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Mooting Competition Hones Court Advocacy Skills for Junior Lawyers

Following the success of an inaugural competition last year, the Wellington Young Lawyers’ Committee* organised a mooting competition aimed at giving young practitioners an opportunity to develop their court advocacy skills; both in the preparation of legal submissions, and in oral courtroom advocacy. The event, named the NZ Law Foundation Mooting ... read more

Shadow Report Survey asks “Do injured Kiwis get access to justice?”

Acclaim Otago, winner of the Law Foundation’s 2013 Shadow Report Award, has launched an online survey for injured New Zealanders. The survey aims to capture the extent to which ACC claimants get access to justice and the protection of the law. The survey results will directly inform Acclaim Otago’s ... read more

New Online Legal Journal

A new legal journal funded by the Law Foundation has just been launched. The Public Interest Law Journal of New Zealand is an annual, refereed publication showcasing articles written by New Zealand law students on topics of importance to vulnerable groups in society as well as the general public. The Journal will provide students ... read more

2014 Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Scholarship has Three Recipients

Three young lawyers – Lani Inverarity, Elizabeth Chan and Zoe Fuhr – are the winners of this year’s New Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Scholarship.
Lani Inverarity plans to study towards an LLM at Yale University. Her two areas of intended specialisation will be intelligence law reform and the rights ... read more

Scholarship Applications Reminder of Closing Dates

Law Foundation awards $230,000 annually for Scholarships. This year five scholarships will be awarded, three of which are now open for applications:
Shadow Report Award – closing date is Friday 1st August $10,000 is awarded annually, to help human rights advocates report on New Zealand’s compliance with its international treaty obligations.

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Law Foundation brings Top International Speakers to NZ in 2014

Every year Law Foundation support enables many eminent international legal experts to visit New Zealand and speak at conferences, seminars, lectures and other events. In 2014 the Law Foundation is providing $139,000+ in support of these visits and the dissemination of knowledge that comes from them. Here is a snapshot of ... read more

Book release - ‘New Zealand’s Mental Health Act in Practice’

Over 500 copies of the book New Zealand’s Mental Health Act in Practice were released in November 2013 at five Mental Health Law Conferences held in main centres around NZ. The book, funded in part by the New Zealand Law Foundation, presents a thorough, non-governmental review of the workings of the ... read more

New Thinking on Sustainability Conference

14-16 Feb 2014 VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF WELLINGTON (VUW) The ‘New Thinking on Sustainability Conference’ is being held by the Earth Law Alliance Aotearoa NZ and the German Australian Pacific Lawyers Assn, and hosted by the NZ Centre for Public Law at VUW from 14-16 Feb. The New Zealand Law Foundation is ... read more

Evaluating Problem-Solving Courts project releases 5 reports

The Centre for Mental Health Research at the University of Auckland has just released 5 reports as part of their preparatory study on problem-solving courts in New Zealand. The project, headed by Dr Katey Thom, sought to provide an evaluation model that could be applied across all problem-solving courts. Dr Thom ... read more

Blog now available for NZ Style Guide

The New Zealand Law Style Guide, presently in its second edition (2011) now has a blog run by the Style Guide editorial team. The blog aims to provide posts that are helpful for Style Guide users, and will include news and updates as well as resolving common queries.  It ... read more

Sir Geoffrey Palmer’s Book ‘Reform – a memoir’ is launched

Sir Geoffrey Palmer’s book ‘Reform –a memoir’ was launched on 21st November at the Grand Hall of Parliament. This autobiography recounts events and forces that shaped the life of Sir Geoffrey Palmer, from his childhood in Nelson through to his career as a politician, a law professor and a law practitioner*. As ... read more

Ceri Warnock 2013 International Research Fellow

Otago University senior law lecturer Ceri Warnock is the 2013 New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellow. Ms Warnock’s research, which will be conducted in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, is entitled The New Zealand Environment Court: Importance and Limitations. The objective of the study is to conduct the first ... read more

Sam McMullan 2013 Winner of Cleary Memorial Prize

Sam McMullan is the 2013 winner of the Cleary Memorial Prize, announced at the Law Foundation Annual Awards dinner at Parliament’s Grant Hall on 4 December 2013. Mr McMullan graduated from Victoria University in 2010 with an LLB with first class honours and a BA (in Asian Studies and Japanese) ... read more

Acclaim Otago Receives Law Foundation Award

Acclaim Otago (Inc), a support group for injured New Zealanders and their families with members throughout New Zealand, has recently been awarded the annual NZ Law Foundation Shadow Report Award. This funding will be used to produce and present a shadow report to the United Nations on New Zealand’s compliance ... read more

Law Foundation awards $72,000 annually to student mooting teams

Each year the NZ Law Foundation assists student mooting teams’ participation in competitions by funding their travel costs. It has supported the following four key mooting competitions annually for almost 20 years.

Philip C Jessup International Law Moot

The Jessup Moot is known as the largest, oldest and most prestigious competition ... read more

Future use of Genetic Evidence in the NZ Justice System

‘Dealing with Genes for Criminality’ was the title of a Genetics Week lecture given by Associate Professor Colin Gavaghan and Professor Julian Savulescu on 25 September at the University of Otago. The lecture looked at known genetic links to violent criminal behaviour, and considered how genetic evidence could potentially be used ... read more

Research report now available on the Role of District Inspectors

The Centre for Mental Health Research at the University of Auckland has published a report on the role of District Inspectors. District Inspectors are appointed by the Minister of Health to ensure that the rights of people detained for compulsory psychiatric treatment are respected and upheld. The report for this project, ... read more

NZ’s Constitutional Traditions - Conference Live-streaming link

The conference Unearthing New Zealand’s Constitutional Traditions runs 29-30 August at Parliament and is being live-streamed. It can be viewed via this link: https://new.livestream.com/i-filmservices/NZCPLconf2013

The conference is being run by the New Zealand Centre for Public Law and is hosted by Hon Chris Finlayson QC.  It aims to shed light ... read more

New Toolkit aids better regulation in New Zealand

An important new weapon in the ongoing battle to achieve effective regulation in New Zealand was launched in Wellington on Thursday 4th July. The New Zealand Law Foundation Regulatory Reform Toolkit ... read more

Recipients of 2013 Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Scholarship to study Private Law and Tax Law

Sally Trafford Joint Winner of 2013 Ethel Benjamin Scholarship The 2013 recipients of the NZ Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Scholarship were announced at the annual Ethel Benjamin Address held in Dunedin on 8 May. This year the ... read more

New publication on Smarter Regulation in NZ is launched

'Recalibrating Behaviour: Smarter Regulation in a Global World' was launched by Sir Geoffrey Palmer at the Regulatory Reform Conference at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) on 23 April. This is the second publication from the NZ Law Foundation Regulatory Reform Project, led by Professor Susy Frankel of VUW. Over the past 2+ ... read more

11th IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium, 24-28 June 2013

Te Piringa – Faculty of Law at the University of Waikato is hosting the 11th IUCN Academy* of Environmental Law Colloquium in June this year. The NZ Law Foundation is providing support to bring overseas keynote speakers to the event. This is the first time the IUCN Academy has held their annual ... read more

International Assn of Women Judges holds Regional Conference in Auckland

The NZ Association of Women Judges is hosting a regional Asia-Pacific Conference for the International Association of Women Judges with the support of the Law Foundation. The conference will be held 10-12 May in Auckland and will bring together judges from a range of jurisdictions to discuss issues of common concern. ... read more

17th Annual NZ Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Commemorative Address

Justice Catherine Davani will deliver the 2013 New Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Commemorative Address at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, in the Octagon, at 1pm on Wednesday 8 May. The Address commemorates Ethel Benjamin, New Zealand's first woman lawyer, and celebrates her pioneering spirit, and the advancement of women ... read more

Radio NZ broadcasts Debates on the Constitution – hosted by NZ Centre for Public Law

During April and May, the Foundation is supporting the NZ Centre for Public Law (Victoria University of Wellington) to host a series of debates on issues raised by the government’s review of the New Zealand constitution. The debates will be recorded with a live audience and broadcast on Radio NZ ... read more

VUW hosts Regulatory Reform Conference – 23-24 April 2013

The Victoria University Faculty of Law will host the Conference 'Recalibrating Behaviour: Smarter Regulation in a Global World' on 23-24 April 2013. Keynote speakers include Professor Fiona Haines from the School of Social and Political Sciences at University of Melbourne and Professor Jonathon B Wiener from the Nicholas ... read more

Research Report now available on Expert Witnesses in NZ Criminal and Family Courts

Dr Emily Henderson and Professor Fred Seymour released their research report titled ‘Expert Witnesses Under Examination in the New Zealand Criminal and Family Courts’ on Friday 8 March.

The report has been published by the University of Auckland’s School of Psychology and is now available on the Law Foundation website.

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Public Lecture dates: Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers

New Zealand Law Foundation’s 2013 Distinguished Visiting Fellow Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers will present public lectures during his visits to New Zealand law schools from 4 March until 28th March 2013. He is being hosted by the University of Auckland’s School of Law.

University of Otago, Faculty of Law

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First President of Supreme Court of UK is Law Foundation's 2013 Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Photo of 2013 NZLF Distinguished Visiting Fellow Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers LORD PHILLIPS OF WORTH MATRAVERS is visiting New Zealand in March as the New Zealand Law Foundation’s 2013 Distinguished Visiting Fellow.  His visit is being hosted by the Faculty ... read more

Know Your Rights TV Series Returns

The Know Your Rights television series produced in 2012 will re-screen from 6 Feb to 1 May on Sky Channel  89 weekly on Wednesdays at 7.30pm.

Presenter, Catriona MacLennan, says the series is aimed at improving access to a range of legal information. It particularly targets those who have English as their ... read more

Inaugural Human Rights Award announced

New Zealand has been an active supporter of human rights legal development internationally, and the Law Foundation has often backed work in this area.  Earlier this year we launched a new human rights award - the New Zealand Law Foundation Shadow Report Award, supporting people or organisations preparing shadow reports for ... read more

Cleary Prize shared this year

Two lawyers have won the 2012 New Zealand Law Foundation Cleary Memorial Prize. Catherine Harwood and Rebecca Rose were announced as this year’s winners at the Law Foundation’s 2012 Annual Awards Dinner, hosted by Justice Minister Judith Collins at Parliament’s Grand Hall on 29 November. read more

NZ's Premier Law Prize announced

Dr Emily Henderson will research the reform of cross-examination as the 2012 New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellow. Her award of the fellowship was announced at the New Zealand Law Foundation 2012 Annual Awards Dinner, hosted by ... read more

Inaugural International Dispute Resolution Lecture by International Expert Lucy Reed

The inaugural New Zealand Law Foundation International Dispute Resolution Lecture takes place on 7 November at Victoria University Law School. The inaugural lecture will be given by Lucy Reed, a top-ranked international arbitration practitioner and past President of the American ... read more

Youth Advocates in NZ’s Justice System

Recently released research suggests Youth Justice Lawyers are doing a good job of protecting young people’s rights in our New Zealand justice system. Researcher Alison Cleland, Senior Lecturer in law at University of Auckland, launched her research report “Youth advocates in Aotearoa/New Zealand’s youth justice system – Exploring the roles, functions ... read more

Pacific Law and Culture Conference

The conference Law and Culture 2012: Pacific Law and Aotearoa/New Zealand, was held at the University of Auckland from 29-31 August, and hosted by the Faculty of Law. The focus for the conference was on the NZ-Pacific relationship and current legal challenges that face Pacific nations. Presentations were given on issues ... read more

Podcasts available for AMINZ Conference presentations

Podcasts are now available for presentations given at the Conference of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ) in Wellington on 2-4 August 2012. Of particular interest is the keynote address “Global to Local” given by Professor Ingeborg Schwenzer, Chair of the Advisory Council for the United Nations ... read more

13th International Criminal Law Congress

The 13th International Criminal Law Congress is being held in Queenstown this week, with the theme "The Shrinking International Criminal Code”. The programme covers a diverse range of criminal justice topics including: cybercrime, future forensic challenges, brain-injured criminal justice detainees, the effectiveness of special intervention courts and bill of rights issues. The ... read more

Law Foundation Awards: Applications closing soon!

Applications for the International Research Fellowship applications close on 1 September and the Cleary Prize applications/nominations close on 30th September. Applications for the Doctoral Scholarship close on 1 October. Please contact Lynda Hagen (04 499 1038; email: lynda@lawfoundation.org.nz) if you need further information or visit our scholarships page. ... read more

ANZSIL Conference Keynote Addresses Available

The 20th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL) was held 5-7 July in Wellington and hosted by the NZ Centre for Public Law, at Victoria University. The conference titled “International Law in the Next Two Decades: Form or Substance?” looked at the development of ... read more

Read the 16th Annual NZ Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Commemorative Address

Justice Kate O’Regan delivered the 2012 New Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Commemorative Address in Dunedin on 23 April. Notes of her address “Transforming the judiciary – a continuing South African journey” are now available for you to read.

Justice O’Regan was judge of the South African Constitutional Court from ... read more

Popular “Know Your Rights” TV series ends mid-July

The final 4 episodes of television series “Know Your Rights” will screen from 28-June to 19-July on Triangle Television. This very successful 13-part series has been aimed at improving access to a range of legal information, particularly for those who have English as a second language or who do not ... read more

The Good Doctor - A powerful prescription for change

The Law Foundation funded the recent publication of an important new book, The Good Doctor – What Patients Want, by former Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Paterson, now a professor in Auckland University's Law Faculty. What makes a good doctor?  Why are there bad doctors out there still practising?  And how ... read more

Launch of new award to help NZ human rights watchdogs

A new award is now available to help human rights advocates report on New Zealand’s compliance with its international treaty obligations. The New Zealand Law Foundation Shadow Report Award worth up to $10,000 will be available each year to a non-government organisation or individual interested in Human Rights issues. United Nations organisations ... read more

Uptake of Coroners’ recommendations to be investigated

A major new study will examine whether Coroners’ recommendations are being acted on and helping save lives. Otago University researchers Professor Mark Henaghan and Dr Jennifer Moore will review all Coroners’ findings and recommendations between 2006 and 2011 and interview around 60 agencies and organisations to determine how ... read more

2012 Ethel Benjamin Scholarship winner to study fresh water regulation in US

Environmental law enthusiast Amelia Keene has won the 2012 New Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Scholarship for outstanding young woman lawyers. Amelia will use the $50,000 award to undertake an LLM course at Columbia University in New York. Her research paper will compare ... read more

More Mooting Success for NZ

The Otago University Law School team of Alex Brooke, Rob Clarke and coach Selene Mize were the winners of the International Client Consultation Competition in Dublin at the end of April. The Otago team won the right to represent New Zealand at the competition when it won the National ... read more

NZ Jessup Team Top Four Placing

The University of Auckland Law School was placed in the top four in the 2012 Philip C. Jessup  International Law Moot - the world's largest and most prestigious moot court contest - held in Washington in late March.   They were narrowly beaten in the semi finals by Columbia University in ... read more

Minister Banks supports Regulatory Reform Project

At the launch of the first publication from the Law Foundation's flagship research project, the Hon John Banks, Minister of Regulatory Reform acknowledged in his speech the foresight of the Foundation in making this project possible. The Regulatory Reform Project team is led by Victoria University's Professor ... read more

Study backs more response options for sex offending - feeds into Law Commission research

Alternative ways of dealing with sexual offending should be tried, given stubbornly unchanged prosecution rates and high levels of victim dissatisfaction with the system, a Law Foundation-backed study has concluded. These might include substituting jury trials with judges either sitting alone or assisted by lay assessors, as used in European jurisdictions. ... read more

Public Lecture dates: Professor Andrew Ashworth CBE QC

New Zealand Law Foundation’s 2012 Distinguished Visiting Fellow Professor Andrew Ashworth will present public lectures during his visits to New Zealand law schools from 28 Feb until 1st April 2012. He is being hosted by the University of Canterbury School of Law. University of Canterbury, School of Law Public Lecture: ... read more

Second Edition of New Zealand Law Style Guide Published

The second edition of the highly successful New Zealand Law Style Guide is out now and accessible from this site. The first edition, funded by the Law Foundation, and published in 2009, has quickly become the standard for the citation of New Zealand legal material. Justice ... read more

Foundation's Most Prestigious Awards Announced

Studies on banking, unrepresented litigants and oceans governance will be funded by New Zealand Law Foundation scholarships announced at the annual awards dinner on 17th November. The Foundation’s 2011 International Research Fellowship, New Zealand’s premier legal research award, was ... read more

2011 Cleary prize-winner announced

David Turner has packed more into his 24 years than most people do in a lifetime – but he’s only just getting started. A straight-A law student, David is a Supreme Court Judge’s clerk with a raft of legal prizes ... read more

LawCan Donations

Thank you for your donation! Our online donation site has now closed but donations are still being accepted.  If you wish to make a donation, please deposit it directly to: LawCan Fund, ASB Bank A/c No. 12-3140-0120163-00 Please ... read more

Oxford Professor is Law Foundation's 2012 Distinguished Visiting Fellow

ANDREW ASHWORTH is visiting New Zealand in February and March 2012 as the New Zealand Law Foundation’s 2012 Distinguished Visiting Fellow.  His visit is being hosted by the Faculty of Law at the University of Canterbury. Professor Ashworth is ... read more

Questioning Child Witnesses - Latest Research Report Released

The latest report on Questioning child witnesses from the Foundation-funded AUT study has just been released.   A full copy of the report can be downloaded here.  The research was undertaken by Dr Emma Davies, Dr Kirsten Hanna, Dr Emily Henderson and Dr Linda Hand.  The JR McKenzie ... read more

NZ Students win award at International Negotiation competition

  Law Foundation-sponsored Waikato Law students were rewarded for their negotiating skills at an international competition in Denmark. Ben Gilbert and Andrew Cameron were representing New Zealand at the international negotiation competition in Copenhagen, and came ... read more

Scholarship Applications – Reminder of Closing Dates

Applications for our newest Human Rights award, the Shadow Report Award, close on 1 August. The International Research Fellowship applications close on 1 September and the Cleary Prize applications/nominations close on 30th September.  Applications for the Doctoral Scholarship close on 1 October. Please contact Lynda Hagen (04 499 1038; email: ... read more

2011 Ethel Benjamin Scholars choose Harvard

There are three Ethel Benjamin scholarship winners for 2011. The three recipients of this New Zealand Law Foundation award are Charlotte Leslie, Anna Crowe and Natalie Coates and all three intend to study for an LLM at Harvard University. Charlotte Leslie ... read more

LawCan Fund launched to help restore Canterbury legal services

The Law Foundation has launched a special fund – LawCan – so lawyers and law firms around the country can support Christchurch people with urgent and ongoing legal needs following the devastating earthquake. “The ... read more

A Simple Nullity? The Wi Parata Case in NZ Law and History

In 1877, in the case of Wi Parata v Bishop of Wellington, the justices of the New Zealand Supreme Court infamously dismissed the Treaty of Waitangi as 'a simple nullity'.  Castigated by judges, lawyers and commentators in recent ... read more

NZ's oceans governance to be scrutinised

  The effectiveness of New Zealand’s oceans governance regime will come under close scrutiny in a project being undertaken by a University of Canterbury environmental law specialist. Karen Scott, from the University’s School of Law, has been awarded $50,000 by ... read more

A preliminary study on civil case progression times in NZ

Due to the increasing concern that cases take too long to progress through the court system and that litigants are becoming increasingly frustrated with these delays, researchers at the Otago University Law Faculty conducted a preliminary investigation on the speed of resolution of civil cases in New Zealand. The project had ... read more

Public Lecture Series Announced for 2011 Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Emeritus Professor in Environmental Law Ben Boer from the University of Sydney, the 2011 New Zealand Law Foundation's Distinguished Visiting Fellow, has confirmed his public lecture series while he is in New Zealand.  The dates and venues are:

  • 11 April, 6pm Auckland Law Faculty, Stone Lecture Theatre, Level 3, Building ... read more

    New Zealand Law Foundation Distinguished Visiting Scholar 2011

    Emeritus Professor in Environmental Law Ben Boer from the University of Sydney is the 2011 New Zealand Law Foundation's Distinguished Visiting Fellow.  Between 2006 and 2008, he was the international Co-Director of the IUCN (International ... read more

    Joint Cleary prize winners

    Two young lawyers, Rebecca Elvin and Matthew Windsor, have jointly won the Law Foundation's Cleary Memorial Prize for 2010. The New Zealand Law Foundation presented the prizes at its fifth Annual Awards dinner in Wellington on 24 November. A former joint dux of St Cuthbert's College in Auckland, Rebecca graduated from Otago University with ... read more

    Law Foundation recognises internationally respected scholar

    Professor Campbell McLachlan QC has received New Zealand's premier legal research award, the 2010 NZ Law Foundation International Research Fellowship. The award was made at the Law Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner on 24 November. Worth up to $125,000 ... read more

    Law Foundation provides funding assistance to a variety of projects

    At its recent board meeting the Law Foundation provided funding assistance to a variety of interesting projects. A study of the effectiveness of Youth Justice Family Group Conferences 21 years on has received a Law Foundation grant of $32,700. The analysis is being conducted by the Henwood Trust, which works with community ... read more

    Planning good regulation for the future

    Badly designed and poorly implemented regulation can cost the taxpayer billions, as evidenced by the leaky home issue.   Good regulation can be expensive, but is often worth the investment.  A $1.75 million ... read more

    Law Foundation Funded Conference on Reconstituting the Constitution 2/3 September 2010

    This conference,"Reconstituting the Constitution", builds on an earlier conference "Building the Constitution", hosted by Victoria University's Institute of Policy Studies, and will discuss recent issues relevant to major constitutional change. 17-year-old Wellington College student Rayhan Langdana is looking forward to the prospect of speaking at Parliament before a conference of politicians, ... read more

    Foundation releases major report into Relocation Disputes

    Relocation disputes are widely regarded as one of the most controversial and difficult issues in family law internationally.  The New Zealand Law Foundation funded a socio-legal research team from the University of Otago to undertake a three-year study on relocation following parental separation from 2007 to 2009.  This research was ... read more

    Law Foundation brings leading UK Academic to NZ to discuss miscarriages of justice

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    Auckland women win prestigious Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Scholarship

    Auckland women win prestigious Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Scholarship The winners of this year's New Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Scholarship were announced at the annual New Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Commemorative Address held in Dunedin on 7 May. The two women lawyers who received the 2010 scholarship are Sarah Nolan ... read more

    Child Witnesses face more injustice in criminal courts

    Children becoming distressed under examination, language barriers and excessive delays are some of the issues raised in a Law Foundation-funded report about child witnesses being launched today. Child witnesses in the New Zealand criminal courts: a review of practice and implications for policy is being released by AUT's Institute of Public ... read more

    Lady Hale to deliver Ethel Benjamin address

    Lady Hale of Richmond, justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, will deliver this year's New Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Commemorative Address. This 14th annual address ... read more