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JSI Seminar Series: Amnesties, Transitional Justice and Forgiveness   View Summary
24 October 2019



Amnesties, Transitional Justice and Forgiveness

Speaker: Associate Professor Patrick Lenta, UTS

Amnesties granted in the circumstances of transitional justice confer immunity from prosecution and punishment on classes of perpetrators of politically motivated crimes, often including serious human rights violations, following periods of political violence. Certain supporters of amnesties have sought to lend them justificatory support by classifying amnesty as a species of forgiveness. Patrick Lenta's purpose in this paper is to inquire into whether amnesties count as forgiveness and, assuming they do, whether their ranking as forgiveness supplies a reason to consider them morally legitimate. He considers two prominent definitions of forgiveness with a view to determining whether or not amnesties count as forgiveness under each and what follows for their moral status.

About the speaker

Patrick Lenta is an Associate Professor in the Law Faculty at the University of Technology Sydney. His work has focused recently on rationales for punishment and, more recently still, on justifications for foregoing punishment. He is the author of a monograph, Corporal Punishment: A Philosophical Assessment (Routledge, 2018).

CPD Points: 1.5

The JSI Seminar series is hosted by the Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence at The University of Sydney Law School.


Sydney Ideas: How the Waterfront dispute changed industrial relations in Australia   View Summary
28 October 2019



How the Waterfront dispute changed industrial relations in Australia

Power, politics, the press and how they have affected today's labour market

Join labour expert Professor Shae McCrystal, and Walkley Award-winning journalists Pamela Williams and Quentin Dempster, for a conversation about the nature of work in Australia.

John Howard, described the 1998 Waterfront Dispute as 'the most bitterly fought domestic issue of my whole time as prime minister'. The dispute was a major industrial battle that saw logistics company Patrick Corporation restructure its operations to dismiss its heavily unionised workforce.

The immediate impact improved productivity on the wharves; longer term, it was the battle that forged a generation of trade unionists. Today, Australia's industrial landscape looks more dispersed. The economic outlook is increasingly precarious and gig economy is thriving. What then is place and power for unions today?

Join us for this special Sydney Ideas conversation with a Walkley-winning investigative journalist and, an industrial law expert, and current newspaper editor as we explore the intersection of politics and media, and what the landscape looks like for shifting industrial relations.

Pamela Williams won the 1998 Gold Walkley for her investigation into the federal government's strategy to break the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) amid the Waterfront Dispute. She highlighted the financial, industrial and political connections surrounding the battle and revealed documents showing the government's key role in attempts to reform the waterfront by tackling union power.

In this event, Pamela will unpack the nexus between unions and politics with Professor Shae McCrystal, Deputy Head of School and Deputy Dean of University of Sydney Law School and an expert on labour, industrial and workplace laws. Walkley Award-winning journalist and author Quentin Dempster will moderate the conversation.

CPD Points: 1.5

This event is co-presented withThe Walkley Foundation. You may also be interested in our other other event collaboration,Public interest and toxic chemicals on September 19.


The Supreme Court of New South Wales Annual Corporate and Commercial Law Conference   View Summary
29 October 2019



In the wake of Commissioner Hayne's Report and the continuing consequences of the Global Financial Crisis a decade earlier, what is the future of the Australian business corporation? This year's Supreme Court Corporate and Commercial Law Conference will seek to provide a coherent answer to this question, which could have profound consequences for business, regulators and the legal profession.

Historically the business corporation has provided a simple and efficient structure for capital formation and consequently business growth, wealth and jobs in western economies. However, the separation of the ownership of corporations from their management has created risks of self-dealing and disregard of community interests and expectations. Community disillusionment with business has grown rapidly in recent decades - most recently in Australia because of the alarming evidence given to the Hayne Royal Commission.

Economists and lawyers have prescribed many explanations and remedies to overcome corporate scandals and misconduct. For example, attempts have been made to expand directors' duties by making the board accountable to "stakeholders" other than the body of shareholders. The idea that large corporations depend on a social licence to operate has been propagated. Lawyers and compliance staff have been busy saddling listed corporations with policies, protocols and guidelines to promote ethical conduct. Commissioner Hayne thought corporate misconduct might be addressed by corporations and their officers adhering to six short ethical principles.

A fundamental problem with all of these ideas is that they are piecemeal addenda to the corporate architecture, rather than comprehensive and focussed responses to the problems that are undermining public confidence in business. We need to go back to basics, by re-imagining the nature and structure of the business corporation. We should start by reflecting on the reason why a corporation is created and exists - namely, to pursue its corporate purpose.

This perception is at the heart of British Academy's current project on The Future of the Corporation. The idea that a corporation is an entity existing to pursue a purpose, so that the profit motive is subsidiary to that purpose, should permeate and give direction to corporate culture and corporate governance and even to the idea of ownership.

Successful implementation of such ideas will require re-thinking of corporate law. It will only be by fundamental legal change that the new purpose-driven corporate concept can be embedded in the thinking of company directors, lawyers and regulators.

We are delighted that the leader of the British Academy project, Professor Colin Mayer of Oxford's Said Business School, will present the keynote address to our Conference. Then, for the first time anywhere in the world, these ideas will be put under the microscope by scrutiny from the viewpoints of a leading lawyer (The Honourable Justice James Edelman, High Court of Australia), a leading company director (Catherine Livingstone AO, Chairman, CBA) and a Deputy Chair of the corporate regulator, ASIC (Daniel Crennan, QC)

Join us for this very important, thought-provoking and informative conference, to be held in the Banco Court of the Supreme Court of New South Wales on Tuesday 29 October 2019 from 1pm to 6pm.


  • The Honourable TF Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of New South Wales
  • The Honourable Justice James Edelman, High Court of Australia
  • Professor Colin Mayer CBE FBA, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies, Said Business School, University of Oxford
  • Catherine Livingstone AO, Chairman, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Daniel Crennan QC, Deputy Chairman, ASIC
  • Dr R P Austin, Barrister, Level 22 Chambers


    Registration (inc. GST) = $265

    This conference is sponsored by The University of Sydney Law School, Supreme Court of New South Wales, and The Law Society of New South Wales.


    Cultural Heritage Protection - the cases of sustainable tourism and of reproduction of works of art   View Summary
    29 October 2019



    Cultural Heritage Protection - the cases of sustainable tourism and of reproduction of works of art

    Speaker: Professor Sara Landini, University of Florence

    The term Cultural Heritage commonly indicates the legacy of physical artifacts and intangible attributes of a group or of the society that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and preserved for the benefit of future generations. Cultural heritage includes tangible goods (such as buildings, monuments, books, works of art, and artifacts), intangible goods (such as folklore, traditions, language, and knowledge), and natural heritage (including culturally significant landscape, environment like particular kinds of trees…).

    Cultural heritage is a part of the study of human history because it provides a concrete basis for ideas, and can validate them. Its preservation demonstrates a recognition of the necessity of the past and of the things that tell its story.

    Social institutions, scientific knowledge and technological applications need to use a "heritage" as a "resource". Ethics considers that what had been inherited should not be consumed, but should be handed over, possibly enriched, for the benefit of future generations.

    The exploitation of resources and economic growth may negatively impact the conservation of cultural heritage.

    In this seminar Professor Sara Landini will consider some Italian examples with regard to: sustainability and mass tourism and intellectual property (for example reproductions of works of art). We will propose cases, problems, adopted solutions stimulating a debate.

    About the speaker

    Professor Sara Landini is Associate Professors at the University of Florence, Member of the Doctoral School of the University of Perugia, she is external reviewer of PHD candidates at University of Exeter, University of Pretoria, University of Bologna, University of Ca' Foscari di Venezia.

    She has taught in prestigious academies and universities:

  • 2007 - 2009 Professor by contract of Civil law at the University of Salerno-Faculty of Economy. Italy;
  • 2008 -2011 Professor by contract of Civil law at the University of Florence - Faculty of Economy - Italy;
  • 2008-2011 Professor by contract of Civil Law at the University of Florence - Faculty of Economy and Faculty of Engineering - Italy;
  • 2008 Professor at Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät der Universität zu Köln- Germany under the Lifelong Learning Programme/Erasmus-Teaching-Staff-Exchanges. Topic: Insurance Law;
  • 2013 Professor at the University of Oslo - Norway under Lifelong Learning Programme/Erasmus-Teaching-Staff-Exchanges. Topic: derivatives contract and insurance;
  • 2015 Visiting Professor at the University Ritsumeikan Kyoto - Japan under the agreement of cooperation between Ritsumeikan University and Florence University. Topic: fundamentals of Italian private law;
  • 2016 Professor at Elte University - Budapest - Hungary under Lifelong Learning Programme/Erasmus-Teaching-Staff-Exchanges. Topic: European Law, law and language;
  • 2017 Professor at Valencia University - Valencia - Spain Lifelong Learning Programme/Erasmus-Teaching-Staff-Exchanges. Topic: family law, international adoption;
  • 2017 Visiting Professor at Toyo University of Tokyo Japan, Topics: Cultural Herigage protection, Reform of Justice System in Italy, Insurance and Sports. She taught also in several interdisciplinary post laurea courses: University Luiss Master in Cybersecurity; LLM Luiss Law of Food.

  • She is a member of a number of professional bodies and scientific societies:

  • Member of Italian Association of civil lawyers
  • Member of Sisdic
  • Scientific secretary of CISA interuniversitary center for actuarial studies
  • Member of the PC of Aida (International Association of Insurance Law) Italia and of AIDA World
  • Coordinator of Motor insurance working party Aida world
  • Member of Adde, association of Business Law
  • Founding member of "Alta Scuola Giuridica", Camerino, Italy

  • She is P.I. of the research Network "GoinEu", JUST-JCOO-CIVI-AG-2016 and GoinEuPlus JUST-JCOO-CIVI-AG-2017 financed by the European Commission : Partners: Elte University of Budapest, University of Valencia, Notary European Foundation, Coimbra University, Cnrs (France), AMI (Association of family law), University of Florence. She is Member of the Directors committee , Area Bank, Insurance and Financial market, of Giustizia; Member of the Directors Committee of "Insurance Science" book series, Italy; Member of the Scientific advisory board Assicurazioni review, Italy, Italy; Member of the scientific committee on insurance intermediation CESIA, Italy; Member of the Directors Committee of Dimaf review, Italy; Member of the scientific committee on "Agromafie" Coldiretti (Italian association of farmers).

    She has been part of the scientific board in the organization of national and international congresses and lately.

    She is Author of 9 books and several papers published in prestigious reviews at national and international level.

    CPD Points: 1

    This seminar is hosted by the Institute of Criminology at The University of Sydney Law School.


    Seminar: Can we eliminate Crime?   View Summary
    4 November 2019



    Seminar: Can we eliminate Crime?

    Professor Gloria Laycock OBE will consider whether we can eliminate crime. This seminar will draw on Professor Laycock's extensive experience in policing and crime prevention research and practice.

    About Professor Laycock

    Gloria Laycock is an internationally renowned expert in crime prevention, and especially situational approaches which seek to design out situations which provoke crime.

    She graduated in Psychology from UCL in 1968 and began her career as a prison psychologist. In 1975 she completed her PhD, working at Wormwood Scrubs prison in West London. Building on her PhD research, she commenced work in the late 1970s at the Home Office where she stayed for over thirty years, dedicating the last twenty to research and development in the policing and crime prevention fields.

    She founded the Home Office Police Research Group, and edited its publications on policing and crime prevention for seven years. She has been a consultant on policing and crime prevention in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, South Africa, the UAE and Europe. She was an advisor to HEUNI, a UN affiliated crime prevention organisation based in Helsinki from 2001 until 2012 and has acted as a UN consultant in Myanmar.

    In 1999 she was awarded an International Fellowship by the United States National Institute of Justice in Washington DC, followed by a four-month consultancy at the Australian Institute of Criminology in Canberra. She returned to the UK to become the founding director of the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science in 2001. The institute engages a wide range of sciences and design experts in cross-disciplinary work in collaboration with police and industry to find new ways to reduce crime. She was founding editor of the Crime Science book series and was Editor in Chief of the Crime Science Journal until 2018.

    She was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2008 for services to crime policy.

    CPD Points: 1.5

    This event is co-hosted by theSydney Institute of Criminology(University of Sydney) and theAustralian Institute of Criminology(AIC). This event has been made possible by the sponsorship of the AIC.


    2019 Parsons Tax Lecture: The Evolution of CFC Rules in International Tax   View Summary
    7 November 2019



    The Evolution of CFC Rules in International Tax - With Particular Emphasis on Australia

    Speaker: Brian J. Arnold, Canadian Tax Foundation

    Australia adopted its controlled foreign corporation (CFC) rules in 1988 as part of an overhaul of its system for taxing the foreign source income of Australian residents. Since then the technical details of the rules have been amended on a number of occasions but the fundamental structure of the rules has remained unchanged.

    This lecture will explore the nature and role of CFC rules in the rapidly changing international tax landscape including the major structural features of the rules and their relationship with the tax treatment of non-portfolio dividends and capital gains. It will examine the recent developments with respect to CFC rules including the BEPS Action 3 Report, the European Union's Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive requiring EU member countries to adopt CFC rules, and the global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI) rules of the 2017 US tax reform. It will also examine the relationship between CFC rules and the emerging proposals of the Inclusive Framework (especially Pillar 1) to deal with the digital economy.

    About the speaker
    Brian J. Arnold is Senior Adviser, Canadian Tax Foundation, Toronto. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D., 1969) and taught tax law at a Canadian law school for 28 years. He has been a consultant to various governments, the OECD, and the United Nations. He was a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School from 2005 to 2011 and at New York University School of Law in 2005 and 2012, and has taught international tax courses at the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne. He was the co-editor of the Bulletin for International Taxation and is the author of several books and articles on tax issues, including (with Hugh J. Ault) Comparative Income Taxation: A Structural Analysis, 3rd edition, published by Kluwer in 2010 (4th edition forthcoming) and International Tax Primer, 4th edition, published by Kluwer in 2019.


    CPD Points: 1


    This lecture is sponsored by the Ross Parsons Centre for Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law, Sydney Law School.


    Challenges and opportunities for Asia-Pacific international arbitration - symposium   View Summary
    15 November 2019



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    Challenges and opportunities for Asia-Pacific international arbitration - symposium

    Building on Reyes & Gu (eds), The Developing World of Arbitration: A Comparative Study of Arbitration Reform in the Asia-Pacific (Hart, 2018), this symposium examines more recent challenges for international commercial arbitration (ICA), especially the proliferation of international commercial courts, the 2018 UN Convention on enforcement of mediated settlement agreements, and dispute resolution for the Belt & Road initiative. The main focus is on Hong Kong and Singapore (competing jurisdictions in the top "Stage 4" for ICA venues, as identified by Reyes & Gu), Australia (a "Stage 3" venue), China and Japan ("Stage 2" venues).

    The symposium will also compare approaches in these jurisdictions to investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). Building on Chaisse and Nottage (eds) International Investment Treaties and Arbitration Across Asia (Brill, 2018), participants will chart evolving treaty practices and high-profile ISDS cases (including eg in Indonesia), assess whether these do or might impact on public attitudes even towards ICA or other forms of arbitration, and explore alternatives or complements to ISDS.


  • Professor Shahla Ali, University of Hong Kong
  • Professor Vivienne Bath, The University of Sydney Law School
  • Adjunct Professor Max Bonnell, Henry William Lawyers & The University of Sydney
  • Professor Simon Bronitt, Dean, The University of Sydney Law School
  • Professor Simon Butt, The University of Sydney Law School
  • Professor James Claxton, Kobe University
  • The Hon. Dr Clyde Croft AM SC, Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Daniel Forster, Sparke Helmore Lawyers & The University of Sydney Law School
  • Dr Benjamin Hayward, Monash University
  • Brenda Horrigan, ACICA President & Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Associate Professor Jeanne Huang, The University of Sydney Law School
  • Associate Professor Amokura Kawharu, The University of Auckland
  • The Hon. Kevin Lindgren AM QC FAAL, formerly Federal Court of Australia
  • Wilson Mbugua, University of Hong Kong
  • James Morrison, ACICA & Morrison Law
  • Professor Luke Nottage, The University of Sydney Law School
  • Jonathan Redwood, Banco Chambers
  • Yi Tang, University of Hong Kong
  • Dr Nobumichi (Nobu) Teramura, University of Adelaide
  • Professor Leon Trakman, UNSW
  • Professor The Hon Marilyn Warren AC QC, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria

  • VIEW THE DRAFT PROGRAM (PDF) (as at 17 September 2019)


    Registration (inc. GST)
    Full fee: $170
    Sydney Law School alumni / Government: $140
    Students / Full-time academics / NGOs: $80

    Please note that registration is for the full day.

    CPD Points: 5

    This symposium is a joint project with University of Hong Kong: following the symposium there on 15 July. Co-hosted by the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law (CAPLUS) at Sydney Law School, supported by the Sydney Centre for International Law (SCIL).

    The symposium's media partner is Transnational Dispute Management (TDM).

    Please see below under 'More info' for the Symposium flyer.


    Future crime problems and security solutions - How to anticipate them and what to do about them    View Summary
    25 November 2019



    Future crime problems and security solutions - How to anticipate them and what to do about them

    Speaker: Emeritus Professor Paul Ekblom, University of Arts London

    Crime is changing at an accelerating pace, and security is struggling to keep up. While this challenge is most marked in the cyber domain, it is true also in the predominantly physical world with advances in technology such as power supply and storage, lighting and armour. And smart products and environments, connected through the Internet of Things, bring the two domains together. For governments, police and other security services, and private companies to keep on top of the threats over the medium to longer term, vital strategic requirements are the capacities to detect emergent criminal threats early and respond; to out-innovate adaptive offenders in a world of political, economic, social, technological and environmental change; and, arguably the most difficult of all, to anticipate upcoming threats over a range of timescales reflecting how long it takes to develop, agree and deploy practical solutions. Paul Ekblom has recently contributed to a course on Horizon Scanning for the Masters in Crime Science at University College London and will present a suite of frameworks for addressing the future of crime and security systematically.

    About the speaker

    Paul Ekblom is Emeritus Professor of Design against Crime at the University of the Arts London; also visiting professor at the Department of Security and Crime Science, University College London and the Applied Criminology and Policing Centre, University of Huddersfield. He spent much of his career on crime prevention and policing research at the UK Home Office and then a decade on design against crime. Paul originated the 5Is model for capturing and sharing crime prevention practice knowledge (see more details here) and many other frameworks including the Conjunction of Criminal Opportunity. Recent work has involved horizon scanning, evolutionary arms races between offenders and preventers, updating the concepts of CPTED (crime prevention through environmental design), counterterrorism toolkits and cybercrime. Recent international collaborations have been with the European Forum on Urban Security (EFUS) and the EU Crime Prevention Network.

    CPD Points: 1

    This event is co-hosted by the Sydney Institute of Criminology (University of Sydney) and the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC). This event has been made possible by the sponsorship of the AIC.


    Asian Law - Books Launch & Seminar   View Summary
    27 November 2019



    Asian Law - Books Launch & Seminar


    Launched by: The Honourable Tom Bathurst AC QC


    About the event

    Join us for a downtown launch of two Asian Law books, launched by New South Wales Chief Justice Tom Bathurst, followed by a seminar with some of the authors on comparing Southeast Asian and Japanese contract and consumer law developments.

    Seminar participants include: Professor Luke Nottage, Sydney Law School, Professor Jeannie Paterson, Melbourne Law School and Professor Gail Pearson, Sydney Business School, chaired by Ian Williams, Herbert Smith Freehills partner & Australian Network for Japanese Law advisor.

    About the books

    1. ASEAN Consumer Law Harmonisation and Cooperation (CUP, November 2019) by Luke Nottage, University of Sydney, Justin Malbon, Griffith University, Queensland, Jeannie Paterson, University of Melbourne and Caron Beaton-Wells, University of Melbourne

    This is the first Western-language research monograph detailing significant developments in consumer law and policy across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), underpinned by a growing middle class and implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community from 2016. Eight chapters examine consumer law topics within ASEAN member states (such as product safety and consumer contracts) and across them (financial and health services), as well as the interface with competition law and the nature of ASEAN as a unique and evolving international organisation. The authors include insights from extensive fieldwork, partly through consultancies for the ASEAN Secretariat, to provide a reliable, contextual and up-to-date analysis of consumer law and policy development across the region. The volume also draws on and contributes to theories of law and development in multiple fields, including comparative law, political economy and regional studies.

    Click here to view introductory chapter

    2. Contract Law in Japan (Kluwer, January 2019) by Hiroo Sono, Hokkaido University, Luke Nottage, Sydney Law School, Andrew Pardieck, Southern Illinois University and Kenji Saigusa, Waseda University

    Contributing to the renowned multi-volume International Encyclopaedia of Laws, this practical analysis of the law of contracts in Japan covers every aspect of the subject - definition and classification of contracts, contractual liability, relation to the law of property, good faith, burden of proof, defects, penalty clauses, arbitration clauses, remedies in case of non-performance, damages, power of attorney, and much more. Lawyers who handle transnational contracts will appreciate the explanation of fundamental differences in terminology, application, and procedure from one legal system to another, as well as the international aspects of contract law. Throughout the book, the treatment emphasizes the major 2017 reforms to the Civil Code.

    An introduction in which contracts are defined and contrasted to torts, quasi-contracts, and property is followed by a discussion of the underlying principles of the formation of contract. Subsequent chapters cover the doctrines of 'relative effect', termination of contract, and remedies for non-performance. The second part of the book, recognizing the need to categorize an agreement as a specific contract in order to determine the rules which apply to it, describes the nature of agency, sale, lease, building contracts, and other types of contract. Facts are presented in such a way that readers who are unfamiliar with specific terms and concepts in varying contexts will fully grasp their meaning and significance.

    This free event is kindly supported by Herbert Smith Freehills at their downtown premises, as well as by the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law at the University of Sydney (CAPLUS), the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, and the Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL).

    CPD Points: 1.5

    Seminar: Transforming legal understandings of intimate partner violence   View Summary
    3 December 2019




    Seminar: Transforming legal understandings of intimate partner violence

    Join ANROWS, The University of Sydney and research partners for a seminar that will explore the findings and implications of a new research report: Transforming legal understandings of intimate partner violence (IPV). The report examines homicide trials in which self-defence is raised by women who have killed an abusive intimate partner.

    All Australian jurisdictions now recognise that self-defence can be raised in circumstances when the harm a person was defending themselves against was non-imminent. A key impetus for these reforms was the need to recognise self-defence against IPV.

    However, these reforms are not operating as intended. There is a distinct gap between the now well-developed social science understandings of IPV on the one hand, and the models of IPV that are underpinning these homicide trials.

    This seminar will explore how legal professionals and experts understand IPV, influencing which facts are selected and presented as relevant and the meaning that is made of those facts. It will argue that the model of IPV relied on by prosecutors, expert witnesses, judges and others can have the effect either of revealing the violence a woman claims to have acted in self-defence against, or of undercutting that claim. The researchers will show that the current models of IPV used in the criminal justice system effectively pre-package a defendant's defensive actions in response to IPV as unreasonable.

    It will be suggested that using social entrapment as a conceptual framework for understanding IPV provides a more accurate and complete picture of facts involving IPV and therefore a proper foundation for assessing whether a defendant was acting in self-defence.

    Who should attend?

  • Criminal lawyers (defence lawyers and prosecutors),
  • family lawyers,
  • judicial officers and justice officials,
  • government workers in justice and/or social services,
  • expert witnesses in matters involving family and domestic violence, and
  • family violence workers.

  • Why should you attend?

    This seminar will offer an in-depth consideration of how better understandings of IPV can support the proper application of the criminal law.


  • Professor Julia Tolmie, Faculty of Law, The University of Auckland
  • Associate Professor Stella Tarrant, Law School, The University of Western Australia.

  • Associate Professor Stella Tarrant

    Associate Professor Stella Tarrant is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and Yale University. She began her career as Associate to Justice Toohey of the High Court of Australia and a solicitor in the Land and Heritage Unit of the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia. She studied as a Harkness Fellow and Fulbright Scholar in the United States before joining the Law Faculty at the University of Western Australia, from 1996-2002. After raising her two sons in their early years, Stella returned to teaching at UWA Law School in 2009 and resumed her research career in 2013.

    Stella's research focuses on criminal law, criminal law theory and gender and the law. She has explored the impact of law on women's lives and the part law plays in maintaining unhelpful gender relations in society, in the areas of criminal law, constitutional law and reproductive technology law. Her current research projects concern gender equality in the law of self-defence and the incorporation of philosophical method into the teaching of Gender and the Law and for young people in community settings.

    Professor Julia Tolmie

    Professor Julia Tolmie currently teaches Criminal Law at The University of Auckland. Prior to her appointment at the University of Auckland in 1999 she lectured in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney for ten years.

    She served as chair of the New Zealand Family Violence Death Review Committee from December 2011-2016, deputy chair in 2017, and as a member of the New Zealand Government's Expert Advisory Group on Family Violence in 2013. She was the academic member of the District Court Judges Education Committee in 2015-2017. She was the inaugural Shirley Greenberg International Visiting Scholar at The University of Ottawa in 2016 and a distinguished visiting scholar with the Gender and Family Violence Research Program at the University of Monash in 2018.

    CPD Points: 2

    This event is jointly hosted by ANROWS and the Sydney Institute of Criminology at Sydney Law School.