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Institute of Criminology Author Meets Readers Book Seminar   View Summary
8 February 2019



Institute of Criminology Author Meets Readers Book Seminar: Parents Killing Children, Crossing the Invisible Line

You are warmly invited to an author meets readers seminar for the book Parents Killing Children, Crossing the Invisible Line.

Join Dr Janice Sim (author) and expert commentators Professor Eileen Baldry and Professor Judy Cashmore for a discussion of the book focusing on the hidden forms of violence in the family, filicide, and the masking of risks of violence through parent representations.

About the book

In New South Wales in the mid-2000s, the majority of child deaths as a result of abuse, neglect, murder or other suspicious circumstances, were at the time of death known to the state. Parents Killing Children: Crossing the Invisible Line explores this strong presence of state intervention in these children's deaths. Drawing on filicide case files spanning the years 2000 to 2008, this book reveals the ways in which recognisable forms of violence sometimes present as 'invisible'. It explores the way certain risks of harm do not at first sight appear violent, because they are masked by appearances of parental love. The book goes on to demonstrate that filicide perpetrators use a combination of techniques to create representations that are easily acceptable and conceal from the public gaze the underlying dysfunction and risks of child endangerment.

More details about the book

The author

Janice Sim (Griffith University) researches filicide and piracy, their socio-legal representations in the context of the law, society, and government intervention and policies.

Panel discussants

Professor Eileen Baldry (University of New South Wales) is a Professor in Criminology at the University of New South Wales. She has worked and researched extensively on social justice matters including mental health, homelessness, community development and social housing, Indigenous social work, and prison reform. She has been and is involved in numerous Australian Research Council projects and in a number of development and justice community agencies including being a Director on the Board of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. Eileen has also been awarded the Justice Medal in 2009 for her work and support for justice related causes.

Professor Judy Cashmore AO (University of Sydney), co-author of The Voice of the Child in Family Law Disputes (Oxford University Press, 2008). Professor Cashmore researches children's involvement in civil and criminal proceedings and other processes in which decisions are made about children's lives. She has worked in numerous state and federal government committees concerning children and families, and has been appointed Member of the Judicial Commission of New South Wales since 2004. Professor Cashmore has been awarded the 2013 Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts for her outstanding research achievements in the field of family and divorce.

CPD Points: 1.5

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


The New Law of Penalties: Mapping the Terrain   View Summary
12 February 2019


Registration is not required

The law respecting relief against contractual penalties has undergone significant change in recent years. This seminar will give an account of recent developments in respect of the penalty rule in Australia and England, before going on to explore two unresolved questions. The first is whether Australian law recognises two jurisdictions to relieve against penalties - one in equity and another at common law - or instead a unitary penalty doctrine. The second is the important question of how the recent developments are playing out "on the ground".


Mr John Eldridge, Sydney Law School

CPD Points: 1

This event is hosted by the New South Wales Bar Association.


2019 George Winterton Memorial Lecture   View Summary
14 February 2019



The Mysteries of Judicial Power: Defining the Relationship Between Law and Power in the Modern State

Speaker: The Honourable Thomas Frederick Bathurst AC, 17th Chief Justice of New South Wales

In 1918, the High Court held that the judicial power of the Commonwealth cannot be vested otherwise than in a court in accordance with s 71 in Chapter III of the Constitution. Since that time, courts have sought to define the nature and limits of "judicial power" and its place within the judicial structure established by Chapter III. Sometimes, these questions have arisen from and concern fairly anodyne areas of law. Other times, they have resulted in a fundamental rethinking of long-assumed legal doctrine. However, regardless of their abstract legal significance, they will almost always have a significant practical effect on how individuals interact with the power exercised by the modern state.

This lecture will examine the role of the concept of "judicial power" in defining the relationship between the law and power in Australia, and will highlight the potential challenges to this relationship which may arise in the future.

About the speaker

Thomas Frederick Bathurst was appointed Chief Justice of New South Wales on 1 June 2011.

Graduating with degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney in 1971, he went on to practise as a solicitor in 1972. He was admitted as a barrister in 1977, specialising in corporate law and litigation and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1987. His considerable experience in corporate law saw his appointment as a member of the Australian Government's Takeovers Panel (2006-2011).

Prior to his appointment to the bench, the Chief Justice served as President of both the Australian Bar Association (2008-2010) and the New South Wales Bar Association (2009-2011), the Executive Committee of which he was a member from 2002.

The Chief Justice was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2014.

George Winterton Memorial Fund

Friends and colleagues of the late Professor George Winterton are invited to make a gift to the Memorial Fund named in his honour. Gifts to the Fund will support activities at Sydney Law School in the area of Constitutional Law in memory of Professor Winterton. For further information or to make your gift, please contact Professor Peter Gerangelos, Convenor of the Winterton Memorial Fund and Winterton Lecture Series on

CPD Points: 1

This lecture is proudly hosted by The University of Sydney Law School and The University of Western Australia Law School.


SCIL International Law Year in Review Conference   View Summary
22 February 2019



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The Sydney Centre for International Law at Sydney Law School is delighted to present the seventh International Law Year in Review Conference, to be held at the Law School on Friday 22 February 2019.

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 criminal law, international environmental law, and international trade and investment 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 Professor Aoife Nolan, of the University of Nottingham, on 'Human Rights and the Risks and Opportunities of (Economic) Crisis'

- a literary lunch with Richard Flanagan, author of "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" (Penguin, 2013, and Winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize), and of "First Person" (Penguin, 2017).

Program to come

9am - 5.30pm, (registration from 8.45am, cocktail reception follows conference at 5.30pm)

Early bird full day: $175 (until 30 January 2019)
Full day: $200 (from 31 January 2019)
Students full day: $99
Morning session: $100
Afternoon session: $100

CPD points for full day attendance: 6

This conference is proudly hosted by the Sydney Centre for International Law (SCIL) at Sydney Law School.


Matt Laffan Memorial Address on Social Justice   View Summary
27 February 2019


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About the event

In March 2009, Sydney Law School alumnus Matt Laffan passed away after he fought and lost the biggest battle of his colourful and active life. On 27 February 2019, Carly Findlay, writer and appearance activist, will deliver a memorial address to celebrate the significant impact Matt made in his short life.

The 2019 address will be jointly co-hosted by Sydney Law School and the Australian Human Rights Commission in recognition of the 25th anniversary year of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), which ends on 28 February 2019.

1 March 2019 will also mark the 10th anniversary of Matt Laffan's passing.

Matt Laffan had severe disabilities, but he will be remembered most for his impressive abilities. With enormous enthusiasm for life, Matt grabbed opportunities and made the most of them.

About the speaker 

Carly Findlay is an award winning writer, speaker and appearance activist. Her first book, Say Hello, was released in January 2019. She's editing Growing Up Disabled in Australia. She writes on disability and appearance diversity issues for publications including ABC, Daily Life and SBS. She was named as one of Australia's most influential women in the 2014 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. She has appeared on ABC's You Can't Ask That and Cyber Hate with Tara Moss, and has been a regular on various ABC radio programs. She's spoken at Melbourne Writers Festival, the University of Western England and Melbourne University - to name a few. She organised the history making Access to Fashion - a Melbourne Fashion Week event featuring disabled models. She has a Master of Communication and Bachelor of eCommerce. Carly identifies as a proud disabled woman - she lives with a rare severe skin condition - Ichthyosis.


Sydney Law School is wheelchair accessible. This lecture will have Auslan Interpreter provision. Casual parking is available under the New Law Building, accessible via Barff Rd (off City Rd or Parramatta Rd) - after 3pm at $2 per hour to maximum of $6. Please use Lifts 1 -2, located centrally in the carpark.

Please notify us of any accessibility requirements you may have so that we can assist you appropriately by calling 9351 0248.

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

Employment Relations and the Law 2019 Series   View Summary
13 March 2019


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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.

The dates for the program in 2019 are Wednesday nights from 13 March to 22 May with a break on 24 April.

Topics include: the fundamentals of employer and employee rights and obligations under the Fair Work Act, the common law of employment 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, equality and diversity in work and emerging issues in the gig economy.

Wednesday evenings
13 March to 22 May (no class on 24 April)




13 March

Introduction to the Series

Joellen Riley

20 March

The Contract of Employment

David Chin

27 March

The Fair Work system (NES and Awards)

Jacqui Seeman

3 April

Collective Bargaining

Shae McCrystal

10 April

Vulnerable Workers

Stephen Clibborn

17 April

Termination of Employment

Joellen Riley

24 April



1 May

Discrimination and Equality

Belinda Smith

8 May

Social Media

Elizabeth Raper

15 May

Workplace Investigations

Kate Peterson

22 May

Emerging Issues in the Gig Economy

Joellen Riley

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Seminars will be presented by experts from Sydney Law School and the profession including:
Professor Joellen Riley, Professor of Labour Law, Sydney Law School
Professor Shae McCrystal, Professor of Labour Law, Sydney Law School
Associate Professor Belinda Smith, Sydney Law School
Dr Stephen Clibborn, Sydney Business School

Registration fees (inc GST)
Full Fee Early bird (until 22 February): $990
Full fee (after 22 February): $1,200
Group (3+from the same org.): $900 pp
Sydney Law School Alumni: $792
University of Sydney Staff: $495

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).


3 July 2019 to 5 July 2019



Food Governance Conference Page


Sydney Law School and the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre will host the second Food Governance Conference in 2019.

Opening public oration: Hilal Elver, UN Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

Everybody eats; it is the key to our survival, but food also has the potential to compromise health. The global food system is challenged by issues of drought, climate change, trade, malnutrition, and exploited workers. Population growth and the forces of marketization have further compromised the ability of the food system to deliver safe, nutritious and sustainable food to the world's population.

In conjunction with the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre, Sydney Law School will be hosting the second Food Governance Conference from 3 - 5 of July 2019. The Food Governance Conference will explore how law, policy, and regulation address food system challenges or contribute to them at local, national, regional, and global levels. This includes issues such as food security, food safety, food sustainability, equity and social justice in global food systems, and nutrition: under/malnutrition, obesity, and noncommunicable disease.

While food-specific law and regulation will be a key focus of the Food Governance Conference, it will consider how broader legislative and policy regimes impede or facilitate access to a nutritious, equitable, and sustainable food supply, including economic, trade, and intellectual property regimes.

The conference takes a broad, interdisciplinary approach, in the hope of highlighting the interrelationships between the main challenges facing the global food system in the 21st century, and to create new opportunities for collaboration between researchers, policymakers and practitioners in the related fields of food safety, security, and sustainability, and diet-related health.


Head to the Food Governance Conference page for full information



Closed workshops: Wednesday 3 July, 2019 (expressions of interest will be sought for running a workshop)

Opening public oration: 6-7.30pm, Wednesday 3 July, 2019

Main days of the conference: Thursday 4 July - Friday 5 July, 2019

Early bird registration closes: Friday 3 May, 2019

Abstract submissions: 

Abstract submission open: Monday September 10, 2018

Abstract submission closes: Friday February 22, 2019

Notification to authors: Friday 29 March, 2019


More information and submission of abstracts


Registration fees (GST included):

Early bird full fee: $160 (until 3 May 2019)

Full fee: $200 (from 4 May 2019)

Sydney Law School alumni/students: $120

Day rates: $100 per day


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