Postponement of Issue 44(2) Launch

Unfortunately, due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak and associated restrictions, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the launch event for Issue 44(2). This will not impact the publication date of the articles in Issue 44(2), which will still be published online and in print on 29 June 2021.

We are hoping to be able to hold an in-person launch event at HSF Sydney in late July, on a date to be confirmed, and will provide you with further details once we have finalised those plans.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this has caused and we hope to celebrate with you all in person soon.

Issue 44(2) to Launch on 29 June 2021

The University of New South Wales Law Journal is excited to announce the launch of Issue 44(2) on 29 June 2021. Issue 44(2) is a General Issue, which features 12 articles across a range of topics.

The theme of the launch, ‘Reconsidering Australian Intellectual Property Law’ has been inspired by the lead article of Issue 44(2), ‘Trade Mark Law’s Identity Crisis’ by Professor Michael Handler. This two-part article, the second of which is published in Issue 44(2) examines and critiques the developing application of the Federal Court’s recent move away from a strict approach to, and embrace of an expansive test of, substantial identity in Australian trade mark law.

The other articles in Issue 44(2) address a diverse set of legal questions, including the introduction of a common law tort of interference with privacy, mandatory helmet laws in New South Wales and the early release of superannuation to fund assisted reproductive technology. Advance Access versions of the articles can be found here.

We are delighted to welcome the Hon Justice Steven Rares of the Federal Court of Australia to deliver the keynote address. Justice Rares has been a member of the Federal Court since 2006 and is also an additional judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and a judge of the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island. His Honour is currently the President of the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration and has also served as Chairman of the Consultative Council of Australian Law Reporting.

The launch will take place at 6:00pm on Tuesday 29 June 2021 at the Sydney offices of our premier sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills.

To register your attendance, please RSVP by 12:00pm on Tuesday 22 June 2021:

Call for Submissions to the University of New South Wales Law Journal Issue 45(1)

First 2022 Thematic: ‘Abuse of Power’

The UNSW Law Journal is currently welcoming submissions for the thematic component of Issue 45(1). The topic for this thematic component is ‘Abuse of Power’.

Over the past 12 months, COVID-19 has, justifiably, been the main focus of legal and popular discourse within Australia. However, as we begin to emerge from the pandemic and re-evaluate our legal system, we are increasingly uncovering abuses of power by both private and government bodies. These include sexual assault allegations within Australia’s own Parliament House and findings of sexual harassment within the High Court, wage theft of vulnerable and migrant workers, the stripping of funding to the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), and the increased spotlight on Indigenous deaths in custody.

One of the primary responsibilities of the law is to hold those in power to account, and ensure such power is not misused. The volume and seriousness of recent abuses raises the question of whether the law is sufficiently fulfilling this imperative function. Issue 45(1) aims to answer this question, shedding light on contemporary abuses of power both seen and unseen that impact the lives of everyday Australians. In light of this, the Journal invites contributions that explore how the law both facilitates and responds to abuses of power.

The submission deadline for the thematic Issue 45(1) is 3 September 2021. Publication of Issue 45(1) is set for late March 2022. Any changes to these deadlines will be indicated on the Journal’s website.

Articles for print publication in the Journal must be between 7,000 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, available online, and as supplemented by the latest edition of the Journal’sAdditions’.

If you are interested in, or have any queries about, submitting for Issue 45(1), please contact the Journal at