By Amro Ali & Nesreen Salem Some 2,000 years ago, under Roman occupation, Egyptians were banned from practicing law, and this was not simply due to imperial discrimination. The Romans excluded them because Egyptians made too many jokes and sarcastic quips while in court, thus undermining the...

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By John Keane Most people know from daily experience that memories are vital for their sense of well-being. Memory is the bearer of lavish gifts. It strengthens our capacity for living in the present. Memory brings direction. It prompts us to move on, to imagine different futures. When...

By Professor Wolfgang Merkel Recent weeks have been all about elections and broken promises: from early April to mid-May, half-a-billion Indians went to the polls in what many described an astonishing display of democratic prowess. Later, millions of European citizens elected their representatives to the often-criticised and never...

Date: Wednesday 11 June, 2014 Time: 6 to 7.30pm Venue: Law School LT 104, Eastern Avenue, the University of Sydney Co-presented with the Department of Media and Communications, the University of Sydney The ABC’s funding will be cut by $120m over the next four years as a result of decisions made by...

Speaker: Jan Zielonka Date: Thursday 12 June, 2014 Time: 6.30 to 8.00 pm Venue: Law School LT 104, Level 1 Sydney Law School Annex, Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney The European Union is in crisis. Crippled by economic problems, political brinkmanship and institutional rigidity, the EU faces an...

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