School News

Law Alumni Win Lawyers Weekly '30 Under 30' Competition

Three young Newcastle Law School alumni have been recognised for their outstanding work. 

Walk for Justice

Newcastle Law School demonstrates their commitment to fairness, access to justice and a thriving pro bono culture.

Legal Program at Newcastle Beach Riding Wave of Success

A free legal clinic, metres from the crashing waves at Newcastle Beach, is pushing law students into new learning experiences.

Law, Religion, and Economic Development

Newcastle Law School academic presents at G20 Interfaith Summit

The Faculty of Business and Law Says Thank You

Thanking our Work Ready industry partners

Legalising Medical Cannabis: Lessons from Canada's Policies

Nola Ries of the Newcastle Law School discusses lessons Australia can learn from Canadian cannabis policies

Law PhD Candidate Awarded CLTA Conference Bursary for 2015

Newcastle Law School PhD Candidate, Akshaya Kamalnath, will attend the 2015 CLTA Conference

G20 Interfaith Summit: Economic Development and Religious Freedoms

Newcastle Law School academic to present at G20 Interfaith Summit

Faculty Awards Presented to RHD Students at Annual NUPSA Dinner

Faculty RHD students awarded at annual NUPSA Dinner

OPINION: Women's Rights May Outweigh Zoe's Law

Kcasey McLoughlin discusses Zoe's Law and its possible implications for women's rights

Singapore Chief Justice visits Newcastle Law School to talk anti-corruption

Newcastle law students were taught a valuable lesson about corruption in law last Friday, during an address delivered by the visiting Chief Justice of Singapore, the Hon. Justice Sundaresh Menon.

Is Australia guilty of crimes against humanity?

Dr Amy Maguire examines if the International Criminal Court could prosecute Australia for crimes against humanity?

Kathleen Folbigg case review bid challenges SIDS evidence

Shaun McCarthy discusses an evidence challenge of the Kathleen Folbigg case

A referendum in Northern Ireland could mean more than just Yes or No

Dr Amy Maguire discusses renewed calls for Northern Ireland to leave the UK in The Conversation

Newcastle Law School panel accepted at prestigious conference

Newcastle Law School-proposed panel accepted at the prestigious International Studies Association conference

Tanya Plibersek Visits University of Newcastle Legal Centre

Tanya Plibersek, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, visited the University of Newcastle Legal Centre

Where's the Punchline?

Associate Professor John Anderson talks about "Coward Punch" laws being passed in Victoria

Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture

The Law School was proud to welcome the Honourable Robert French AC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, to deliver the 2014 Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture

Mandatory sentences can't deliver justice or stop one-punch killings

Associate Professor John Anderson discusses new "Coward Punch" laws

The degree of unemployment

Faculty of Business and Law graduates top the charts for employability

Is Australia a Responsible International Citizen?

Newcastle Law School academic Dr Amy Maguire discusses Australia's current asylum seeker policy

On-field thugs just as culpable under law

Newcastle Law School academic Daniel Matas has written an opinion piece on violence on the sporting field

Anti-Semitic attack proves need for racial vilification laws

Newcastle Law School academics Associate Professor John Anderson and Dr Alan Berman discuss racial vilification laws

Congratulations to Akshaya Kamalnath on her 3rd Place in the Three Minute Thesis

Newcastle Law School RHD student Akshaya Kamalnath has been awarded third place in the Three Minute Thesis competition

The Media's Impact on Legal Proceedings

In light of the recent trial of Gerard Baden-Clay, Associate Professor John Anderson addressed how media coverage impacts trial proceedings and outcomes in a radio interview by Matthew Dryden in late July.

Law PhD Student to attend German Climate Geoengineering Summer School

Newcastle Law School PhD student Kerryn Brent has been invited to a prestigious Climate Geoengineering Summer School

Appeal to clarify religious standing

Associate Professor Neil Foster welcomes appeal on landmark court decision regarding religious freedom in an article with the Australian 

New anti-discrimination laws 'erode religious freedom'

Assoc Prof Neil Foster, one of the nation's leading authorities on law and religion, has warned that religious freedom in Victoria is being degraded in favour of anti-discrimination laws

The CSI Effect – DNA Evidence in Court

Daniel Matas of the University of Newcastle Legal Centre argues that DNA-based evidence is not cut and dried proof in court

Alumni Advantage Breakfast

UoN Law alumni share their professional experiences with Newcastle Law School students

Newcastle Law School Mooting Success

Kcasey McLoughlin of the Newcastle Law School has led students to success at the KWM Private Law Moot

UoN Alumni Appointed Partners at International Law firm Ashurst

Newcastle Law School alumni Nicole Gardner (nee Huggins) and Corey McHattan have been appointed as partners of the prestigious international law firm Ashurst

Dr Jeff McGee's Research on Climate Change Governance Cited in United Nations Report

Newcastle Law School academic Dr Jeff McGee has received citations for his research in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report

QLD 'Gay Panic Defence' Shameful

Newcastle Law School academics Dr Alan Berman and Sher Campbell delve into Queensland's 'homosexual advance defence'.

Nicola Ross on Child Representation

Dr Nicola Ross was a keynote speaker at the 2014 NSW Child Representation Conference organised by Legal Aid NSW.

Reforming Contract Law

Professors Ted Wright, Fred Ellinghaus, and David Kelly have presented the federal government with a draft code for the law of contract that seeks to simplify the current laws.

North Korea and Human Rights: Can Things Change?

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC, CMG presents the lecture, 'North Korea and Human Rights: Can Things Change?' 

The Trials and Tribulations of Being a Lawyer

The Hon. TF Bathurst presents the lecture, "The Trials and Tribulations of Being a Lawyer"

Opinion: Minimum lawful age for marriage is clear

Newcastle Law School's Associate Professor Neil Foster has commented in the Newcastle Herald on a recent case involving the "marriage" of a 12 year old girl in the Hunter region.

Bowling Club Legal Stoush

The University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC) has taken begun working with the Friends of King Edward Park Group to challenge Newcastle City Council's Approval of a function centre at the cliff-top site at King Edward Park.

Hit the surf and source legal advice

Young people needing legal advice are encouraged to tap into expertise of the University of Newcastle's Legal Centre when it slips out of the office and hits the sand for its annual Law on the Beach free community legal advice service.

Master of Laws (LLM) one-on-one consultations

Are you thinking of studying a Master of Laws? Would you like further information about the program or some advice about if the LLM is right for you?

Alan Jones lends his support to convicted child killer Kathleen Folbigg

Support for convicted child killer Kathleen Folbigg is gathering support with Radio host Alan Jones now joining the calls to have her case reviewed.

Church and State

Associate Professor Neil Foster, who in 2013 started teaching an elective on Law and Religion for later year Law students, has been invited to speak at St Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney on the Australia Day Long Weekend on the law and religion topic "Legal Pressure Points for Christians in the 21st Century".

Guest Lecture: The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP

Students, staff and guests of the Newcastle Law School were recently treated to an interesting and dynamic lecture by former Attorney General of Australia, The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP.

UNLSA Mooting Success

Newcastle Law School students achieved mooting success at the Annual Australian Law Students' Association Conference.

Jacquie Svenson Op-Ed in Newcastle Herald on proposed Crown Lands legislation

The NSW Upper House will soon debate changes to the Crown Lands legislation that could fundamentally change how public recreational land can be used in NSW.

Shaun McCarthy announced as Associate Investigator for highly competitive grant

Shaun McCarthy, Director of the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, is an Associate Investigator in a recently announced highly competitive National Health and Medical Research Council project grant.

Associate Professor Neil Foster Comments on Comcare Case

Associate Professor Neil Foster was interviewed on 30 October 2013 on ABC Local Radio, Canberra, on the Drive program, about the High Court decision to deny workers compensation payments to a woman injured during sex in a motel room while on a work trip.

University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC) in Push for Judicial Enquiry in Case of Kathleen Folbigg

The UNLC will be assisting Hunter resident, Kathleen Folbigg, to seek a judicial enquiry into her case. Folbigg was sentenced to 30 years' jail for the manslaughter of her first child Caleb, 19 days, and the murder of her other children, Patrick, eight months, Sarah, 10 months, and Laura, 19 months between 1989 and 1999, but has always maintained her innocence.

The Newcastle Herald recently profiled the case and the UNLC involvement.

Congratulations Dr Tim Connor

The Newcastle Law School would like to congratulate Dr Tim Connor for receiving an Office of Teaching and Learning Citation.

Dr Tim Connor discusses labour conditions in the garment industry

Dr Tim Connor was recently quoted in the New York Times in an article about poor labour conditions in the global garment industry

AAT-UoN Internship Program kicks off

Grace Cummings and Craig Eade are the inaugural internees who have been competitively selected for the Administrative Appeals Tribunal - University of Newcastle Internship Program. Grace and Craig will complete their internships in Sydney in 2013.

David Kelly joins the Newcastle Law School

The Newcastle Law School is pleased to announce the appointment of David St Leger Kelly as a Conjoint Professor.

Nicola Ross Speaks at Legal Aid NSW

On 16th August Dr Nicola Ross spoke to 200 family lawyers and family dispute resolution professionals on 'Independent Children's Lawyers 'Relational Approaches to Children's Representation', as part of the Annual Family Law Conference organised by Legal Aid NSW.

University of Newcastle Legal Centre Now Providing Legal Advice to Students at Sydney Campus

The University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC) has recently extended its service to include the provision of legal advice to the University's Sydney based students.

The Trace of Burning Stars: Law, Poetry, and Rhetoric, by Prof Frank Bates

Professor Frank Bates, of the Newcastle Law School, has written a book entitled The Trace of Burning Stars: Law, Poetry, and Rhetoric.

Ian Lloyd QC appointed as Conjoint Associate Professor within the Law School

The Newcastle Law School is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Lloyd QC as a Conjoint Associate Professor.

One international lecturer's experience with placement in the University of Newcastle Legal Centre

Earlier this year Vietnamese lecturer Lam Ba Kanh Toan spent some time with the University of Newcastle Legal Centre as part of the establishment in Vietnam of a Clinic Legal Education (CLE) program.

Legal Discrimination with Katherine Lindsay

Kate Lindsay was interviewed on 29 May for the ABC radio program Statewide Afternoons with Chris Coleman on the topic of "When is it lawful to discriminate under NSW law?"

Dr Nicola Ross presents to family law professionals on the Central Coast

On 9th May Dr Nicola Ross spoke to 100 lawyers and other family law professionals on 'Relational Approaches to Children's Representation'.

Prof Frank Bates Presentation of Kirby Seminar

On Monday May 6th, Professor Frank Bates presented a seminar on the series inaugurated to honour Justice Michael Kirby, formerly of the High Court of Australia. The seminar was entitled, "Return, Return O Shulamite': Discharge of Return Orders in Australian Child Abduction Law".

New Professors Talk

On Wednesday, 22 May Professor Sandeep Gopalan spoke on the topic 'Are CEOs and others who commit white-collar crimes punished insufficiently?'.

Dr Tim Connor published in Theoretical Criminology.

An article by Newcastle Law School Lecturer Dr Tim Connor has just been published in Theoretical Criminology, regarded as one of the best journals in its field.

NeW Space

NeW Space is a $95 million landmark education precinct under development by the University of Newcastle in the heart of Newcastle's CBD.  NeW Space will harness the latest in technology and innovation in teaching and learning to deliver a world-class student experience by engaging students in new and exciting ways.


A large number of students attended the Faculty of Business and Law's April graduation ceremonies on Saturday 13 April.

Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture 2013

This year the Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture was delivered by The Honourable Nicola Roxon titled 'Breathing value into your law degree'.

Justice Michael Kirby

Justice Michael Kirby lectured at Newcastle University on The Mysteries of Judicial Reasoning: The Case of Garcia vs National Australia Bank.