St Paul's College Union Online

Welcome by Secretary and incorporation

In December we held a special general meeting and the members present unanimously endorsed the new constitution. As a result the Union has incorporated and below the notice of our first AGM under these rules.

Also, very importantly, the College has some events you may be interested in – see below (and what a relief it is to once again be able to attend activities!). For Purcell’s opera ‘King Arthur’ there are tickets on sale now and this will be a great night to bring your friends for a lively performance inside the Quad – the first show in the Quad for many years. This is not to be missed and will showcase students, alumni and professional musicians and has the financial backing of the Union.

Best wishes,

Aldy King

Union Secretary

March 2021

What's On for Paulines

Chapel Organ re-dedication & Opening Concert

While Sydney is in lockdown Union events are suspended

Union Membership

• The Pauline annually in the post (if requested)
• Boomalakka news by email
• Travelling Scholarships for Union members who are still studying (by application and assessment)
• Tickets to the annual Union Black Tie Dinner (member pricing, guest pricing) (limited to 180 to fit in Hall)
• Country Dinners
• London Dinner
• Rawson and Rose Bowl free events – Union drinks and food for members only and one guest
• Union nights at The Sals
• Chaplaincy support


Report from Julian Vidal (2017 – present) BA/LLB, Byron Bay NSW






The St Paul’s Union Travelling Scholarship has enabled me to undertake an offshore law unit, Japanese Law. I found this unit highly relevant to my university degree and my career goals to develop an understanding of Japanese law and enhance the Australian-Japanese bilateral relationship. The intensive law unit was taught over a two-week period at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto and Tokyo, and it was administered by academics from the Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL) as well as Japanese academics.

Throughout the unit, I acquired an understanding of the Japanese legal system, which is based largely on the continental European model. This is significantly different to the Australian model, which is based on the common law legal tradition. Thus, while the unit was based on familiar concepts such as contract, corporate governance and constitutional law, it introduced and unpacked these from a Japanese perspective. I found that aspects such as constitutional law were particularly important in acquiring a nuanced understanding of strategic and geopolitical issues in East Asia. This is especially so for Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, which prohibits Japan from initiating armed conflict. Attempts to revise this clause have proven a diplomatic powder keg for nations such as China and Korea, which suffered under Japanese imperialism in the 20th Century. Perhaps most importantly, an understanding of Japanese regulations and consumer law will be essential for Australian industries, such as manufacturing and agriculture, that aim to acquire a larger share of the Japanese market. This view is buttressed by the fact that Japan remains Australia’s second largest trading partner and Australia’s largest source of foreign direct investment.

The Union Travelling Scholarship has given me the opportunity to learn about Japanese law such that I am prepared to work on international legal issues as well as Australia’s economic, political and security relationship with Japan. I feel that it has helped to prepare me to develop effective policy and strategic ties between Australia and Japan, and more broadly, with the Indo-Pacific region. I once again thank the College Union for giving me the opportunity to participate in the offshore study program.