Flinders Law School | 2014 News Articles


15 April, 2014

Associate Professor Tina Dolgopol featured on television in South Korea

Arirang TV recently featured Associate Professor Tina Dolgopol on their new television show "Upfront" where she spoke about the Women's International War Crimes Tribunal on "comfort women".

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14 April, 2014

Professor Mark Halsey featured on The Project

Three separate man-hunts are under way in Queensland for four escaped criminals, including a convicted murderer who was being housed in a low-security facility. Two men went missing from the Capricornia correctional centre around 9 last night. Meanwhile another prisoner escaped from a work camp in central Queensland and a convicted sex offender has gone missing from community supervision in Fortitude Valley. Prison escapes in Australia are actually quite rare and the vast majority of fugitives are recaptured within hours. Mark Halsey, Centre for Crime Policy and Research, Flinders University, explains the rates of prison escapes and says the security rate is very good and most escapes are opportunistic.

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Mark's story starts at approximately 6 minutes and 12 seconds


14 April, 2014

Top police officer’s lessons from Flinders Law School

“Always remember that we are here for the little person.”

It is 1993 at Flinders University and mature age student and serving Federal police officer Luke Cornelius has just heard Law Professor Elliott Johnston utter ten words that he will carry with him for the rest of his life.

Although he wouldn’t have known it at the time, Professor Johnston has also just confirmed two vitally important things for Luke Cornelius.

Firstly, he has confirmed the young police officer’s personal belief about what the law is for.

Secondly, he has confirmed that Flinders’ budding law school is where he wants to study.

More than 20 years later, Victoria Police Force Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius is one of Australia’s most decorated police officers and is responsible for the policing of more than 1.5 million people.

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11 April, 2014

Flinders Graduate Wins Young Lawyer of the Year

A solicitor at a boutique firm in Adelaide has been named South Australia’s Young Lawyer of the Year.

Claire Victory received the award and a $2000 prize at the Burgess Paluch Young Lawyers Ball hosted by The Law Society of SA on Friday (10 April).

The victorious solicitor had been nominated by her boss and partner at Duddy Shopov Lawyers, William Duddy, who commended Victory on both her professional and extra-curricular achievements.

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Publication:  Lawyers Weekly


10 April, 2014

Dunstan Foundation Len King Scholarship Awarded to Flinders Law Student Sophie Cassar

Donna Harden, Executive Director of the Dunstan Foundation is excited to announce the establishment and inaugural recipient of the Dunstan Foundation Len King Scholarship which honours the late former Chief Justice of South Australia, The Hon Len King AC QC, 1925 – 2011.

The Dunstan Foundation Len King Scholarship is named in honour of the late The Hon Len King AC QC, former Attorney-General and Chief Justice of South Australia, and has been made possible through a generous bequest from the King Family.

The Hon Len King AC QC was a man of vision who was dedicated to the improvement of the South Australian community. He achieved this through his long and distinguished career in various roles including Attorney-General of South Australia, Minister for Community Welfare, Consumer Affairs and Aboriginal Affairs, and as seventh Chief Justice of South Australia.

This scholarship has been designed to encourage and assist in development of new leaders on issues of social justice and human rights through the study of law. The scholarship will enable disadvantaged students to undertake the study of law at Flinders University and The University of Adelaide.

The Dunstan Foundation, along with its partner universities, The University of Adelaide and Flinders University, are committed to addressing social inequity and disadvantage in our community. This is achieved through policy advice based on sound academic research and through the provision of vocational and career opportunities for disadvantaged individuals. The Foundation would also like to thank the selection committee which included former Chief Justice John Doyle AC QC and former Minister the Hon Greg Crafter AO.

The Dunstan Foundation acknowledges and highly values the support and advice provided by the Wyatt Trust throughout the establishment of the scholarship. We are fortunate to have ongoing support of the Wyatt Trust in the scholarships administration.

The inaugural recipient of the 2014 Dunstan Foundation Len King Scholarship is Sophie Cassar who has been awarded up to $15,000 over the next four years of her study. Ms Cassar has recently commenced a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice at Flinders University.

Ms Cassar says “I can't even begin to find the right words to emphasise the many ways that this scholarship will support me in the pursuit of my educational goals and lessen the financial hardship I otherwise would have endured. I will forever be grateful to the Don Dunstan Foundation for awarding me this scholarship."

The Dunstan Foundation and the King Family look forward to following and supporting Sophie over the coming years with her degree.


8 April, 2014

Law students prove mettle at Moot

It’s one of the most daunting legal theatres on Earth, a place where countries and states go head to head over points of international law, with the best lawyers in the world on centre stage.

How much more daunting then must The International Court of Justice (ICJ) be for mere law students who subject themselves to its forensic analysis, unrelenting questioning and uncompromising standards as part of the Jessup Moot?

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7 April, 2014

Flinders student one of first for Cyber Security PhD at Oxford

When someone tells you that they studied animal and movie law with no intention of working in either area, it’s hard not to raise an eyebrow – or even two.

But then Flinders University law graduate Kris Wilson, who will fly to the University of Oxford to begin his PhD studies later this year, has never been one to follow the conventional route.

Mr Wilson, who is of Aboriginal descent and traces his family’s roots back to Marree, grew up in the town of Quorn in the Flinders Ranges.

Quorn is a small place to the north-east of Port Augusta, which is most famous for its Pichi Richi Railway – a restored 39 km section of track between the two towns.

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28 March, 2014

Law mentors meet with Flinders students

Mentors from the Flinders Law School Practitioner Mentoring Scheme have met with law students at Flinders University’s Victoria Square building in Adelaide this month.

The mentors, from many of Adelaide’s most prestigious law firms, have been providing students with links to the local legal profession and advice on a range of issues faced by legal professionals.

Lucy Evans, Deputy Director of Professional Programs at Flinders University’s Law School, said that many had put significant effort into providing tours, meetings with senior partners, offering placements and providing contact with practitioners in the students’ areas of interest.

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Publication: InDaily

Journalist:  Grant Smythe

28 March, 2014

Bleich speech student shares story of well-earned success

When Aneta Peretko’s parents left Poland in 1996, they would never have dreamed their six-year-old daughter would one day walk the halls of the US Congress as an intern, or that she would take centre stage as the former US Ambassador to Australia received an honorary doctorate at Flinders University.

Nor could they have foreseen that she would win an international undergraduate award from the Golden Key Society, or an Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Award that would see her spend a semester studying in Hong Kong.

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23 March, 2014

Love For Sale Cambodian Style

The crackdown on sex work in Cambodia, motivated by a government desire to eradicate people trafficking, has driven the industry underground, with serious consequences for Cambodians working in the sector.

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Radio station:  Radio Adelaide

Journalist:  Ewart Shaw

 13 March, 2014

Cambodia’s trafficking laws exacerbate exploitation

The crackdown on sex work under Cambodia’s anti-trafficking regime has forced the industry further underground and deteriorated the rights of women and men working in the sector across the country, Flinders University researcher Dr Larissa Sandy says.

As part of her three-year Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Dr Sandy has documented the experiences of dozens of sex workers following the Cambodian Government’s Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation.

Introduced in 2008 after years of pressure from the US and UK to regulate Cambodia’s sex industry, the legislation prohibits human trafficking, managing prostitutes and maintaining a brothel, as well as soliciting in public and distributing pornography.

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11 March, 2014

Congratulations to Dr Larissa Sandy!

Dr Larissa Sandy was recently awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Early Career Researchers. 

This award recognises and values the outstanding contributions of individual Early Career Researchers to the University, and rewards and encourages excellence in research across all Faculties. 

Larissa received the award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to excellence in research. Since joining the staff in Criminal Justice, Larissa has completed work on her first research monograph, Women and Sex Work in Cambodia: Blood, Sweat and Tears', published with Routledge. Recently, Larissa returned from the field and is writing her second research monograph based on research into Cambodia's 2008 Human Trafficking Law, which she is carrying out as part of her Fellowship at Flinders.

Larissa was one of eleven early career researchers across the university to receive this prestigious award, given in recognition of her contributions to research, which have had a significant impact in the field, nationally and internationally.

For further information, please contact Dr Larissa Sandy

20 February, 2014

Law students get first-hand experience of Indian legal system

Fifteen students from Flinders Law School have toured India as part of the Australian Government’s AsiaBound Program to promote student engagement with Asia.

The group combined learning about the Indian legal system with visits to a range of sites, including police stations and courts.

“You study about things like human trafficking and understand it in theory but then, my goodness, there it is, right in front of you,” one student said after seeing a 14-year-old girl appear in court after being rescued by an NGO.

The two-week tour was organised by Professor David Bamford, former Dean of Flinders Law School, in conjunction with the National Law University, Delhi, and Symbiosis International University, Pune.

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18 February, 2014

Foreign drones 'risk our defence'

Australia risks compromising its future defence capability by buying foreign-made drones to patrol the country's borders, a drone expert for Boeing has warned.

Boeing Research and Technology-Australia associate technical fellow Brendan Williams, who was chief engineer for the now retired F-111 fighter bomber, said yesterday that the country ran the risk of falling behind in its defence expertise without a federally funded drone program operating in Australia.

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Publication:  The Australian

Journalist:  Rebecca Puddy

14 February, 2014

Drones in Focus at Flinders Forum

They’re all over the news – and following an announcement by SA Police earlier this week, there could soon be one over your head.

In technical jargon they’re known as unmanned aerial systems (UAS), but you probably know them as drones; and as they turn their hi-tech lenses and circuitry towards our towns and cities, many people are asking how much do we really know about this technology, and do we really understand the implications of its use in our society.

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12 February, 2014

Flinders Law School Students' Success at Jessup Moot

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the recent International Jessup Mooting Competition held in Canberra.

The Jessup Moot is a highly prestigious and difficult competition that some law schools invest very heavily in. Not only did they win one of the moots, and for the very first time, but the team was also awarded the following prizes:

  •  Best Newcomer Team and
  • Spirit of Jessup Award.

The following students were involved:

Emma Gorman

  • Olivia D'Arienzo;
  • Jacqueline Lau;
  • Timisha Ward;
  • Marina William and
  • Michael Swanson (Coach).

This is a remarkable and impressive achievement.

Thank you to both Grant Niemann and Michael Swanson for providing effective guidance.

For further information regarding the Jessup Moot, click here

6 February, 2014

Symbiosis Law School, Pune hosts Australian University students under its 'Study India' Programme

Symbiosis Law School, Pune believes in global exchange of knowledge, cultural dissemination and intellectual capacity building. In its endeavour to achieve this objective Symbiosis Law School, Pune under the aegis of Symbiosis International University undertakes to strengthen ties with various Universities around the world. 25th January 2014 witnessed the culmination of one of its efforts in the form of a visit of a contingent of 15 students from Flinders University, South Australia to participate in an academic and cultural exercise under the ‘Study India’ Programme. The contingent was headed by Prof. David Bamford, Associate Head (International), Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law, Flinders University Adelaide, South Australia.

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4 February, 2014

Royal Commission Vital to Probe Union Corruption

Law enforcement bodies are limited in their effectiveness.

Serious crime and organisational corruption are matters far too serious to be reduced to politicking by either government or opposition.

The focus in response to recent allegations about corruption in the construction sector involving the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union and bikie groups should be on conducting an adequate investigation that is capable of producing a full picture of the underlying issues. Only the findings of such an inquiry can then form a foundation for reform.  Neither side has yet shown it has an adequate appreciation of the scale of the problem, let alone of the tools required to deal with the matter.

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Publication:  The Australian

Author:  Professor Andrew Goldsmith

 29 January, 2014

Oz Students Learn Police-Public Unity

Fifteen Law students visit Dattawadi, Sahakarnagar police stations in India.

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Publication:  DNA India

Journalist:  Shailendra Paranjpe

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