Awards scoop for ANU College of Law

Professor Stephen Bottomley, Mary Spiers Williams and Professor Kim Rubenstein at the 2017 ANU Staff Excellence Awards
Professor Stephen Bottomley, Mary Spiers Williams and Professor Kim Rubenstein celebrate at the 2017 ANU Staff Excellence Awards.

Awards season is underway at the Australian National University and many of our colleagues in the ANU College of Law have been recognised for the important contribution they make.

ANU Media Awards

Professor Kim Rubenstein and the ANU College of Law Marketing and Communication Team received awards at the ANU Media Awards from ANU Strategic Communications a Public Affairs.

After being called upon week after week to respond to the Australian Federal Parliament’s chaotic citizenship scandal, Professor Kim Rubenstein was awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Advancing the Reputation of the University through Media and the 24/7 Award for Most Impressive Media Performance.

To name just a few of her media appearances throughout the 2017, Kim appeared on the ABC’s Q&A program in August, has offered her expertise in several lengthy interviews with Sky News and ABC News 24, and along with her ANU Law colleague Ryan Goss, has been one of the Australian media’s preferred commentators around the ongoing citizenship issue in which several federal members of parliament have been found to be in breach of Section 44 of the Australian Constitution.

The ANU College of Law Marketing and Communication team also received the Digital Award for The Constitutional, a podcast that content producer Kim Lester created with Canberra media personality Alex Sloan.

In The Constitutional, Sloan recorded a series of interviews with ANU Law academics and alumni while they walked throughout the campus. The podcast has been well received by alumni and members of the academic and legal professions.

ANU Staff Excellence Awards

Last week three ANU Law School academics, Professor Andrew Macintosh, Mary Spiers Williams and Anne McNaughton were awarded ANU Staff Excellence Awards.

Andrew received an individual Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Public Policy and Outreach. The award recognises Andrew’s outstanding contributions to environmental law and public policy development.

Anne was a member of the Centre for European Studies group which received the team Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Public Policy and Outreach, recognising the excellence of their contributions to public policy in relation to the European Union.

Mary received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Reconciliation, in recognition of her powerful commitment to promoting reconciliation through her teaching, philosophy and practice.

Dean Professor Stephen Bottomley has offered his congratulations on the three well-deserved awards.

“Congratulations Andrew, Anne and Mary on this very well deserved recognition of the depth of your commitment and the impact of your contributions,” he said.

Zines Prize for Excellence in Legal Research

The ANU Law-based Federal Law Review has also awarded the annual Zines Prize for Excellence in Legal Research to Monash University-based Faculty of Law contributor Dr Lisa Burton Crawford.

The prize is awarded to the most outstanding article published by the journal in 2016 and is judged by a panel of legal scholars. This year the panel comprised Professor James Stellios, Associate Professor Pauline Ridge, Associate Professor Greg Weeks, and Dr Heather Roberts.

The article, Can Parliament Confer Plenary Executive Power? The Limitations Imposed by Sections 51 and 52 of the Australian Constitution, examined the lack of clarity around principles of Australian constitutional law that could prevent the federal Parliament from conferring plenary executive power.Dr Burton will receive $500 for the award. The article is available to subscribers of the Federal Law Review online.

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Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team