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December 2015
Law School in the Media: December 2015   View Summary
31 December 2015
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Launch of the Australian Neurolaw Database   View Summary
17 December 2015
The Hon. Justice Monika SchmidtThe Hon. Justice Monika Schmidt of the Supreme Court of New South Wales launched the Australian Neurolaw Database, a collaboration between the University of Sydney and Macquarie University, at a special event recently.
Our new Future Fellow   View Summary
16 December 2015
Professor Simon ButtCongratulations to Professor Simon Butt, recipient of a 2015 Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship.
Sydney Law School Scholarship Recognised by UK Supreme Court   View Summary
10 December 2015
Supreme Court of the UKSydney Law School is pleased to note the recognition of Emeritus Professor John Carter and Associate Professor Wayne Courtney's scholarship in the United Kingdom Supreme Court's recent decision in Marks and Spencer plc v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Co (Jersey) Ltd [2015] UKSC 72.
Sydney Law School academics honoured for human rights work   View Summary
8 December 2015
Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AOProfessor Mary Crock and Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO have received National Ethnic Disability Alliance medals for their ongoing advocacy for the rights of migrants with disabilities.
Sydney Law School undergraduate wins the 2016 Zelman Cowen John Monash Scholarship   View Summary
7 December 2015
Tim MatthewsCongratulations to Sydney Law School undergraduate Tim Matthews, recipient of the prestigious 2016 Zelman Cowen John Monash Scholarship.
Sydney Law School's Continuing Excellence in Research   View Summary
4 December 2015
Sydney Law SchoolThe Australian Research Council (ARC) today announced the results of the Excellence in Research for Australia 2015 (ERA 2015) exercise
Victim impact statements need reform   View Summary
2 December 2015
CourtroomCrime victims and their families can be challenged by trauma, feelings of shame and fear of the court when weighing up whether to make a victim impact statement, suggests a University of Sydney study.
Tracking neuroscience's impact in the courtroom   View Summary
1 December 2015
Brain scanA new resource provided by the University of Sydney and Macquarie University will aid research into the emerging field of neurolaw.
November 2015
Law School in the Media: November 2015   View Summary
30 November 2015
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The Hon. Michael Kirby appointed to high-level UN panel on access to medicines   View Summary
30 November 2015
The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMGFormer High Court Justice and Sydney Law School alumnus the Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG has been appointed by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to a high-level panel on health technology, innovation and access.
Paris attacks: France and the world should answer terror with liberty   View Summary
20 November 2015
Professor Ben SaulAustralia is following France's lead in rushing to assume the need for new laws. But cooler heads should prevail until we know more, writes Professor Ben Saul.
Applications now open for prestigious scholarships   View Summary
17 November 2015
Applications are now open for the 2016 Peter Cameron Sydney Oxford Scholarship. Applications are now open for the 2016 Peter Cameron Sydney Oxford Scholarship and 2016 Justice Peter Scholarship.
Professional Plus+ 2016   View Summary
10 November 2015
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How the insanity defence against a murder charge works   View Summary
6 November 2015
Associate Professor Arlie LoughnanThe insanity defence is not a 'get out of jail free' card and should be more accessible, argues Associate Professor Arlie Loughnan.
Success in Australian Research Council (ARC) grants   View Summary
3 November 2015
Success in Australian Research Council (ARC) grantsCongratulations to our staff who were successful in the latest round of ARC funding outcomes.
Student's winning essay examines the limitations of the judiciary   View Summary
2 November 2015
Student's winning essay examines the limitations of the judiciaryCongratulations to our student, Justin Pen on winning the Australian Law Reform Commission's essay competition.
October 2015
Law School in the Media: October 2015   View Summary
30 October 2015
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Law School students provide real value to community    View Summary
26 October 2015
Law School students provide real value to communityOn Friday 23 October, the Sydney Law School students of Commercial Dispute Resolution presented their 'protocol' for use with the recently passed, Food & Grocery Code.
Alumni gather for dinner in New York   View Summary
20 October 2015
Alumni gather for dinner in New YorkSydney Law School recently held an informal dinner for a group of alumni living and working in the United States.
Preventive health in Australia: where to from here?   View Summary
15 October 2015
Preventive health in Australia: where to from here?"If you were sitting by the river, and someone floated by - drowning - would you go in and save them?" asked Professor Rob Moodie AM, speaking at a public seminar jointly hosted by Sydney Law School and the Charles Perkins Centre on 7 October."But here's the real question: how many people would need to float by, drowning, until you felt compelled to go upstream and see who was pushing them in?"
An Indian Adventure   View Summary
15 October 2015
An Indian AdventureThird year Arts/Law students, Maxine Malaney and Samuel Hore recently represented Sydney Law School at the Herbert Smith Freehills International Negotiations Competition, held at the National Law University (NLU) in Delhi.
Good laws create freedom, not a nanny state   View Summary
14 October 2015
Professor Roger MagnussonGood legislation creates greater freedom, rather than impeding it, write Paul Griffiths and Roger Magnusson in the Sydney Morning Herald.
JuristDiction   View Summary
13 October 2015
JuristDictionWelcome to the new look JuristDiction, Sydney Law School's Magazine for its alumni and the legal community.
Emeritus Professor Ben Boer wins prestigious international award for Environmental Law   View Summary
8 October 2015
Emeritus Professor Ben BoerCongratulations to Emeritus Professor Ben Boer on recently receiving the Senior Scholarship Award by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law.
September 2015
Law School in the Media: September 2015   View Summary
30 September 2015
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International recognition for fiscal research   View Summary
30 September 2015
Emily FettIn recognition of her outstanding international fiscal work, alumna Emily Fett (BCom 2003, MTax 2006) recently received the Mitchell B. Carroll Prize.
Bundaberg Rum and Dora the Explorer: the reality of alcohol advertising in Australia   View Summary
25 September 2015
Professor Roger MagnussonLax alcohol advertising rules leave few options for concerned parents, says Professor Roger Magnusson. First published on the Sydney Health Law blog.
Raising The Bar Sydney   View Summary
22 September 2015
Raising The Bar SydneyRaising The Bar - Sydney - 18 October 2016
2015 Sydney Law School Postgraduate Information Evening   View Summary
18 September 2015
Download the 2016 Sydney Law School Postgraduate GuideDiscover your options for 2016 and beyond at our new CBD campus located at 133 Castlereagh Street.
The Sydney Law School announces exciting new scholarship program for 2016   View Summary
10 September 2015
Sydney Law SchoolThe Sydney Law School is pleased to announce that it will be offering a wide range of new Scholarships for students joining its law programs in 2016.
2016 Sydney Juris Doctor Guide   View Summary
8 September 2015
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Sydney Law School student wins prestigious Australasian PASS Awards   View Summary
4 September 2015
Winnie LiuWinnie Liu has just been awarded 'Outstanding New Leader' as part of the 2015 Australasian Peer Leader Awards, one of the most prestigious Australasian awards for outstanding contribution to student learning.
August 2015
Law School in the Media: August 2015   View Summary
31 August 2015
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2015 Sydney Juris Doctor Information Session   View Summary
3 August 2015
2015 Sydney Juris Doctor Information SessionWe invite you to attend a special information session on Sydney Law School's Juris Doctor intake for 2016, which takes place on Thursday, 10 September 2015.
July 2015
Inaugural Sydney Neurolaw Workshop   View Summary
31 July 2015
Inaugural Sydney Neurolaw WorkshopOn the 25 June, the Centre for Health Governance, Law and Ethics hosted the first Sydney Neurolaw Workshop: Neuroscience in Australian Courtrooms: Responsibility, Liability and the Capacity to Punish here at Sydney Law School.
Law School in the Media: July 2015   View Summary
28 July 2015
A digital camera.Find out what Sydney Law School experts are writing and being interviewed about in the media. This month: the Joe Hockey v Fairfax Media defamation judgment; citizenship stripping proposals; GST reform, and more.
National salt reduction goal could aid fight against cardiovascular disease   View Summary
23 July 2015
Dr Belinda Reeve of Sydney Law School.Publishing in the journal Nutrients, Dr Belinda Reeve and Professor Roger Magnusson warn current efforts to reduce our salt intake are weak and too heavily reliant on voluntary participation by the food industry.
Immigration and Refugee Law   View Summary
23 July 2015
Professor Mary CrockDiscover your options in immigration and refugee law for semester 2 with these two specialist postgraduate units taught by Australia's leading expert in these fields, Professor Mary Crock.
New Institute of Criminology Research Publications   View Summary
20 July 2015
New Institute of Criminology Research PublicationsSydney Law School is pleased to announce two new publications from its Institute of Criminology Faculty members.
Making the world a better place: health, human rights, and global justice   View Summary
20 July 2015
Making the world a better place: health, human rights, and global justiceProfessor Larry Gostin's "Global Health Law" class took an interesting turn on Thursday afternoon, 16 July, with a "guest lecture" from the Honourable Michael Kirby, former Justice of the High Court of Australia.
Doing Time exhibition challenges views of imprisonment   View Summary
14 July 2015
Lucas Davidson performs Black Cell at the Verge Gallery. Photo by Jessica Maurer.Devised by the Sydney Institute of Criminology, Doing Time brings artists together for a creative and informed response to growing rates of imprisonment and detention.
Hockey v Fairfax should start the debate on defamation law reform   View Summary
3 July 2015
Associate Professor David Rolph.The complexity of defamation law is a real problem, writes Associate Professor David Rolph in The Conversation.
Professor Ray Rees appointed to Parsons Centre.   View Summary
2 July 2015
Professor Ray ReesThe Ross Parsons centre is pleased to welcome Professor Ray Rees to the tax facultyfrom 10 August to 12 September.
Australian citizens have the right to return home   View Summary
1 July 2015
Professor Helen Irving.Regardless of their conduct or relationship to culpable persons, Australian citizens have the right to return to their country, writes Professor Helen Irving.
June 2015
Law School in the Media: June 2015   View Summary
29 June 2015
A digital camera.Find out what Sydney Law School experts are writing and being interviewed about in the media. This month: Indigenous constitutional recognition; Magna Carta anniversary; ISP blocking laws, and more.
Professional Plus+ 2015   View Summary
24 June 2015
Professional Plus+ 2015Register now for Professional Plus+.
The Patenting of Human Genes   View Summary
23 June 2015
Yvonne D'ArcyThe challenge to the patenting of human genes (D'Arcy v Myriad Genetics) was heard in the High Court recently and students from the Social Justice Program were in attendance.
Caution not a by-word for inaction on Indigenous affairs   View Summary
22 June 2015
Professor Anne TwomeyIt's time to support a proposal for constitutional recognition that shifts the focus from courts and lawyers to Indigenous Australians themselves, writes Professor Anne Twomey.
2015 Queen's Birthday Honours   View Summary
16 June 2015
Emeritus Professor Terry CarneyCongratulations to our alumni and friends who were represented in this year's Queen's Birthday honours.
Citizenship discussion paper offers misleading take on this right   View Summary
9 June 2015
Dr Rayner Thwaites.The government's talk of Australian citizenship as a "contract" is a loose and misleading use of legal language, writes Dr Rayner Thwaites.
Review of the Victorian Climate Change Act   View Summary
4 June 2015
Professor Rosemary LysterProfessor Rosemary Lyster has been appointed by the Victorian Government to an independent committee to review the state's Climate Change Act.
May 2015
Law School in the Media: May 2015   View Summary
29 May 2015
A digital camera.Find out what Sydney Law School experts are writing and being interviewed about in the media. This month: Ireland's marriage referendum; dual citizenship proposals; humanitarian concerns over EU migrant crisis, and more.
What the record reveals of the chances of Indigenous recognition   View Summary
27 May 2015
Indigenous constitutionEven with bipartisan support, a referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition is no certainty to succeed, writes Professor Helen Irving in The Conversation.
Marriage equality law reform   View Summary
25 May 2015
Senthorun Sunil RajCongratulations to PhD candidate, Senthorun Sunil Raj, who has been accepted into the highly prestigious and competitive Visiting Doctoral Program at New York University (NYU).
Scott McIntyre vs SBS will test employees' right to be opinionated   View Summary
20 May 2015
Professor Joellen RileyScott McIntyre's challenge to his dismissal from SBS following offensive Anzac Day tweets presents a new test case for the Fair Work Act, writes Dean of the Sydney Law School, Professor Joellen Riley. First published in The Conversation.
Alumnus wins prestigious Scholarship   View Summary
20 May 2015
Andrew Thomas (BEc 2011, LLB 2013)Congratulations to Andrew Thomas (BEc 2011, LLB 2013) on being the recipient of a 2015 Menzies Harvard Scholarship.
2015 Sydney Law School Prizegiving Ceremony   View Summary
5 May 2015
2015 Sydney Law School Prizegiving CeremonyOn 23 April 2015, the Sydney Law School held its annual Prizegiving Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of its outstanding students.
2015 Postgraduate Week   View Summary
5 May 2015
2015 Postgraduate WeekExplore your options for semester 2 during the University of Sydney's Postgraduate Week - 18-22 May 2015.
April 2015
Law School in the Media: April 2015   View Summary
30 April 2015
A digital camera.Find out what Sydney Law School experts are writing and being interviewed about in the media. This month: digital consumption tax plan; methamphetamine use in New South Wales; the legal rights of mothers, and more.
2015 QS World University Rankings for Law   View Summary
30 April 2015
2015 QS World University Rankings for LawSydney Law School's reputation as one of the world's leading law schools has been reinforced by its position in the 2015 World University Rankings for Law.
UN: human rights breached in case of expelled sheikh   View Summary
30 April 2015
Professor Ben Saul.The UN has found Australia's expulsion of an Iranian sheikh in 2010 violated his human rights. Professor of International Law Ben Saul was legal counsel for the man's case.
Time to look at AFP role in Bali nine case   View Summary
29 April 2015
Professor Mark Findlay.Efforts to stop the deaths of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran​ have failed, but questions remain, and it is the AFP who must provide the answers, writes Professor Mark Findlay in the Sydney Morning Herald.
The books that changed my mind   View Summary
28 April 2015
Joellen RileyDean of the Sydney Law School, Professor Joellen Riley reflects on the reading experiences that led her to see life differently. First published in SAM Online.
Mental health wounds of veteran defendants create tough choices in courts   View Summary
24 April 2015
Associate Professor Arlie Loughnan.Research by Associate Professor Arlie Loughnan details how courts are facing difficult choices about the criminal responsibility of veteran defendants, with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or serious mental health issues.
The 'Netflix tax': coming to a country near you   View Summary
22 April 2015
Professor Rebecca Millar.The arrival of Netflix in Australia has brought into sharp relief the GST base erosion problem caused by global digital commerce, writes Professor Rebecca Millar.
Sydney Law School 2015 Jessup Moot World Champions   View Summary
13 April 2015
Sydney Law School 2015 Jessup Moot World ChampionsA team of five University of Sydney law students has won the Jessup International Law Moot Court competition, following up their recent success winning the Australian National Rounds of the competition in the High Court in February.
2015 Peter Cameron Sydney Oxford Scholarship   View Summary
2 April 2015
Heather HuddlestonCongratulations to Heather Huddleston, the 2015 Peter Cameron Sydney Oxford Scholar.
Marine Species at Risk   View Summary
2 April 2015
Canada Down UnderProfessor Tim Stephens recently co-convened a workshop on marine species at risk as part of the 'Canada Down Under' initiative of the Canadian High Commission.
March 2015
Continental Mooting Success   View Summary
26 March 2015
Sydney Law School Vis Moot TeamIt's a great start for the Sydney Law School Vis Moot Team, winning the Brussels Pre-Moot Competition.
Law student among Australia's top not-for-profit figures   View Summary
24 March 2015
Tim MatthewsTim Matthews has joined the ranks of Australia's top altruists in an online poll of the top 25 most influential people working in the not-for-profit sector.
Law alumna publishes memoir on remarkable migrant story   View Summary
19 March 2015
Cat Thao NguyenAlumna Cat Thao Nguyen has given voice to her parents' brave plight from the Vietnam War in her memoir, 'We Are Here'.
Faculty book wins prestigious international prize   View Summary
18 March 2015
ICESCR Book coverA book by three members of the Faculty's Sydney Centre for International Law has been awarded a prestigious prize by the American Society of International Law.
Master of Laws Student awarded Fulbright Scholarship   View Summary
17 March 2015
Kathleen HeathA Master of Laws candidate is among two University of Sydney researchers awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.
2015 Individual Responsibility and the Law Essay Prize Competition   View Summary
10 March 2015
2015 Individual Responsibility and the Law Essay CompetitionApplications are now open for the 2015 Individual Responsibility and the Law Essay Prize.
LawWithoutWalls (LWOW)   View Summary
9 March 2015
Law Without WallsTwo outstanding students from Sydney Law School have been selected to take part in the exclusiveLawWithoutWalls (LWOW) programin 2015.
February 2015
Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon   View Summary
24 February 2015
Law, Tropical Forests and CarbonNew for 2015, this specialist Climate and Environmental Law unit of study takes place at Cambridge University during July.
Politics turns Indonesia's death penalty into game of chance   View Summary
13 February 2015
Associate Professor Simon Butt.Time is now running out for the two members of the Bali nine still facing death, write Associate Professor Simon Butt and Professor Tim Lindsey
2015 Jessup National Champions   View Summary
9 February 2015
2015 Jessup National ChampionsFive students from the Sydney Law School have brought home a swag of awards from the Australian National Rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court competition, the world's most prestigious moot court competition.
January 2015
Justice Peter Hely Scholarship Applications Opens for 2015   View Summary
6 January 2015
Justice Peter Hely Scholarship Applications Opens for 2015Applications are now open for the 2015 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.