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Programme and speakers

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The 2017 LSAANZ Annual Conference, “A Meeting Place for Interdisciplinary Explorations of Justice”, commences Wednesday, 6 December and concludes at 1pm Saturday 9 December 2017.

Wednesday 6th December

  • Registration.
  • A pre-conference postgraduate day will be held between 10:00am-4:30pm. The postgraduate day will consist of faculty leading seminar sessions on different topics (e.g. publishing, thesis writing). The purpose is to foster a collegial network between graduate students and between graduate students and faculty, fostering future scholars’ interests in Law and Society scholarship. Postgraduate students will not present papers during the postgraduate day; they will be scheduled to present papers during the main part of the conference.
  • A conference opening event will take place at 5:00pm. This event will be a special screening of the film “Drug Court” to be introduced by Judge Lisa Tremewan who helped establish New Zealand’s first Alcohol and other Drug Treatment Courts and Tuari Potiki, chairperson of the New Zealand Drug Foundation who recently addressed the war on drugs to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session in New York, 2016.

Thursday 7th December 

  • Registration & welcome.
  • Plenary and concurrent sessions will run including individual speakers, panel sessions. 

Friday 8th December

  • A social walk will take place in the morning to acknowledge the land we are meeting on and an opportunity to mix and mingle.
  • Plenary and concurrent sessions will run including individual speakers, panel sessions and a “methods café” style lunch.
  • The conference dinner will be held in the evening of Friday 8th December at the prominently significant, and stunningly beautiful, Ōtākou marae. Ōtākou marae is near the end of the Otago Peninsula and was one of the places where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840.

Saturday 9th December

  • Plenary and concurrent sessions will run including individual speakers, panel sessions.
  • Conference closes at 1:00pm. 

More details on the programme will be made available as they are finalised.

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Hilary Charlesworth Melbourne Laureate Professor Melbourne Law School, and Distinguished Professor and Director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice in the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Australian National University whose extensive leading work considers how to strengthen the rule of law including considering dimensions of gender and international law, and how to build justice and democracy after conflict.
  • Professor Angela Riley University California Los Angles, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma and Co-Chair for the United Nations - Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership Policy Board whose research explores Indigenous Peoples’ rights with a particular emphasis on cultural property and Native governance and justice.
  • Professor Brian Tamanaha (NZ Law Foundation Sponsored Speaker) Washington University Law School, logo_nzlfworld renowned jurist and law and society scholar whose significant publications include Failing Law Schools (2012), Beyond the Formalist-Realist Divide: The Role of Politics in Judging (2010); Law as a Means to an End: Threat to the Rule of Law (2006), On the Rule of Law: History, Politics, Theory (2004), A General Jurisprudence of Law and Society (2001).
  • Judge Heemi Taumaunu led the pioneering development of Rangatahi Courts on marae in New Zealand for Māori youth and has recently received the prestigious international Swiss-based Veillard-Cybulski Award which honours work in advancing children’s rights in the justice system. In 2015 the Rangatahi Courts won the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration’s Award for Excellence in Judicial Administration and in 2016 they received an Institute of Public Administration New Zealand award. Judge Taumaunu sits on Rangatahi Courts throughout the country.
  • Judge Lisa Tremewan has been a judge for ten years, sitting at the Waitakere District Court. She helped establish New Zealand’s first Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court/Te Whare Whakpiki Wairua. This court is designed to “break the cycle” where offending has its origins in, or is fuelled by, serious unresolved alcohol and other drug issues. Where this is achieved, it is not only better and safer for the community, but also for offenders and their families.
  • Professor Tom Tyler Yale University, professor of psychology, law and management whose award winning internationally "paradigm shifting scholarship" focuses on the role of justice in shaping people’s relationships with groups, organisations, communities and societies including author of Why People Cooperate (2011); Legitimacy and Criminal Justice (2007); Why People Obey the Law (2006); Trust in the Law (2002); and Cooperation in Groups (2000).

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