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Has International Law prepared us for the next pandemic? International Health Regulations on Trial   View Summary
17 June 2019


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Has International Law prepared us for the next pandemic? The International Health Regulations on Trial

About the seminar

Following the outbreak of SARS in 2003, the international community committed to a new era of international law, by revising the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR). The IHR are intended to prevent, and to provide a framework for responding to public health emergencies, including globally-significant, communicable diseases. The IHR are legally binding on all World Health Organization (WHO) Member States, including Australia.

Since the IHR entered into force, the world has faced a number of significant health events, including H1N1 pandemic influenza in 2009, the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the 2018 Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Each of these events have tested the utility and function of the IHR.

In this seminar, a panel of experts in public health law and global health security will examine whether the International Health Regulations are meeting their goal of protecting public health, international trade, and human rights, and whether the obligations in the IHR are sufficiently robust to respond to ever more complex health emergencies.

This free event hosted by Sydney Law School is a side-event, to the first Global Health Security Conference in Sydney, Australia held from 18 -21 June 2019.

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  • Dr Mark Eccleston-Turner, Lecturer in Law at Keele University
    The WHO response to Ebola in the DRC: a critical analysis of the legal application of the International Health Regulations

  • Dr. Alexandra Phelan, is on faculty at the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center
    Human Rights under the International Health Regulations in an era of nationalism: laws in Australia and the United States

  • Dr. Sara Davies, Associate Professor in International Relations at the School of Government and International Relations,Griffith University
    The Politics of Implementing the International Health Regulations

CPD points = 1.5

Economic and Social Rights in the Philippines: The Trouble with Transformative Constitutionalism   View Summary
20 June 2019



Economic and Social Rights in the Philippines: The Trouble with Transformative Constitutionalism

Speaker: Associate Professor Surabhi Chopra, Chinese University of Hong Kong

This paper examines how the Supreme Court of the Philippines interpreted and enforced economic and social constitutional rights in the years following the People Power revolution.

The fall of Marcos and restoration of democracy in the Philippines was marked by the promulgation of a new national constitution in 1987. While the 1987 Constitution is often criticized for a lack of ambition, it emphasizes social justice and obligates the State to tackle poverty. It brings questions of material deprivation and basic needs into the province of constitutionalism and constitutional law. In this respect, it echoes some other, more-celebrated young constitutional texts, such as the South African or Indonesian constitutions.

I consider whether and how the Philippines Supreme Court took the transformative mission of the 1987 Constitution into account during adjudication. The Philippines Supreme Court has only very occasionally attempted to enforce economic and social rights, and often doubted its own jurisdiction and capacity to do so. In discussing the Philippines experience, I highlight some of the dilemmas that a transformative constitutionalist project can create for apex courts.

About the speaker:

Surabhi Chopra is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

She focuses on social and economic rights, national security laws, and sectarian violence. Her work centres on India with comparisons to other Asian countries. She examines how the law defines rights, how governments implement them and how courts respond when they are violated.

Prof. Chopra was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 2006 and completed pupillage with Tooks Chambers, London. Her experience includes work with, inter alia, the International Development Research Centre (Government of Canada), Human Rights Watch, ActionAid, UNICEF, the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (Government of India) and the Indian Ministry of Finance. She continues to consult and work pro bono for governments, multilateral organisations and NGOs.'

Prof. Chopra's research draws heavily upon her litigation and policy experience. She led a project using India's right to information law to extract a unique set of records on some of the country's worst episodes of mass sectarian violence. The resulting insights are presented in On Their Watch: Mass Violence and State Apathy in India (Chopra & Jha eds. 2014). She has published articles in Law and Social Inquiry, Asian Journal of Law and Society, the Boston University International Law Journal, and the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, among others.

CPD Points: 1



Book Launch: Born at the Right Time. A memoir by Professor Ron McCallum   View Summary
25 June 2019


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'A moving book on the life of a brilliant man who often "saw" the needs of our world more clearly than the sighted people around him.' - The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG Past Justice of the High Court of Australia

You are invited to celebrate the book launch of Born at the Right Time, a memoir by Professor Ron McCallum, proudly hosted by The University of Sydney Law School and supported by Ability First Australia.

Special guest The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of New South Wales and Sydney Law School alumna, will officially launch the book.

About the book
Ron McCallum has been blind from birth. When he was a child, many blind people spent their lives making baskets in sheltered workshops, but Ron's mother had other ideas for her son. She insisted on treating him as normally as possible.

In this endearing memoir, Ron recounts his social awkwardness and physical mishaps, and shares his early fears that he might never manage to have a proper career, find love or become a parent. He has achieved all this and more, becoming a professor of law at a prestigious university, and chairing a committee at the United Nations.Ron's glass is always half full. He has taken advantage of every new assistive technology and is in awe of what is now available to allow him and other blind people to realise their potential.

Further information on Born at the Right Time is available here.The book will be available for purchase on the evening.

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About the author
Ron McCallum AO is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, the first totally blind person to be appointed to a full professorship at any university in Australia. He has been chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Geneva, has received a Centenary Medal for his work, and was the 2011 Senior Australian of the Year.

Sydney Law School is wheelchair accessible. Casual parking is available under the New Law Building, accessible via Barff Rd (off City Rd or Parramatta Rd) - after 3pm at $4 per hour. 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.

This event is proudly supported byThe University of Sydney Law School and Ability First Australia


JSI Seminar Series: The Idea of Small Justice   View Summary
27 June 2019



The Idea of Small Justice

Speaker: Professor Jonathan Crowe, Bond University

Talk about social or distributive justice, at least among legal and political philosophers, tends to focus heavily on institutions. This way of thinking about justice owes a great deal to John Rawls. Rawls's theory of justice was famously criticised by Robert Nozick who, in turn, attracted an influential critique from G A Cohen. The story of these critiques is well known, but Professor Crowe will tell it in an unfamiliar way, drawing out a lesson that perhaps none of its protagonists would recognise. The moral of the story, as Professor Crowe tells it, is not that Rawls was right or wrong about the features of just social institutions, but rather that by focusing on institutions he thought about justice in an incomplete and unstable manner. The common theme in Nozick's and Cohen's arguments, Crowe contends, is that there is a way of thinking about social justice that focuses not on institutions, but rather on interpersonal relationships. He calls this idea small justice. Small justice might appear, at first, not to be a conception of justice at all. He will suggest that it is, albeit of an unfamiliar—which is to say, a radically non-Rawlsian—kind.

About the speaker

Jonathan Crowe is Professor of Law at Bond University. He is the author or editor of seven books and more than eighty book chapters and journal articles, primarily on legal philosophy, ethical theory and public law. His most recent book, Natural Law and the Nature of Law, was published earlier this year by Cambridge University Press. He is a former President of both the Australasian Society of Legal Philosophy and the Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network.

CPD Points: 1.5


3 July 2019 to 5 July 2019


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Food Governance Conference Page


Sydney Law School, the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre, and The George Institute for Global Health will host the second Food Governance Conference in 2019.

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

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Keynote speakers on main days of the conference:

Amandine Garde, Law & NCD Unit, University of Liverpool

Juan Rivera, National Institute of Public Health of Mexico

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, The George Institute for Global Health and 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

VIEW THE PROGRAM(PDF as at 6 June 2019)



Closed workshops: Wednesday 3 July, 2019

OPENING PUBLIC ORATION: 6-7.30pm, Wednesday 3 July, 2019

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MAIN DAYS OF THE CONFERENCE: Thursday 4 July - Friday 5 July, 2019



Early bird full fee: $160 (now closed)

Full fee: $200 (from 4 May 2019)

Sydney Law School alumni/students: $120

Day rates: $100 per day

Food Governance Conference drinks & canapes (inc. GST): $45 (includes canapes and drinks from 6-8pm)
There will be conference drinks & canapes on Thursday 4 July held at The George Institute for Global Health from 5.30-8.30pm.

Please note: There are separate registrations for the conference and the drinks & canapes.

Time of drinks & canapes: Thursday 4 July, 5.30-8.30pm
Location of drinks & canapes:The George Institute for Global Health, 1 King Street, Newtown(please arrive by 5.25pm and wait on the ground floor for all attendees to be escorted to level 5 at 5.30pm promptly)

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Indigenous Legal Research Workshop    View Summary
8 July 2019 to 9 July 2019

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Indigenous Legal Research Workshop

Sydney Law School invites applications for participation in a workshop for Higher Degree Research students and Early Career Researchers. We welcome applications from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander scholars researching in all legal areas. We also welcome applications from non-Indigenous scholars working in the broad field of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the law, including inter-disciplinary research.

The focus of this workshop is on research presentation, developing networking opportunities and mentoring from experienced academics in developing research and an academic career in legal scholarship. Over two days, participants will present their research followed by discussion and feedback from peers and more senior academics who will be attending in a mentoring role. In addition, participants will be exposed to a variety of speakers who will share their research experiences. Numbers will be limited to facilitate participants getting to know one another and to maintain an atmosphere of collegiality in sharing insights and challenges in research and academic experience. This will be the third time we have held this workshop and feedback from past participants was overwhelmingly positive.

In addition to participant presentations, there will be two mentoring sessions:

- Forging a career in academia: This session is an opportunity to obtain answers to those questions you have about how to carve out a career in academia. From the outside, the academy can often seem enigmatic. What are the traditional and alternative pathways into academia? What are the unwritten rules and politics surrounding obtaining an academic position? The aim of this session is to help participants think strategically about their career and the value of diverse perspectives and experiences to academic work in enhancing career progression.

- Ethical research: This session is about the ethical and political issues surrounding research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and issues. What do the ethical research guidelines mean in practice? Why is ethical research imperative? What are the gaps between the ethical research guidelines and ethical obligations to people and communities? What are the best ways to handle these situations? This is an opportunity to discuss ethical issues that you may have faced and to learn from others in the field.


Gilbert + Tobin has generously agreed to fund the workshop and funding is available to assist participant's travel and accommodation.

Call for Applications

To apply to participate in this workshop, please submit the following information via our online application form by Monday 17 May 2019:

- A brief statement explaining your ongoing research project and the question your research addresses (about one page)

- A brief CV.

Call for applications online form

Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 20 May 2019.

The workshop will be held at the University of Sydney Law School.

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The UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency: neither a law nor much of a model   View Summary
9 July 2019



The UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency: neither a law nor much of a model

Speaker: Professor Martin Davies, Tulane University Law School (New Orleans)

One predictable consequence of the US-China Trade War is the increase of cross-border insolvency proceedings in Asia Pacific. In this context, the Sydney Law School Centre for Asian and Pacific Law arranges this talk on the interplay between insolvency and private international law. It focuses on the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency. The Australian experience in applying the Cross-Border Insolvency Act 2008 (Cth) has shown that there are grave unanticipated difficulties in the legislative scheme proposed by the Model Law. Australia happily adopted the text as is, but perhaps it should not have done so. The talk will also extensively look at the way the Model Law has been implemented in Singapore, Japan, Korea and the Philippines.

About the speaker

Martin Davies is Admiralty Law Institute Professor of Maritime Law at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans and Director of the Tulane Maritime Law Center.

He holds the degrees of M.A. and B.C.L. from Oxford University, England, and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. Before joining Tulane, he was Harrison Moore Professor of Law at The University of Melbourne in Australia and before that he taught at Monash University, The University of Western Australia and Nottingham University. He has also been a visiting professor at universities in China, Italy, Azerbaijan and Singapore. He has received several teaching awards, and in 2017, the editors of the law report series American Maritime Cases dedicated the 2016 bound volumes to him.

He is author (or co-author) of books on maritime law, international trade law, conflict of laws, and the law of torts. He has also published many journal articles on these topics. He has extensive practical experience as a consultant for over 30 years on maritime matters and general international litigation and arbitration, in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the USA.

Moderator: Associate Professor Jie (Jeanne) Huang, Sydney Law School

Registration: Complimentary, however essential.

CPD Points: 1

This event is hosted by the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law (CAPLUS) at The University of Sydney Law School.


Book Launch: Sir Owen Dixon's Legacy   View Summary
16 July 2019



BOOK LAUNCH: Sir Owen Dixon's Legacy

Dr John Eldridge, Sydney Law School

Tim Pilkington, Associate Lecturer, Sydney Law School

Key address: Bret Walker SC

Sir Owen Dixon is the most renowned jurist Australia has ever produced. His lasting significance stems not only from a mastery of the technique of the common law, but from his involvement in many of the most important decisions in Australia's legal history. During the course of his long tenure on the High Court of Australia, Dixon oversaw the development of virtually every branch of the law. This volume contributes to the understanding of Dixon's jurisprudence, his judicial method and present-day significance. It ranges widely over the various branches of the law which were enriched by his contributions. The contributors include leading scholars and jurists from across Australia.

About the authors

Dr John Eldridge is a Lecturer at Sydney Law School. His research is principally concerned with the law of obligations. His research has been published in leading journals in Australia and abroad. He is a graduate of the University of Adelaide and the University of Cambridge.

Tim Pilkington is an Associate Lecturer at Sydney Law School. His research is principally concerned with the law of obligations and the philosophy of law. He is a graduate of the University of Auckland and the University of New South Wales.

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Australasian Society of Legal Philosophy annual conference   View Summary
18 July 2019 to 19 July 2019


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Australasian Society of Legal Philosophy annual conference

The annual conference of the Australasian Society of Legal Philosophy will be hosted by the Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney on 18-19 July 2019.

Keynotes will be delivered by Professor Connie Rosati (University of Arizona) and Professor Ngaire Naffine (University of Adelaide).

The annual book symposium will focus on Natural Law and the Nature of Law by Professor Jonathan Crowe (Bond University), which has just been published by Cambridge University Press. Commentary will be provided by Professor Margaret Davies (Flinders University), Dr Matthew Lister (Deakin University) and Dr Joshua Neoh (Australian National University).

Postgraduate Workshop
A Postgraduate Workshop for PhD students will be held before the conference. The workshop provides PhD students with the opportunity to receive feedback on works-in-progress on any topic in legal theory in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Registration Fees
ASLP Member: $275
Non-Member: $370 (includes 2019 ASLP membership)
ASLP Student Member: $125
Student Non-Member: $170 (includes 2019 ASLP membership)
Conference Dinner Ticket: $80

Sydney Law School Staff and Students will need to register by emailing:

There are a range of accommodation options near the University of Sydney campus.
Download a list of accomodation options (pdf, 207.7kB)

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Social Justice Series: Using the law as a tool for social and climate justice    View Summary
24 July 2019


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Sydney Law School Social Justice Series: Using the law as a tool for social and climate justice

About the talk

The law is most often associated with maintaining the status quo. But it can also be a tool for positive social change. In this lecture, Jen Robinson will give a global and comparative perspective on strategic human rights litigation, using case studies from her own practice and what she has observed of successful cases and campaigns around the world to provoke a discussion and debate about what more could be possible - both abroad and at home in Australia.

About the speaker

Jen has a particular focus on free speech and civil liberties, advising media organisations, journalists and activists. Her recent cases include defending Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, acting for the BBC World Service in UN engagement over the persecution of BBC journalists by Iran, acting for Vanuatu in the Chagos Islands case before the ICJ, successfully challenging a sweeping anti-protest injunction obtained by a major multinational corporation and having the UK government's fracking policy declared unlawful on the grounds the government failed to consider scientific developments in climate change.

She is passionate about using the law as a tool for social justice and to build power in movements for positive change - and to inspire more young lawyers into this work. To that end, Jen created a global human rights program - the Bertha Justice Initiative - which has invested millions in strategic litigation and education for the next generation of movement lawyers in 17 different countries. She is a founding board member of the Grata Fund, Australia's first independent, crowd-sourced public interest litigation fund and sits on the boards of the Bureau for Investigative Journalism, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and the Bonavero Institute for Human Rights at Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes scholar.

She has also taught law at the University of Sydney.

Jen Robinson will also speak at the Children, Migration and the Right to Health conference, which is being held at Sydney Law School on Thursday 25 July - Friday 26 July.

Social Justice Series

This is a free public seminar series from Sydney Law School that focuses on social justice and the law. The next talk on Law and social movements will be delivered by Professor Scott Cummings (UCLA Law) on 14 August.

CPD points = 1

Conference: Children, Migration and the Right to Health   View Summary
25 July 2019 to 26 July 2019


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About the conference:

Thursday 25 July - Friday 26 July

This two-day conference titled: 'Children, Migration and the Right to Health' will bring together leading academics and organisations working with child migrants, including the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Refugee Advice and Casework Service, UNHCR and other interested parties. Building on research and experience of the participants, the conference aims to:

  1. Facilitate exchange of information on work being done at the country, regional and global level to assist children on the move;
  2. Establish practical strategies for giving content to notions of Best Interests for migrant children in various contexts of displacement;
  3. Workshop guidelines to assist professionals responsible for managing and assisting children on the move; and
  4. Encourage the development of national curriculum to cross-train physicians, social workers, advocates on preparing for and participating in Best Interest Determinations

Migrant Children in situations of displacement face a heightened risk of discrimination, disadvantage, exclusion and even physical and psychological abuse. This risk may be further exacerbated by other factors such as age, gender and disability, as well as socio-economic and citizenship status. Even where resources are available to support displaced groups and/or those with disabilities, migrant children are more likely to be isolated and excluded and thus deprived of important services and facilities aimed at ensuring provision of their basic rights. Where a child has a disability, the disadvantages and risks can be compounded. Australia's experience with children presenting as irregular maritime arrivals is one facet of a global phenomenon, with unprecedented numbers of children on the move.

While the development of and support for human rights law in this area has been a positive step towards improving the situation, recent years have seen dramatic failures in policy and practice in countries seen traditionally as leaders in this field. In this context, the need to re-examine procedures, share knowledge and resources, and devise practical strategies has never been more important - to support and empower those children most at risk of falling through the cracks.

Key speakers
The conference will feature Australia's Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Edward Santow; UNHCR Representative for Australia and the Pacific, Ms Louise Aubin; acclaimed human rights lawyer Ms Jennifer Robinson and other leading national and international experts on children, migration and human rights. The conference will draw on contributors to the Protecting Migrant Children: In Search of Best Practice (Elgar Publishing, 2018)

Click here for a draft copy of the program (updated 07/06/19)

Two day conference registration is complimentary, however registration is essential.

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Day 1:Conference dinner (ticket $110):
Thursday 25 July, 7-9.30pm

Forum Restaurant
Level 1 (street level)- F23 Administration Building,
Corner of City Road and Eastern Avenue, Camperdown
Dinner includes: 3 x course meal and drinks/alcohol package

If you would like to attend the dinner, click here for payment

Supporters:This conference is a Research Conference initiative of The University of Sydney Law School; the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC); Macquarie Law School; the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS); and the Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre.

Sponsors:B B & A Miller Fund; Penny Gerstle, The Hand Up Foundation; Andrew and Renata Kaldor, the Australian Communities Foundation

Sponsorship enquiries: please contact Professor Mary Crock:
T +61 2 9351 0289 | F+61 2 9351 0200 or E

Chinese Private International Law and Online Data Protection   View Summary
20 August 2019



Chinese Private International Law and Online Data Protection

Speaker: Associate Professor Jeanne Huang, Sydney Law School

This paper explores how Chinese private international law responds to online data protection from two aspects: jurisdiction and applicable law. Compared with foreign laws, Chinese private international law related to online data protection has two distinct features. Chinese law for personal jurisdiction is still highly territorial-based. The "target" factor and the interactive level of a website have no play in Chinese jurisprudence. Regarding applicable law, Chinese legislators focus more on the domestic compliance with data regulations rather than their extra-territorial application. Moreover, like foreign countries, China also resorts to Internet intermediaries to enhance enforcement of domestic law. These features should be understood in the Chinese contexts of high-level data localization and Internet censorship.

About the speaker

Associate Professor Huang's teaching and research interests are in private international law, e-commerce law, international investment law, international litigation and arbitration, and underwater cultural heritage protection. She has published four books and authored more than thirty articles in law journals, such as Journal of International Economic Law and Journal of Private International Law. Twelve of her articles are indexed by SSCI. As a chief investigator, she has received funding from China National Social Science Fund (equivalent to ARC), China Ministry of Education, the China Law Society, Shanghai Philosophy and Social Science Fund, and Shanghai Government Development and Research Center Fund.

Before moving to the University of Sydney, she held academic positions at University of New South Wales Faculty of Law in Australia and Shanghai University of International Business and Economics School of Law (SUIBE Law) in China. She served as Associate Dean at SUIBE Law. She was awarded Pujiang Rencai (Pujiang Scholar) in 2011 and Shuguang Xuezhe (Dawn Scholar) in 2013 by Shanghai Education Committee. She was a Foreign Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany, and also had research experience at The Hague Academy of International Law, and the Academy of International Arbitration Law, Paris, France.

She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She also serves as an Arbitrator at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center, Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (Shanghai International Arbitration Center) and Xi'an Arbitration Commission.

She has been interviewed for Chinese law and related dispute resolution by Jiefang Daily (解放日报), Wenhui Daily (文汇报), and ABC News Australia.

CPD Points: 1


How to Build your Mentoring Team?   View Summary
22 August 2019


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How to Build your Mentoring Team?

Mentoring can significantly benefit early and middle career academics. But, building your mentoring team can be difficult. Organised by the Sydney Early-Mid Career Academic Network (EMCAN), this distinctive panel will discuss their experience building and providing mentoring programs. Panellists will explore: What to look for in a mentor, and how to find one? What does a good mentor/mentee relationship look like? What benefits may a mentor/mentee get from mentoring? Are there good examples of mentoring systems that have been established at the University of Sydney? The panel will provide specific tips for mentoring across topics such as funding, promotion, teaching, research, landing in Sydney for people with international background, and more.


JSI Seminar Series: Legal Probabilism: A Qualified Defence   View Summary
29 August 2019



Legal Probabilism: A Qualified Defence

Speakers: Brian Hedden and Mark Colyvan, The University of Sydney

In this paper, Brian Hedden and Mark Colyvan defend legal probabilism. This is the thesis that legal standards of proof are best understood in probabilistic terms. In defending legal probabilism from a variety of objections, Hedden and Colyvan highlight the most plausible forms the thesis can take and appeal to recent work in epistemology to show that the legal probabilistic has more flexibility and more resources at her disposal than critics have recognised.

About the speakers

Brian Hedden is a senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Sydney. He works on epistemology, decision theory, and philosophy of law. He has written numerous articles on these topics and is the author of Reasons without Persons: Rationality, Identity, and Time (OUP, 2015). He is currently working on two ARC-funded research projects: the first on group rationality and the second (joint with Mark Colyvan) on formal approaches to legal reasoning.

Mark Colyvan is a professor of philosophy at the University of Sydney and a Humboldt Fellow in the Munich Centre for Mathematical Philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximillian's University. He works on philosophy of logic, environmental philosophy, philosophy of mathematics, decision theory, and philosophy of law. He has published several books and numerous articles in these areas. He is currently working with Brian Hedden on the ARC-funded project, "Formal Approaches to Legal Reasoning," which explores the philosophical issues associated with the use of probability theory, decision theory, and social decision methods in legal contexts.

CPD Points: 1.5

This event is hosted by the Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence at The University of Sydney Law School.