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New books by UTS Authors

Highlighting some recent additions to our collection by UTS authors and editors.
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The Kabul Peace House

Mark Isaacs, PhD in Management at UTS Business, University of Technology Sydney.

Description - A story of peace in a land of unending war. This is a story of hope and resilience in Afghanistan, a country constantly under siege from within and without.

Refugee advocate, activist and acclaimed author Mark Isaacs takes us inside a remarkable and unlikely peace project established in one of the most war-torn, violent countries in the world, Afghanistan.

After decades of war, few Afghans remember what it is like to live in peace, and many have never known a time without war. Yet, a group of Afghan youth, male and female, have come together - led by the charismatic and idealistic Insaan - to form a model community, a microcosm of how a new Afghanistan couldbe: a place of peaceful coexistence, a nation without violence and war that embraces the values of peace and humanity.

Mark takes uson a journey to the streets of Kabul, where day-to-day life involves terror and extreme danger,and lives alongside these inspirational and courageous young people in 'The Community'. Mark reveals their personal stories of trauma and loss that ultimately lead them to defy the risks and stand up to demand peace, a seemingly impossible dream. He witnesses their acts of non-violent protest, their small steps in making life better, their setbacks and struggles, but mostly their bravery and hope for a future thatshines with peace.

Love is how we will ask for peace -- Are humans capable of abolishing war?

International graduates returning to Vietnam : experiences of the local economies, universities and communities

Lien Pham, Lecturer, Graduate Research School, University of Technology Sydney.

Description -This book examines the extent to which studying and living overseas enable returning graduates to enhance their professional work and contribute to community development. It assesses the transformative potential that returnees are assumed to have in terms of capabilities and skills acquired through an international education.

This book is based on a research study on Vietnamese overseas graduates who have returned to Vietnam. It examines the complexity of competing aspirations, responsibilities, identities and cultural dynamics in these returnees' professional, intellectual and civic environments.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander legal relations

Chris Cuneen, University of New South Wales and Cairns Institute at James Cook University, Australia
Larissa Behrendt, Director, Research and Academic Programs, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, University of Technology Sydney.
Nicole Watson, University of Sydney Law School
Terri Libesman, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney

Description - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Relations, second edition, introduces readers to the major issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people under the Anglo-Australian legal system, with a focus on the impact of historical and contemporary law and policy.

It engages readers in key debates, such as reparations for the Stolen Generation and changes to the Constitution, and explores how the law can play a role in providing a framework for recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' rights.

Comprehensively updated to include the latest developments, with new discussion on: Constitutional recognition and the Uluru Statement from the Heart; Creation of the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples as a new representative body; National child welfare policy reforms which will result in increased removals through early permanent placement of children who experience out of home care; Stolen Generation reparation tribunals and their responses; Colonial legal history in the context of contemporary debates such as the recent campaign to change the date of Australia Day; The development of state-based treaty processes.

Includes a new chapter on 'Indigenous Women and Criminal Justice' (Ch. 7) with a focus on family violence and victimisation; the laws, policies and practices that contribute to Indigenous women's imprisonment; and the climbing imprisonment rate of Indigenous women.

Updated discussion questions, and case studies and extracts.

Justice Reinvestment: Winding Back Imprisonment

David Brown, Professor, Accounting Discipline Group, University of Technology Sydney.
Chris Cunneen, Professor, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research, University of Technology Sydney
Melanie Schwartz, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Australia.
Julie Stubbs, Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Australia.
Courtney Young, Lecturer in Criminal Law and Evidence Law, University of New South Wales, Australia.

Description - Justice reinvestment was introduced as a response to mass incarceration and racial disparity in the United States in 2003. This book examines justice reinvestment from its origins, its potential as a mechanism for winding back imprisonment rates, and its portability to Australia, the United Kingdom and beyond. The authors analyze the principles and processes of justice reinvestment, including the early neighborhood focus on 'million dollar blocks'. They further scrutinize the claims of evidence-based and data-driven policy, which have been used in the practical implementation strategies featured in bipartisan legislative criminal justice system reforms.

This book takes a comparative approach to justice reinvestment by examining the differences in political, legal and cultural contexts between the United States and Australia in particular. It argues for a community-driven approach, originating in vulnerable Indigenous communities with high imprisonment rates, as part of a more general movement for Indigenous democracy. While supporting a social justice approach, the book confronts significantly the problematic features of the politics of locality and community, the process of criminal justice policy transfer, and rationalist conceptions of policy. It will be essential reading for scholars, students and practitioners of criminal justice and criminal law.

Paddington: A history

Greg Young, Adjunct Professor, School of Built Architecture, University of Technology Sydney

Description - The first major history of Paddington – Sydney’s celebrated heritage suburb – in forty years.

This first major history of Paddington in forty years provides a fresh and revealing perspective on this celebrated heritage suburb in Sydney – one of the largest and most intact Victorian enclaves in the world. Leading historians and specialists explore the makeup of Paddington’s diverse community – including its Indigenous, colonial, post-war migrant, bohemian, and LGBTQ residents, and a succession of gentrifiers – and discuss the evolution of the suburb’s unique architecture and landscape.

Islamic Law and International Commercial Arbitration

Maria Bhatti, Currently a Lecturer in Law at Western Sydney University previously at University of Technology Sydney.

Description -This book examines the intersection between contemporary International Commercial Arbitration and Shariʿa law in order to determine possible tensions that may arise between the two systems. It develops evidentiary and procedural rules under Shariʿa, as well as examining the consequences of stipulating qualifications of arbitrators based on gender and/or religion.

The author extensively analyses the prohibition against interest (riba) and uncertainty (gharar) under Shariʿa and its impact on arbitration agreements, arbitral awards and public policy.

The book also explores the prohibition against riba in light of international conventions, such as the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. Case studies in the book include the Asian International Arbitration Centre, formerly the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, and the International Islamic Centre for Reconciliation and Arbitration, as well as the ‘Shari’a Standards’ developed by the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions.

The book will be a valuable resource for academics, students and practitioners working in the areas of Islamic law and the Islamic finance industry.

UTS Library is dedicated to collecting the books of UTS Authors. If we have missed adding anything published in the last 2 years by UTS staff, students or alumni, please let us know by emailing Merrillie Redden.