Editor's Report

Welcome to the 11th edition of the Melbourne University Law Review alumni newsletter.

This year has been an extremely successful and busy year. On the editorial side, the Review received a large number of submissions this year, and we are excited to be publishing a range of high-quality pieces. Issue 41(1) contained 11 pieces on topics including the regulation of cyber-racism, cosmopolitan originalism and the principle of legality. Issue 41(2) contains a total of 13 pieces and is currently being finalised. Editorial work is underway on issue 41(3), which will also contain 13 pieces. Volume 41 can be accessed on our website.

The fourth edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (‘AGLC4’) is also now in the final stages of completion and in the beginning of 2017, developers were engaged to build the web-app companion to AGLC4: AGLC Online. We would like to thank all Members that have assisted to consolidate these projects. In particular, we would like to thank Daniel O’Neil, Danielle El-Hajj, Matthew Harper, Maddison Smith, Kevin Cui, Stuart Dixon, Jahangir Mahmood and Sarah Waring for their assistance with AGLC4. We would also like to thank the energetic and hardworking Members of the AGLC Online Development Team, Stephen Lee, Anna Liu, Alexander Di Stefano, Jack North and Arj Wijegunaratne, for all their work on AGLC Online. We know that both products will be of extremely high quality and we look forward to seeing the final products later this year. The Community Program continues to go from strength to strength and we are very thankful to Adrian Faelli and Anushka Seth, who have been instrumental in the success of the program. 

A number of successful social events were also held in 2017. The yearly Melbourne University Law ReviewMelbourne Journal of International Law trivia night was held at the beginning of semester one. We are pleased to report that the Review was victorious once again. Soon after, the Review hosted its Annual Lecture. We are very grateful to the Honourable Kenneth Hayne AC for his speech on ‘Government Contracts and Public Law’, which can be accessed here. An extended version of the speech was published in issue 41(1) and can be accessed hereReview Members, alumni, academics and other members of the legal community attended the event. The Annual Lecture will be held once again this year and details of the event will be announced soon.

In April, we hosted our biennial Alumni Cocktail Evening at the Melbourne Museum. Over 100 attendees made up of alumni and current Members attended this event. Canap├ęs and drinks were served, memories were shared and new friendships were formed. We would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to the 2017 Alumni Coordinators, Molly Deighton and Calypso Strauss, for organising this wonderful event. The next Alumni Cocktail Evening will be held in 2019 and we hope to see you all there.

In May, we had the fantastic opportunity to mingle with representatives from our sponsor firms, Allens, Arnold Bloch Leibler, King & Wood Mallesons, Gilbert + Tobin and Herbert Smith Freehills, at our Sponsors’ Cocktail Evening. The warm setting of The Grain Store was perfect for this occasion and we look forward to many more events with our sponsors in the future.

The Review also hosted its 61st Annual Dinner at The Residence, Grand Hyatt in September. We were honoured to have Dr Stephen Donaghue QC, Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth and former Editor of the Review, deliver the Sir Zelman Cowen Address. Ms Paula O’Brien, Senior Lecturer at Melbourne Law School and another former Editor, gave the Faculty Address. The Annual Dinner is a special evening and we are thankful to all those that attended.

We held our last social event of the year at Fitzroy Lawn Bowls Club on a sunny Thursday afternoon to celebrate the end of the academic year. Thank you to our wonderful secretarial team for organising our events throughout the year. They have been an absolute pleasure to work with and the success of the Review's social calendar depends on all their hard work.

The Review would not be what it is without our brilliant Members. We are so very humbled and grateful to each and every one of them. We also thank our Faculty Advisors, Dr Dale Smith, Professor Ian Malkin and Professor Jenny Morgan for their invaluable advice and unwavering encouragement throughout the year. Finally, we congratulate the 2018 Editors, Kye-Ren Cheong, Rajesh Gounder and Rachel Walters, on their election. We wish them every success in their role as Editors and are confident that they will do an outstanding job.

We hope you enjoy this edition of the Alumni Newsletter, and we look forward to keeping in touch with you in years to come. We wish you a happy and healthy 2018.

Jordonne Colley, Chenez Dyer Bray and Marcus Roberts
Editors 2017

The 2017 Editorial Board of the Melbourne University Law Review

The 2017 Editors of the Review: Jordonne Colley, Marcus Roberts and Chenez Dyer Bray

The 2017 Editors Jordonne Colley, Marcus Roberts and Chenez Dyer Bray (right) warmly congratulate Rachel Walters, Rajesh Gounder and Kye-Ren Cheong on their 2018 Editorship (left)