2015 Editorial Report

2015 marked the 59th year of the Melbourne University Law Review (‘Review’) since its founding by Sir Zelman Cowen in 1957. The Review continues to grow in size, and peaked this year at a total of 63 student members.

The vibrant social calendar of the Review commenced in April with the Alumni Cocktail Function, held at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. It was encouraging to meet so many different alumni, spanning from recent graduates to members of the judiciary, and it was demonstrative of the unique and binding experience associated with membership of the Review. Another unique experience at the cocktail function was the availability of many older copies of the Review,stemming from a newly discovered surplus combined with a lack of available storage space. Many lucky alumni departed the event with copies dating back to the 1960’s — a time when the Review preferred a vivid orange cover to the now classic blue.

The Review also maintained its traditional functions throughout the year including the Sponsors Cocktail Function, held at Henry and the Fox, which gave us the opportunity to thank our loyal and dedicated sponsors: Allens, Arnold Bloch Leibler, Gilbert + Tobin, Herbert Smith Freehills, and King & Wood Mallesons. In September was the elegant Annual Dinner, held at Zinc at Federation Square, where attendees were fortunate to listen to the Honourable Mark Dreyfus QC MP deliver the Sir Zelman Cowen Address, and Associate Professor Margaret Young give the Faculty Address. Both memorable addresses drew on aspects of the Australian Constitution, and an enjoyable night was had by all.

This year there have been a number of new projects, such as the creation of an online submissions platform, and ongoing projects, such as the indomitable Community Program. But perhaps no project is more significant than the development of the fourth edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (‘AGLC4’). An agreement with the Melbourne Journal of International Law (‘MJIL’) was executed towards the middle of the year, with the subsequent creation of the AGLC4 committee. The committee is headed by Mr Peter Henley, who is himself a founding member of MJIL. We anticipate the AGLC4 to be ready for production and sale in early 2017.

In relation to volume 39 of the Review, issues one and two have now been published, and issue three is soon to be completed. This volume contains many interesting articles spanning a range of topics, and issues one and two can be accessed online at our website at http://law.unimelb.edu.au/mulr#issues.

We would like to thank the current members of the Review for all their hard work in 2015. Sincere thanks must also go to our Faculty Advisers (Professor Matthew Harding, Professor Ian Malkin and Professor Jenny Morgan) who have provided invaluable support and advice throughout the year. Finally, we would also like to congratulate the 2016 Editors — Steven Polesel, Phoebe St John and Thomas Wu, and we wish them best of luck as the next custodians of the Review.

We hope you enjoy reading this Newsletter, and we look forward to staying in touch in the future.