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New Year New You

Updated: Jan 7, 2023

There's so much to celebrate, yes I'm talking to you! That Evidence law class where you had to distinguish what was and was not hearsay, that Administrative Law class where you had to discuss the prerogative powers. You did it. You survived law in 2022, and we are so proud of you. Understandably, you may be reluctant to return to class as quickly as possible. So, instead, we have compiled a list of events you can look forward to during the university break.

In-person event

The George Winterton Memorial Lecture commemorates the outstanding and lasting contribution of Professor George Winterton to Constitutional Law and teaching.

About the Lecture

The 2023 Winterton Lecture examines the reaction to recent decisions of the courts of the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Australia in controversial matters from the governments of the day and politicians. Historically, there has been a general acceptance of the need for judicial review and the role of the courts in undertaking it. It enquires whether there is an evident change in the acceptance of the courts' decisions as authoritative and whether there may be other impacts on the courts. Immediately following the Lecture, there will be a reception in the Foyer of the Banco Court at which the 5th edition of Winterton's Australian Federal Constitutional Law features the Hon A. S. Bell, Chief Justice of New South Wales.

About the Speaker

Susan Mary Kiefel AC was appointed Chief Justice of Australia on 30 June 2017. Her Honour was educated in Queensland and received an LLM from the University of Cambridge. She became a Supreme Court of Queensland Justice in 1993 and the Federal Court in 1994. She has served as part-time Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission (2003-2007) and held a commission as Justice of the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island from 2004.

She is an Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge; a Doctor of the University of Griffith University; an LLD (honoris causa) from the Universities of Queensland and Adelaide; an Honorary Bencher of the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn; an Honorary Professor of Law in the University of Hong Kong, and a titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. In 2011, she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia.

The Law Council of Australia's Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section invites you to attend a conference covering a broad range of topics presented by leading lawyers in federal law, in-house counsel, members of the judiciary and federal tribunal members. The conference will take place in person in Melbourne. Registrations are now open and close at 5.00 PM, Thursday, 16 February 2023.

The conference theme is "Connections and Coherence in Federal Litigation."

A few of the topics on offer:

  • Federal Practice & Procedure

  • Industrial Law

  • Class Actions

  • Taxation and Revenue Litigation

  • Merits review and the AAT

  • Migration Law

  • Privileges and immunities

Limited tickets are available for CLC. Please get in touch with the Section Administrator for more details.

Due to the global pandemic, travelling and seeing the world has been hard-going and sometimes being a law student means that the most frequent assault you may have witnessed includes the assault on your wallet and a personal one-way ticket to Dubai. However, what if you travelled for work-related reasons? This year in 2023, have you considered giving your resume a passport?

Model United Nations conferences simulate United Nations, International Organizations, and governmental bodies such as the World Health Organization, the African Union, and government cabinets. Participants are assigned to represent countries, organizations, or leaders to debate pressing international issues. Over a series of committee sessions, WorldMUN delegates face the challenge of collaborating to introduce draft legislation in response to the committee's agenda. The goal of each committee concerns the passage of legislation in the form of a resolution by the end of the conference, one that achieves consensus among nations with diverse points of view and builds upon the expertise and creative input of WorldMUN's delegates.

Are there any other events you're looking forward to attending in 2023? If you'd like to share anything about your law degree, we'd love to hear it at

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