New book places Australian higher education sector under legal spotlight

Associate Professor Joan Squelch co-edited Higher Education and the Law;
a book placing Australian higher education under the spotlight

28 August 2015

An Australian-first, Higher Education and the Law, sheds light on the law in relation to Australian higher education providers. The book was launched at the MinterEllison Law Firm in Sydney on Thursday 20 August 2015 by The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG.

The book, co-edited by Associate Professor Joan Squelch from The University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Law, Fremantle, together with Professor Sally Varnham, University of Technology Sydney, and Patty Kamvounias, University of Sydney, provides an overview of the legal framework of higher education. The book considers key aspects of governance, accountability, quality assurance and how the law impacts on the relationship between universities, staff and students.

It also covers legal matters concerning such diverse topics as academic freedom, discrimination and disability standards, diversity and access to education, student discipline, negligence, employment, health and safety, as well as other issues of practical relevance to today’s higher education environment for law students.

“Since the establishment of the first universities in the 1850s, universities have grown in number, diversity and complexity. Universities face ever increasing legal challenges and are regulated by a large and growing body of general law that impacts on all aspects of a modern university,” Associate Professor Squelch said.

“The book is well-researched and informative. It provides a useful and accessible resource for university managers, governors, administrators, academics, students and legal practitioners.”

Higher Education and the Law is available online from The Federation Press:

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