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12 December 2018

Professor Simon Bronitt appointed Head of School and Dean of Law

Professor Simon Bronitt has been appointed Head of School and Dean of the University of Sydney Law School, starting on 1 July 2019.
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.
26 November 2018

Alcohol marketing code failing to protect young people

The alcohol industry's code of conduct does not adequately protect young people from exposure to alcohol marketing, University of Sydney research reveals.
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

Sydney Law School academic wins 2018 National Dreamtime Award

Dr Nicole Watson has been named Educator of the Year at the 2018 National Dreamtime Awards for her outstanding work in law affecting Indigenous people and her support of Indigenous students.
16 November 2018

What is the future of data security in Australia?

The University of Sydney has been invited to collaborate with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet utilising the expertise of its researchers for the development of the government's new data sharing policy
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.
14 November 2018

How research is helping to reduce prejudice between people online

Research by academics in the School of Psychology has shown that online interaction between groups that have historically been hostile or distrustful has brought people together and shifted prejudices.
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.
09 October 2018

New database documents rights abuses of 457 visa holders

New analysis of a decade's worth of data by a University of Sydney immigration expert has revealed the nature of worker rights violations experienced by temporary migrants.
28 September 2018

Banking Royal Commission: Five things you need to know

How could the Banking Royal Commission impact you as a consumer? And what brought about the Commission? University of Sydney experts explain what you need to know about the interim report release.
25 September 2018

Old and modern architecture the focus of building conservation

In a time of dramatic change, conserving precious architecture, objects and places becomes even more important. But alumna, Susan Macdonald, knows it takes more than good intentions - it takes detective work and new thinking.
25 September 2018

Security the only cost in the marketplace of ideas

Universities should be places where ideas of every type are protested and defended. This is the everyday experience of students at universities, writes Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence in The Australian.
24 September 2018

Residential aged-care doesn't meet older people's emotional needs

In the wake of ABC's Four Corners investigation Associate Professor Lee-Fay Low explains why Australia's aged-care system is failing older people and the fundamental shift that is needed to change things.
21 September 2018

Transforming devastated landscapes with permaculture

The humanitarian crises that most of us only read about are often witnessed firsthand by alumna Rosemary Morrow, as she travels the world to help refugees and displaced people grow food.
20 September 2018

How the law failed the victims of the Bowraville murder case

Last week, the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal added another chapter to the decades-long story of injustice for the Indigenous community of Bowraville. David Hamer from Sydney Law School explores how the laws of 'double jeopardy' have put obstacles in the path of the prosecution for a third child murder.
19 September 2018

When politics corrupts the fairness of elections

Arranging election district boundaries can be made to favour a particular party, creating a problem for democracy. Working for the Campaign Legal Centre, alumna Ruth Greenwood is on the front line, fighting for fairness.
18 September 2018

The law professor who changed lives and inspired a $195,000 gift

Tom Yim says he would never have got through University without the help of Emeritus Professor Colin Phegan. Now he is honouring his former lecturer by making a gift that will help a new generation of law students.

17 September 2018

The corporate trailblazer promoting diversity and inclusion

List the ASX 100 companies with an Asian woman as CEO, and you'll have just two. Alumna, Ming Long, was the first woman to get there and now she's making it easier for more to follow.
13 September 2018

Freewheeling bush adventures in a wheelchair

Her studies were almost over and alumna, Helen Smith, had plans. Then a single event meant she had to reach her goals via a very different path. Now she's pushing against the barriers.