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June 2017

UTS Law recognises the achievements of many outstanding students and academics at the annual Law Awards ceremony held on 7 June 2017.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) – commonly known as drones – are being used increasingly in Antarctica. Lightweight and low-cost, they’re able to navigate otherwise inaccessible regions for scientific research and provide the ultimate panoramic holiday snap.
The blockchain has been successful when it comes to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, but we haven't yet figured out other uses, writes Dr Philippa Ryan.
The question addressed the interface between general principles of contract law and new forms of technology.
After last year entering the top 200 universities globally for the first time, UTS has continued its rise in the QS World University Rankings, leaping 17 places in the latest assessment.

May 2017

New research conducted by Anti-Slavery Australia has for the first time brought together data, statistics and expert commentary to paint an alarming picture of online child exploitation.
King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) partnered with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) for the 2017 #breakinglaw Hackathon – a competition where multidisciplinary teams of students from across UTS collaborated with lawyers from KWM to develop technology-driven solutions to real-life legal problems.

April 2017

The pervasiveness of profanity in popular culture underscores the absurdity of punishing people for using words broadcast on our screens and heard in our music.
Select students from the UTS Faculty of Law will assist vulnerable international students with legal issues in a newly established partnership between Redfern Legal Centre (RLC) and the Faculty.
Sole parents in Australia are economically vulnerable and are experiencing ongoing cuts to their social security. Legislation limiting welfare benefits that was rushed through the Senate last week will make many of them poorer – but how is this a human rights issue?
It’s been just over eight months since the screening of images of Dylan Voller shackled and hooded in a restraint chair, unprovoked bashing of children by prison guards, and young boys being gassed in Northern Territory youth detention. The national outcry prompted the announcement of a royal commission to investigate the issues.
It's UTS's third number one placement in Australia in the Times Higher Education ranking, which this year includes 200 institutions aged under 50.
UTS Law students have volunteered to provide extra legal assistance to staff at RACS, following the government’s decision to severely reduce the amount of time asylum seekers have to lodge protection visas.
At a time when closed borders seem to dominate the news, academic exchange supported by the USA-run Fulbright Program continues to promote international collaboration and cultural understanding.

March 2017

Meet the Faculty’s newest lecturer and senior lecturer appointments for the 2017 academic year.
Work councils are one model of industrial relations that could potentially fill the enormous gap in Australian industrial democracy left by precarious employment and the decline of the union movement.
Law scholar and author Alison Whittaker has been awarded the 2017 Fulbright Indigenous Postgraduate Scholarship.
Two inspiring projects harnessing the power of technology for social good have been awarded ‘Technology Against Poverty’ prizes worth $500,000.
The public debate about Chinese corporations investing in Australia is spurred by several misleading ideas about the control of the Chinese government and its intervention with private businesses.

February 2017

Current and former au pairs in Australia are being asked to detail their experiences for a pioneering national study on the sector.

December 2016

Natalie Stoianoff, Director of Intellectual Property Law at UTS, has released a new book that aims to investigate international legal protections for Indigenous cultures around the world.
Aboriginal outlaw Jimmy Governor has been – until now – a largely forgotten part of Australian history. Legal historian, Professor Katherine Biber, is turning his story on its head – with surprising results.

November 2016

Students and Allens staff will work with 5 Sydney-based NGOs to create apps that will assist their clients with a number of legal and administrative issues.
The Australian Research Council (ARC) has funded two diverse UTS Law projects in the latest round of funding grants.
Students with a social justice focus are recognised for their efforts at the 6th annual Brennan Justice and Leadership Program Celebration Evening.

October 2016

UTS Law alumnus Robert Size has won the 2016 Australian Academy of Law’s prestigious ‘Annual Essay Prize’.
Anti-Slavery Day raises awareness of modern slavery and inspires government, business and individuals to tackle these serious human rights abuses.
A nationwide survey of foreign workers in Australia has been launched to assess the level of exploitation by unscrupulous employers. Conducted jointly by the University of New South Wales, UTS and the University of Sydney, it will target international students, working holiday makers or backpackers, skilled workers on 457 visas and anyone else working in Australia on a temporary visa
Despite beginning his legal career in a very traditional way, Dominic Woolrych is a firm advocate of the alternative path.

September 2016

Two UTS Law academics have been recognised for their exceptional contributions to the research efforts of the University.