inform the laws surrounding reproductive choice.
2013 Sydney Law School Undergraduate Guide   View Summary
8 May 2012
2013 Sydney Law School Undergraduate GuideThe 2013 Sydney Law School Undergraduate Guide is now available to view online or download as a PDF.
The South East Asia Winter School   View Summary
7 May 2012
The South East Asia Winter SchoolApplications for this new offshore unit in Indonesia and Malaysia close 16 May 2012.
A new focus on American legal studies   View Summary
7 May 2012
Professor Jennifer HillA spike in interest in US law courses at Australian tertiary institutions has been driven largely by globalisation, according to Professor Jennifer Hill.
Climate Change and Australia   View Summary
4 May 2012
Climate Change and AustraliaProfessor Ben Saul and Associate Professor Tim Stephens contribute to this new book which aims to provide a clear, balanced account of the science on climate change, how it is affecting the planet and Australia, and the policy options available to Australia and the world to deal with it.
The Inaugural Peter Lyon Memorial Prize    View Summary
2 May 2012
Professor Ben Saul Professor Ben Saul has been awarded the inaugural Peter Lyon Memorial Prize for the best annual policy-oriented article published in The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs.
Experts debate global health law challenges affecting the asian region   View Summary
1 May 2012
Globalizing Asia: Health Law, Governance, and Policy – Issues, Approaches, and GapsSydney Law School has joined with the International Development Law Organisation and the Faculties of Law, and of Public Health at Thammasat University in Thailand to co-sponsor a regional conference exploring emerging health law issues affecting the asia pacific region.
Rule of Law Lecture Series for 2012 Announced   View Summary
1 May 2012
Rule of Law Lecture Series for 2012 AnnouncedA new lecture series by a former federal court judge on the rule of law will enable University of Sydney Law students to develop insights into this important cornerstone of democracy, thanks to a generous donation by the Rule of Law Institute of Australia.
April 2012
John McCarthy QC (BA 1968, LLB 1971) Australia's next Ambassador to the Holy See   View Summary
30 April 2012
John McCarthy QC (BA 1968, LLB 1971)Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Foreign Minister Bob Carr recently announced that John McCarthy QC (BA 1968, LLB 1971) will be Australia's next Ambassador to the Holy See.
AusAID's Australian Leadership Award Fellowships (ALAF) program   View Summary
30 April 2012
The Faculty is pleased to announce that the following projects have received funding under Round 11 of AusAID's Australian Leadership Award Fellowships (ALAF) program.
Alumna to pursue political science doctorate at MIT   View Summary
30 April 2012
Fiona Cunningham (LLB 2011)Fiona Cunningham (LLB 2011) has received a highly competitive fellowship to undertake a PhD in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Postgraduate applications still open for mid-year entry   View Summary
27 April 2012
2012 Sydney Law School Postgraduate GuideSydney Law School is still accepting applications for mid-year entry into the Sydney LLM and its postgraduate coursework program.
Humanities and Social Sciences Postgraduate Expo   View Summary
26 April 2012
Humanities and Social Sciences Postgraduate ExpoThe Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences and Education and Social Work will deliver a special postgraduate event with the Sydney Law School at the St James Campus in the CBD on 10 May 2012.
As Asia faces climate change upheaval, how will Australia respond?   View Summary
26 April 2012
Associate Professor Tim StephensThe image of plucky Australian resilience and self-reliance in the face of global environmental crisis sits in contrast with the reality, writes Associate Professor Tim Stephens.
Allseas Construction and the Migration Act   View Summary
23 April 2012
Professor Gillian TriggsThe Dean, Professor Gillian Triggs comments on The Federal Court case concerning Swiss contractor Allseas Construction and whether it breached the Migration Act by employing foreign workers on tourist and business, instead of 457, visas.
The Himalayan Field School   View Summary
23 April 2012
Professor Ben SaulProfessor Ben Saul discusses Sydney Law School's unique offshore program in Nepal, ideal for law students wanting careers in human rights and development.
High Court hearing into tobacco plain packaging laws   View Summary
23 April 2012
Professor Gillian TriggsProfessor Gillian Triggs says the High Court decision over plain packaging laws will likely arrive quickly, but the determinations of other global bodies, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) may take longer.
Home security on rise as intruder risk falls   View Summary
19 April 2012
Garner ClanceyThere has now been 11 years of consistent decline in some property crimes, says the Institute of Criminology's Garner Clancey.
Climate change, catastrophic risk and disaster law   View Summary
4 April 2012
Professor Rosemary LysterProfessor Rosemary Lyster comments on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report which suggests that in the last half century, climate change has led to changes in climate extremes.
Foreign Investment and Dispute Resolution Law and Practice in Asia   View Summary
4 April 2012
Foreign Investment and Dispute Resolution Law and Practice in AsiaThis new book brings together valuable insights from some of the region's leading practitioners and academics about investment treaties and foreign direct investment regimes in Asia.
March 2012
Home Invasions   View Summary
28 March 2012
Garner ClanceyGarner Clancey from the Sydney Institute of Criminology believes better home security systems have led to a rise in often violent invasions or aggravated break-ins when residents were home.
Torrens Title Overhaul   View Summary
26 March 2012
Emeritus Professor Peter ButtEmeritus Professor Peter Butt has drafted an Act of legislation which could lead to national uniform property law.
Sydney Law School Wins Dusseldorf Invitational Vis "Pre-Moot"   View Summary
26 March 2012
DüsseldorfA team from Sydney Law School has won the 2012 Vis Invitational "Pre-Moot", which was held on the weekend of 24-25 March in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The Justice Peter Hely Scholarship Winner Announced   View Summary
26 March 2012
The Justice Peter Hely Scholarship Winner AnnouncedRyan May is the recipient of the 2012 Justice Peter Hely Scholarship.
Alumnus creates online sensation during U.S. Presidential debate   View Summary
22 March 2012
Alumnus creates online sensation during U.S. Presidential debateAlumnus, Hugh Atkin (BA 2006, 2008 LLB) recently posted a Mitt Romney Parody on YouTube and within two days it received up to one million hits.
US Corporate Law   View Summary
21 March 2012
US Corporate LawProfessor Jennifer Hill presents this 2012 intensive unit, which examines the structure and operation of US corporate law and corporate governance.
An American Perspective   View Summary
21 March 2012
An American PerspectiveSydney Law School will deliver units of study that have a U.S. perspective or context as well as those that are taught by American experts as part of its postgraduate program in 2012.
FoFa opt-in clause will preserve Australians' wealth   View Summary
21 March 2012
Associate Professor Joanna BirdAssociate Professor Joanna Bird says millions of Australians could continue to pay for financial advice they don't receive if a key sector reform is rejected.
Sydney Law School collaborates with Huddersfield University in the field of Criminology   View Summary
21 March 2012
Garner ClanceyThe Sydney Institute of Criminology is collaborating with the Applied Criminology Centre (ACC) at the University of Huddersfield.
Japan still recovering one year after March 11 disasters   View Summary
14 March 2012
FukushimaRadio Australia conducted interviews with participants from Sydney Law School's two-day conference on the earthquake and tsunami that devastated north-east Japan on 11 March 2011 and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant radiation leaks.
February 2012
Report into vulnerable children in Victoria   View Summary
29 February 2012
Professor Patrick Parkinson AMProfessor Patrick Parkinson AM comments on the review into Victoria's child protection services.
To challenge a patent   View Summary
22 February 2012
Associate Professor Kimberlee WeatherallAssociate Professor Kimberlee Weatherall discusses the Federal Court case in which Cancer Voices Australia is challenging a patent owned by Myriad Genetics relating to gene mutations that cause women to be more susceptible to breast cancer.
Alumna Mary Macken (LLB 1985, LLM 2003) to be awarded French knighthood   View Summary
22 February 2012
Mary MackenAlumna Mary Macken (LLB 1985, LLM 2003) to be awarded French knighthood
2012 Peter Cameron Sydney Oxford Scholarship Winner Announced   View Summary
21 February 2012
SydneyAndrew McLeod is the recipient of the 2012 Peter Cameron Sydney Oxford Scholarship.
Sydney Law School co-convenes international seminar on scaling up HIV legal services in Asia Pacific   View Summary
20 February 2012
Sydney Law School co-convenes international seminar on scaling up HIV legal services in Asia PacificSydney Law School co-hosted the first ever Asia Pacific Regional Consultation on HIV-related Legal Services and Rights in Bangkok recently.
The national regulatory system for the legal profession   View Summary
20 February 2012
The Dean, Professor Gillian Triggs The Dean, Professor Gillian Triggs warns that unless the planned national admission standards takes into account the globalisation of legal practice, attempts to open foreign legal markets might be impeded.
Is there ever a "good divorce"?   View Summary
20 February 2012
Professor Patrick Parkinson AMProfessor Patrick Parkinson AM says the evidence has been mounting for years that for many children a ''good divorce'' is not necessarily better than an unhappy marriage.
Socio-legal norms in preventing and managing disasters in Japan and the Asia-Pacific   View Summary
20 February 2012
FukushimaThis conference compares the preparedness for large-scale disasters and subsequent responses in Japan, focusing on the earthquake and tsunami that devastated north-east Japan on 11 March 2011 and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant radiation leaks.
Emeritus Professor Ben Boer to deliver inaugural Mahla Pearlman Oration   View Summary
20 February 2012
Emeritus Professor Ben BoerEmeritus Professor Ben Boer to deliver inaugural Mahla Pearlman Oration
18 year old males most likely to offend   View Summary
13 February 2012
Garner Clancey Garner Clancey comments on new crime figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
A No Confidence Motion   View Summary
9 February 2012
Professor Anne TwomeyProfessor Anne Twomey discusses the legal implications concerning the Federal Opposition's intention to table a no confidence motion against the Gillard Government.
Olympic Sports Arbitration   View Summary
8 February 2012
Olympic Sports ArbitrationThis new intensive examines the use of Arbitration and the Court of Arbitration for Sport by the Olympic Movement.
Optus vs the NRL   View Summary
8 February 2012
Associate Professor Kim Weatherall Associate Professor Kim Weatherall comments on the move by Sport chiefs to ask the Government to amend the Optus versus NRL Copyright decision.
Australia's National Register of Health Practitioners   View Summary
7 February 2012
Professor Cameron StewartProfessor Cameron Stewart comments on concerns surrounding Australia's healthcare register.
Chance to breach EU wall on tariff cuts    View Summary
7 February 2012
Dr Brett WilliamsDr Brett Williams suggests leaning on the EU to break the impasse in WTO negotiations.
Evolution in Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration   View Summary
7 February 2012
Evolution in Investment Treaty Law and ArbitrationCongratulations to Associate Professor Chester Brown and Dr Kate Miles on winning the International Dispute Resolution-related Book of the Year.
Alumnus David Arnott SC (LLB 1976) appointed a judge of the District Court of NSW   View Summary
7 February 2012
Alumnus David Arnott SC (LLB 1976) appointed a judge of the District Court of NSW
2012 Jessup Moot National Competition   View Summary
6 February 2012
2012 Sydney Law School Jessup TeamCongratulations to our Jessup Team on its achievements in this year's National Competition.
January 2012
Sydney Law School alumni honoured on Australia Day   View Summary
31 January 2012
Congratulations to our alumni on their respective Australia Day honours.
Cross-Border Deals: A U.S. Perspective   View Summary
23 January 2012
Cross-Border Deals: A U.S. PerspectiveThis April intensive highlights the distinctive concepts and practices of U.S. securities and corporate laws in cross-border transactions and focuses on resolving the challenges U.S. issues can pose to transactions originating in Australia (and other countries).
Tasmania to defy WTO lifting of ban on New Zealand Apples   View Summary
23 January 2012
Dr Brett Williams Dr Brett Williams says multiple agreements could make it difficult for New Zealand to retaliate against a Tasmanian ban on apple imports.
Selling Human Tissue   View Summary
23 January 2012
Professor Cameron StewartProfessor Cameron Stewart says we might need to think about other incentives for improving organ donation rates apart from money.
Family Law   View Summary
23 January 2012
Family Law Initiatives for 2012Sydney Law School is set to deliver some exciting new initiatives in Family Law for 2012.
Alumnus Justin Dowd (LLB '76) appointed President of the Law Society of NSW for 2012   View Summary
20 January 2012
Justin Dowd (LLB 1976)Sydney Law School congratulates alumnus Justin Dowd (LLB 1976) on his appointment as President of the Law Society of NSW in 2012.
Sustainable Development Law in China   View Summary
12 January 2012
Sustainable Development Law in ChinaField trips include visits to the Three Gorges Dam and Zhong Xiang, a World Heritage site of the Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in China, as part of this 2012 offshore unit of study.
Sea Shepherd antics make a great story, but the real whaling news is elsewhere   View Summary
10 January 2012
Associate Professor Tim StephensAssociate Professor Tim Stephens examines the legal dimensions of the case involving three Australian anti-whaling activists, who boarded a Japanese whaling support vessel, the Shonan Maru No 2, in the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone off the coast of Western Australia last Saturday.
2012 Commercial Law Program   View Summary
3 January 2012
2012 Commercial Law ProgramSydney Law School is pleased to announce its postgraduate Commercial Law Program for 2012.