2 years ago

31 May, 2016

Law Lounge, New Law School, University of Sydney

Organised by:
Sydney University Law Society (SULS)

On Tuesday 31st May, the Sydney University Law Society will see three publicly regarded individuals discuss the myriad of interconnected issues surrounding the 2014 reforms to the Liquor Act, known colloquially as the ‘Lockout Laws’. Topics as diverse as drug and alcohol addiction, cultural patterns of masculinised violence, the policing of violent crime and the regulation of public order will be explored and the dichotomous discourse in the media and politics disentangled. After the conclusion of the panel discussion, there will be opportunity to meet the speakers.

Coinciding with the discussion will be the release of the inaugural edition of the SULS publication, Law in Society. The 2016 publication, titled ‘Nanny State or Necessary Crackdown: Lockout Laws and the Regulation of Civil Disobedience’, picks up on many of the issues central to the panel discussion, and explores these further through a number of perspectives and literary forms.

From 6:30pm, come along and enjoy a selection of food and drinks, in time for the panel discussion to begin at 7:30pm.


Jenny Leong MP

Jenny Leong is the State Member for the Electorate of Newtown in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. As a Greens MP, she is responsible for the Creative Industries / Arts, Human Rights, Sexuality and Gender Identity, Tenancy, Rental, Housing and Strata, and WestConnex. As well as managing these portfolios, she is also the NSW Greens acting spokesperson on Liquor Laws.

Professor Murray Lee

Murray Lee is a Professor in Criminology and was director of the Sydney Institute of Criminology from 2008 to 2012. Aside from his teaching duties, Murray is a prominent academic in the field of criminology, focusing on fear of crime, policing and the media, crime prevention, confidence in criminal justice systems, and the spatial determinants of crime.

Michael Bradley

Michael Bradley is the managing partner at Marque Lawyers, with expertise is in Trade Practices and intellectual property. Since creating the firm in 2008, Michael has pursued the modestly stated ambition of completely changing the way law is practised. He writes a weekly column for The Drum on current legal issues as far reaching as anti-terror laws, refugee policy and the right to privacy.

Professor Kate Conigrave

Professor Conigrave was appointed as a Director of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to stop the harm caused by alcohol, on 19 October 2011. She is an Addiction Medicine Specialist and Public Health Physician based at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. As well as caring for patients with alcohol or other drug problems, she has worked for many years on the education of health professionals on these issues, particularly at the University of Sydney.