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Humanities Lectures

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Inaugural Professorial Lectures, public lectures and events from the Division of Humanities.

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Faculty of Law: Professor Graham Virgo - Conscience in Equity: a new Utopia

Faculty of Law: Professor Graham Virgo - Conscience in Equity: a new Utopia

Video 147.72MB
Audio 59.09MB

Thursday, 4 August 2016

The Faculty of Law presents this public lecture by Professor Graham Virgo, 2016 NZ Law Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow, 2016 FW Guest Memorial Lecturer. In 1516 Sir Thomas More published Utopia, which identifies an attractive vision of law and society. As Lord Chancellor, More helped to develop Equity as a mechanism to secure justice which was not provided through the rigid interpretation of the Common Law. From the start, the equitable jurisdiction was founded on conscience. By tracing the historical development of conscience it is possible to identify the theoretical structure which justifies and explains the equitable jurisdiction and shows how it should develop in the future.

IPL: Dealing with Difference: Responses to uneven geographical development

IPL: Dealing with Difference: Responses to uneven geographical development

Video 144.98MB
Audio 67.12MB

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Professor Etienne Nel of the Department of Geography, delivers his Inaugural Professorial Lecture: “Dealing with Difference: Responses to uneven geographical development”. Etienne has authored, co-authored or edited 10 books, and has written nearly 30 book chapters and more than 100 articles, primarily on economic development in Africa. 2 August 2016

NCPACS: After Chilcot: The consequences of the Chilcot Report for armed intervention and war

NCPACS: After Chilcot: The consequences of the Chilcot Report for armed intervention and war

Video 189.00MB
Audio 61.83MB

Monday, 1 August 2016

This forum reflects on some of the global lessons to be learned from the Chilcot report. The report systematically and comprehensively demolishes Tony Blair and George Bush’s justifications for embroiling the UK in the most disastrous war of the modern era. It also raises some fundamental questions about international criminal accountability for acts of aggression and wider questions about where the responsibility for war should lie in Westminster-style democracies. The panel includes Professor Robert Patman (Politics), Associate Professor Lisa Ellis (Philosophy) and Mr Stephen Smith (Law), chaired by Professor Kevin Clements (NCPACS). 1 August 2016

Faculty of Law: Professor Jeremy Waldron - Death lists and death squads: Targeted killing and the character of the State

Faculty of Law: Professor Jeremy Waldron - Death lists and death squads: Targeted killing and the character of the State

Video 154.83MB
Audio 56.54MB

Thursday, 28 July 2016

'My intention in this lecture is to urge critical reflection upon current US practices of targeted killing by considering, not just whether acts of targeted killing can be legally justified, but also what sort of state we are turning into when we organize the use of lethal force in this way -maintaining a list of named enemies of the state who are to be eliminated in this way.' A prolific scholar, Jeremy Waldron teaches legal and political philosophy at NYU School of Law. Until recently, he was also Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at Oxford University (All Souls College).

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 3

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 3

Video 142.81MB
Audio 87.72MB

Thursday, 28 July 2016

The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture three of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'Theological Conversations in Job'. 28 July 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 2

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 2

Video 188.33MB
Audio 83.58MB

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture two of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'The Artistry of the (Hebrew) Book of Job'. 27 July 2016

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 1

Thomas Burns Memorial Lectures 2016: Professor Choon-Leong Seow - The Story of Job: A contested classic 1

Video 148.84MB
Audio 81.12MB

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

The Department of Theology and Religion presents lecture one of the 2016 Thomas Burns Memorial Lecture series. Given by Professor Choon-Leong Seow, Vanderbilt Divinity School, this presentation covers the topic 'Job in the Cradle of World Literature'. 26 July 2016

IPL: Hoka: Motivators of Time

IPL: Hoka: Motivators of Time

Video 142.47MB
Audio 74.80MB

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Professor Poia Rewi of Te Tumu - School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, delivers his Inaugural Professorial Lecture, "Hoka: Motivators of Time". Professor Rewi (Tūhoe, Ngāti Manawa, Te Arawa) works on a regional and national level in multiple areas of Te Reo promotion, teaching and research. 14 July 2016.

NCPACS: Public conversation with Professor Roger Clark

NCPACS: Public conversation with Professor Roger Clark

Video 244.74MB
Audio 66.51MB

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Professor Roger Clark is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and of Columbia Law School in New York. He began his teaching career at Victoria in 1964 and has taught at Rutgers Law School in New Jersey since 1972. He represented Samoa at the International Court of Justice in the Advisory Proceedings on the Legality of the Use or Threat of use of Nuclear Weapons in 1995 and is currently a member of the team representing the Marshall Islands in its ICJ cases on nuclear weapons. The team has been nominated by the International Peace Bureau for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. In this conversation with Professor Kevin Clements (NCPACS), Professor Clark will discuss the influences that have determined the course of his life and career.

NCPACS: Public conversation with Ven. Robina Courtin

NCPACS: Public conversation with Ven. Robina Courtin

Video 166.83MB
Audio 45.35MB

Friday, 3 June 2016

Venerable Robina Courtin has spent much of her life working for peace in various ways, initially as a left-wing feminist activist, and later as a Buddhist nun. In conversation with Joe Llewelyn she shares some of her wealth of knowledge and experience, including her work with prisoners and teaching around the world.

Faculty of Law: Pike River - How could this happen in this day and age?

Faculty of Law: Pike River - How could this happen in this day and age?

Video 107.88MB
Audio 59.86MB

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Colin Smith, Chairman on the Pike River Families Group Committee and the Pike River 29 Legacy Trust, talks about the Pike River disaster and asks how could this happen in this day and age? Find out why the Pike River Families have fought so hard and for so long. Colin Smith is a law graduate from the University of Otago and is a partner with the Greymouth Law Firm Hannan & Seddon.

CTPI: Good Governance - Designing Democratic Institutions for a Sustainable Future

CTPI: Good Governance - Designing Democratic Institutions for a Sustainable Future

Video 147.65MB
Audio 67.76MB

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Public Lecture with Professor Jonathan Boston from the School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington. He discusses the role of governance in sustainability and how to move from a short term focus at a governmental level to a longer term focus.

Faculty of Law: F.W. Guest Memorial Lecture 2016 – Making the penalty fit the crime: the pros and cons of civil pecuniary penalties as a means of enforcing commercial law

Faculty of Law: F.W. Guest Memorial Lecture 2016 – Making the penalty fit the crime: the pros and cons of civil pecuniary penalties as a means of enforcing commercial law

Video 97.41MB
Audio 49.89MB

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Civil pecuniary penalties are an increasingly common feature of regulatory legislation such as the Commerce Act 1986 and the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013. They have been both welcomed as a pragmatic “third way” between purely civil remedies and criminal charges and condemned as incompatible with human rights and the principles which underpin the criminal justice system. This lecture considers both sides of the debate and whether it is possible to reconcile the competing views. Presented by Jenny Cooper, who graduated from Otago in 1995 and now practices in Auckland as a commercial barrister with specialist expertise in company and securities law and fair trading and competition law.

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