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Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Griffith Law Futures Centre research finding solutions to 21st century problems

Griffith University launched the Law Futures Centre at South Bank campus on Wednesday, March 22.

Acting Director and international lawyer Professor Don Anton says the centre’s researchers are already responding to 21st century challenges to law and legal institutions.

Griffith Law Futures Centre research – finding solutions to 21st century problems

Professor Don Anton (Photo: Griffith University)

Griffith Law School is placed in the top 50 law schools in the world and research in law is a key strength of the university,’’ he said.

“The centre will continue to leverage off these strengths and expand our research presence nationally and internationally. It will undertake interdisciplinary research responsive to domestic and global change.”​​

Two of the current nine Australian Research Council Future Fellows in law, Professor Elena Marchetti and Associate Professor Susan Harris-Rimmer, feature in the line-up of the Centre’s staff from Griffith Law School—with other academics from law, environmental sciences, international relations, business, health, criminology and humanities.

The centre’s four research programs focus on solving legal problems posed in the areas of

  • Law, Governance and Global Change
  • Law & Nature
  • Law, Risk and Innovation
  • Lawyering, Legal Education & the Future of Law

“I look forward to the LFC meeting the most pressing emerging challenges for law and legal institutions in Australia and internationally; harnessing the law as a key tool for shaping the future,’’ Professor Anton said.

Griffith Bachelor of Laws

Griffith’s Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry) degree includes courses that will equip you to sit the NCA accreditation exams when you finish your degree. You can even sit these exams at the Gold Coast. With a Griffith law degree you could seek admission to practice in both Australia and Canada.

Canadian Law Electives

The following courses are taught in Year 3 as optional electives to assist students who wish to return to Canada to practice:

  • Foundations of Canadian Law
  • Canadian Criminal Law
  • Canadian Constitutional Law
  • Canadian Administrative Law
  • Canadian Legal Professional Responsibility

Program: Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date to allow time for the pre-departure process.

Apply to Griffith University Law School!

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Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Why Canadians should study law at Griffith University

Griffith Law School is ranked in the top 100 law schools in the 2015/2016 QS World University Rankings. Griffith students learn from award-winning teachers who have been recognised by the Australian Government’s Office of Learning and Teaching for their outstanding teaching quality. In addition to studying the core areas of legal practice, students may choose from a range of exciting electives across five areas: global law and governance; law and commerce; environment and social justice; theories and contexts of law; and clinical and legal professional practice, which includes clinical courses that offer practical legal skills, insights and experiences.

Why Canadians should study law at Griffith University

Find out how you can study law at Griffith University

Griffith’s Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry) degree now includes courses that will equip you to sit the NCA accreditation exams when you finish your degree. You can even sit these exams at the Gold Coast. With a Griffith law degree you could seek admission to practice in both Australia and Canada.

Canadian Law Electives

The following courses are taught in Year 3 as optional electives to assist students who wish to return to Canada to practice:

  • Foundations of Canadian Law
  • Canadian Criminal Law
  • Canadian Constitutional Law
  • Canadian Administrative Law
  • Canadian Legal Professional Responsibility

Program: Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years

Apply to Griffith University Law School!

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Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Melbourne law students compete to create best legal help website

Melbourne Law School students have designed and built a range of legal help websites to provide the public with fast, accurate and cost-effective information about common legal problems including inaccurate credit reports, handling and managing fines, and assessing employment rights.

University of Melbourne Law School

Melbourne Law School is the #1 law school in Australia!*

The legal expertise websites are designed to replicate the thought processes and actions of a lawyer and provide tailored legal information to non-lawyers and the not-for-profit sector as part of the Melbourne Law School’s Juris Doctor degree.

Students competed for the title of ‘The Slater and Gordon Award for Law Apps’ before a panel of judges, where their projects were assessed on their usefulness, completeness, ambition and creativity, design and presentation.

Dean of Melbourne Law School Professor Carolyn Evans said that new technologies were providing innovative solutions in the law.

“Legal expert systems are a growing part of the legal landscape, assisting Australian and international lawyers to provide fast, accurate and cost-effective answers to common legal problems,” Professor Evans said.

Subject teacher, Mr Gary Cazalet, said the subject offered at the Melbourne Law School received support from Georgetown University, law firm Slater and Gordon and technology platform Neota Logic—a platform providing non-programmers with the tools to efficiently build, test, maintain, and deploy expert applications.

“During the development of their websites, students receive substantial and ongoing advice from Neota Logic’s experts both in Australia and the US, enabling students to create applications of the highest quality,” Mr Cazalet said.

Slater and Gordon Managing Director Andrew Grech said the group was proud to support the next generation of lawyers as they develop new and innovative ways to improve access to information and justice.

“The legal profession is not immune to disruption and it’s pleasing to see that future lawyers are already developing an understanding of the need to innovate,” he said.

* Melbourne Law School is ranked #8 in the world and #1 in Australia according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015 – Law.

University of 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)
Application Deadline: Melbourne Law School has a general application deadline of November 30 each year. It is recommended that you apply as early as possible.

Entry Requirements

Melbourne JD applicants must have

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

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Monday, October 19th, 2015

ARC Research Fellow joins Griffith Law School

Associate Professor Susan Harris-Rimmer has joined the Griffith Law School as an Australian Research Council Future Fellow.

Her Future Fellow project is called ‘Trading’ Women’s Rights in Transitions: Designing Diplomatic Interventions in Afghanistan and Myanmar.

Griffith University Law School

Associate Professor Susan Harris-Rimmer (Photo credit: Griffith University)

“At Griffith I am inspired by the social justice foundations of the university; the commitment to human rights, gender equality and environmental sustainability; and the willingness to engage in public conversations and policy-making,’’ she said.

“I am proud to be part of a university that is Asia-facing and ready for Asia’s rise, respectful of culture and diversity and nimble and global in outlook.

“At the Griffith Law School, there is deep academic accomplishment but also a real commitment to teaching our students, and helping their lives and careers after they leave campus.

“The lawyers here also work towards justice in Queensland, they are doers and joiners and the sort of folk who speak up for human rights and the rule of law. Griffith law believes in practicing law with a global conscience.”

Associate Professor Harris-Rimmer is the author of Gender and Transitional Justice: The Women of Timor Leste (Routledge, 2010) and more than 30 refereed academic works.

In 2014 she was named one of the Westpac and the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in the Global category.

She has been a board member of UN Women National Committee Australia and former president of the voluntary non-governmental organisation Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.

In October 2013, Associate Professor Harris-Rimmer was appointed to the national board of the Refugee Council of Australia, and an Ambassador for the Australian Refugee Trust, and in 2014 joined the board of the International Women’s Development Agency.

Griffith Law School

Part of the Faculty of Arts, Education and Law, Griffith Law School is one of Australia’s leading law schools, recognised for its outstanding scholarship, student-focused learning, interdisciplinary research, and strong commitment to social justice.

Griffith Law School was ranked in the top 100 law schools in the 2014/2015 QS World University Rankings. Griffith students learn from award-winning teachers who have been recognised by the Australian Government’s Office of Learning and Teaching for their outstanding teaching quality. In addition to studying the core areas of legal practice, students may choose from a range of exciting electives across five areas: global law and governance; law and commerce; environment and social justice; theories and contexts of law; and clinical and legal professional practice, which includes clinical courses that offer practical legal skills, insights and experiences.

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Would you like more information about studying at Griffith Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Melbourne Law School welcomes new JD students

Melbourne Law School was delighted to welcome over 340 JD first-year students recently, as they begin their journey in the study of law.

The Melbourne Law School has been abuzz as students get to know each other at Orientation and their first class in the subject Legal Method and Reasoning.

University of Melbourne Law School

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Associate Professor Alison Duxbury, Associate Dean (JD), welcomed the students at Orientation, and advised them “to get involved in classes and extracurricular activities and enjoy the experience of learning a new discipline.”

The Melbourne University Law Students’ Society (MULSS) offered advice to their new friends, with which included tips based on their own experiences as students. President of MULSS, Matthew Pierri, expressed the importance of a healthy study balance as well as keeping an open mind.

“Give yourself time to adapt to law school, and always make time for yourself and your friends. Your first year of studying law is an incredibly steep learning curve, so ask lots of questions, keep things in perspective and try to enjoy the experience. Keep an open mind and be generous with your knowledge. The best education is more than just academic,” said Mr Pierri.

Class photos of the new  Melbourne JD students—including two OzTREKK students—are available on the official Melbourne Law School Facebook page.

Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor Program

Program: Juris Doctor
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years (standard course structure); 2 or 2.5 years (accelerated course structure)
Application deadline: International applicants are assessed on an ongoing basis throughout the year until November 30. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application 4-8 weeks from the date of submission.

Apply to Melbourne Law School!

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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.

University of Melbourne Law School

Study at the #1 law school in Australia—Melbourne Law School!

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.”

Find out more about the Melbourne Juris Doctor program!

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Discover more about the Melbourne Law School and the Melbourne JD program by contacting OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia!

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:

University of Melbourne Law School

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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Do you have any questions regarding Melbourne Law School and its Juris Doctor program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. Find out more about Australian Law Schools and about how OzTREKK helps you to study in Australia!

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Sydney Juris Doctor webinar

The University of Sydney is pleased to invite you to attend a webinar specifically designed for students interested in studying the Juris Doctor program.

University of Sydney Law School

Don’t miss the Sydney JD webinar on Dec. 9!

Staff from Sydney Law School will conduct the presentation Tuesday, Dec. 9, and will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding the Sydney JD program and studying at the University of Sydney.

Webinar Details

Date: Tuesday Dec. 9, 2014
Time: 7 p.m. Ontario Time (EST)

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RSVP: Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson to register: sarah@oztrekk.com

This is your opportunity to learn more about the Sydney Law School:

  • Studying in Australia
  • The University of Sydney
  • The Faculty of Law and JD program
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Life in Sydney

About the University of Sydney Law School JD

Sydney Law School is Australia’s first. Since its inception, it has been at the forefront of developments associated with both the teaching and research of law. Its strong sense of commitment to the fundamentals of law is combined with a commitment to innovation and the exploration of issues at the cutting edge.

The Sydney JD comprises the core legal subjects required throughout the world for professional accreditation coupled with the study of a wide range of elective subjects which allows advanced learning in both specialized fields and law in general. Teaching and learning methodology includes a wide range of formats to allow individual choice, a deep understanding of the law, independent research and the development of the skills and ethics inherent in modern professional practice.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: March 2015

To be eligible to apply to the Sydney Law School JD, you must have the following:

  • Completed an undergraduate degree;
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of at least 3.0/4.0

Apply now to Sydney Law School!

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Find out more about studying at Sydney Law School and about this upcoming webinar. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson for more information at sarah@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

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.

University of Melbourne Law School

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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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Discover more about the Melbourne Law School and the Melbourne JD program! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355, and find out how you can study in Australia!

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.

University of Melbourne 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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Discover more about the Melbourne Law School and its Juris Doctor program! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355, and find out how you can study in Australia!