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September 2019

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd - NZ Law Foundation 2019 Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd is visiting New Zealand from 9 Sept to 12 Oct 2019 as the New Zealand Law Foundation’s 2019 Distinguished visiting Fellow and will give public lectures on the effect of the digital revolution on law.

Lord Thomas was a former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales (2013-2017) and is an internationally respected contract scholar and theorist of private law. He has a particular interest in aspects of IT, digitisation, data and AI – particularly their effect on law.

While in New Zealand he will be hosted by the Faculty of Law at the University of Waikato and will tour all law schools giving staff seminars and public lectures, These will focus on the effect of the digital (or fourth industrial) revolution on the law, legal practice and the courts and legal education.

Dates and topics for Lord Thomas’ public lectures:

Sept 11 – University of Waikato, 5.30pm at Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts

– The effect of the digital revolution on the law

Sept 16 – Victoria University of Wellington, 6pm Lecture Theatre 1 (GBLT1), Old Govt Buildings, 55 Lambton Quay

– The digital revolution, the rule of law and the relevance of the judiciary to society

Sept 23 – University of Canterbury, 6pm Room 108, Lecture Theatre Ground Floor, Meremere Building, University Drive

– The digital revolution, the rule of law and the relevance of the judiciary to society

Sept 25 – University of Otago, 5.30pm, Moot Court, 10th Floor, Richardson Building

– The effect of the digital revolution on the courts and the legal profession

Oct 2 – AUT and University of Auckland, 5pm at AUT WA220, Gate 3, 55 Wellesley Street (East) Auckland Central:

– The effect of the digital revolution on the courts and the legal profession

Further information about Lord Thomas and the topics he has put forward to speak on
More about Lord Thomas
LawTalk 934 – 1st Nov 2019, article “There’s no reason why you can’t bring justice closer to the people”
Interview with Lord Thomas by Steven Moe – about his life and about the future of law schools and legal education – 51 mins

Law Foundation has awarded up to $40,000 towards the costs of bringing Lord Thomas to New Zealand as our 2019 Distinguished Visiting Fellow

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