College in focus – ANU College of Law

4 September 2017

The end of a busy year is fast approaching, and the ANU College of Law has many changes on the cards. Staff have been busily packing up their bookshelves and offices to prepare for a major renovation to the Fellows Road building. Their business cards are also getting a makeover, with plans afoot to launch two schools under the ANU College of Law: the ANU Law School and the ANU School of Legal Practice (formerly known as ANU Legal Workshop).

Here are a few other highlights from the ANU Law calendar.

40th Anniversary of the Federal Court of Australia

The Centre for International and Public Law and the Centre for Commercial Law will this week mark the 40th Anniversary of the Federal Court of Australia with a major conference at the Federal Courthouse in Sydney.

Organisers Professor James Stellios and Associate Professor Pauline Ridge said the court's impact and influence had grown considerably in the last 40 years.

"It has come to exercise broad federal jurisdiction, and its decisions touch on every aspect of Australian law," they said.

The Constitutional

You may have seen retired radio host and Canberra Citizen of the Year Alex Sloan wandering around campus with a microphone and a law academic in recent weeks. Alex has been recording a podcast for the college that is due for release very soon.

The Constitutional is an interview series, where ANU Law academics take Alex on a favourite walk around campus while she asks them about their backgrounds, their philosophies and why they love the law.

Look out for the series on your preferred podcast app in the next few weeks.

ANU Law Unrequired Reading List

Also in the works is a parting gift to students from outgoing ANU Law Dean, Professor Stephen Bottomley. Professor Bottomley has been putting together an Unrequired Reading List for students. The list of 50 or so books and films is an intended companion to the prescribed reading our law students undertake.

Professor Bottomley has wanted to develop a list on behalf of ANU Law for several years, since encountering The Texas List of Unrequired Reading which was released by the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas in 1987.

"It's a way of showing them [the students] that there is more to life, and more to learning, than law school," he said.

"We want to remind our students and alumni that a well-rounded education is gained as much outside of their university studies as it is within."

Genevieve Jacobs from ABC Radio Canberra will host an event on 10 October, 2017 to launch the ANU Law Unrequired Reading List. She'll also sit on a panel featuring Professor Bottomley, Dr Heather Roberts, Professor Des Manderson and special guest, alumnus and filmmaker Sotiris Dounoukos, will discuss their favourite books from the list.