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Commercial Issues in Private International Law Conference   View Summary
16 February 2018



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This conference will consider key issues at the intersection of commercial law and private international law.

As people, business, and information cross borders, so too do legal disputes. Globalisation means that courts need to invoke principles of private international law with increasing frequency. Thus, as the Law Society of New South Wales recognised in its 2017 report on the Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession, knowledge of private international law is increasingly important to the practice of law.

This conference will bring together members of the judiciary, the profession, academia, and government to discuss private international law as it relates to commercial law. The conversation will be timely. In late 2016, the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules were amended in respect of service outside of the jurisdiction. In 2017, Australia is likely to accede to the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements, and to implement the Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts. The extraterritorial application of the Australian Consumer Law is under consideration by the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia. While Brexit and the rise of Trump may have signalled a retreat from globalism, arguably, that is not the experience of private international law in Australia.


The conference will cover a range of current issues including:

  • Choice of court agreements
  • Service outside of the jurisdiction
  • Identification of the law applicable to cross-border contracts
  • The extra-territorial operation of statutes impacting cross-border contracts
  • Private international law issues for arbitration
  • Recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments
  • The Hague Judgments Project.


Contributors include:

  • Professor Vivienne Bath, University of Sydney
  • Dr Andrew Bell SC, NSW Bar
  • The Hon Justice Paul le Gay Brereton, Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Professor Andrew Dickinson, University of Oxford
  • Mr Michael Douglas, University of Sydney
  • Ms Melissa-Jane Ford, Attorney-General's Department
  • Dr Benjamin Hayward, Monash University
  • Ms Dominique Hogan-Doran SC, NSW Bar
  • Mr Justin Hogan-Doran, NSW Bar
  • Dr Maria Hook, University of Otago
  • Dr Jeanne Huang, University of New South Wales
  • Professor Mary Keyes, Griffith University
  • Ms Brooke Adele Marshall, Max Planck Institute
  • Professor Reid Mortensen, University of Southern Queensland
  • Mr Donald Robertson, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Professor James Stellios, Australian National University
  • Professor TM Yeo, Singapore Management University


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Registration fees (inc. GST):

Early bird:

Academic early bird (no half day): $150

Practitioner early bird (no half day): $200

Early bird is open until 29 January 2018.


Full fee:

Academic full fee (no half day): $200

Practitioner full day: $250

Practitioner half day rate: $125

Student: $50


Anyone with an interest in private international law is welcome.

We particularly encourage practitioners to attend.


CPD points: 7


This conference is sponsored by the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law (CAPLUS), Sydney Centre for International Law (SCIL), and the Ross Parsons Centre for Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law (Parsons Centre) at The University of Sydney Law School.


Symposium on The Agency of Muslim Women in the Australian Context   View Summary
21 February 2018 to 22 February 2018


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Symposium on The Agency of Muslim Women in the Australian Context

This Symposium aims to take an in-depth and exclusive look at the role and agency of Muslim Women in the Australian context. It will bring together leading academics and activists to examine the various areas that both affect Muslim women and in which Muslim women are active agents, leaders and participants. In bringing together scholars from disciplines including law, sociology, Islamic studies, philosophy and theology, the Symposium will exhibit the experiences and challenges of Muslim women, identifying gaps for improvement.


Some of the key themes include:

  • Muslim women leadership in Australia
  • Family law and Family Violence
  • Challenges and Islamophobia
  • Emerging spaces of agency for Muslim women
  • Female Islamic scholarship and Spirituality
  • Media and Representation
  • Identity
  • Facilitating Agency.


Keynote Speakers:





Wednesday 21 February: 9am - 5.20pm

Thursday 22 February: 9am - 5pm


Registration fees (inc. GST)

(Registration is for 2-day conference attendance)

Full fee: $300

Alumni: $240

Student: $140


Please note that the conference will serve a halal menu.


The symposium is supported by The University of Sydney Law School and The University of Melbourne Law School, and partially funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council.


SCIL International Law Year in Review Conference   View Summary
23 February 2018


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The Sydney Centre for International Law at Sydney Law School is delighted to present the sixth International Law Year in Review Conference, to be held at the Law School on 23 February 2018. The conference will give participants insight into the latest developments in international law over the preceding year, especially those most salient for Australia.

Speakers at the conference will include leading academics, practitioners and government lawyers, and will provide an in-depth and critical analysis of contemporary developments in international law, in areas including public international law and treaty-making, international humanitarian, human rights and criminal law, and regional approaches to international law. Participation will enable lawyers and non-lawyers alike to remain abreast of important trends in international affairs.

Highlights of the day will include a keynote address by Senator Ivana Bacik, Reid Professor of Criminal Law (Trinity College Dublin) on 'Marriage Equality and Abortion Rights in Ireland'; and a literary lunch with award winning journalist and foreign correspondent Peter Greste, author of 'The First Casualty'.


Early Bird Full Day: $175 (closing date 31 January 2018)

Full day: $200 (after 31 January 2018)

Students: $99 (full day registration)

Morning sessions: $100 (includes morning tea and lunch)

Afternoon sessions: $100 (includes afternoon tea and cocktail reception)

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Conference flyer

Lawyers/barristers: full day attendance at this conference is equal to 6 CPD points

Law & Business Downtown Seminar Series: Is Legal Risk Different?   View Summary
27 February 2018



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Is Legal Risk Different?

Speaker: Professor Charles M. Yablon, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

Many business managers today increasingly view their role as one of "risk management." Aware of the general relationship between risk and return, they are constantly seeking to quantify and reduce various forms of business-related risk, whether they relate to competition, interest rates, currency fluctuation, labor relations or any other factors that may affect investment returns. It is not surprising that such managers would adopt a similar approach to legal risks, recognizing that while certain practices may be technically illegal, (e.g., employing undocumented workers) they may be common in certain industries, morally justifiable, have a low probability of detection and may therefore be viewed as risks worth taking.

In recent years, some companies have taken this approach to legal risk one step further. They have publicly adopted business strategies that they know violate various regulatory and even criminal laws. They have done this, however, in the hope and expectation that the violated laws are themselves unpopular, are unlikely to be enforced stringently, if at all, and where such enforcement, if perceived by the public to be interfering with businesses offering desirable services and products, may itself generate legal changes favorable to such businesses. Uber, AirB&B, and various companies involved in the production and sale of cannabis products all seem to have adopted some version of this business model.

This seminar addresses the role of the business lawyer in representing and advising such companies. This seminar does not consider whether giving such advice violates existing codes of professional responsibility. Rather, it addresses the following interesting questions:- (1) whether those codes are themselves antiquated, (2) whether the ethical constraints on business lawyers should be broadened and if so (3) where the line should be drawn in counseling clients on breaking the law. This seminar will provide affirmative answers to the first two questions and suggestions for some new approaches to the third.


About the speaker
Charles M. Yablon is Professor of Law and Academic Director of the Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University in New York City. A graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School, he has practiced business law at a number of major firms, including Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Skadden Arps. He has written and lectured extensively on many topics in corporate and securities law, including mergers and acquisitions, securities litigation, executive compensation and comparative corporate governance.


Registration (GST inclusive)
Full fee: $77
Sydney Law School alumni: $66
Sydney Law School full time student: $44
Group 3+: $55


CPD Points: 1


Employment Relations and the Law Series 2018   View Summary
7 March 2018

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This popular annual series is made up of 10 evening seminars and provides an introduction to the current regulation of employment and labour relations in Australia.

Topics include: the fundamentals of employer and employee rights and obligations under the Fair Work Act, the common law of employment, work health and safety and anti-discrimination law, as well as the regulation of collective bargaining and industrial action.

Special interest topics include contemporary Issues - social media, workplace investigations, vulnerable workers and equality and diversity in work.

7 March to 16 May




7 March


Joellen Riley

14 March

The Employment Contract

David Chin

21 March

FW System, NES, Awards

Jacquie Seemann

28 March

Termination of employment

Kate Peterson

4 April

Vulnerable workers

Stephen Clibborn

11 April

Enterprise Bargaining

Alice Orchiston

18 April

Discrimination and equality

Belinda Smith

25 April


2 May

Contemporary Issues - Social Media

Elizabeth Raper

9 May

Workplace investigations

Kate Peterson

16 May

Work Health and Safety

Richard Johnstone

Seminars will be presented by experts from Sydney Law School and the profession including:

Professor Joellen Riley, Dean and Professor of Labour Law, Sydney Law School
Associate Professor Belinda Smith, Sydney Law School
Dr Stephen Clibborn, Sydney Business School

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Registration fees (inc GST)
Full Fee Early bird (until 23 February): $990
Full fee (after 23 February): $1,200
Group (3+from the same org.): $900 pp
Sydney Law School Alumni: $792
University of Sydney Staff: $495

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Please note: University of Sydney staff receive a 50% discount on the series fees. Please email PLaCE Coordinator for more details and to register.

MCLE/CPD points: 20 (based on 2 points per seminar attended).

Conference: The New Citizenship: Law, Legal Status and Belonging in the 21st Century   View Summary
15 March 2018 to 16 March 2018



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The New Citizenship: Law, Legal Status and Belonging in the 21st Century

Laws and policies governing citizenship and nationality are undergoing dramatic challenges and changes in Australia and around the world. This conference at Sydney Law School will explore these developments, with interdisciplinary perspectives on: new citizenship deprivation regimes; changes to naturalization tests and eligibility; evolution of dual citizenship and entitlements of dual citizens; changes to immigration laws affecting access to citizenship; the impact of international law on national citizenship laws, and many more.


It will feature:



  • Elisa Arcioni, The University of Sydney
  • Heli Askola, Monash University
  • Mary Crock, The University of Sydney
  • Luara Ferracioli, The University of Sydney
  • Kirsty Gover, The University of Melbourne
  • Helen Irving, The University of Sydney
  • Sangeetha Pillai, UNSW
  • Kim Rubenstein, ANU
  • Ana Tanasoca, University of Canberra
  • Gwenda Tavan, La Trobe University
  • Rayner Thwaites, The University of Sydney
  • Christopher Tran, Victorian Bar


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Thursday 15 March

2-5.30pm (registration from 1.30pm, Distinguished Speaker lecture 6-7pm followed by cocktail reception)

Friday 16 March

9am - 5.30pm (conference welcome from 8.45am)


Registration fees (inc. GST)

Full fee: $150

Alumni: $120

Student / unwaged: $50


The Conference is supported by the Sydney Law School, the Constitutional Reform Unit, and the Sydney Centre for International Law.


2018 Distinguished Speaker Lecture: Sticky Citizenship   View Summary
15 March 2018



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Speaker: Professor Audrey Macklin, University of Toronto

2018 Sydney Law School Distinguished Speaker Lecture: Sticky Citizenship

About the lecture
Citizenship is good, and it is a good. Having citizenship is better than not having citizenship. And if one citizenship is good, two must be better, and three better still. But can it ever be otherwise? The recent controversy around the dual nationality of Australian parliamentarians illustrates not only that multiple citizenship may be a liability, but also that the involuntary ascription of citizenship at birth complicates ideas of autonomy and allegiance. Refugee determination, citizenship revocation, and Indigenous self-determination provide other sites to explore the implications of states 'sticking' people with citizenship that may be unwanted, or difficult to shed. In a world where the practical problem of statelessness is so much more pressing, the relatively marginal phenomenon of 'sticky citizenship' nevertheless offers an opportunity to consider embedded features of citizenship that are taken for granted but which warrant critical reflection.

About the speaker
Professor Audrey Macklin (BSc. (Alberta), LLB (Toronto), LLM (Yale) is Director of the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies and Chair in International Human Rights Law at the University of Toronto. She teaches, researches and writes in the area of migration and citizenship law, business and human rights, and administrative law. She is co-author of the Governance Gap: Extractive Industries, Human Rights, and the Home State Advantage (London: Routledge: 2014) and the Canadian text, Immigration and Refugee Law: Cases, Materials and Commentary, 2nd Edition (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2015).

Professor Macklin has published widely in academic journals and edited collections. Through her scholarship and personal participation, Professor Macklin's body of work addresses academic and non-academic legal audiences, interdisciplinary scholarly networks, and civil society inside and outside Canada. Prof. Macklin is a frequent commentator in Canadian and international print, radio and television media, and appears in the documentaries Continuous Journey and The Secret Trial Five. Her op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and the National Post.

From 1994-96, Professor Macklin was a Member of the Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board, where she adjudicated refugee claims. She was also involved in the case of Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen detained by the United States at Guantànamo Bay for almost a decade. She was an observer for Human Rights Watch at the Military Commission proceedings against Mr. Khadr in Guantànamo Bay, and represented Human Rights Watch as intervener before the Supreme Court of Canada in two Khadr appeals. Professor Macklin has also acted as pro bono intervener counsel or academic legal advisor in several public interest human rights cases, including legal challenges to security certificates, withdrawal of health care for refugees, citizenship revocation, the ban on niqabs at citizenship ceremonies, and the deportation of long term permanent residents. Her current research project examines private sponsorship as a model of refugee resettlement, and has had the opportunity to collaborate with Australian colleagues in comparing Canadian and Australian approaches.

Prof. Macklin was named a Trudeau Fellow in 2017.


Registration fees (inc. GST)

Full fee: $15

Sydney Law School Alumni: $10

Student: $10

CPD Points:


Upcoming conference of interest:

The New Citizenship: Law, Legal Status and Belonging in the 21st Century

15 & 16 March 2018

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Distinguished Speaker Lecture details:

International Commercial Dispute Resolution for the 21st Century   View Summary
19 April 2018



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International Commercial Dispute Resolution for the 21st Century: Australian Perspectives

This symposium, held on the Thursday immediately after the ICCA Congress in Sydney, adds some Australian perspectives on recent developments in cross-border business dispute resolution, searching for a shared prognosis or recommendations on vexed issues such as treaty-based investor-state arbitration or alternatives such as new international courts. The symposium locates these perspectives in contemporary global and regional context, especially Asia-Pacific and European developments, mindful of both synergies and tensions among investor-state arbitration, inter-state dispute settlement, international commercial arbitration and cross-border commercial litigation. Presenters are deliberately diverse with respect to main areas of expertise, national or ethnic background, affiliation, age and gender. Several will also draw on participation in an earlier symposium co-organised with the University of Western Australia, and presentations from both events will be considered for publication.

This symposium, sponsored by the Sydney Centre for International Law, includes a book launch by The Hon Robert French AC, former Chief Justice of Australia, of Chaisse & Nottage (eds) International Investment Treaties and Arbitration Across Asia (Brill, January 2018).

Presenters include:

Commentators include:

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Registration: (inc. GST)

Full fee: $150

Alumni/ Government organisation: $90

Full-time student/ Academic/ NGO: $60


SAVE THE DATE & CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Queer(y)ing Justice in the Global South   View Summary
11 July 2018 to 13 July 2018

Call for abstracts - due by Friday 2 March 2018

Registration will open in 2018. Please email to be notified when conference registration opens.


Recent years have seen social, criminal, and legal justice campaigns for sexuality and gender diverse people gain increasing visibility and popular support in many jurisdictions, while repression and discrimination have increased in others. At the same time, academic LGBT and queer scholarship in fields such as criminology, criminal justice studies, sociology, and socio-legal studies, has grown significantly.

Despite reversals of enfranchisement for sexuality and gender diverse people in some countries, important changes in the interests of social and legal justice have been achieved, and there is a growing space in some legal and criminal justice contexts for the needs of sexuality and gender diverse people to be recognised. However, more can be done to respond to the intersections of inequalities in these contexts. Culturally diverse people, Indigenous people, and people seeking safety, among others, have not always benefited from these gains. A gulf remains between academia and practitioners in these areas, with greater opportunity to pay attention to the voices of those in the Global South in these debates, and to how 'Northern' frameworks guiding research and practice in this area may need to be reconsidered. These issues are central to ongoing campaigns to achieve greater social and criminal justice for sexuality and gender diverse people globally.

To further explore and respond to these issues, and strengthen the international networks of scholars and practitioners working in this area, we invite proposals to speak at an upcoming conference on 'Queer(y)ing Justice in the Global South'. We hope to question how justice can be 'queered' and queried from the perspectives of sexuality and gender diverse people.

We welcome proposals from academics as well as practitioners working in the field. We particularly welcome proposals from those in the Global South. The conference is an opportunity to bring together researchers, community members, and organisations working at the intersections of sexuality, gender diversity, and justice, broadly conceived.



11-13 July 2018

The conference will held at The University of Sydney, Australia, from 11-13 July 2018. It will include keynote presentations by:

  • Dameyon Bonson, Black Rainbow, Australia
  • Professor Jo Phoenix, Open University, UK
  • Dr Jace Valcore, University of Houston Downtown, USA.


Abstract submissions:

Due by Friday 2 March 2018

We invite abstract submissions for oral presentations, panels, or roundtables at this conference that respond to the above considerations. Abstract submissions should include information about the author(s), their institutional affiliations, their contact details, and a 300 word (maximum) abstract. Abstracts must be submitted by email ( no later than Friday 2 March 2018. Acceptance of an abstract will be advised by Friday 16 March 2018. Selected presentations will also be considered for publication in an edited volume after the symposium.


This conference is being jointly hosted by The Sydney Institute of Criminology (The University of Sydney), the Crime and Justice Research Centre (Queensland University of Technology), the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (University of Tasmania), and the School of Social Sciences and Psychology (Western Sydney University). It is also part nine of the Queering Paradigms conference series.