Editors' Report

Welcome to the tenth edition of the alumni newsletter of the Melbourne University Law Review (‘Review’). What a year it has been! 2016 marked the 60th year since the Review’s founding by Sir Zelman Cowen in 1957. We are pleased to report that the Review has marked this significant milestone with another successful year.

We have thoroughly enjoyed working on volume 40 of the Review in 2016. Issue one contained ten pieces on topics including persona designata and executive detention, the role of codes of conduct in corporate whistleblowing, and the conceptual foundation of equitable compensation. Issue two contains a total of seven pieces and is currently being finalised. Editorial work is underway on issue three, which will contain eleven pieces. The Review received an exceptionally high number of submissions for this issue, and we are excited to be publishing a range of quality pieces, including the Review’s first book review since 2014. Volume 40 can be accessed online at our website by clicking here

2016 was also the busiest year for the Review’s community program, with a total of four projects in semester two alone. This saw the Review assist organisations such as the Disability Discrimination Legal Service and Human Rights Law Centre. We extend our sincere thanks to Adrian Faelli and Anushka Seth, whose work as Community Program Coordinators is greatly appreciated.

In addition to its editorial work, the Review held a number of successful social events in 2016 with the assistance of its dynamic Secretary team. With the start of the year came the inter-journal trivia night, where the Review battled our sister journal, the Melbourne Journal of International Law (‘MJIL’). Questions ranged from legal trivia (‘in what year was the first High Court case published?’), to popular culture (‘what was the name of the recent winner of Australian television show The Bachelor?’). We are proud to announce that the Review was victorious at this significant event.

Soon followed the more traditional functions on the Review’s social calendar, such as the Annual Lecture. We were thrilled to bring back this event following its inauguration in 2014 by welcoming the Honourable Justice John Middleton of the Federal Court of Australia. Justice Middleton gave an engaging lecture entitled ‘Statutory Interpretation: Mostly Common Sense?’. Review members, academic staff, alumni and practitioners attended this Lecture, and we are proud to publish the lecture in volume 40(2) of the Review (an advance copy of the speech is available to read here).

In May, we were delighted to mix with our loyal sponsors Allens, Arnold Bloch Leibler, Gilbert + Tobin, Herbert Smith Freehills and King & Wood Mallesons at our Sponsors’ Cocktail Function at Denmark House. We are grateful for our sponsors’ attendance and thank them for their dedication to the Review.

In September, the Review hosted its 60th Annual Dinner at the stunning Eureka 89 venue on the 89th floor of Eureka Tower. Here, we were privileged to have the Honourable Justice Michelle Gordon of the High Court of Australia deliver the Sir Zelman Cowen Address, and Associate Professor Jeannie Paterson give the Faculty Address. Justice Gordon discussed the role of law reviews in relation to legal practice, and Associate Professor Paterson discussed her passion for consumer law and her career as an academic. This was a very special night in the Review’s calendar, which was particularly enjoyable because of the high quality speakers, picturesque venue and spectacular views over Melbourne city. We warmly thank Justice Gordon and Associate Professor Paterson, as well as our guests and members in attendance.

Turning to other developments, we are proud to announce that the fourth edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation is nearing completion following the tireless efforts of the AGLC4 Committee, headed by Mr Peter Henley and consisting of Review and MJIL members. We are also excited to announce a new component to the AGLC4, an online citation tool to accompany the hardcopy edition. The Editors thank the online project’s founders, Jack North and Alexander Di Stefano, for working with the Review to develop this project. We are also delighted to have recruited a dedicated AGLC Online team consisting of Stephen Lee, Anna Liu and Arj Wijegunaratne who continue to work on the project. We look forward to the launch of both the AGLC4 and its online companion in 2017.

We extend our sincere thanks to the current members of the Review for their tireless efforts in 2016 — be it the business department, submissions portfolio, secretaries or the editorial team. The Review would not be what it is without its devoted members. We also thank our Faculty Advisers Professors Matthew Harding, Ian Malkin and Jenny Morgan for their valuable advice and unwavering encouragement throughout the year. Finally, we congratulate the 2017 Editors, Jordonne Colley, Chenez Dyer Bray and Marcus Roberts. We wish you the best of luck going forward and are confident that you will do an outstanding job.

We hope you enjoy this edition of the Alumni Newsletter, and look forward to keeping in touch with you in years to come. We wish you a happy and healthy 2017.

Stephen Polesel, Phoebe St John and Thomas Wu
Editors 2016

The 2016 Editorial Board of the Melbourne University Law Review


The 2016 Editors of the Review: Thomas Wu, Phoebe St John and Stephen Polesel


The 2016 Editors Stephen Polesel, Phoebe St John and Thomas Wu (right) warmly congratulate Jordonne Colley, Chenez Dyer Bray and Marcus Roberts on their 2017 Editorship (left).