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January 2017

Law Foundation brings top Speakers to NZ in 2017

Every year Law Foundation support enables many eminent international legal experts to visit New Zealand and speak at conferences, seminars and lectures. We also fund law student attendance at some of these events. In 2017 the Law Foundation is providing up to $130,310 in support of these visits and the dissemination of knowledge that comes from them.

Here’s a snapshot of events and speakers the Law Foundation is supporting in 2017:

NZ Law Foundation Visiting Fellowship in International Dispute Resolution – Public Lectures by Professor Robert Volterra titled “International Dispute Resolution in Small States” at University of Auckland, and “Human Rights is the New Business Risk—New Challenges in Dispute Resolution” at VUW

28 FEB 2017, UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND
2 MARCH 2017, VUW, WELLINGTON

International Coalition for the Children of Incarcerated Parents (INCCIP) Conference: Justice and the children of incarcerated parents

20-23 MARCH 2017, ROTORUA

Public Seminar by Professor Alan Page, University of Dundee, titled “Governing New Zealand”

6 APRIL 2017, UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND
7 APRIL 2017, VUW

Animal Law Conference

27 MAY 2017, NZ ANIMAL LAW ASSN INC., UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND (HOST)

Huakina Conference: “The Fabric of New Zealand Society”

JUNE/JULY 2017, VUW & UNIVERSITY OF WAIKATO (HOST)

Symposium & Public Lectures: Corporations and Other Legal Entities for Society and Future Generations

13 JULY 2017, VUW, WELLINGTON

Arbitrators & Mediators Instittue of NZ (AMINZ) Conference

27-29 JULY 2017, AMINZ, AUCKLAND

Conference: Reforming the law of evidence: Reflecting on the first 10 years of the Evidence Act 2006

8 SEPT 2017, VUW, WELLINGTON

ATRIP Conference: The Object and Purpose of Intellectual Property

23-26 OCT 2017, VUW, WELLINGTON

Fourth Biennial Labour Law Conference

17-18 NOV 2017, UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY

Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference – A Meeting Place

6-9 DEC 2017, UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO

Symposium: The Dynamic Evolution of International Law

15-16 DEC 2017, VUW, WELLINGTON

NZ Law Foundation 2017 Distinguished Visiting Fellow – Professor Stephen Smith

2017 DATES TBC, AUT

NZ Law Foundation Visiting Fellowship in International Dispute Resolution – Public Lectures in Auckland and Wellington by Professor Robert Volterra

28 FEBRUARY 2017, UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND
Professor Volterra’s public lecture is titled “International Dispute Resolution in Small States”.

Details for Professor Volterra’s Auckland public lecture

2 MARCH 2017, VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF WELLINGTON
Professor Volterra’s public lecture is titled “Human Rights is the New Business Risk—New Challenges in Dispute Resolution”.

Details for Professor Volterra’s public lecture

This is the fifth year the Law Foundation has brought a Visiting Fellow in International Dispute Resolution to New Zealand. Professor Volterra is being hosted by the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington.

About Professor Robert Volterra

NZ Law Foundation has awarded up to $8,130 towards bringing Professor Volterra to New Zealand.

International Coalition for the Children of Incarcerated Parents (INCCIP) Conference: Justice and the children of incarcerated parents

20-23 MARCH 2017, ROTORUA
The inaugural conference of the INCCIP will be held in Rotorua, 20-23rd March 2017. The conference themes include research, advocacy, working with the children of prisoners and including the voices of families and children.

Conference web site

The Law Foundation is providing up to $8,000 towards bringing Dr Fiona Donson and Dr Aisling Parkes, both from the University College Cork, to New Zealand for this conference.

University of Auckland – Public seminar on “Governing New Zealand” by Professor Alan Page, University of Dundee

6 APRIL 2017, UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND
7 APRIL 2017, VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF WELLINGTON

Professor Page, one of Scotland’s leading constitutional lawyers, will be visiting University of Auckland from 1-6 April. He will give a public address in Auckland on Thurs 6th April on Brexit with Professor Paul Craig who is visiting from Oxford. While in New Zealand he will visit law faculties in Otago and Wellington.

On Fri April 7th Professor Page will give a lunchtime public address at VUW titled “How we are governed” with commentators Andrew Butler and Mamari Stephens. More details will be published as they become available.

Professor Page is presently undertaking a study of comparable-sized Parliamentary systems and investigating the appropriate balance between political and judicial controls on governmental power.

About Professor Alan Page

The Law Foundation is providing up to $2,380 towards bringing Professor Page to New Zealand.

Animal Law Conference

27 MAY 2017, NZ ANIMAL LAW ASSN INC., HOSTED BY UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND
The Conference will be the first of its kind in New Zealand on the topic of animal law. It will provide a unique opportunity to disseminate relevant information and provide a forum for debate on a topical and important area of law. The target audience is lawyers in New Zealand, students and the wider public. The Conference will focus on different aspects of Animal Law in New Zealand – factory farming, prosecutions, animal sentience and the law. The keynote speaker is Michael Kirby AC CMG from Australia and he will speak on ‘Problems with New Zealand’s animal law regime and recommendations for the future’ and will draw on international legislative developments and thinking and apply it to New Zealand law and practice.

About the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

The Law Foundation is providing up to $2,510 towards bringing speakers to this conference.

University of Waikato – Huakina Conference: The Fabric of New Zealand Society

JUNE/JULY 2017, VUW & UNIVERSITY OF WAIKATO (HOST)

The aim of this conference is to discuss the legal case Huakina Development Trust v Waikato Valley Authority [1987] 2 NZLR 188 – the first case to explicitly require the Treaty of Waitangi to be taken into account in decision-making. The conference will discuss the social context and significance of the case at its 30th anniversary in June 2017. The goal is to celebrate the successes of the case, provide some insights into it and its social setting, and discuss its significance.

The conference is being co-organized by VUW Faculty of Law and University of Waikato Te Piringa Faculty of Law, with the collaboration of the Waikato-Tainui Te Arataura – the Executive body of Waikato-Tainui – and Te Mata Hautū Taketake – the Māori and Indigenous Governance Centre at Waikato University. It will be held at the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development at Hopuhopu.
The Law Foundation is providing up to $5,000 towards bringing speakers to this conference.

VUW – Symposium & Public Lectures: Corporations and Other Legal Entities for Society and Future Generations

13 JULY 2017, LAW FACULTY, VUW
International speakers will contribute to a symposium and public lectures and seek to investigate the nature and the structure of business corporations and other legal entities.
They aim to:
1. Identify the shortcomings in the current legal framework governing them, in terms of achieving social goals
2. Suggest public and private-ordering intervention to overcome the shortcomings
3. Enhance a comprehensive understanding of their potential to positively impact society
4. Explore new forms of symbiotic interaction between legal persons and humanity.
International speakers include:

Professor David Ciepley
Professor Lynn Stout
Dr Sergio Alberto Gramitto Ricci

The Law Foundation is providing up to $13,400 towards bringing speakers to the conference.

Arbitrators Mediators Institute of NZ – Conference “Ready Set Grow”

27-29 JULY, AMINZ,AUCKLAND
The Law Foundation is funding the attendance of Rashda Rana SC, who will give a keynote address at the conference. Rashda is an arbitration specialist, educator and presenter and President of Arbital Women. She has been practicing for over 20 years in London, and also in Australia and in South East Asia.

About Rashda Rana SC

The Law Foundation is providing up to $2,240 towards bringing Rashda Rana SC.

VUW – Conference: Reforming the law of evidence: Reflecting on the first 10 years of the Evidence Act 2006

8 SEPT 2017, VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF WELLINGTON
On 1 August 2017 the Evidence Act 2006 will have been in force for 10 years. To mark this occasion as well as the Law Commission’s work on the second five-yearly review of the Act’s operation, a conference and workshop will be held at the VUW Law School on Friday 8 September 2017. The programme will consist of an overview of a number of current issues presented by several academics and practitioners, followed by an afternoon of smaller group discussion to explore possible reform options, or practical responses, in areas such as veracity and propensity, improperly obtained evidence, privilege, expert evidence and the support of vulnerable witnesses. The discussions will be co-facilitated by leading Australian evidence law academics, who will be able to offer valuable comparative observations and suggestions, given the shared genesis of the New Zealand legislation and the Uniform Evidence Law. More details will be published as they become available.
The Law Foundation is providing up to $2,000 towards speakers for the conference.

Advancement of Teaching & Research of Intellectual Property (ATRIP) Conference: The Object and Purpose of Intellectual Property

23-26 OCT 2017, VUW,WELLINGTON
ATRIP is the preeminent global association of intellectual property teachers and researchers. Its current president, Professor Susy Frankel, will host their 2017 conference at Victoria University in October 2017. This will provide a unique opportunity for those involved in intellectual property to engage with the global issues and worldwide perspectives on intellectual property. The conference will be of interest to teachers and researchers, policymakers in government and practitioners. ATRIP members attending the event include scholars from leading universities around the world, including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, NYU, Columbia, Beijing Normal University, Toronto, Ottawa and several universities in South East Asia, Japan, India, Europe, the Middle East and Australia.

Dr Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), has agreed to open the conference.
About ATRIP

The Law Foundation is providing up to $20,250 towards bringing speakers to the conference.

University of Canterbury – Conference: Fourth Biennial Labour Law Conference

17-18 NOV 2017, UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY
The conference will focus on labour law in transition in a global and technological world – this theme is intended to encompass new developments and emerging areas in labour law.

Papers will cover a wide-range of topics including:
• De-regulation of the workplace and competitive attitude to employment issues
• Aspects and implications of the recent amendments of the health and safety
• Workplace stress, bullying and harassment
• Restructuring, redundancy and redeployment
• Modern workplace environment and cyber-work
• Equality, human rights and precarious work.
Professor Judy Fudge, a Professor of Employment and Labour Law at Kent Law School in UK, will give the keynote address. She has an international background and has worked with compatible jurisdictions to New Zealand.

About Professor Judy Fudge

The Law Foundation is providing up to $5,700 towards bringing Professor Fudge to New Zealand, and $2,700 towards travel costs for students to attend.

University of Otago – Conference: Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ) Conference – A Meeting Place

6-9 DECEMBER 2017, UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO
The University of Otago Legal Issues Centre and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence will co-host the annual conference for the LSAANZ in Dunedin. The theme “A meeting place” is aimed at growing the profile of the law and society discipline in this country with a high impact, high value conference interwoven with notions of access to justice and transitional, cultural, criminal, gender and non-adversarial justice.

About the conference

The Law Foundation is providing up to $4,000 towards bringing international speakers to the conference.

Symposium: The Dynamic Evolution of International Law

15-16 DEC 2017, VUW, WELLINGTON
This symposium aims to bring together leading scholars and practitioners in international law in New Zealand and internationally to tackle this fundamental question: Where do we take the design of the international legal system from here?
The Law Foundation is providing up to $14,000 towards bringing international speakers to New Zealand for the symposium.

NZ Law Foundation 2017 Distinguished Visiting Fellow – Professor Stephen Smith

DATES TBC, HOSTED BY FACULTY OF LAW, AUT

This year’s Fellow Professor Stephen Smith, teaches and researches common law and civil law obligations and legal theory at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

While in New Zealand Professor Smith will be hosted by the AUT Law School and will tour all law schools giving seminars and public lectures. Further information about his public lecture dates and topics will follow once they are available.
The Law Foundation is providing up to $40,000 towards bringing this year’s Distinguished Visiting Fellow to New Zealand.

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