Expert opinion

Professor Michael Adams

High Court dismisses appeal: Fortescue Metal and Twiggy Forrest cleared

Commercial law expert, Professor Michael Adams, from the University of Western Sydney’s School of Law says there are lessons to be learnt from the recent Fortescue Metals Group’s ruling to ensure the accuracy in the meaning of agreements and contracts.

Steven Freeland portrait

UN seat would reflect Australia’s emergence as a middle power, says expert

International law expert, Professor Steven Freeland, from the University of Western Sydney’s School of Law, says Australia’s growth as a middle power would be confirmed.


Plain packaging a win for young women

On August 15 2012, the High Court of Australia passed the world’s first Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 (Cth) mandating that from December 1 2012, all tobacco products are to be sold in plain packaging.

Stephen Tomsen

Provocation law, homosexual advances and male honour: Will NSW finally act?

It is generally understood that murder is the most serious of all violent crimes and it necessitates a determined criminal justice response. All citizens share an interest in when, if and how any killing is seen to be wholly or partly excused by the law.

Building EA on the Parramatta campus

A tipping point for Australia’s universities

Whether it is a coming storm or a spotlight moment, Australian universities should not be led blindly into a deregulated market, writes Professor Janice Reid, University of Western Sydney Vice-Chancellor.

David Burchell

Asylum backflip ends false moral purity

The Federal Government’s decision to reinstate offshore processing for asylum seekers signals the end of Labor politics based on a false moral purity.

Margaret Vickers and Florence McCarthy

Beyond politics: Creating hope and opportunity for refugees and asylum seekers

Over the past decade the arrival of refugees and asylum seekers by boat has been at the centre of a contentious debate that threatens to tarnish Australia’s long-standing reputation as a generous provider of support.

Michael Kennedy

$500 million drug seizure will not make one iota of difference on Sydney streets

Dr Michael Kennedy, a policing expert from the University of Western Sydney, says the Australian Federal Police’s recent seizure of 558kg of heroin and ice in Sydney is a significant haul.

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