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Monday, January 12th, 2015

Melbourne Law alumnus appointed to the High Court of Australia

The University of Melbourne has congratulated law alumnus the Honourable Geoffrey Nettle on his appointment to the High Court of Australia.

Justice Nettle, a member of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria, was today appointed as the next Justice of the High Court of Australia. Justice Nettle will replace the Honourable Justice Susan Crennan AC in February 2015.

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The appointment is a milestone for the Melbourne Law School; there has been a Melbourne graduate on the High Court since 1906. The last University of Melbourne law graduate to be appointed was Justice Kenneth Hayne AC in 1997.

Melbourne Law School Dean Professor Carolyn Evans welcomed the appointment.

“Justice Nettle’s appointment to the High Court is a wonderful recognition of the high regard in which he is held in the legal community. He is a great role model for Melbourne Law School students and alumni,” Professor Evans said.

Justice Nettle was appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2002 and was one of the leading Queen’s Counsel at the Victorian bar. He was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2004.

He began his professional career as a solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jaques in 1977, becoming a partner of that firm in 1981. He was then called to the bar in 1982 and developed a large practice, specialising in commercial law, equity, taxation, constitutional law and administrative law.

He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University, Bachelor of Laws (with First Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Civil Law (with First Class Honours) from Magdalen College, Oxford.

University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis offered his congratulations, “Justice Nettle is a university graduate of whom we can be proud,” he said.

“We are delighted that Justice Nettle’s significant contributions to the law have been recognised with this wonderful achievement.”

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Melbourne Law School’s top 10 for 2014

The approach of the New Year and festive season is a time to reflect on the achievements of the year. Melbourne Law School Dean Professor Carolyn Evans has expressed her gratitude for a year of great accomplishments:

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Melbourne Law School is the ranked #1 in Australia*

“I am so pleased to say that 2014 has been another successful year for the Law School, with significant milestones achieved. Thank you for the commitment and passion that has been shown by our staff, students and alumni, as well as the confidence in us shown by our donors.”

Here are some of the things that made Melbourne Law School proud from the past 12 months:

  1. Melbourne Law School entered new partnership with Cambridge
  2. Melbourne retains its position as number one in Australia for law
  3. Professor Ian Malkin awarded for outstanding teaching
  4. Melbourne takes the common law to China
  5. Life-changing student experiences in Geneva
  6. New alumni Breakfast Series sees top speakers share their insights
  7. Melbourne Law School students help make community policing fair
  8. John Tobin wins LIV Paul Baker Award
  9. James Merralls established Visiting Fellowship in Law
  10. Melbourne Law School researchers win ARC grants
  11. (Bonus!) Professor Sundhya Pahuja wins 2014 Woodward Medal
* QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014 – Law

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

Melbourne Law School JD students take on London and the world

Seven Melbourne JD students have embarked on a semester of learning about the law at the renowned Centre of Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS), London.

The CTLS is a joint venture of leading global law schools, coordinated by Georgetown University Law Center. It is a semester-length program in transnational legal studies taught in the heart of London’s legal quarter. The program brings together faculty and students from many of the world’s top law schools to study transnational legal issues in a multicultural and transnational setting. In the current (Fall) semester there are 82 students from about 20 countries.

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The first few days of the semester involved an international arbitration of an employment dispute. Students were assigned to groups and given roles to play in the cooperative arbitration and then assigned to different groups for the purposes of the enforcement hearing by the UK High Court.

This practical exercise helped students meet their cohort, as well as step outside their comfort zones and develop a broader understanding of different legal practices. All students have had an opportunity to attend a variety of courses. There was also a presentation (Colloquium), the first of a series on ‘New Perspectives on Transnational Law’ entitled ‘Why do we call it law?’ The aim of the colloquium was to provide students with the opportunity to engage in scholarly discussion. There were also special guest lecturers and a series of panel talks.

Ann O’Connell, Professor at Melbourne Law School specialising in taxation, has witnessed the importance of the program.

“The CTLS experience is challenging for students and Faculty alike. The small number of students from all over the world means we all have to learn to look at issues from different perspectives,” says Professor O’Connell.

Outside the classroom, students have had the opportunity to get to know each other over pub meals, and by exploring London’s various attractions: markets and festivals, theatre at the West end, as well as planning weekend trips away to Europe. There have also been trips to Parliament and tours of the legal districts. Later in the semester there will be an excursion to see the International Court of Justice in the Hague. This experience is helping students to develop an increased awareness of other legal systems and cultures, as well as enabling them to build a network of contacts from around the world.

 Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor students can apply to attend the Centre for an intensive semester focused on transnational, international, and comparative law.

Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor Program

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years (standard course structure); 2 or 2.5 years (accelerated course structure)

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Melbourne Law professor wins 2014 Woodward Medal

Professor Sundhya Pahuja, a renowned expert in international law and award-winning author, is the winner of the 2014 Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Woodward Medals, presented each year by the University of Melbourne, recognise staff for research considered to have made the most significant contribution to the Humanities and Social Sciences during the previous five years.

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“The University of Melbourne has an amazing community of researchers in the humanities and social sciences who do outstanding work and I was genuinely surprised and deeply honoured to have received the award,” said Professor Pahuja, who is Director of the Law and Development Research Program at Melbourne Law School’s Institute for International Law and the Humanities.

Professor Pahuja is the author of Decolonising International Law: Development, Economic Growth and the Politics of Universality (Cambridge University Press, 2011). This original and influential book tackles one of the fundamental challenges of the 21st century: global inequality.

“Huge amounts of money have been spent on development since 1947. Over the same period, global inequality has increased dramatically and is continuing to rise. Our world now is one in which we have both the richest people, and the poorest people who have ever lived, and the planet is reaching the point of near exhaustion,” said Professor Pahuja.

“I wanted to consider whether the usual models of development institutionalised in international law were part of the problem rather than part of the solution, and to consider what has happened to attempts by the non-Western world to implement their own ideas of human flourishing in the face of resistance by the powerful.”

The book, which seeks to advance understanding of the place of international law and institutions in the global-political economy, has been highly acclaimed. In 2012 the work was awarded the world’s most prestigious book prize in international law, The American Society of International Law’s Certificate of Merit.

The book tracks the way in which the Third World has attempted to use international law and institutions since the end of WWII until today, and the results of these attempts. Its rethinking of international law, and the way that people engage with it, has been embraced by both critical and mainstream branches of international law.

Professor Pahuja believes that the worldwide interest that the book generated can be partly explained by its unusual approach.

“It considers the political and economic branches of international law together, rather than in silos. Secondly, it takes seriously the history of international law as a child of imperialism, and considers what the legacies of that history might be. Thirdly, it orients its lens toward the ‘darker nations,’ and their political engagements with international law and institutions.”

“Although they are unusual in international law, none of these things are unique of course—I am, in a sense, taking up an inheritance from many important and ground-breaking scholars from the field, especially those from the non-Western world.”

The radical approach and original ideas behind Decolonising International Law have given the book an audience beyond the academic world.

“I hope the book will be of use to those who are interested in thinking critically about the world we live in and the relationship between international law and political economy in a global context,” says Professor Pahuja.

“I hope too that the book makes a contribution to the global conversation about what it might mean to live ethically in highly inter-dependent times.”

Professor Pahuja has just returned from The Hague where she served as the 2014 Director of Studies in Public International Law at The Hague Academy of International Law.

About Melbourne Law School

Did you know that Melbourne Law School is currently ranked #8 in the world by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2013/14? This puts the University of Melbourne in the top 10 for four years running!

Melbourne Law School is a leader and innovator in legal education, and a vibrant place of learning that values ideas, excellence and intellectual exchange. Its rich history spans over 150 years. The school is committed to creating and sustaining a culture of excellence measured against the best law schools in the world in the areas of research, teaching and engagement. The law school demands high standards of their academic and professional staff and students, and they support them in striving to reach these standards.

The law school has a global outlook, equipping students with the skills and knowledge needed to work in an increasingly interconnected world.

The University of Melbourne has offered the Melbourne JD since 2000, which set a benchmark for legal education in Australia. The curriculum has been developed specifically for graduates and the course is structured and taught in a way that is suitable for graduates.

Find out more about the Melbourne Juris Doctor program!

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Friday, October 31st, 2014

Melbourne Law School insider trading study shows stronger enforcement

The first major study of the enforcement of Australia’s insider trading laws has shown the number of insider trading cases brought by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) is increasing, and the regulator is having better success with its cases.

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The recently published study analysed all insider trading enforcement cases since legislation to regulate it was introduced in 1971.

Leader of the study and Melbourne Law School professor, Ian Ramsay, said strong enforcement of insider trading laws was important to maintain investor confidence in the integrity of the financial markets, and also because compulsory superannuation means Australians are major investors in the financial markets.

“A key reason for undertaking this project was that evidence from international research has shown that strong enforcement of insider trading laws is associated with financial market development such as stock market capitalisation, trading volumes on stock exchanges, and the number of initial public stock offerings,” Professor Ramsay said.

Key findings from the study:

  • 92 per cent of defendants were male, and the most common age group was 30-49 years.
  • The most common employment of the defendants was, in order: company director, finance specialist, broker and senior executive. In one case, the defendant was an employee of the regulator.
  • 37 per cent of the companies whose securities were the subjects of alleged insider trading were in the mining industry.
  • The number of insider trading cases was increasing over time (with a total of 79 insider trading cases between 1973 and 2013).
  • ASIC (and its predecessors) were successful in only 51 per cent of the cases, which was well below the 95 per cent success rate for all major litigation commenced by ASIC. This showed the challenges ASIC had in this area. However, ASIC was becoming more successful, possibly because it was giving more resources to insider trading enforcement.
  • Most cases involved allegations of profiting by the defendant from the insider trading although in 26 per cent of the cases the defendant allegedly traded to avoid a loss. In 17 per cent of the cases, the alleged profit as a result of the insider trading was more than $1million.

The research was undertaken by Professor Ramsay and Victor Lei.

About the Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor Program

Program: Juris Doctor
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 3 years (standard course structure); 2 or 2.5 years (accelerated course structure)
Application deadline: November 30, 2014

Entry Requirements

Melbourne JD applicants must have

  • completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline; and
  • completed the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

The Melbourne JD has three selection criteria:

  1. Academic results achieved in previous tertiary studies
  2. The LSAT score
  3. The applicant’s personal statement

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Melbourne Law School Lecturer receives prestigious fellowship grant

Melbourne Law School’s Dr Rain Liivoja has been awarded a generous fellowship grant by the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) that allows him up to five years of academic freedom to do interdisciplinary research at any institution in the world. Dr Liivoja has chosen to undertake his research work at Melbourne Law School.

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Society in Science – The Branco Weiss Fellowship is a unique postdoc program for experts with a proven track record who are willing to engage on relevant social, cultural, political or economic issues across the frontiers of their particular discipline. The fellowship has been awarded to up to 10 globally outstanding young scholars, selected from 376 applications.

As a Branco Weiss fellow, Dr Rain Liivoja will explore the regulatory challenges that emerge from the increasing militarisation of neurosciences and other biosciences. In particular, he will examine whether current international law adequately addresses the use of human performance enhancement and degradation techniques by the armed forces, and will suggest refinements to the law where appropriate and necessary.

About the Melbourne Law School

Melbourne Law School is a leader and innovator in legal education, and a vibrant place of learning that values ideas, excellence and intellectual exchange. Its rich history spans over 150 years. The school is committed to creating and sustaining a culture of excellence measured against the best law schools in the world in the areas of research, teaching and engagement. The law school demands high standards of their academic and professional staff and students, and they support them in striving to reach these standards.

The law school has a global outlook, equipping students with the skills and knowledge needed to work in an increasingly interconnected world.

The University of Melbourne has offered the Melbourne JD since 2000, which set a benchmark for legal education in Australia. The curriculum has been developed specifically for graduates and the course is structured and taught in a way that is suitable for graduates.

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Thursday, September 25th, 2014

New law professors to join Melbourne Law School for the 2015 academic year

Six outstanding new law professors will be joining Melbourne Law School for the 2015 academic year.

Melbourne Law School Dean Professor Carolyn Evans says that the new staff members were selected from a very wide pool of applicants and will bring a diverse range of areas of expertise and experience to the law school.

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“Our new academics have trained at some of the world’s leading institutions including Oxford, Yale and Stanford. They have demonstrated the highest quality of scholarship and a deep commitment to teaching excellence,” says Professor Evans. “We are looking forward to welcoming them next year.”

Inbar Levy

Inbar is a graduate of Hebrew University and Oxford University where she earned a BCL and is currently completing her DPhil.  Inbar is qualified in both law and psychology and brings these two disciplines to bear in her research on civil procedure.

Inbar has won numerous awards including the Modern Law Review Doctoral Scholarship and has also spent time at Columbia as a visiting research fellow.  Inbar will be joining Melbourne Law School as a lecturer teaching across dispute resolution, evidence and torts.  Her research is on civil procedure reform and judicial decision making.  She will start in the middle of 2015 after finishing a period visiting Harvard.

Dr William (Will) Partlett

Will is a graduate of Princeton, Stanford, and Oxford with qualifications in both history and law.  He has also held a teaching fellowship at Columbia and is currently on faculty at Chinese University of Hong Kong.  He has also tutored at both Stanford and Oxford and clerked for Justice Phyllis Kravitch on the eleventh circuit.

Will teaches in constitutional and criminal law.  His research is in comparative constitutional law with a particular emphasis on the former Soviet Union states and the United States (he is fluent in Russian).  He will be joining the law school as a senior lecturer in the middle of the year.

Dr Kristen Rundle

Kristen joins the law school at the start of 2015 as a senior lecturer. Kristen is a graduate of the universities of Sydney and Toronto where her PhD thesis won the prize for best thesis in the university.

The book that she wrote from this thesis (Forms Liberate) has been widely acclaimed including coming second in the Peter Birks Book Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship.  Kristen researches and teaches in administrative law and legal theory.  She is currently a senior lecturer at UNSW and has previously held a position at LSE.

Scott Stephenson

Scott is a graduate of ANU and has a master’s and is completing a JSD from Yale. He has been an associate to Justice Bell of the High Court and also spent a year as a research officer at the High Court. He has spent some time working at the Administrative Review Council at the Attorney-General’s department.

His research focuses on comparative constitutional protection of bills of rights and he teaches in constitutional and administrative law. Scott will be joining the law school at the start of 2015 as a lecturer.

Dr Lael (Lulu) Weis

Lu is a current Melbourne Law School teacher who has been a McKenzie fellow and is currently on a teaching contract.  She researches on the theory of property law and constitutional law.

Lu is a graduate of Stanford where she has obtained degrees in both law and philosophy and of the University of Washington.  She has taught at both Melbourne and Stanford and also run the highly successful Legal Theory Workshop here at Melbourne.  She will be teaching in property law, legal theory and constitutional law.

Judith Marychurch

Judith will be joining the law school as the assistant dean (Teaching and Learning) and a senior lecturer. Judith is originally a Melbourne Law School graduate and has been teaching at Wollongong for many years.

Judith teaches evidence and corporate law and researches in these areas as well as on legal education. Judith starts at the Law School in April but will spend several days with the Law School during the rest of this year and during 2015 orientation.

About Melbourne Law School

Melbourne Law School is ranked in the top 10 law schools in the world. In April 2014, Melbourne Law School was once again named the number one law school in Australia by the QS World University Ranking by Subject. At number 8, it is the only Australian law school to be numbered among the world’s top 10. The QS World University Rankings evaluate university education and are the first to rank universities at individual subject level in the world. The rankings are based on research citations and data on reputation, including surveys of academics and graduate employers.

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Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Upcoming University of Melbourne Virtual Fair for International Students

University of Melbourne Virtual Fair for International Students is on once again from October 16 to 17 , 2014!

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Are you wondering what it’s like to study at the prestigious University of Melbourne? Not many of us in North America can hop on a plane to visit Melbourne’s beautiful campus to find out more about their programs, so they are bringing the information to you!

Prospective international students and their parents are invited to join the university for an exciting online event to learn more about the University of Melbourne and their courses.

Register your interest and log on to the Virtual Fair on October 16  to find out more about the University of Melbourne experience!

The Virtual Fair is just like attending an expo on your computer! Registered participants will be able to

  • get information about the University of Melbourne, their courses and admission requirements;
  • get information about Melbourne—the world’s most liveable city—as well as accommodation options, and student support;
  • chat online with University of Melbourne staff and current international students to really get an understanding of what it’s like to study in Melbourne; and
  • see and hear video presentations from leading academics and current international students.

This is a great opportunity to find out more about Melbourne’s popular schools:

Event Details

University of Melbourne Virtual Fair for International Students

Thursday, October 16 – Thursday, October 17, 2014

Ontario time: October 16, 4 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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The Virtual Fair is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the University of Melbourne. You’ll have the chance to chat online with Melbourne’s friendly staff and students and find out all you need to know about courses, entry requirements and how to apply.

Register your interest at http://go.unimelb.edu.au/925n and then log on to the Virtual Fair on October 16 and find out more about the Melbourne experience!

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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Melbourne Law School application deadline

Have you applied to Melbourne Law School? Please note that the application deadline is Friday, September 5, 2014. Please be sure to submit all your application documents before this date.

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About Melbourne Law School

A “courtroom of the future” is a feature of the Melbourne Law School. It is distinctive in that it is a courtroom designed for teaching advocacy skills. It is equipped with the latest digital video servers for automated recording of court proceedings which may be immediately reviewed by students online to improve their skills.

The Melbourne JD is designed specifically for graduate students. The JD is highly regarded both nationally and internationally. It leads to admission to the legal profession in all Australian jurisdictions and can also be used as a basis for seeking admission in many jurisdictions overseas.

The curriculum for this law program allows you to build the core skills essential to a wide range of legal and professional careers. It also gives you the opportunity to tailor your studies to areas of particular interest through elective subjects.

Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor Program

Program: Juris Doctor
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 3 years (standard course structure); 2 or 2.5 years (accelerated course structure)
Application deadline: Second round application deadline is September 5, 2014

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Melbourne Law School welcomes the “Juris Dogtor”

Melbourne Law School is set to greet a very special new resident. Riley, coined the “Juris Dogtor” is a certified therapy dog who will begin his position at the Law School today, August 20. A first for the Law School, the four-legged therapist is provided by non-profit group Delta Society Australia, which promotes the benefits of animal-assisted therapy to help alleviate stress.

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Students and staff will soon grow accustomed to the sight of the standard-size poodle and his owner, Cameron, as the wellness pilot project runs over six weeks with the possibility of extending to the remainder of the year, subject to support.

Coordinator of the program, Kelly McDermott, says that wellness literature shows that therapy animals assist greatly with stress, anxiety and depression.

“A therapy dog’s primary job is to encourage people to make contact with it and enjoy patting and playing with a happy and social animal,” says Kelly.

“I am hoping that the introduction of Riley as a therapy dog may provide additional support to our students in an innovative way by just enjoying a break with a furry friend from the rigours of studying law.”

Riley has expressed delight at his new responsibility as Juris Dogtor and encourages everyone to take some time out from their studies and come and say hello.

“I’ve heard that studying law can be ruff, so if you are feeling stressed out and under pressure, it’s definitely time to paws for a moment,” says Riley.

Delta Society Australia is a registered Australian charity that began in 1997 and aims to advance human health and well-being through positive interactions with animals. Volunteers and their dogs visit hospitals, care facilities and schools across Australia.

The Juris Dogtor will visit the Melbourne Law School every Thursday between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor Program

Program: Juris Doctor
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 3 years (standard course structure); 2 or 2.5 years (accelerated course structure)
Application deadline: Second round application deadline is September 5, 2014—only two weeks left to apply!

Entry Requirements

Melbourne JD applicants must have

  • completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline; and
  • completed the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

The Melbourne JD has three selection criteria:

  1. Academic results achieved in previous tertiary studies
  2. The LSAT score
  3. The applicant’s personal statement

Apply to Melbourne Law School!

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