February 7th, 2017

CAMLA seminar:  Fair Use, Flexibility, Innovation and Creativity

6:15pm for a 6:30pm start
(followed by drinks and canapés)
Clayton Utz, Level 15, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney

The Productivity Commission’s IP report has once again brought fair use and flexibility to the fore in the Australian copyright debate. The PC says it is important for productivity and innovation, others say it means uncertainty for creators. This is a rare opportunity to hear the world’s leading experts on fair use to discuss how it works in practice, what it would mean for Australians, and why there is a global trend towards more flexibility in copyright.

Our distinguished panel:

Professor Patricia Aufderheide, University Professor, School of Communication, American University and Fulbright Scholar 2017
Professor Sean Flynn, Associate Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property Professorial Lecturer in Residence, American University
Professor Michael Geist, Chair of Internet & E-commerce Law, University of Ottawa
Professor Peter Jaszi, Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic, American University
Bill Patry, Author of Patry on Copyright (the definitive eight volume treatise on US Copyright law) and Senior Copyright Counsel, Google

The seminar will be moderated by Tim Webb, partner, Clayton Utz

Book here or under 'seminars' on this website

December 9th, 2016

In June 2015, the Copyright Act was amended to allow content owners and exclusive licensees to apply to the Federal Court for an order requiring an ISP to take “reasonable steps” to disable access to an “online location”.  In February 2016, Village Roadshow, the US movie studios and Foxtel filed the first applications under the new legislation. The first decision of the Federal Court is about to be handed down.

The Communications and Media Law Association (CAMLA) and Baker McKenzie are holding a panel discussion to review the decision and discuss the implications of the judgment for content owners and ISPs.

The panel includes:

Andrew Stewart, Partner, Baker McKenzie
Professor Kimberlee Weatherall, Associate Dean, The University of Sydney
Timothy Webb, Partner, Clayton Utz

Thursday 2nd February at 6:15pm

Baker McKenzie
Level 27, 50 Bridge Street, SYDNEY

$70 (incl GST) for CAMLA members
$95 (incl GST) for non-CAMLA members

Book here

To encourage openness and the sharing of information for the benefit of its members, unless specified otherwise, all CAMLA events are subject to the "Chatham House Rule" which provides that participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

December 6th, 2016

1st prize: $1,000 & one year CAMLA membership

The Communications and Media Law Association is holding an essay competition over the summer of 2016 -2017. Entrants are encouraged to submit 1000 to 3000 words on a subject relating to communications or media law.

The purpose of this essay competition is:

  • To reward original thought in the areas of communications and media law and policy.
  • To encourage high quality work in communications and media law courses and practice.
  • To improve links between those studying and commencing work with more established practitioners.

Please see here for entry details.

Entries Due: Friday 13th January 2017 to: camla@tpg.com.au or
CAMLA Essay Competition, PO Box 345, HELENSBURGH NSW 2508

November 14th, 2016

The Communications and Media Law Association’s (CAMLA) Young Lawyers committee is calling for expressions of interest from CAMLA's young lawyer members to become part of this committee for 2017.

CAMLA Young Lawyers is an official sub-committee of CAMLA of up to 15 young lawyers who represent the interests of young lawyers working in, or who have an interest in, communications and media law in Australia. CAMLA Young Lawyers also assists the CAMLA Board with fulfilling its objectives.

The CAMLA Young Lawyers committee aims to be representative of all sectors of communications and media law including private practice, in-house, government/regulatory, academia and persons with a genuine interest in the area, including students.

The CAMLA Young Lawyers committee is a 'hands-on' committee and all members are called on to actively participate and contribute.

Committee members are asked to attend all monthly meetings and are required to participate in organising events and contribute to the Communications Law Bulletin.

If you would like to nominate to become a 2017 CAMLA Young Lawyers committee member, please send us a brief CV and explanation as to why you would like to be part of CAMLA Young Lawyers for 2017.

Please email your expression of interest to camla@tpg.com.au by Friday 25 November 2016.

You must be an existing member of CAMLA to apply (or arrange your membership through the CAMLA website: www.camla.org.au prior to submitting your application).

Successful applicants will be notified by email.


November 14th, 2016

The CAMLA AGM will be held on Thursday 24th November at 5:45pm at Gilbert + Tobin.

Click here for CAMLA Board nomination forms

Click here for proxy forms

CAMLA members are invited to attend the AGM and our end of year drinks celebration at
6.30pm (following the CAMLA annual general meeting)

Gilbert + Tobin
Level 35, Tower Two,
International Towers Sydney
200 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

RSVP by Thursday 17 November 2016
To Cath Hill (02) 4294 8059
Please advise any dietary requirements and if you will also be attending the AGM.

November 7th, 2016

Book now for Challenges in Media Regulation - Guest Speaker: Richard Bean

Wednesday 9 November 2016
6.00pm for 6:30pm start
Drinks and canapés served 7.30pm
Ballroom, Level 9
5 Martin Place, Sydney

We welcome you to hear ACMA acting Chairman, Richard Bean discuss the role of concepts like influence, plurality and diversity in media regulation in the context of the disruption of current frameworks.

The event will be held under the Chatham House rule.


Please RSVP here


October 21st, 2016

Nomination forms for positions on the 2017 CAMLA Board can be found under 'downloads' on this website.

Click here for nomination forms

Click here for proxy forms

October 12th, 2016


Wednesday 19th October 2016
5.30pm for a 6.00pm start

Baker & McKenzie, Level 27, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney

Tickets: $20.00 (including GST).
Light refreshments will be provided on the night.

Book here

The CAMLA Young Lawyers speed mentoring evening is a fantastic opportunity for young lawyers and law students to access leading lawyers in the area of communications and media law. Attendees will gain insight into their career journeys and also have the opportunity to ask questions about their own career paths.
Mentoring is organised in small groups which rotate throughout the evening.  The stellar group of mentors who have generously volunteered their time include:


  • Sue Chrysanthou, Barrister at Blackstone Chambers
  • Chris Chow, Managing Director, Chris Chow Creative Lawyers
  • Jonathan Carter, Head of Legal, Corporate and Policy APRA AMCOS
  • Andrew Dawson, Solicitor, Brett Oaten Solicitors
  • Rebecca Dunn, Special Counsel, Gilbert + Tobin
  • Ryan Grant, Senior Associate, Baker & Mackenzie
  • Karen Hayne, Partner, Addisons
  • Grant McAvaney, Senior Lawyer, ABC
  • Larina Mullins, Senior Litigation Counsel, News Corp


Please forward this great opportunity to new lawyers and media law students.






September 20th, 2016

CAMLA Young Lawyers are hosting the annual speed mentoring event. This is a great opportunity for law students and new lawyers to meet senior lawyers and learn about their career paths.

Wednesday 19 October 2016
5:30pm for a 6:00pm start
Baker & McKenzie
Level 27
50 Bridge Street, Sydney

$20 per person

Book here before Wednesday 12th October.

September 16th, 2016

CAMLA Privacy seminar: Technology and data analytics: Privacy Challenges and Solutions

Developments in technology are unlocking the value of data sets at an unrelenting pace. However, advances in data analytics need to respect privacy from a regulatory and “social compact” point of view. This seminar explores the latest developments in analytics technology by Data61 in light of privacy compliance requirements and how technology is rising to the challenge of responding to privacy at the same time as maximising the value of data sets.

Please join us for a panel discussion featuring:

  • Stephen Hardy, Confidential Computing, Data61, CSIRO
  • Timothy Pilgrim, Australian Privacy Commissioner, Acting Australian Information Commissioner
  • Gulley Shimeld, Special Counsel, Henry Davis York

Data61 are at the forefront of developing technology that supports data-driven insights that guide the way we live, work, learn and innovate. This panel offers a unique and current perspective on the impact of technology, particularly advances in data analytics, on privacy regulation.

Wednesday 5th October 2016

6.15pm - 6.30pm start (followed by drinks & nibbles)

Henry Davis York 44 Martin Place, Sydney

$70.00 (incl GST) for CAMLA members

$95.00 (incl GST) for non-CAMLA members

RSVP: Friday 30 September by booking here

Or contact camla@tpg.com.au for cheque payments

The event will be held under the Chatham House rule.