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01 March 2019

How queer texts combat homophobia in schools

Schools teach academic skills - but they are also sites of learning about tolerance and hate. Embedding queer texts in the English curriculum could lessen gender-based bullying and affect real social change, write Sydney experts.
01 March 2019

NCP Trusts: not just for tax evaders and money launderers

New research by the University of Sydney Law School's Dr Derwent Coshott has outlined the economic benefits that can be reaped from Non-Charitable Purpose (NCP) trusts.
26 February 2019

New research casts doubt on cause of Angkor's collapse

New University of Sydney research has revealed the ancient Cambodian city of Angkor underwent a gradual decline in occupation rather than an abrupt collapse.
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.
22 February 2019

Law reform needed for granny flat arrangements

When "granny flat agreements" go wrong, the consequences can be disastrous and costly for parents and children alike, writes property law expert Patricia Lane from 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.
01 February 2019

Banking royal commission to have 'monumental impact', say experts

Ahead of the banking royal commission's final report, University of Sydney experts say the findings should be a "wake up call" for the corporate regulator and are hoping it will provide the industry with clear guidance.
01 February 2019

FoodLab Sydney launch: first food business incubator to use Detroit model

The University of Sydney launched the FoodLab Sydney project, led by the Sydney Environment Institute, applying food security research to support local food entrepreneurs and residents of the City of Sydney.
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.
21 January 2019

Tim Soutphommasane returns to the University of Sydney

Former Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane has been appointed the University of Sydney's first Professor of Practice (Sociology and Political Theory).
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.