Faculty News

Copyright Modernisation on Government Agenda

Dr Rita Matulionyte from the Law School has been actively involved in the Australian Government’s Consultation on Copyright Modernisation. Rita was invited to participate in the roundtable with the representatives from the Department of Communications and the Arts where the government representatives asked academics to express their opinions on the proposed copyright reforms. During the meeting, Rita shared her experience on issues related to ‘orphan works’ problem and suggested that Australian Government should consider the solutions adopted by the European Union.

Australian Society of Authors has also requested Rita to prepare a memo comparing international legal solutions on orphan works’ problem. They were very pleased with the memo they received and plan to share it with other stakeholder organizations (Copyright Agency, Australian Copyright Council) and cite it in their submission to the government.

Empower Network Launching in May!

Empower (formerly Lucy) provides a three-way connection between university students, industry professionals and high school students through a combination of face to face and online experiences and interactions. These connections are designed to inspire and inform young women about the study and career opportunities available in business, commerce, entrepreneurship and law, informing decisions regarding their work futures.

Empower aims to

  • Give women the confidence and strength to navigate and manage their own career development;
  • Create new networks and provide access to role models and influential peers;
  • Provide real-world experiences that students can apply to their studies and their personal career choices.

The Network consists of:

  • A series of Network events to provide a platform to connect  university students and industry professionals.
  • An online social network to enable ongoing and ad-hoc communication with all participants.
  • The option to participate in the local high school component of the program.

We invite women students, professionals and academics in business, finance and law and entrepreneurs from the Newcastle and Hunter areas to become a member of the Empower Network.

We ask you to join the network to share your achievements, successes and challenges with the next generation of women professionals.

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When You’re Smiling, The Whole World Buys With You

The power of a genuine smile has been proven, with research from the University of Newcastle and Monash University showing a ‘genuine’ smile from a celebrity endorser can boost product likeability and even improve consumer attitude toward a celebrity whose reputation has taken a hit.

Monash Business School’s Associate Professor Jasmina Ilicic in collaboration with the University of Newcastle’s Dr Alicia Kulczynski and Associate Professor Stacey Baxter, found that a ‘Duchenne’ smile was seen among consumers as more genuine versus a ‘fake’ smile where only the corners of the mouth are raised.

The study, published in the Journal of Advertising Research (JAR), explored the impact of a celebrity with a “Duchenne” smile in a print ad on 340 consumers.

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Hugh Mackay Public Lecture co-hosted by HRF Centre

Social researcher Hugh Mackay presented his vision for a kinder, more compassionate Australia to an audience of more than 350 people at a public lecture in Newcastle in May. The lecture was co-hosted by the HRF Centre and the Centre for 21st Century Humanities.

Mackay examined population and social trends while researching his 19th book, Reinventing Australia. He said Australia is in the grip of an epidemic of anxiety. This was precipitated by increasing social isolation, which is the result of a raft of changes in society.

Mackay also spoke at the Hunter economic breakfast on 11 May. He conducted a workshop with local school students at NeW Space on 10 May, facilitated by the HRF Centre’s Director, Professor Will Rifkin. The 14 students from six different high schools, were interested in or studying society and culture. The workshop was co-hosted by the HRF Centre and the Faculty of Education and Arts.

A transcript of Mackay’s lecture will be available for download from HRF Centre’s website from the week beginning 28th May.

Inequality Discussed at HRF Centre Breakfast

Inequality in Australia and the Hunter region was the subject of the HRF Centre’s economic breakfast in May.

Dr Anthea Bill, HRF Centre’s lead economist, analysed Census and other data to reveal a trend of increasing inequality between Hunter postcodes. Dr Bill examines locational, educational and generational disadvantage in the region. She also delved into HRF Centre’s Wellbeing of Hunter residents’ survey data.

“The 2016 data shows lower scores for wellbeing for those with a number of other factors commonly associated with disadvantage,” Dr Bill said. “These factors include unemployment, financial stress, job insecurity, and low levels of housing affordability.”

Melinda Cilento, the Committee for Economic Development of Australia's (CEDA) CEO, discussed why growing inequality is being studied by leading economists around the world. She released details of a new CEDA report -How unequal? Insights into inequality – at the breakfast.

Cilento also previewed further research CEDA will conduct into the costs and benefits of Australia’s unprecedented economic growth.

Download the breakfast presentations from HRF Centre’s website.

Tort Law in Top Courts: Bad Form and Addictive Substance?

Newcastle Law School is delighted to host this lecture by James Lee, Reader in English Law and PC Woo Research Fellow 2016-17, King’s College London, Senior Visiting Fellow UNSW Gilbert & Tobin Centre of Public Law.

Wednesday May 30, 1:00-2:30 pm Room X-803
Law school staff and students welcome
RSVP: uonlawevents@newcastle.edu.au

26th Annual Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture

Join the local legal community at The Newcastle Law School’s 26th Annual Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture. The Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture was established in 1993 to mark the arrival of the first group of Bachelor of Laws students at the University of Newcastle. It is delivered by an eminent lawyer each academic year.

This year we welcome The Hon Wayne Martin AC, Chief Justice of Western Australia to deliver the lecture titled “Restorative Cities – The Role of the Justice System.”

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MBA (Global) Agreement with LUISS Business School

The Faculty of Business and Law have signed an agreement with LUISS Business School in Rome for students that entitles students enrolled in the two-year MBA (Global) program the opportunity to complete a double degree qualification. A maximum of 10 MBA (Global) students per year will be permitted to enrol at LUISS Business School and live and study in Rome, where they can choose to partner their MBA (Global) program with either the Master of Fashion and Luxury Management or Master in Management and Technology programs. Students will receive full credit for their completed studies at each institution, resulting in the award of a double-degree.

LUISS Business School is EQUIS accredited and part of the School of Business and Management of LUISS Guido Carli University, located at the Villa Blanc campus in Rome, Italy.

ACCC Deputy Chair Provides Local Leaders with National Insights

The Faculty welcomed the opportunity to host Dr Michael Schaper, Deputy Chair ACCC to deliver the first in a series of external engagement events for 2018.  Drawing on Dr Schaper’s 10 years of experience at the ACCCwith particular interest in small business, franchising, industry associations and business liaison with the national competition and consumer protection regulator, the Faculty was able to provide our key regional stakeholders access to Dr Schapers’ expertise providing a meaningful platform for connection and engagement.

Across two days, Dr Schaper joined Faculty staff and 15 of the regions leaders over dinner to discuss competition issues in the Hunter, providing a national and local lens to the discussion allowing our key regional leaders the opportunity to understand the competition landscape as it applies to the Hunter and the nation.

The following day, Dr Schaper presented a workshop on “building effective links between academia, government and business for 35 Academic staff and Industry stakeholders. The events provided a forum for local industry, government and academics to come together to identify existing synergies and develop opportunities for ongoing and sustained collaboration.

International Climate Change Law Course Online

825 students have commenced their studies in the Newcastle Law School’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on International Climate Change Law and Policy. The top 3 countries with highest enrolment rates are Australia (25%), Brazil (22%) and the United States (8%). Our diverse cohort includes several lawyers and lecturers from Brazil, an Australian City Councillor and a Spanish Diplomat. The course coordinators are Newcastle Law School academic Dr Elena Aydos, Professor Chris Kellett (FEBE, UON) and Associate Professor Sven Rudolph (School of Economics, Kyoto University).

Council Of Australian Law Deans At NeW Space

Dean of Newcastle Law School, Professor Tania Sourdin, hosted a meeting of the Council of Australian Law Deans at NeW Space to discuss recent changes in higher education funding, and research including the creation of a new law journal list.

In addition, the group discussed the new accreditation and review processes for Law Schools and potential relationships with Indian and Chinese Law Schools.

The meetings provided a wonderful opportunity to showcase NeWSpace and the facilities designed to benefit both staff and students at the Newcastle Law School.

NBS Postgraduate Students Engage With Liberty One Steel

21 postgraduate Human Resource Management students, along with Professor Mark Bray, visited Liberty One Steel for a site tour of the Rod Mill and a presentation discussing HR practices at the company.

Led by Mr Stuart Gordon, National Manager Employee Relations, and Ms Bianca Jones, State Human Resource Manager, the students were briefed on the safety requirements of the Rod Mill while dressing in appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment), required by all staff and visitors to the site. The group, mainly consisting of international students were awed by the process of changing a steel rod into coils of wire ready for transportation to manufacturing sites.

The presentation and following Q&A session engaged all present and gave an insight into the demographics of the staff, union involvement, and human resource issues from both a manufacturing and administrative viewpoint. Further site visits are planned for later in 2018.

Book Publication: Intellectual Property, Cultural Property And Intangible Cultural Heritage

Professor Christoph Antons has released a book ‘Intellectual Property, Cultural Property and Intangible Cultural Heritage’, co-edited with heritage expert Professor William Logan of Deakin University. The book is part of a Routledge series titled “Key Issues in Cultural Heritage’ and examines various notions of property in relation to intangible cultural heritage, and discusses how these are employed in rights discourses by governments, and Indigenous and local communities around the world. Using case studies from Asia, Europe, and Australia the book examines conflicts and cross-border disputes.

The book is one of the outcomes of the ARC Discovery project ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage Across Borders: Laws, Structures and Strategies in China and its ASEAN Neighbours’. Professor Antons is the lead investigator on this ARC project, which also includes the co-investigators Professor William Logan, Professor Carol Warren (Murdoch University) and Professor Jianfu Chen (La Trobe University), associate investigator Dr Alexandra Denes (Chiang Mai University) as well as PhD students at the University of Newcastle, Deakin University and Murdoch University.

Return On Investment Of Effective Complaints Management Report

Professor Tania Sourdin (Newcastle Law School), Dr Jamie Carlson (Newcastle Business School), Emeritus Professor Martin Watts, and Ms Christine Armstrong (PhD Candidate) have found that return on investment in complaint handling can be as high as 1000%.

The research commissioned by SOCAP Australia (The Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals Australia) and undertaken by the University of Newcastle, found that the benefits of effective complaints handling is higher than previously thought, and could affect millions of Australians who complain to businesses each year. The greatest benefits included customer satisfaction; customer retention; staff satisfaction; and customer lifetime value as well as product improvements made as a result of feedback.

NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean launched the SOCAP Australia UON report, ROI of Effective Complaints Management, for World Consumer Rights Day. The report summary can be found here

Law PhD Student Assisting Waste Pickers In Brazil

Newcastle Law School PhD student, Ana Paula Rengel Goncalves, was invited by Councillor De Abreu - Marquito and his legal advisor Lorena Duarte to assist in the drafting of a Bill to institute a Municipal Program for Payment for Urban Environmental Services in Florianopolis – Brazil.

The proposed law aims to connect the social, environmental and economic dimensions of waste management in Florianopolis and to overcome the social and environmental injustice suffered by the waste pickers. This is a successful example of legal research impacting the local community.

Ana Paula has several publications in Portuguese and placed 1st in the University-wide scoring for an international PhD scholarship in her round. She has recently published her first peer-reviewed international journal article in English.

Professor Christoph Antons - Visiting Professor In Singapore

Professor Christoph Antons has recently returned from Singapore where he was a visiting professor at the Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law, located at Singapore Management University. During his stay, Prof Antons presented a staff seminar on Copyright Law Reform and Asian Development, and presented a paper at The Future of Asian Trade Deals and IP conference titled ‘Intellectual Property Related to Plant Material and Free Trade Agreements in Asia’.

Whilst in the region, Prof Antons continued his research for the ARC project ‘Building An Intellectual Property System: The Indonesian experience’ after an invitation from the Faculty of Law at Airlangga University in Surabaya. Hosting his stay were Prof Sogar Simamora and Prof Agung Sujatmiko, who had been visiting professors at the Newcastle Law School in November 2017

Kenyan Public Service At NeW Space

As part of the Australia Awards Fellowship, which aims to strengthen partnerships between Australia and developing countries, Professor Jim Jose and Dr Patricia Johnson hosted 14 senior members of the Kenyan Public Service for two weeks during their recent stay in Australia. The Kenyan Commissioners were provided a unique opportunity to engage with some of Australia’s leading policy practitioners with the aim for the fellowship to have a tangible impact on the ground in Kenya.

The delegation attended a reception at the Kenyan High Commission in Canberra and participated in seminars held at the National Library of Australia in Canberra, and Parliament House in Sydney before returning to Newcastle for a series of workshops designed to strengthen public service performance and build governance capacity in Kenya. The Fellowship was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has been awarded United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) accreditation.

“This fellowship represents a mutually-beneficial partnership between the University of Newcastle, the Australian Government and the Kenyan Government and we were excited to welcome 15 senior members of the Kenyan Public Service to Newcastle,” Dr Johnson said. The content delivered onshore in Australia was very well received as Ms Otwala, the CEO of the Kenya Public Service Commission explained, ‘the Programme came at an appropriate time in our evolution as a Commission and the knowledge gained will go a long way in addressing some of the challenges we have been facing both internally and within the wider Public Service.

A UON delegation, including Dr Patricia Johnson, Professor Jim Jose, and Dr Michael Seamer, will travel to Kenya in April to continue the partnership. Dr Seamer will be awarding prizes at the Young Entrepreneurs Challenge, a Faculty of Business and Law initiative, celebrating the achievements of Kenyan high school students.

Big Ideas Homelessness Network

Solicitor Jacquie Svenson (University of Newcastle Legal Centre) has joined Dr Jennifer Waterhouse (Newcastle Business School) on the Big Ideas Homelessness Network, facilitated by Compass Housing Services.

Ms Svenson’s placement students will be involved in drafting questions in relation to the withdrawal of funding for the Reaching Home Outreach Service, which provided emergency mental health support for homeless persons.

The network is a community collaborative steering group with representatives from community and agencies who have a vested interested in ending homelessness in the Newcastle and Hunter regions. Further information about the network can be found here


Please join us for the opening of justiceINjustice, a collaborative exhibition featuring seven contemporary Australian artists and three lawyers. Developed through a unique process of research and collaborative conversation, lawyers and artists have joined forces to explore a number of high-­profile public interest cases that underline issues of injustice and marginalisation. Cases include those of Cornelia Rau, Roni Levi, Azaria Chamberlain, Eddie Russell, Kathleen Folbigg, Leanne Goodall, Robyn Hickie and Amanda Robinson.

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Kyle Loades - New Professor of Practice

Mr Kyle Loades has been a champion of the University of Newcastle and the Faculty of Business and Law, over a number of years. Kyle has actively contributed to the Faculty through his involvement as a member of the Faculty Advisory Board giving frank and fearless advice to the PVC and other senior leaders in the Faculty. Kyle has made himself available to serve on senior leadership selection panels for UON and is an enthusiastic alumnus of the Faculty.

Kyle has significant experience as chair and leader of a number of nationally significant boards including Credit Union Australia, HMRI and NRMA. He is extremely well networked with key industry and government decision makers and will provide the Faculty with access to new opportunities not previously accessible.

While Kyle is a recognised leader on the national stage, he also knows the realities of what is involved in being an entrepreneur and running a successful business. His experience as business operator in the motor vehicle industry gives him insights that are practical and grounded.

Professor Tony Travaglione has welcomed the appointment of Kyle Loades as a Conjoint Professor of Practice with the Faculty of Business and Law.

Kyle has previously guest lectured and given presentations in the Faculty of Business and Law to academic staff and students. His critical perspectives challenge conventional wisdom - such perspectives have been very welcomed by both staff and students who have had the opportunity to interact with Kyle.

“It is fantastic that Kyle will be a regular presenter in our new MBA program that we have recently restructured to include specialisations. Kyle will be assisting in our efforts to increase industry impactful research” Professor Tony Travaglione said.

Kyle's industry based knowledge is underpinned by a scholarly foundation that he built through his postgraduate and continuing professional education. His qualifications include an MBA degree at the UON, and professional training and education at the Harvard Business School and ANU.

“I’m incredibly passionate about this new role and the importance of contemporary education so that students graduate with the necessary skills to hit the ground running ready to deliver practical outcomes in growing or starting a business. Ensuring that students are receiving the right education based on the needs of an ever-changing industry will deliver benefits to the whole of the Hunter region and beyond in terms of successful business growth and employee satisfaction,” Mr Loades said.

Kyle is ideally placed to provide strategic support, access to networks and industry insights that will be highly valuable to the Faculty of Business and Law.

WiMBA Program Supports Women to Climb the Corporate Ladder

The first cohort of women selected to participate in a University of Newcastle initiative designed to redress the gender equity imbalance in senior management and executive positions, has been announced.

Driven by the university’s Faculty of Business and Law, the Women in Master of Business Administration (WiMBA) Scholarship program has partnered with leading Hunter organisations to help grow the female talent pipeline and foster positive economic growth for the Newcastle region.

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2018 CAUTHE Conference Asks Delegates to Get Smart

Dr Tamara Young and Dr Paul Stolk from the Newcastle Business School, welcomed over 200 delegates from around the world to the 28th Council for Australasian Tourism, Hospitality and Events Education (CAUTHE) Conference.

The theme of the CAUTHE 2018 conference 'Get Smart: Paradoxes and Possibilities in Tourism, Hospitality and Events' invited delegates to share insights into the changing behaviours of tourists, visitors and residents. The conference featured key note addresses from leading academic and industry experts, alongside sessions and workshops ranging from destination resilience and crisis recovery to understanding new and emerging tourist markets.

Conference convener and senior lecturer in tourism, Dr Tamara Young, notes the 'Get Smart' theme was incredibly relevant to Newcastle as a city in transition, particularly Newcastle's growing reputation as a tourist destination including international recognition as a global smart city excelling in the challenges of the 21st Century. She notes 'Newcastle first hosted a modest version of CAUTHE 25 years ago, so it's exciting to bring global academic and industry professionals back to the city at the cusp of its transformation.'

The CAUTHE Conference provided an opportunity for industry engaged staff of the Tourism Discipline to build on their networks, with external sponsorship received from various organisations, including the Department of Industry, Crowne Plaza, Event Cinemas and the Newcastle Tourism Industry Group.

High Housing Affordability is Focus of Breakfast

Housing affordability was a key focus for 260 attendees at the first Hunter economic breakfast for 2018. Hunter house prices have soared in recent years, taking first home purchase beyond the reach of many. The HRF Centre's First Home Buyer (FHB) affordability index was at its highest level (most unaffordable) in June 2017. The Centre's lead economist Dr Anthea Bill drew insights from newly released Census data and other sources to examine the economic effects of housing affordability.

The breakfast also featured a presentation by the Group General Manager of Compass Housing, Greg Budworth. He then joined Sharon Pope, Manager Integrated Planning for Lake Macquarie City Council and Dane Crawford, a member of the Property Council's Hunter Future Directions committee and Director of Project Marketing at Colliers International, in a panel discussion on issues relating to the Hunter's housing affordability.

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Legal Advice Found at the Beach

The University of Newcastle Legal Centre held its annual 'Law on the Beach' legal advice sessions at the Newcastle Surf Club throughout January and February. Law on the Beach is a clinical legal education initiative of the Newcastle Law School where undergraduate law students and Juris Doctor students are engaged in interviewing clients under qualified supervision.

The beach advice clinics are open to all members of the community but are particularly focused on supporting young people and persons who are disadvantaged in dealing with the legal system. As Law on the Beach runs over the summer break, it gives law students who are undertaking their Practical Legal Training, the opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience.

This summer, 43 law students and eight social work students guided by Lawyers from Sparke Helmore, Hunter Community Legal Centre and the University of Newcastle Legal Centre provided advice to 120 members of the community.

14th Annual Western Economics Association International Conference (WEAI)

Close to 400 delegates from 35 countries arrived in Newcastle in early January for the conference, which shares the latest in cutting-edge international research within the field of economics. The conference provided a great opportunity for young and established researchers to hear from and connect with experts in their field, with topics ranging from consumer behaviour, wine to immigration.

The keynote addresses were from some of the world's best economists, including Nobel Prize winner Professor Daniel McFadden, The conference provided the opportunity to showcase the world-class teaching and learning technology of NeW Space and introduce many of the delegates to the City of Newcastle.

Andreena Kardamis - United Nations Youth Advocate 2018

Andreena Kardamis, Bachelor of Law (Honours)/ Diploma of Legal Practice student has been chosen to undertake the position of Australian Youth Advocate for the United Nations for 2018. Andreena was offered one of only 8 positions available worldwide. In 2018, Andreena will be based in Bangkok, Thailand where she will be part of a team organising and running 3 international conferences, jointly hosted by the Humanitarian Affairs United Kingdom & Asia and the United Nations Development Programme.

Andreena will be trained throughout the year by Ambassadors from various countries to learn the Art of Diplomacy and by various agencies of the United Nations. Andreena will use the opportunity to be advocating for people who have experienced domestic violence, specifically on behalf of young women.

Teaching Excellence Recognised at the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT)

Associate Professor Brendan Boyle was awarded the 2017 Teaching Excellence Award from the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT), for his exemplar approach to culturally responsive teaching, course and assessment design in educating international students and for his leadership in integrating research focused specifically on the scholarship of learning and transnational education, with his discipline research.

As an Irish expatriate and former international student himself, Associate Professor Boyle has used his own experiences to capitalise on the diversity of thought all students bring to his classroom. "Students from different countries are effectively the experts when it comes to doing business in their particular countries and I like to draw on that expertise so that we can all learn from each other," he said.

Associate Professor Boyle was presented with the award at the National Awards Presentation Ceremony held in Melbourne.

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