Monday, May 18th, 2015

Julian Burnside will launch the latest issue of the UNSW Law Journal this Thursday 21 May 2015.

Mr Burnside will deliver the keynote address at the launch of Issue 38(2), which features a thematic component on ‘Rethinking Detention in Australia’.

The themed articles in this Issue have considerable contemporary significance, exploring issues such as detention orders for terrorism suspects, migration and asylum seeker detention and detaining sex offenders for community protection.

Anna Rienstra, Editor of Issue 38(2), is looking forward to hearing Mr Burnside’s thoughts on the use of detention in Australia.

“Mr Burnside is a distinguished barrister, human rights advocate and author. Mr Burnside appeared as Senior Counsel to Liberty Victoria in the Tampa litigation and has acted pro bono in many human rights cases. … Mr Burnside is in a unique position to offer insights into immigration detention in particular.”

The Issue features articles by leading Australian law academics, including professors George Williams, Paula Baron and Bernadette McSherry.

“This thematic issue is important because attention urgently needs to be paid to the laws that enable people to be detained in Australia. Such laws have proliferated in recent years, and raise fundamental questions about the power of the state and the rights of the individual to their liberty,” said Professor Williams.

Professor Williams’ article on anti-terrorism legislation discusses how preventative detention orders pose a threat to fundamental civil liberties.

“One of Australia's most radical anti-terrorism laws provides for preventative detention orders. These permit a person to be held for up to two weeks without charge or trial. ... This sort of detention power is not normally found in democratic countries, and raises important questions about just how far Australia should go in its response to the threat of terrorism.”

The launch of Issue 38(2) will commence at 6pm at Allens, Level 28 Deutsche Bank Place, 126 Phillip St, Sydney.  Public and press welcome to attend.

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The UNSW Law Journal is one of Australia’s leading academic legal journals, and one of the few to be produced entirely by a voluntary student board. It is the flagship publication of the UNSW Law School and one of the most widely cited legal reviews in Australia. The Journal publishes four issues annually. Each issue contains a General component, made up of articles on a broad range of topics, and a Thematic component, which focusses and brings together a range of perspectives on a single subject.

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