Issue 41(4) to Launch on 28 November 2018

The University of New South Wales Law Journal is pleased to announce the launch of Issue 41(4) on 28 November 2018. The Issue is a general issue featuring twelve articles. The topic for the launch event – ‘Reconceptualising the Trial: Administering Justice in an Era of Social and Technological Change’ – is inspired by the article selected to provide the organising theme of the launch event. The article, by Professor Tania Sourdin, examines how artificial intelligence will supplement or replace the judicial role. The debate raises complex ethical questions concerning privacy, policy and societal need. In this manner, it compels audiences to consider how these developments will reconceptualise not only the trial but also the meaning of justice.

We are delighted to be welcoming the Hon Stephen Carey George Burley of the Federal Court of Australia, Mr Ben Kremer from Banco Chambers and Associate Professor Lyria Bennett Moses from the University of New South Wales to participate in a panel discussion at the launch event for Issue 41(4). The panel discussion will be concluded by an address from Professor Tania Sourdin.

The following eleven articles in the Issue address a range of topical legal subjects. These include: ‘contextualism’ as a modern approach to statutory interpretation; High Court constitutional challenges to criminal law and procedure legislation; 2017 statistics regarding the High Court on constitutional law; monetary remedies for public law wrongs; issues in the law and practice of consent determinations under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth); a reform agenda for small defamation claims between ordinary individuals; powers available to New South Wales and Victoria courts to restrain the publication of extraneous prejudicial material; the role of constructive trustees; accountability over the appointment of directors; politicians’ opinions on the euthanasia debate; and the classification of animals as property.

The launch will take place on Wednesday 28 November 2018 at the offices of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Level 17, 8 Chifley, 8–12 Chifley Square, Sydney, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

To register your attendance, please RSVP by 12.00pm on Tuesday 27 November 2018 at:

Call for Submissions to the University of New South Wales Law Journal Issue 42(3)

2019 Thematic: ‘Conceptions of Ownership’

The UNSW Law Journal is currently welcoming submissions for Issue 42(3). The Issue will be solely thematic, with articles directed to the theme ‘Conceptions of Ownership’.

Given the historical and cultural backdrop of a wide variety of conceptions of ownership that are largely unacknowledged in modern western common law, and the potential implications for changes in ownership meanings and behaviours that the exigencies of the sharing economy foreshadow, this thematic seeks to address itself to the wide array of past, present and potential future meanings of ownership.

The submission deadline for the thematic Issue 42(3) is 1 March 2019. Publication of Issue 42(3) is set for late September 2019. Articles must be between 7000 and 13 000 words in length (excluding footnotes). The style guide for the Journal is the current edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation, as supplemented by the latest edition of the Journal’s ‘Additions’.

If you are interested in, or have any queries about, submitting for Issue 42(3), please contact the Journal at

Issue 41(3) to launch on 27 September 2018

The University of New South Wales Law Journal is pleased to invite you to the launch of Issue 41(3) on 27 September 2018. The Issue is the only thematic Issue for the year, and features twelve articles on the theme of ‘Vulnerability and the Law’ along with a foreword by Professor Jonathan Herring.

We are delighted to be welcoming Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, and Ms Rosemary Kayess, Visiting Fellow at UNSW Law, Interim-Director of UNSW’s Disability Innovation Institute, and Member of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to deliver their thoughts on elements of the theme in a keynote panel discussion.

The twelve articles in the Issue address a range of topical legal issues. These include: social security law; workplace discrimination for employees with a disability; forced marriage; gendered hate speech; mental health law, policies and systems; police complaints mechanisms; immunity from criminal liability for police, corrections staff and other law enforcement officers; leave provisions for working women undergoing IVF treatment; legal protection for consumers who require additional decision-making support; Indigenous constitutional vulnerability; procedural fairness in the Australian ‘Fast Track’ refugee status determination regime; and reform of the Safe Haven Enterprise visa.

The launch will take place on 27 September 2018 at the offices of our premier sponsor King & Wood Mallesons, Level 61, Governor Philip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney, from 6pm to 8pm.

To register your attendance, please RSVP by 12.00pm on 26 September 2018.

Issue 41(2) to Launch on 30 May 2018

The University of New South Wales Law Journal is pleased to invite you to the launch of Issue 41(2) on 30 May 2018. This general Issue features 10 articles across a range of legal topics. The launch event will feature a panel discussion on ‘Dangerous Offenders and the Governance of Risk’, which is inspired by an article in the Issue by Harry Hobbs and Andrew Trotter. Through a historical survey of criminal justice responses to sexual offences, the authors argue that public fear at salient incidents produce laws that are overzealous, disproportionate and unjust. They also problematise the notion of ‘dangerousness’ and question the capacity of the criminal law to predict future risk.

We are delighted to have the Hon Justice Lucy McCallum, Professor Luke McNamara and the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG form a speaking panel to offer their insights into these issues. Justice McCallum is a judge in the Common Law Division at the NSW Supreme Court and was previously a prosecutor and commercial barrister. Luke McNamara is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at UNSW and Co-Director of the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice. Michael Kirby AC CMG is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia and was most recently the Chairman of the UN Commission of Inquiry on North Korea. His experiences in this regard also form the subject matter of an article in the Issue.

The other articles in the Issue offer unique analyses of contemporary legal issues and debates. The topics covered in the Issue include: coronial findings on suicide; judicial restraint in property division; the development of the principle of legality in the French Court era; the role of international child rights instruments in regulating unhealthy food advertising; the characterisation of breach of confidence in private international law; the utility of public law methodology in international investment law; a critique of new Victorian legislation on the retrospective removal of donor anonymity; and an empirical study of mental health wellbeing initiatives in a public sector legal organisation.

The launch will take place on Wednesday 30 May 2018 from 6pm–8:30pm at the offices of our premier sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills, at Level 33, 161 Castlereagh St, Sydney.

To register your attendance, please RSVP by 12pm, Tuesday 29 May 2018.

Issue 41(1) to Launch on 29 March 2018

The University of New South Wales Law Journal is pleased to announce the launch of Issue 41(1) on 29 March 2018. The Issue is a general Issue featuring nine articles, and the topic for the launch event – ‘Statutory Interpretation and Parliamentary Materials’ – is inspired by the article selected to lead the Issue. The lead article, by Jacinta Dharmananda, makes the case for a more nuanced appreciation of the statute-making process in statutory interpretation, and raises broader questions of legislative intention, the role of the judiciary in interpreting legislation, and the use of non-statutory materials.

The following eight articles in the Issue address a range of topical legal issues. These include: the relationship between law and poverty; the role of parliamentary committees in protecting human rights; a human rights law analysis of the media coverage of abuses at the Don Dale Detention Centre; victim impact statements in sentencing homicide offences; non-consensual smartphone recordings in domestic and family violence contexts; citation patterns of trial judges in the NSW District Court; the legalities of degree revocation by Australian universities; and patented methods in Australia.

We are delighted to be welcoming the Hon Justice John Basten, of the New South Wales Court of Appeal, to deliver the keynote address. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Justice Basten taught at UNSW, then practised as a barrister and Queens Counsel, specialising in administrative and constitutional law, native title, immigration and human rights. He has served as a part-time Commissioner of the New South Wales Law Reform Commission (1996–1999), the Australian Law Reform Commission (1986–1987), and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (1994–1997), and as an assistant Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (2003–2004).

The launch will take place on 29 March 2018 at the offices of premier sponsor Allens, Level 28, Deutsche Bank Place, 126 Phillip Street, Sydney, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

To register your attendance, please RSVP by 12.00pm on 27 March 2018.