School of Law
Our unique approach to legal education will provide you with a critical and questioning attitude, broad perspectives and skills and knowledge valuable in a diverse range of legal careers. You will learn by doing via our professional skills subjects and our unique internship program. At the School of Law, we know that it’s just not what you learn that counts, it’s how you learn it.
Professor Terry Buddin appointed Inspector of LECC
In late June the NSW Governor approved the appointment of UOW's School of Law Professor The Hon. Terry Buddin SC to become the first ever Inspector of the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC). The LECC is a new civilian oversight body that will exercise the functions that were previously undertaken by the Police Integrity Commission and the Ombudsman respectively. Terry Buddin is also Professor and Director of the highly practical Master of Laws (Criminal Practice).
UOW initiated family unification project to support Illawarra's refugees
University of Wollongong law students are leading community efforts to support Illawarra refugees and their families.
They will support refugees through a family unification project which Illawarra Multicultural Services (IMS) CEO Raquel Aldunate says is pivotal to the successful settlement of community members from refugee backgrounds.
Supporting the Unification of Refugee Families (SURF) is a collaborative project between UOW’s Legal Intersection Research Centre (LIRC), Wollongong City Council and IMS.
UOW Law students Lachlan Auld and Nathan Johnston have been offered highly competitive Associateships with Judge Virginia Bell on the High Court during 2018 and 2019.
Law academic’s PhD chosen for Oxford University Press publication
The Australasian Tax Teachers’ Association last week announced that the PhD thesis selected for publication by the Oxford University Press for 2017, is that of UOW law lecturer Dr Caroline Dick. Caroline’s thesis - Sumptuary Law by any other name: manifestations of sumptuary regulation in Australia, 1901-1927, takes a much broader view of ‘taxation’ than might otherwise be understood and raises important issues about the history and social and economic impact of taxation in Australia.
Associate Professor Julia Quilter sheds light on the consequences of politically driven law making at TEDxUWollongong
School of Law Academic Associate Professor Julia Quilter had the opportunity to present her talk, 'When is criminal law the answer?' at the recent TedxUWollongong event, held at iAccelerate. In her talk, Associate Professor Quilter explains why creating new offences should be a last resort, reserved for cases where there is a genuine gap, using topical examples of the so-called ‘One-Punch’ and ‘Lockout Laws’ – just as the restrictions in the Lockout Laws have been relaxed in January 2017. Watch her full talk below, and read more about her research in this article from The Stand.
Refugee families in the Illawarra region will receive free legal and administrative support under a new initiative created by the Legal Intersections Research Centre (LIRC) called Volunteer legal support for refugees in the Illawarra.
Samantha Burgio (Illawarra Multicultural Services), Vimala Colless (Wollongong City Council), Professor Nan Seuffert (UOW), Dr Niamh Kinchin (UOW) and Melva Crouch (UOW).
Three academics from the School of Law have been recognised as part of the UOW Women of Impact Initiative:
26 May 2017 l ‘Coroner’s Lindt Café siege findings to have consequences for criminal lawyers’, Lawyer's Weekly, featuring Associate Professor Julia Quilter
10 May 2017 l 'Former judge backs plan to stem 'tsunami' of criminal cases in NSW', The Sydney Morning Herald, featuring Associate Professor Julia Quilter
March 2017 l Donald Trump: Appease, submit or resist', The Stand, featuring Dr Luis Gómez Romero
25 Jan 2017 l 'Delaying tragedy': the Bourke Street deaths and the push to change Victoria's bail laws’, The Guardian, featuring Associate Professor Julia Quilter
17 Dec 2016 l 'NSW one-punch alcohol fuelled violence legislation isn't working, legal experts say’, The Canberra Times, featuring Associate Professor Julia Quilter
16 Dec 2016 l ‘Callinan review largely backs Sydney lockout laws, but alcohol’s role in family violence is a blind spot’, The Conversation, featuring Associate Professor Julia Quilter