UNSW Law

dissent

Dissent on the bench of Australia's highest court was at a record low in 2015, according to an annual study of the High Court's decisions. 

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Can you identify a criminal by looking at their brain? Should head scans be admissible in a defence case? Can, and should, neuroscience help predict criminal behaviour?

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A UNSW Law team has claimed victory at the world’s top mediation challenge in Paris, beating 65 teams from more than 50 countries to take out first prize.

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The High Court's comprehensive rejection of a challenge to Australia’s offshore processing regime in Nauru means our future treatment of asylum seekers will be governed by the politics of the day, writes George Williams.

Indonesian children

A minority sect in Indonesia had its village burnt to the ground on suspicions it was connected to terrorism. The targeting of this group represents just one incident in a long pattern of vigilante violence, writes Melissa Crouch.

family apartments

As more families chose to live in apartments and high-density housing, more thought needs to be put into the bylaws that constrain their lives, writes Cathy Sherry.

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Can you be defamed by a search engine’s autocomplete algorithm? What happens when indigenous life experiences become data in the name of reconciliation? Could (and should) police use statistics, Minority Report-style, to predict a crime?

confidential

The government, citing precedent, will not release legal advice on the validity of its citizen-stripping anti-terror laws. But what justifies this convention, asks Gabrielle Appleby. 

Rohingya

Western perceptions of Buddhism in Myanmar are still largely blinded by the shiny golden mirage of the pagodas, and the assumption that Buddhists must be peaceful, loving and good, writes Melissa Crouch.

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If we are willing to compensate those who were sexually abused as children, why not compensate Indigenous people wrongly removed from their families, writes George Williams.

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