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Newcastle Law School co-hosted a Continuous Professional Development Seminar on Arbitration and Mediation

On 4th August 2017, Newcastle Law School and Newcastle Law Society co-hosted a CPD seminar on Arbitration and Mediation – Practice Update. Dr Bin Li from Newcastle Law School discussed cultural issues in negotiation and mediation based on his experience teaching in both China and Australia. The CPD seminar was well received by local practitioners and students who had an interest in arbitration and mediation.


On Wednesday 3 August 2017 MinterEllison, the Law School and Newcastle Law Society jointly hosted a seminar on 'The impact on Legal Tech and Disruption.' Moderated by Shengshi Zhao, Project Services Consultant at MinterEllison, students, staff and local legal practitioners had the opportunity to hear the latest trends and use of technology in the legal sector.  It was an amazing opportunity for the Law School to forge an ongoing relationship with MinterEllison and the feedback from MinterEllison was that the new campus was amazing and they would love to come back to Newcastle in the near future.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS - Reforming the Justice System: The Alchemy of Data, Leadership, and Synergy

May 2017

On Monday 22 May the Newcastle Law School hosted a Symposium on Evidence-Based Law and Practice. The Keynote Speaker for this event was Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.


May 2017

Dr Amy Maguire is becoming a well-known social commentator on contemporary human rights issues. This month she was interviewed on Channel 7’s Sunrise Program regarding the case of Australian woman Cassandra Sainsbury, who has been arrested in Colombia on drug charges. Dr Maguire developed her analysis of this case through an article in The Conversation, arguing that Ms Sainsbury should not be denied the presumption of innocence. Dr Maguire was also quoted in The New Daily , noting that the potentially very long delay before trial in Colombia places pressure on someone in Ms Sainsbury’s position to plead guilty, even if they believe themselves innocent.

Dr Maguire is a Senior Lecturer here at Newcastle Law School. She is an expert in international human rights law and conducts research on the rights of Indigenous peoples and refugees, potential legal responses to climate change impacts, and capital punishment, among other areas. She is also an award-winning teacher who coordinates the subjects Public International Law, International Human Rights Law and Indigenous Peoples, Issues and the Law.  She has a regular column in The Conversation and tweets as @DrAmyMaguire.


December 2016

Staff and students of Newcastle Law School (NLS) at the University of Newcastle (UoN) ended 2016 on a high with a win in the NSW Land and Environment Court. NLS solicitor and teacher Jacquie Svenson supervised 19 law students who worked on the case on behalf of residents concerned about the impact a proposed giant new gambling venue would have on their community. NLS is the only law school in NSW that offers students the opportunity to integrate their practical legal professional training with the academic study required to become a legal practitioner. All law students at NLS who take up this option regularly work in the law school’s legal centre representing real clients in cases like this.


The Wellness Doctrines Seminar

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Sydney lawyer and author, Jerome Doraisamy recently visited the Newcastle Law School and spoke with students about The Wellness Doctrines and the steps a law student can take to address any health or wellbeing issues.


Law graduates admitted to legal profession

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Congratulations to graduates from the Newcastle Law School, who have recently been admitted as lawyers of the Supreme Court of NSW.


Parliamentary Inquiry into Elder Abuse

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Sarah Breusch, solicitor and clinical teacher at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, was given the prestigious opportunity to participate in a legal practitioner panel discussion as part of the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Elder Abuse at Parliament House in Sydney.


Law on the Beach celebrates 13 years

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Novocastrians needing legal advice are encouraged to tap into the expertise of the University of Newcastle's Legal Centre as they run Law on the Beach, a free community legal advice service.


Dr Nicola Ross: Resources for women needed

Wednesday, 21 October 2015


I Look Ahead

Friday, 16 October 2015

The Newcastle Law School was proud to welcome Professor Neil Rees for the 2015 Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture


Fellowship in Health Services Research and Policy

Friday, 2 October 2015

Australian Fellowship in Health Services Research and Policy

Conference: Religious Freedom in a Multicultural World

On Friday September 25, 2015 Freedom for Faith and the Newcastle Law School jointly hosted the Conference – Religious Freedom in a Multicultural World.

John Anderson's Book Launch: 'Uniform Evidence in Australia'

On Wednesday the 16th of September, legal scholars and practitioners convened for a special event to celebrate the publication of Associate Professor John Anderson's new book 'Uniform Evidence in Australia' in collaboration with co-authors Neil Williams SC, Julia Roy and Judith Marychurch.

Frank Bates Book Launch: 'Conflict of Laws as Taxonomy: A New Approach'

On Wednesday the 12th of August, Newcastle legal scholars and practitioners came together to launch the latest book by Emeritus Professor Frank Bates, the esteemed author of 9 books and over 300 articles and book chapters which have been published internationally.

Law Alumni Return for Breakfast

Three accomplished Newcastle Law School (NLS) alumni shared their professional advice and career experiences with NLS students at the recent Alumni Advantage Breakfast.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.