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August
22nd Annual Labour Law Conference 2014 - Labour Law in practice 2014: the big issues and big cases   View Summary
25 August 2014

At this year's Labour Law Conference, presenters will discuss the top cases and major issues facing labour law in 2014. Senior Deputy President Jonathan Hamberger from the Fair Work Commission will present the keynote address on the topic of 'The new anti-bulling provisions and the growth of individual employment rights'.

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Other upcoming events: Advocacy in the Tribunals Course 2014

The popular Advocacy in the Tribunals Course aims to teach participants how to plan successful appearances and to develop quality advocacy skills. In 2014 the course will run from 13 August to 15 October on Wednesday evenings at the Fair Work Commission in Sydney. To find out more visit: http://sydney.edu.au/business/workplaceresearch/conferences/advocacy_training/tribunals2014 or contact Stacey Young on Stacey.young@sydney.edu.au

The Art of Strategic Litigation in International Law: How, When and Where to Sue the Bad Guys   View Summary
25 August 2014

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Richard Hermer QC is barrister practising in international human rights law at Matrix Chambers in London. He has appeared as counsel in a range of cases stemming from the "War on Terror" including litigation arising out of UK involvement in Guantanamo Bay (Al Rawi & Others v Security Services), detention in Afghanistan (Serdar Mohammed v Ministry of Defence), internment in Iraq (Al Jedda v Ministry of Defence) and extraordinary rendition (Belhadj v Jack Straw). Richard's talk touches on some of these cases and reflects upon the roles of lawyers, judges and civil society in protecting the rule of law.


Richard is currently acting for several hundred Iraqis seeking damages for alleged torture and mistreatment by UK troops. He was counsel in the recent claim against the UK brought on behalf the 'Mau Mau' victims of colonial abuses in pre-independence Kenya. In addition to claims against States, Richard also specialises in human rights and environmental claims against multinational corporations in respect of their activities overseas, including claims arising from the Ivory Coast, Colombia, Peru, Tanzania and Sierra Leone.

September
RP Law and Business Series: Effective Corporate Communication   View Summary
8 September 2014

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'Great companies exist only because they are created and safeguarded by our institutions; and it is our right and our duty to see that they work in harmony with these institutions. The first requisite is knowledge, full and complete; knowledge which may be made public to the world.' - Theodore Roosevelt, State of the Union Message to Congress (3 December 1901).

Complete, balanced, and timely listed company disclosure is vital for the health of corporations and financial markets, for sustainable and competitive economies, and for the wellbeing of national and global communities. Most developed nations around the globe have enacted regulation requiring listed companies to report periodically and on a continuous basis. Gill reviews this disclosure regulation in countries spanning the Americas, Europe, North Asia and the Asia/Pacific and she examines leading company communications, regulatory reviews, and relevant scholarly studies. To identify essential elements of effective corporate communication frameworks, she notes common disclosure practices and issues, discusses sound regulatory features, and highlights best practice communication features.

Associate Professor Gill North contends that enacting company disclosure regulation is only a first step. As corporate communication policy and practice is essentially about power, politics and perspective, effective communication frameworks require robust and consistent support from bodies of committed stakeholders. To work well, disclosure regimes should be systematically monitored, supervised and enforced; the content and quality of company reports, disclosures and engagement mechanisms should be reviewed independently; and the disclosure regulation should be re-considered periodically to ensure it remains relevant and appropriate as financial market and corporate environments change.

About the Speaker
Associate Professor Gill North has extensive experience of company reporting and communication spanning more than two decades in various roles in Australia and globally. She has worked for Japanese, British and American investment banks, and her roles have included senior executive positions in Wellington, London, Tokyo, New York, and Sydney in the areas of corporate strategy, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, securities analysis and funds management.

Gill has published extensively on matters relating to corporate communication, including a book entitled "Company Disclosure in Australia" published by Thomson Reuters in 2013. A second book on global company disclosure law and practice will be published by Kluwer International in early 2015.

Gill's primary areas of research include corporate communication; corporate governance; banking and financial regulation and reform; and efficiency in financial markets.

Gill has a doctorate in law from the University of New South Wales. She is also a chartered accountant and a qualified and experienced securities analyst.
Gill is currently working at the University of Western Australia, where she teaches banking law, finance law, corporate finance and securities regulation, and corporations law.

About the Commentator

Robert (Bob) Austinheld an academic position in the fields of equity and company law at the University of Sydney from 1969 to 1990, becoming Professor (1984) and Head of the Department of Law (1985). He has continued to teach part-time in the postgraduate program, with emphasis in recent years on corporate takeovers, fundraising and corporate governance.

He was a partner with Minter Ellison from 1990 to 1998. He was a member of the Takeovers Panel from 2001 to 2006. After serving as a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales from 1998 to 2010, he has returned to full-time legal practice as a Senior Legal Consultant with Minter Ellison, and is Head of Minters' Corporate HQ Advisory Team.

He is co-author of Ford's Principles of Corporations Law, the leading Australian corporate law text (with Professor Ian Ramsay), and Austin and Black's Annotations to the Corporations Act (with Justice Ashley Black).

Chair:Professor Jennifer Hill, Sydney Law School

Law & Business Program 2014

Sydney Law School is pleased to announce its Law & Business Program for 2014 .Students can also enrol in single units as part of their professional development under the Legal Professional Development program (LPD). Single unit enrolment students are not required to undertake assignments or examinations.

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Distinguished Speakers Program: Professor Luke Nottage   View Summary
24 September 2014

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Consumer Protection and Free Trade Agreements

Bilateral and regional trade and investment treaties are questioned by many on the political left and some on the (economic) right. The former think they go too far and inevitably undercut regulatory controls. The latter think they don't go far enough and detract from multilateral agreements. This lecture seeks a middle way, proposing innovative treaty drafting to enhance free trade and investment while promoting higher shared regulatory safeguards.

Trade agreements should incorporate provisions allowing national regulators to share information about unsafe consumer goods - and indeed credit services - reinforced by national laws requiring suppliers to report incidents to the respective regulators.

Investment agreements (including FTA investment chapters) should retain Investor-State Dispute Settlement processes, not abandon ISDS altogether (as proposed by a recent Senate Bill), but with various provisions to re-balance private and public interests. In particular, the treaty partners should be allowed to agree that an investor's claim against a host state's regulatory measure (like Australia's tobacco plain packaging legislation) does not violate the host state's treaty commitments. This would not only suspend the investor's claim, but also encourage the investor's home state to "trade up" domestically to the higher regulatory standards already adopted by the host state.

About the speaker
Dr Luke Nottage specialises in consumer law, contract law, arbitration and corporate governance, with a particular interest in the Asia-Pacific region. He is Associate Dean (International) and Professor of Comparative and Transnational Business Law at Sydney Law School. Luke's many books include International Arbitration in Australia (Federation Press, 2010), Foreign Investment and Dispute Resolution Law and Practice in Asia (Routledge, 2011), Consumer Law and Policy in Australia and New Zealand (2013) and Asia-Pacific Disaster Management (2014). Luke serves on the ILA's Committee for the International Protection of Consumers as well as the ACICA Arbitration Rules drafting committee, and is the Japan Representative for the Australasian Forum for International Arbitration council. He has also consulted for law firms world-wide, the EC, OECD, UNDP, ASEAN and the Japanese government, and is founding Director of Japanese Law Links Pty Ltd .

Current joint research projects include a study for SSEAC focused on ASEAN consumer law and policy, and an ARC Discovery Project on "The Fundamental Importance of Foreign Direct Investment to Australia in the 21st Century: Reforming Treaty and Dispute Resolution Practice" .

Commentary by: Assistant Professor Jean HO, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore Jean co-lectures Arbitration of Investment Disputes with Professor M Sornarajah and is completing her doctoral thesis, "State Responsibility for Breaches of Investment Contracts", at the University of Cambridge.


Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this lecture is equal to 1 MCLE/CPD unit.

October
ANZSOC 2014 Conference   View Summary
1 October 2014 to 3 October 2014

2014 ANZSOC conference:

Testing the edges: Challenging Criminology

Sydney, Australia

Wednesday 1 -Friday 3 October 2014

The 27th annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference (ANZSOC) will be held in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia from 1 - 3 October 2014 at the University of Sydney Law School, Camperdown.

Please visit the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference 2014 website for more information.

Important dates

Call for abstracts

Monday,13 January 2014

Registration opens

Monday,13 January 2014

Closing date for submissions

Extended until 31 May 2014

Notification to authors

Monday, 23June 2014

Early bird closes

Monday,28 July2014

Early bird registrations

Early bird available until Monday, 30 June 2014

Type

Cost(inc GST)

Members

$675

Non-members

$825

Students

$290

Standard registrations

Type

Cost (inc GST)

Members

$830

Non-members

$900

Students

$450

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RP Law & Business Series: Contemporary Issues for General Counsel   View Summary
8 October 2014

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About the Speakers

Brian Salter is the General Counsel at AMP. He joined AMP on 1 July 2008. Before then, he was a partner with a major Australian law firm for 19 years. Brian has more than 30 years experience advising many of Australia's leading financial and wealth management companies. Brian is a member of the Legal Committee of the Commonwealth Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee (CAMAC), the Law Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. Brian is also a director of AMP Superannuation Limited, NM Superannuation Pty Limited and SCECGS Redlands Limited. He has a Bachelor of Arts and Laws (with Honours) from ANU and a Masters of Laws (with Honours) from Sydney University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Securitisation Forum (ASF) and a member of the AICD.

Julie McPherson is the Group General Counsel/Company Secretary forAmcor Limited. Julie commenced practice as a lawyer in 1981. Prior to joining Amcor in 2005, Julie held executive, legal and commercial positions, including Company Secretary and General Counsel at Goodman Fielder, Deputy Managing Director of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Julie has broad experience in corporate law, finance and commerce.
Julie has been a member of the Law Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2006. She was also a member of the Takeovers Panel from 2011 to 2014 and was appointed as an acting President in 2013.

About the Commentator

Ron Barusch was a mergers and acquisitions lawyer with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP for over 30 years. Ron retired in 2010 after 25 years as a partner at the firm, including three years as office leader of Skadden's Sydney office.

He is currently a visiting lecturer at Sydney Law School teaching 'Cross Border Deals.' Ron also writes 'Dealpolitik' for The Wall Street Journal's Deal Journal providing a strategic look at deals currently making the headlines as well as the major forces at work in the deal-making world.


Chair: Professor Jennifer Hill, Sydney Law School

Law & Business Program 2014

Sydney Law School is pleased to announce its Law & Business Program for 2014. Students can also enrol in single units as part of their professional development under the Legal Professional Development program (LPD). Single unit enrolment students are not required to undertake assignments or examinations.

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2014 Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture. Guest Speaker: The Hon. J D Heydon AC QC   View Summary
15 October 2014

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Topic: Is the weight of evidence material to its admissibility?

The Hon J D Heydon AC QC was educated at The University of Sydney (BA) and Oxford University (MA, BCL), was Rhodes Scholar for New South Wales in 1964 and Vinerian Scholar for 1967. He was a fellow of Keble College Oxford in 1967-1973, a Professor of Law at the University of Sydney from 1973, and Dean of the Faculty of Law in 1978-1979. He practised at the Bar as a junior from 1979 and as Queen's Counsel from 1987 until 2000, when he was appointed to the New South Wales Court of Appeal. He was a Justice of the High Court of Australia from February 2003 to March 2013. He has written various textbooks and monographs on evidence, equity, trade practices law, restraint of trade and economic torts.


About Paul Byrne SC

Paul Byrne SC graduated in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney, and worked with the Public Solicitor's Office as a solicitor. He became a barrister in 1979, and was appointed a public defender. In 1983 he was awarded a Master of Laws degree with First Class Honours, and was awarded a University Medal. He was appointed Director of the Criminal Law Review Division and a Commissioner of the New South Wales Law Reform Commission. In 1995 he took silk and continued an outstanding career as an advocate, taking on the toughest cases, in courts at all levels, with a deep sense of responsibility and the utmost commitment to justice and fair process. This is the third Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture honouring Paul Byrne SC, who had a life long interest in criminal law and the criminal justice system, as well being an active participant and generous supporter of the Institute of Criminology at the Sydney Law School.

The Paul Byrne Memorial Fund

The Paul Byrne Memorial Fund has been set up to honour and continue Paul's interest in the criminal justice system by supporting the ongoing activities of the Institute of Criminology, such as lectures, seminars, publications, and awards. Attendees of the Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture are warmly invited to make a donation to The Paul Byrne SC Memorial Fund. Gifts to The Paul Byrne SC Memorial Fund support the activities of the Institute of Criminology and other activities in the field of criminal law at Sydney Law School, in memory of the late Paul Byrne SC.

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this lecture is equal to 1.5 MCLE/CPD unit.

2014 JSI Seminar Series: Dr Dale Smith   View Summary
30 October 2014

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Dale Smith's research focuses primarily on analytic legal philosophy, especially on the jurisprudential writings of Ronald Dworkin. His recent publications include 'Law, Justice and the Unity of Value' (2012) 32 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 383, 'Must the Law Be Capable of Possessing Authority?' (2012) 18 Legal Theory 69, 'The Role of Conventions in Law' (2011) 2 Jurisprudence 451, 'Theoretical Disagreement and the Semantic Sting' (2010) 30 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 635, 'Has Raz Drawn the Semantic Sting?' (2009) 28 Law and Philosophy 291, and 'Reckless Rape in Victoria' (2008) 32 Melbourne University Law Review 1007.

Dale is currently working on issues in analytic legal philosophy, statutory interpretation and (with Dr Colin Campbell from Monash University) discrimination law.

Dale graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1998 with first class honours degrees in Law and Arts. He also holds a Masters of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne and a D.Phil in Law from the University of Oxford. His doctoral thesis was on the implications for adjudication of the debate between moral objectivists and anti-objectivists. Prior to joining Melbourne Law School as a Senior Lecturer in 2014, Dale was a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. He was a Visiting Academic at the Faculty of Laws, University College London in October 2012.

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this lecture is equal to 2 MCLE/CPD units

November
2014 JSI Seminar Series: Professor Helen Irving   View Summary
13 November 2014

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Helen Irving teaches Australian, comparative, and United States constitutional law. She has researched and written on the making of the Australian Constitution; comparative constitutional design and gender; the use of history in constitutional interpretation; and the 'dialogue' model of judicial review. Her current major research, supported by a four-year ARC Discovery Grant, is on the history of constitutional citizenship and gender.

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this lecture is equal to2 MCLE/CPD units

Australian Labour Law Association Conference:    View Summary
14 November 2014 to 15 November 2014

The Australian Labour Law Association (ALLA) is pleased to announce that its 7th Biennial Conference is being held in Manly, Sydney on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 November 2014.

The theme of the conference is 'Under the Microscope: The Next Phase of Australian Labour Law?'

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December
RP Law & Business: The Protection of Minority Investors and the Compensation of their Losses    View Summary
3 December 2014

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In this 2014 Ross Parsons Law & Business Seminar series, Professor Jennifer Hill and Dr Olivia Dixon will address the topic The Protection of Minority Investors and the Compensation of their Losses. With a focus on actions under ss1041E (false or misleading statements) and 1041H (misleading or deceptive conduct) of the Corporations Act, the discussion will look to the enforcement of the rights of investors through investor litigation, particularly class actions.

About the Speakers
Olivia Dixon joined the Law School in 2013 as Lecturer in the Regulation of Investment and Financial Markets. Olivia teaches and researches in corporate law, with a particular interest in corporate crime. Prior to entering academia, Olivia practiced as a corporate finance attorney in Sydney and New York. Before becoming an attorney in 2003, Olivia worked as an analyst for a corporate finance company and at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Olivia has an LLM and JSD from New York University, where her doctoral dissertation was an empirical study examining the role of mutual funds as corporate governance monitors.

Jennifer Hillis Professor of Corporate Law at Sydney Law School and a Director of the Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law. She is known for her work in comparative corporate law and governance. A graduate of the University of Sydney and Oxford University, Jennifer has been a Visiting Professor at several overseas law schools, including Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia, University of Texas and Cornell. In 2013, she held the Foreign Chair at the University of Ghent, Belgium.

About the Commentator

Michael Leggis an Associate Professor at UNSW Law, Australia. Michael's research interests include class actions, litigation funding and the interaction between public and private enforcement in the area of securities regulation. His research has been cited in judgments from the Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Supreme Court of Victoria, and in law reform reports by the Australian Law Reform Commission, NSW Law Reform Commission and Victorian Law Reform Commission.

He is the author of Case Management and Complex Civil Litigation (2011) published by Federation Press and co-author of Principles of Civil Procedure in New South Wales (2d ed 2012) published by Thomson Reuters. He is also the editor of Regulation, Litigation and Enforcement (2011) published by Thomson Reuters and The Future of Dispute Resolution (2013) published by LexisNexis.

Michael has 15 years of experience as a legal practitioner having worked with leading Australian and US law firms. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW, Federal Court of Australia, High Court of Australia and in the State and Federal courts of New York.

MCLE/CPD points: 1

Law & Business Program 2014

Sydney Law School is pleased to announce its Law & Business Program for 2014. Students can also enrol in single units as part of their professional development under the Legal Professional Development program (LPD). Single unit enrolment students are not required to undertake assignments or examinations.

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2014 Australasian Ethics Network Conference   View Summary
3 December 2014 to 5 December 2014

We are pleased to announce the 2014 Australasian Ethics Network Conference which will take place 3-5 December 2014 at the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.


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