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Emma Walling at her graduation ceremony

21-02-2024

The opportunity to pursue a thesis as part of her studies at the ANU College of Law provided Emma Walling with an avenue to answer “nagging questions” about the social, psychological, and legal aspects of infanticide. This thesis won Emma the Blackburn Medal for Research in Law.
Emeritus Professor Stephen Bottomley

24-01-2024

Emeritus Professor Stephen Bottomley's new co-authored textbook provides students with a contextual understanding of the law.

Pipi Coddington

17-01-2024

Pipi Coddington is in her fourth year of studying a Bachelor of Law (Honours)/

Jaz Matz

15-12-2023

Reflecting on her law school journey over the past four years, Jaz Matz's most memorable moments were the experiences that took her outside of the classroom.

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A/Prof Anthony Hopkins

13-12-2023

The Australian National University (ANU) College of Law is proud to announce the appointment of Associate Professor Anthony Hopkins as an Acting Judge of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Supreme Court. 

David Ferrell

12-12-2023

Born in Sydney and growing up all over the east coast of Australia, David Ferrell was drawn to The Australian National University (ANU) “by the promise of an independent and intellectually-charged student life” in Canberra.

“Coming to Canberra for university represented only the latest move in my circuitous migration around south-eastern Australia,” he said.

Casey Minns

12-12-2023

When Casey Minns reflects upon on her law school experiences, one of her most memorable moments was her tutor praising her ‘psycho-killer vibes’ during a cross-examination for a mock-trial assessment in her Evidence Law class.

“I will never forget that class because it was the first time I could truly picture myself being a lawyer someday,” she said. 

Leila Skoss

06-12-2023

Growing up on an avocado farm in rural Western Australia, Leila Skoss spent her formative years far removed from the life she leads today, working as an associate at the Federal Circuit and Family Court in Canberra.
Don Rothwell

05-12-2023

A new edition of The International Law of the Sea (Bloomsbury, 2023) co-authored by two of Australia’s foremost experts on the subject – Professor Donald Rothwell FAAL (ANU College of Law) and Professor Tim Stephens FAAL (Sydney Law School) – provides a comprehensive assessment of the foundational principles and contemporar

A/Prof Jake Blight

15-11-2023

ANU College of Law alumnus brings more than 20 years of national security law experience to watchdog role

Shortly after graduating from The Australian National University (ANU), Jake Blight (BGenSt, LLB ’00, MAppCybern ’21) embarked on his career as a lawyer at the Australian Government Solicitor. It didn’t take long for a major global event to quickly set the course of his future career.

Professor James Stellios FAAL FASSA

09-11-2023

Head of ANU Law School joins esteemed social sciences peak body.

Keshav Karupiah

31-10-2023

Keshav Karupiah, a final-year Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/International Relations student at The Australian National University (ANU), recently spent three months in Rome immersed in a legal internship that shaped his outlook on law in more ways than one.

Chloe Hosking

26-10-2023

The journey to postgraduate study can take many different paths. For some, it's a deliberate choice made in pursuit of a lifelong passion. For others, it's a turning point in their career that sets them on a new trajectory, reshaping their professional and personal lives.

Wenting Cheng

23-10-2023

In an era marked by China's growing influence and its expanding role on the global stage, there is heightened interest in understanding its involvement in various realms of global governance.  

One crucial area that has captured significant attention is how China is engaging in the rules and regulations that governs intellectual property (IP) on a global scale.

Within this landscape, China's emergence as a key player in global IP governance has sparked both curiosity and controversy. 

Reuben Owusu

23-10-2023

Initially uncertain about his future after high school, Reuben Owusu’s affinity for the humanities, coupled with his desire to meet family expectations, led him to enrol in a Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) degree at The Australian National University (ANU).

ANU Gender Identity + Sexuality Moot grand final

17-10-2023

Two teams from The Australian National University (ANU) have battled it out in the grand final of the ANU Gender Identity + Sexuality Moot.

This was the third edition of the mooting competition, which is the first of its kind to focus on the legal issues faced by LGBTQIA+ people and lays bare the law’s ability to mitigate and compound inequality, marginalisation and injustice.

Kirby Contract Law Moot: Team ANU

13-10-2023

Teamwork, advocacy and sharp legal minds have guided four law students from The Australian National University (ANU) to victory at the 11th annual Kirby Contract Law Moot Competition hosted at Victoria University in Melbourne.

Joseph Oh and Callum Bryan.

05-10-2023

Two law students from The Australian National University (ANU) recently returned to Australia after an enlightening experience delving into the depths of corporate law in the heart of Japan's vibrant capital city.

Joseph Oh and Callum Bryan were selected to participate in a six-day course focusing on international corporate governance as part of the Tokyo Summer School Program at the UTokyo Graduate Schools for Law and Politics.

Paul Finn

04-10-2023

It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the death of the Honourable Paul Finn on September 27 2023. He was 77. A luminary in the field of law whose impact reached far and wide, Professor Finn’s career was shaped by remarkable achievements.

Born in Brisbane in 1946, former Justice Finn completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Queensland, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1967 followed by a Bachelor of Laws in 1969. In 1977, he completed his PhD at Cambridge University, where he also won the Yorke Prize.

Dhinesh and Aryan sitting together smiling

04-10-2023

If you’re a law student unsure about the best career path to take after graduation, you’re not alone.

Is it better to pursue the clerkship route and secure a job at a law firm? Maybe a graduate role in the public service? Or perhaps you should back yourself and go for that associateship, or even try your hand at consulting work?

For many, tunnel vision about the ‘best’ career pathway can set in before graduation.

Jo Ford

15-09-2023

As we approach the 75th anniversary of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the world is grappling with the question: have the ideals enshrined in this landmark document lost their lustre?

Forged in the crucible of the Second World War, the declaration provided both priority and legitimacy to legal-political claims framed as 'human rights'. This saw human rights appear to transcend the realm of politics, offering a guiding light for nations recovering from the horrors of war.

Nicholas Simoes da Silva

12-09-2023

As with most high school students, Nicholas Simoes da Silva (BIntRel, LLB (Hons), GDLP ’20) had little idea of what he wanted to pursue as a career.

He enjoyed history and English literature, so he decided to enrol in The Australian National University’s (ANU) Bachelor of International Relations program as it aligned with some of his other interests at the time.

Mooting competition

05-09-2023

By Aidan Hookey (student ambassador)

The annual Australian National University (ANU) Gender Identity + Sexuality Moot will return for its third rendition this September.   

The competition is the first of its kind to focus on the legal issues faced by LGBTQIA+ people, and lays bare the law’s ability to mitigate or compound inequality, marginalisation and injustice.