S44 Set to Spike APL Enrolments

S44 Set to Spike APL Enrolments
Brigid Horneman-Wren

The ANU College of Law has entered into talks with senior parliamentary officials, with negotiations underway to allow all federal politicians special entry into Australian Public Law.

Those with parents, grandparents, and suspected long-lost cousins born overseas will be the first to be enrolled.

“Obviously this is usually a second year course,” said a spokesperson for the College, “but we’re of the opinion that our politicians should have the same understanding of the Constitution that we’re currently teaching nineteen year olds.”

A source inside parliament cited ANU’s proximity to Parliament House as a key draw point for the push to get the politicians enrolled in law school.

“So many of the staffers here go to ANU, so we got talking to them and the ANIP students. Once we realised how easy it was for them to get between work and uni, we thought the taxpayers wouldn’t mind copping the Uber fees if it meant we’d stop having daily dual citizenship referrals to the High Court.”

Admissions experts, however, are sceptical as to how many parliamentarians would be able to prove the equivalent intelligence of the current 98 ATAR requirement. Legislation to allow them to circumvent the UAC application process is expected to soon be passed.

If the program is successful, it will be expanded to all party lawyers and anyone up for preselection.

Brigid is in her third year of BA/LLB. She surprisingly enjoyed APL, and frequently despairs over the state of Australian politics.


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ALSA Competition Experience: Client Interview

Alexandra Cornfield and Isabella Sorby
As two fourth-year law students, Bella and I are so glad we got involved with the
LSS Client Interview Competition in Semester One.
Not only did we gain invaluable practical legal skills, but we had fun competing
in both the LSS Competition and at ALSA, the national competition. What we
enjoyed most was getting to know different legal situations and gaining the ability
to read different clients.
We learnt throughout the competition that treating your client with respect was
the best thing you could do in creating a friendly and safe environment. Difficult
clients were inevitable, and making them happy and calm was a major objective for us. We made sure we put ourselves in the shoes of the client, quickly learning what it was they sought to gain from the interview. Each round we were faced with a completely different set of facts and a new client so flexibility was crucial. Adapting to new clients and each situation enabled us to change tactics when giving our advice to the client.
We were lucky enough to win the LSS Competition and progress to ALSA, which
was such a great week. Not only were we competing but we went to cocktail nights
and socials at Parliament House and the War Memorial. We left the competition
having had a great time and having come fifth which we were extremely proud of.
We would highly recommend getting involved with the LSS Competitions. It’s a
great way to further your legal skills and have some fun too!
Alexandra is a fourth year Law/International Relations student and Isabella
is a fourth year Law/Arts student

Oh La Law Ball

Felicity Moran

Do you hear the people sing? Singing the songs of studious law students? It is the music of the people who will not get HD’s again. Yep that’s right. Law Ball 2017 was revolutionarily good. So good that I trust there were a few sore heads the next day.

The Biggest Law Ball in the Southern Hemisphere took place on Thursday the 3rd of August with over six-hundred ANU students donning their most ostentatious gowns and robes as they descended upon the QT Hotel. The 2017 theme, Versailles, ensured that the event was as decadent and extravagant as always, with guests partaking in frivolous dancing and feasting until 11PM.

This year Law Ball was generously sponsored by Allens and Linklaters. MJ Bale also generously dontated a $899 suit to be raffled off, with all proceeds going towards Cambodian NGO’s. The night could not have been a success without this sponsorship and also without the help of the incredible LSS Events team consisting of Lucy Price, Katharine Fu and Shiban Shahid!

This incredible trio dedicated over twenty hours pouring over Excel spreadsheets ensuring that tables were as preferenced as possible. But following the French revolutionary theme, it wouldn’t have been right if we didn’t whip out the guillotine and ‘chop, chop’ to table 57 and 58. We let them eat cake, by themselves, but luckily everyone was in good spirits and we’re grateful for their understanding.

Just like Marie and Louie, we kicked on to the Paris of the Southern Hemisphere. Civic. Acadz, also known as the better sibling of Moulin Rouge, pulled out all the stops and provided drinks including Head on the Blocks and Viva La Revolution.

Massive shout-out to all the committee who helped out both during the day and night, it couldn’t happen without you.

Thank you to everyone who came, we hope you had as an incredible night as we did! Merci beaucoup xx

Felicity is a second year Law/Business Administration student and current LSS VP (Events). 

What We’re All Forgetting About North Korea

Guy Exton

Today, pundits are weighing the odds of nuclear war, headlines that were last seen during the Cuban Missile Crisis have remerged, and the world is holding its breath. While I do not believe it will come to bombing Pyongyang just yet, we’re forgetting to think about something more important. Trump seems to believe that nuking North Korea is the end of the story. We’re forgetting that it would be the beginning.

China is the protagonist of this tail. It’s D-Day minus 1, Pyongyang has fallen and Kim Jong-Un is presumed dead or in a U-boat on his way to Argentina. China’s objective now is to capture as much influence as possible before Uncle Sam gets his finger in the pie. South Korea has collapsed after Soul was destroyed by the North, and Japan is left isolated.

China’s dominant strategy in this scenario would ultimately be to invade and occupy what’s left of the peninsula. Trump would be hesitant to commit to the largest state building exercise in history, preferring to admire the mess he’s made from a distance. China would have a relatively free-hand.

Ironically, after all Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric, the biggest refugee crisis ever would follow. The Korean Peninsula is home to roughly 75 million people. Considering the enormity of the task ahead, China would have a fairly strong argument for establishing a government on the peninsular. Besides, the need for order in the country on the other side of a river from Chinese territory would be too immense for Beijing to ignore. However, Russia and the U.S. would have competing claims. The result would potentially mirror the division of Germany by the Allies following World War 2, with various zones of occupation.

The Korean peninsular 10 years from now might not be too different from the one we see today. Following a nuclear war, North Korea would still be a communist state – albeit Chinese – and the U.S. backed South Korean government would hold some small territory at the bottom of the country. After decades of anti-U.S. propaganda, it would be easier for the North Korean people to accept a Chinese government than an American, and the South would become a small beachhead, held together by a reluctant American occupying force. The more things change the more they stay the same.

Perhaps the only difference 10 years from now would be a reversal of power on the peninsula. The North would have sanctions lifted and massive amounts of aid thanks to Beijing. Across the new DMZ, a devastated South Korea – still ideologically opposed to their Northern neighbours – would struggle to supply basic public goods, would face a desperate and potentially hostile (or radioactively-mutant) population, and rely on an unwilling American administration for survival. We would finally lose the Korean war we began fighting in 1950.

The question then becomes: do you favour China’s system of government or America’s? That question deserves much more thought than one article could ever do justice. Indeed, that question is basically why the ANU exists. I know it’s tempting to focus on Trump’s misogyny, racism and sexism – it’s a real smorgasbord of ignorance – to discredit America’s system of governance, but no amount of poor leadership can ever discredit America’s founding documents. The separation of powers and the U.S. constitution are still some of the most genius human inventions ever envisioned. Our generation doesn’t quite grasp the value of democracy because we’ve never had to fight for it. But, when in doubt, remember the words of Winston Churchill: “Democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”

To bomb the North would be to accelerate the decline of American power, and increase the international weight of China. If you’re like me, you agree that’s less than ideal. (Sorry to the Chinese spies reading this.)

My point is, if we are going to talk about nuking a country, we should talk about what we are going to do the day after. A series of major miracles would have to occur for Kim Jong-Un to be ousted and a free and democratic government created in his place. America should not give up it’s strong hand now for a weak one tomorrow. An evil regime you can live with may be a better option than no regime at all.

Guy is a second year Arts student, studying politics and history.

Australian Law Students’ Association Conference 2017: A Recap

Conor Tarpey

This year’s Australian Law Student’s Association (ALSA) 2017 Conference took place from the 3rd to the 8th of July in sunny Canberra. ALSA is the peak representative body of law students and comprises all Law Student Societies and Law Student Associations. The annual conference, supplemented by two annual council meetings in February and September, was a chance for delegates from ALSA and all Australian LSS and LSA’s to sit down, share knowledge and discuss upcoming challenges. Alongside these meetings were several competitions open to all Australian law students such as mooting, negotiations and witness examination.

The ALSA council is comprised of elected ALSA committee members and delegates sent from most universities in Australia, usually the President and Vice-President(Education) of each respective LSS/LSA. This year I went to my first conference as Careers Officer for ALSA, over four days I sat down with the rest of the council at ANU and discussed a variety of issues. We discussed many topics such as policies for sexual harassment, how to improve turn-out and engagement at law school events, initiatives for student mental health awareness and ways to tackle to discrimination against smaller and rural law schools. Delegations from the New Zealand Law Student’s Association and the South Pacific Law Student’s Association also contributed in council meetings and delivered speeches detailing the current state of their respective law student association. Council discussions particularly help smaller, younger LSS/LSA’s talk to other universities who have dealt with similar problems and gain invaluable information to improve, whilst also being able to tap into a much larger resource pool than they could on their own. However, ALSA also ensures that older and bigger LSS/LSA’s remain in the loop and accountable for their initiatives and innovations, ensuring a high standard across all law schools.

On the competitions side, there were fierce rivalries and a lot of excitement, especially for the Championship Moot, which was held in the High Court and tackled a problem both written and judged by Justice Gummow.  Competitors were also able to go to a variety of presentations about competition skills and the future of law. However, these things paled in comparison to the social events, which included a gala at Parliament House, wild nights at Academy and Mooseheads and finally a closing event at the War Memorial Museum where Gummow delivered a speech.

ALSA is an organisation that many law students are not aware of, but it is integral in ensuring that the LSS/LSA’s of every university in Australia have open and honest communication with each other. The annual ALSA conference makes this ethos very tangible and to see students from across Australia talking to each other and competing against each other is a powerful thing. I immensely enjoyed my time at conference and would encourage any law students to do more research into ALSA and the 2018 conference, which will be held in Adelaide.

Conor is a second year Law/Finance student.