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Faculty of Law News


For better or worse?

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 2:03pm

The Family Disputes Resolution Act, passed in 2013, fundamentally changed the way children’s post-separation care arrangements are made. An Otago study is now looking at the impacts of this on children and families.

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Otago Law Career Events 2017

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:03am

Meet the Dean and hear about studying law at Otago and the many opportunities that this will confer.

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Major new Otago study to tackle artificial intelligence law and policy

Thursday, 19 January 2017 3:42pm

Artificial intelligence (AI) is coming at us before we fully understand what it might mean. Established ways of doing things in areas like transport regulation, crime prevention and legal practice are being challenged by new technologies such as driverless cars, crime prediction software and “AI lawyers”.

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Academic Promotions

Friday, 16 December 2016 3:54pm

The number of female Professors in the Faculty of Law has doubled after the latest round of academic promotions. Seventeen leading academics from across the University of Otago’s Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington campuses are being promoted to full professor, including Margaret Briggs and Shelley Griffiths from the Faculty of Law.

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Property Relationships Act (PRA) Symposium

Friday, 16 December 2016 4:47pm

On 8 and 9 December, the Faculty of Law hosted a symposium, Reviewing the PRA 1976: the major issues, which was held at the University of Otago Auckland Centre.

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Children’s Rights Expert Visits Otago

Friday, 2 December 2016 3:38pm

The Faculty of Law and Children’s Issues Centre were delighted to host a visit by Professor Michael Freeman this week.

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Otago Law Graduates Shine at 2016 NZ Law Foundation Annual Awards

Friday, 2 December 2016 4:29pm

On Tuesday night the NZ Law Foundation held their 2016 Annual Awards dinner at Te Papa, where all but one of the recipients were Otago Law graduates.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the Legal Opinion Competition

Wednesday, 5 October 2016 12:30pm

On Friday 24 September, Kensington Swan representatives Ish Fraser, David Ireland, and Emma Gibbins headed down to Otago University for the annual Kensington Swan Legal Opinion Competition.

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Sir Albert Rocky Palmer shares insights on rule of law in Solomon Islands

Friday, 30 September 2016 10:27am

Solomon Islands Chief Justice and Otago alumnus Albert Rocky Palmer returned to the Faculty of Law, Dunedin campus, this week.

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Summer Research Scholarships

Sunday, 25 September 2016 2:18pm

Applications are invited for four Summer Research Scholarships in the Faculty of Law.

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Summer School 2017

Monday, 19 September 2016 4:16pm

The Faculty of Law is proud to announce the summer school programme for 2017.

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The Otago Women Lawyers’ Society 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Monday, 19 September 2016 5:03pm

OWLS invites all past and present members, members of the judiciary, the profession, the faculty, and their partners and supporters to an evening of celebration.

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Books launched in honour of Emeritus Professor Peter Skegg and Emeritus Professor John Smillie

Friday, 16 September 2016 4:27pm

On Thursday 8 September, the Otago Law Faculty celebrated the launch of two Law Foundation funded books written in honour of academic staff: Emeritus Professor Peter Skegg and Emeritus Professor John Smillie.

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Love of the game still strong for Dean of Law

Friday, 16 September 2016 5:24pm

More than 44 years after his first Varsity Club Games for the Golds, Professor Mark Henaghan, Dean of Law is still a regular on the rugby field, most recently playing for the University Law Vultures.

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Law of Obligations Symposium

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 4:03pm

In early August, the Faculty of Law hosted a Law of Obligations: Issues in Restitution Symposium.

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Otago host NZ Law Foundation 2016 Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Friday, 26 August 2016 4:35pm

The Faculty of Law was delighted to host the New Zealand Law Foundation 2016 Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Professor Graham Virgo.

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World’s Greatest Legal Philosopher Visits Faculty

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 2:45pm

The Faculty was delighted to host a recent visit by one of our own Otago graduates, Professor Jeremy Waldron. Jeremy is currently Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, where he teaches legal and political philosophy.

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Otago students lend support to those helping others

Friday, 19 August 2016 12:29pm

When the call went out last year for student volunteers to help out with an auction in support of Te Whare Pounamu Dunedin Women’s Refuge Appeals Month, Otago Law student Maddi Ingham didn’t hesitate to sign herself up. This year, she took on an even bigger Appeals Month role.

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University of Otago teacher wins Prime Minister’s prize

Thursday, 18 August 2016 9:04am

For the fifth year running, the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for tertiary teaching excellence has gone to a University of Otago academic.

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University of Otago teacher wins Prime Minister’s prize

Thursday, 18 August 2016 9:15am

For the fifth year running, the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for tertiary teaching excellence has gone to a University of Otago academic.

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New Approaches to the Delivery of Legal Services

Tuesday, 2 August 2016 1:38pm

The Faculty of Law was pleased to recently host a public lecture by Chew Seng Kok, Managing Director of ZICO Holdings Inc on the topic: New approaches to the delivery of legal services.

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Otago law alumna intends to "make a difference" as district court judge

Friday, 29 July 2016 2:14pm

Otago law alumna Catriona Doyle appointed recently been appointed as an acting district court judge

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Solicitor-General visits Faculty

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 1:43pm

In mid-July, Una Jagose QC, Solicitor-General and Otago LLB graduate visited the Faculty of Law to talk with current students about The Role of the Solicitor-General

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Pacific Islands Law students claim top honours

Friday, 15 July 2016 7:25am

For members of Otago’s Pacific Island Law Students’ Association (PILSA), the recent semester break presented the opportunity to attend the Pasifika Law and Culture Conference where the Association’s mooting team took top honours.

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Gargantuan book launched

Thursday, 30 June 2016 9:18am

Faculty of Law Senior Lecturer Barry Allan has launched a gargantuan book of almost 2000 pages which the publisher says is one of the largest pieces of academic writing a single author has ever produced for a first edition in New Zealand.

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Symposium 2017 "Environmental Adjudication in the 21st Century"

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 2:04pm

The Forum brings together members of the judiciary, practitioners and academics specialising in environmental adjudication, in order to facilitate, develop and disseminate cutting-edge research, and thus enable more effective and normatively legitimate environmental adjudication both within New Zealand and other jurisdictions.

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New taught Masters offered from second semester

Wednesday, 8 June 2016 4:30pm

The Faculty of Law is offering the Master of Emerging Technologies Law (METL), with papers offered from second semester (July).

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The Law of Secured Credit Launches

Thursday, 26 May 2016 4:04pm

The Law of Secured Credit, by University of Otago academic Barry Allan was launched recently at a function hosted by the University and attended by friends, members of the profession, colleagues and students.

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Interdisciplinary work will improve the civil justice system

Thursday, 19 May 2016 3:47pm

The new director of New Zealand’s only civil Legal Issues Centre believes the key to improving the civil justice system for thousands of New Zealanders will involve looking outside the legal system. 

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Law and Medicine Symposium

Saturday, 14 May 2016 9:54am

Last month the Faculty of Law hosted a Law and Medicine Symposium, with the overall goal of facilitating discussion between participants in, and commentators on, health law in New Zealand.

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Māori Leaders in Law – Secondary Schools Workshop

Thursday, 12 May 2016 10:03am

The Secondary Schools Workshop day is aimed at Māori students, currently in Year 12 or Year 13 at school. It will give them the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops, allowing them to gain firsthand experience with the process of working through a variety of legal problems or cases.

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Faculty of Law Celebrates Otago Law Review 50th Anniversary Issue

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 5:16pm

Recent University of Otago Faculty of Law Otago Law Review 50th Anniversary Issue Celebrations a 'who's who' for Otago law alumni.

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Dunedin Tertiary Open Day 2016

Monday, 9 May 2016 10:13am

On Monday 9 May is the Dunedin Tertiary Open Day. This is a great chance for you to observe first-hand what the tertiary environment is like.

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The Roslyn Scholarship presented to inaugural recipient

Thursday, 5 May 2016 4:31pm

First-year University of Otago law student Bridget Newman was recently named the inaugural recipient of The Roslyn Scholarship, a new Faculty of Law scholarship.