The first Aboriginal Australian elected to a United Nations body is leading 
the push for public law solutions to the nation’s most serious and long-standing human rights issue.


You’ve heard of swotting – locking yourself away to cram before an exam. Now a group of 100 UNSW students are perfecting the art of un-swotting – learning through connecting and conversing. 

Queen Elizabeth

A significant shift has occurred in the ALP on the idea of Australia becoming a republic, writes George Williams.


Police accountability and transparency will be the focus of a debate at NSW Parliament House next Thursday 30 July, hosted by UNSW Law and the Redfern Legal Centre.

Dawn in Bagan

As part of its democratisation process, Myanmar needs an impartial institution to determine the constitutionality of legislation and hear disputes between levels of government, writes Melissa Crouch.

Syrian refugees

It wouldn’t be the first time Australia’s refugee review system has been politicised. But we should be concerned about the latest changes, writes Claire Higgins.

Aboriginal flag

The issue of Indigenous constitutional recognition needs purpose and urgency, or it will resettle into a pattern of drift and inaction, writes George Williams.

Law student

Students with large education debts may not be willing to work in government or not-for-profit sectors without additional support, write Richard Holden and Rosalind Dixon.


One of the Redfern Legal Centre’s main roles – its police powers practice – has been saved from closure thanks to UNSW Law sponsorship. The successful state-wide service was under threat after a number or state and federal funding losses.

refugee boat

Australia is signatory to a number of international protocols that deal with people smuggling, so officials could fall foul of these if it's proven they paid smugglers to turn a boat back to Indonesia, writes Tamara Wood.