The University of Newcastle, Australia

International exchanges

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Newcastle Law School is committed to taking a global perspective in our teaching and research.

International visit group photo

As part of this commitment, we are building close relationships with a number of international universities. Our international exchanges during November and December 2019 are good examples of this commitment.

In early November, a delegation of three academics and three students from the Law Faculty of the University of Brawijaya spent a week with us, attending classes, giving presentations about their research work and experiencing some Newcastle hospitality. This week, we are looking forward to a visit from the Dean of Brawijaya Law Faculty, who will be accompanying several judges from the Indonesian Constitutional Court.

Also visiting from Indonesia in November and December are Associate Professor Mas Rahmah Arifin and Ms Fiska Silvia Raden Roro. Both are from Airlangga University in Surabaya. Dr. Rahmah is the Head of the Centre of Intellectual Property and of the postgraduate program in the Faculty of Law. She is visiting the NLS to collaborate with Professor Christoph Antons on publications related to Indonesian patent law. Ms. Raden Roro is a Senior Lecturer teaching Indonesian Islamic law and Indonesian Islamic business law. She is visiting the NLS to conduct library studies for her PhD research.

We are also building closer relationships with law schools in China. Twenty of our staff and students are currently travelling in China on a two-week government funded clinical legal externship. They are visiting a number of Chinese law schools in Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai, in addition to some international law firms, including King & Wood Mallesons (Shanghai Office).  Last month two of our staff, Mr Shaun McCarthy and Dr Bin Li, were also invited by Shandong University of Technology (SDUT) School of Law to present at the International Conference on Legal Education of the Pacific Rim in China. Before the visit to SDUT, Shaun and Bin also visited Ocean University of China School of Law in Qingdao.

We are also undertaking research collaborations with Chinese scholars by hosting them as visiting professors. Currently, Dr Tao Zhang from Tianjin University of Commerce (TUC) School of Law is visiting Newcastle. Dr Tao is undertaking a joint research project involving comparative study of Australian and Chinese property law. In mid-November, we also welcomed a visiting delegation from the Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (ZUEL) and discussed the possibility of future staff and student exchanges.

All in all, it has been a busy but very rewarding couple of months in terms of international collaboration!

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