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22 February 2019

Is ASIC the watchdog that no one fears?

The Banking Royal Commission has raised questions about the role of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, writes Professor Jason Harris, specialist in corporate law at the University of Sydney Law School.
11 February 2019

Future insecurity: exploring malicious uses of digital networks

A year-long Global Forum at the University of Sydney will investigate how the malicious use of digital networks by states and other global actors is producing a new precariousness in global politics.
11 February 2019

Why is there concern about corruption in Australia?

What does Australia's orange ranking in the Corruption Perception Index actually mean? Sydney Law School PhD Candidate José-Miguel Bello y Villarino explains.
07 February 2019

Transparency reporting by pharmaceutical industry in decline

Researchers warn Australian pharmaceutical companies are no longer required to publicly disclose many payments to the health sector, and advocate for US-style legislation to ensure full and long-lasting transparency.
05 February 2019

Banking Royal Commission: personal greed and corporate culture

The Banking Royal Commission's final report shows the real problem is how we value executives and workers, writes Dr Kym Sheehan, specialist in executive remuneration from the University of Sydney Law School.
31 January 2019

Constitutional monarchy and royal assent for government bills

There has been recent speculation that governments could advise royal assent not be granted if bills are passed against their wishes. Professor Anne Twomey from Sydney Law School explains why this is very unlikely to happen.
31 January 2019

What will rising temperatures mean for the future of work?

A University of Sydney expert will urge for the future of work debate to be re-framed in the face of climate change at the Sydney Environment Institute's inaugural Iain McCalman Lecture on 6 February.
31 January 2019

Australia Day list celebrates excellence in the University community

The University of Sydney congratulates all members of our community who have been recognised for their work in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.
24 January 2019

Study shows same-sex marriage vote damaged LGBT mental health

A survey of lesbian, gay and bisexual Australians has shown that exposure to negative sentiment during the same-sex marriage debate led to increased mental stress in the LGBT community.
18 January 2019

How the military can support global health security

University of Sydney health security expert Associate Professor Adam Kamradt-Scott has contributed to a new report in The Lancet urging co-operation of military and humanitarian forces.
11 December 2018

Fellowships awarded to outstanding early-career researchers

After an international search, 10 Fellowships have been awarded to outstanding postdocs to conduct innovative, multidisciplinary research at the University of Sydney.
06 December 2018

After 70 years, does the Declaration of Human Rights still matter?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) - the first declaration of universal human rights to be made by nations in concert - turns 70 on Monday 10 December 2018.
29 November 2018

$37 million funding for University of Sydney research

The University of Sydney has secured over $37 million of funding across a wide range of areas including food insecurity, gravitational waves, and Indigenous disability in rural and remote areas.
23 November 2018

Labor's energy storage plan: 4 expert reactions

What do energy experts make of the federal opposition's energy policy? Four experts from the University's Centre for Future Energy examine the plan to boost renewables and cut electricity bills.
20 November 2018

Economics/Law student following in Bradfield's footsteps

First-year Economics/Law student Kavya Nagpal has been named the 2018 Lendlease Bradfield Urbanisation Scholar, with a people-centric vision where Sydney's living spaces would serve to build relationships.
19 November 2018

Student visionaries dream of a future-proof global Sydney

Seven architecture, arts, business and engineering students with a keen eye on Sydney's future as a global city have been selected as finalists for the 2018 Lendlease Bradfield Urbanisation Scholarship.
16 November 2018

Human rights for women: is 16 days of activism enough?

The United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in 1999. Sydney experts reflect on how far human rights for women has come.
22 October 2018

What is a hung parliament and how does it affect legislation?

Have you ever wondered exactly what a hung parliament is, what it means for the House of Representatives and the implications for our governance? University of Sydney's Anne Twomey, Professor of Constitutional Law, explains.
16 October 2018

World Food Day: 7 steps towards #ZeroHunger

On the eve of World Food Day, our experts are calling for action to improve life for the 820 million people suffering from chronic undernourishment worldwide.

12 October 2018

Tanya Plibersek MP on the path to gender pay equity in Australia

How do we make workplaces work for women? The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP delivered the 26th annual Kingsley Laffer Memorial Lecture at the University of Sydney Business School on Thursday night.