Australia – Sydney Uni Law School Produces New Podcast: “Books, Books, Books “

It’s the week for new  podcasts..

Podcast highlighting the latest research at Sydney Law School
Books, Books, Books Sydney Law School is a podcast series showcasing the latest, published research of our academics.

Hosted by alumna, Nicole Abadee, Books Books Books Sydney Law School is an exciting podcast series that delves into the latest research by our academics.

The podcast is a collection of chats between Nicole and Sydney Law School’s acclaimed legal educators about their latest books, tying in current global issues.

The podcast will canvas areas of law such as religious liberty, criminal responsibility, commercial disputes, competition law, sharia processes and international humanitarian law.

This podcast series is a collaboration between Sydney Law School and alumna, Nicole Abadee.

About the podcast host, Nicole Abadee

Nicole Abadee
Sydney Law School alumna, Nicole Abadee

Nicole (LLB First Class Hons ’91) had a 20 year career in law, including 10 years at the New South Wales Bar and 5 years teaching International Law and International Use of Armed Force at Sydney Law School, before she pivoted her career into the book industry.

Nicole then worked as a senior editor at Penguin Books before transitioning into a freelance career, starting as the Books Writer for the Australian Financial Review Magazine.

Today, Nicole is the Books Writer for Good Weekend Magazine, and she appears regularly at writers’ festivals and other literary events interviewing writers about their work. In 2021 and 2022 she was a judge for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, for the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction.

In 2020, Nicole started her successful literary podcast, Books, Books, Books, in which she interviews top Australian and international writers such as Hilary Mantel, Helen Garner and Hugh Mackay about their latest books.


1 – Associate Professor Emily Crawford

Non-Binding Norms in International Humanitarian Law – Efficacy, Legitimacy and Legality

Emily and Nicole discuss how non-binding instruments or ‘soft law’ have been received in international humanitarian law by looking at specific examples, such as the ICRC Study into Customary International Humanitarian Law.

Have they been adopted in state practice? Are they referred to by international and national courts and tribunals? They consider potential benefits, such as their potential to contribute in a positive way to the development and clarification of the law, but also the possible pitfalls – lack of accountability and transparency and bias.  And what legal status, if any, do they have?

Watch the replay of Nicole Abadee in conversation with the Honourable Justice Andrew Bell, Chief Justice of New South Wales, as part of Sydney Law School’s Distinguished Alumni Series.