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ANU experts to brief on legal issues for Australia’s big issues

The Australian National University (ANU) College of Law will be running a series of events for journalists and policymaker to explain legal issues surrounding some of Australia’s most prominent public policy issues.

The ANU Law Explains event will take place on Wednesday 17 May and focus on legal issues impacting counter-terrorism, citizenship, race relations, climbing imprisonment rates and the South China Sea.

Interested media can register their attendance by emailing [email protected]

Speakers at the event include:

  • Professor Simon Rice OAM
  • Khanh Hoang
  • Professor Kim Rubenstein
  • Dr Dominique Dalla-Pozza
  • Professor Donald Rothwell
  • Dr Anthony Hopkins

ANU Law Explains is a National Law Week 2017 event. The full event program can be found here -


Professor Simon Rice is a leading Australian human rights lawyer whose expertise in anti-discrimination law, human rights and access to justice issues is highly regarded. He has practised extensively in poverty law in community legal centres, particularly anti-discrimination law. In Australia and internationally he has trained and advised a wide range of businesses, agencies and NGOs in human rights and anti-discrimination law, and has consulted to NGOs on organisational management and strategic planning.


Khanh Hoang is an associate lecturer and undertakes interdisciplinary research in the areas of migration law, refugee law and law reform in the ANU Migration Law Program. He is also the co-chair of the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights Refugee Rights Subcommittee.

Professor Kim Rubenstein is a foremost public policy expert and the author of Australian Citizenship Law (2nd ed, 2017). She was a consultant to the Commonwealth in its redrafting of Australian citizenship legislation, resulting in the 2007 Act and was a member of the Independent Expert Committee reviewing the Australian Citizenship Test.

Dr Dominique Dalla-Pozza has a combined expertise in Australian Public Law and National Security Law and her research on the counter-terrorism law-making process has been presented overseas.

Dr Anthony Hopkins is a senior lecturer and practising barrister in the ACT who began his career as a criminal defence lawyer in Alice Springs at the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service. In 2015, he completed his PhD by publication, which included articles and book chapters considering national and international reforms with respect to sentencing Indigenous Australians, criminal defences for battered women who kill in response to family violence, and limits on the cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses.


WHAT: ANU Law explains, briefing sessions for journalists

WHERE: Moot Court, ANU College of Law, 5 Fellows Road, ANU

WHEN: 10am–5pm Wednesday 17 May 2017


For media assistance, email [email protected] or contact Aaron Walker on the ANU media hotline on 02 6125 7979 or 0418 307 213.

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