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Faculty of Law News


Otago animations developed to demystify the court room

Wednesday, 4 April 2018 11:20am

Court processes can be foreign and alienating for many; new animations developed for New Zealand by the University of Otago aim to break down these barriers to justice.

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Otago law student leads UN delegation

Friday, 9 March 2018 1:23pm

Ihlara McIndoe's passion for music and law are sending her to the UN's New York Headquarters as leader of a delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

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Creating justice entrepreneurs

Friday, 9 February 2018 12:42pm

Otago Summer School students pool their brains to solve access to justice problems for everyday New Zealanders.

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New book assesses NZ's family finance laws

Wednesday, 7 February 2018 4:24pm

A significant new book edited by four Otago professors, examines New Zealand's family finance laws, amidst concerns that the current property sharing regime is falling behind modern times.

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International prosecutor returns to train Otago students in countering terrorism

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 3:39pm

Why are dozens of Otago students in quiet and peaceful Dunedin spending their summer days learning about international responses to terrorism?

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They've looked at law from both sides now - the Hands-on Law Diaries

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 11:30am

From crime scenes on the street to procedure in the court room, 10 school students are getting a behind the scenes look at the the law during their Hands-on programme at the University of Otago's Faculty of Law.

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LSAANZ Conference 2017 

Monday, 15 January 2018 2:13pm

The 2017 Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand conference was held in Dunedin on 6-9th December 2017 and proudly co-hosted by the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre for Research Excellence. The conference theme, ‘A Meeting Place’, aimed to grow the connections between law and society in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia, through the sharing of ideas about justice.

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Findings from ground-breaking Otago study into NZ justice system

Monday, 27 November 2017 1:14pm

Despite perceptions of a slow system, the wheels of justice are turning smoothly in most court cases, according to a major University of Otago-led study.

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Marsden grant for eviction research

Friday, 24 November 2017 3:23pm

Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin is part of a team studying eviction in New Zealand, which has secured a Marsden Fund grant.

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NZ Law Foundation funding for Aotearoa’s Future Courts project

Thursday, 23 November 2017 2:02pm

Can online courts aid the struggle to provide affordable and accessible ways to resolve civil disputes? To help answer this question, the New Zealand Law Foundation has awarded the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre team, led by Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin, a grant of $101,000 to examine how litigants can explain their disputes clearly enough for use in an online resolution process.

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Judge McElrea Restorative Justice Collection

Thursday, 26 October 2017 3:01pm

The Judge McElrea Restorative Justice Collection has been officially launched at the Napier Library.

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Share your Lawyer Story

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 11:24am

The University of Otago Legal Issues Centre are inviting New Zealanders who have either tried to find the help of a lawyer or who have used a lawyer to assist them, to share stories of their experience.

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Inaugural presentation of the Neville Marquet Prize in Resource Management and Environmental Law

Friday, 15 September 2017 6:52pm

On Monday 11 September, the Faculty of Law presented the inaugural Neville Marquet Prize in Resource Management and Environmental Law at a special ceremony at the Dunedin Club.

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2017/18 Summer Scholarships available

Friday, 15 September 2017 10:18am

The Legal Issues Centre is pleased to offer two Summer Scholarships to develop videos to assist people who do not have a lawyer with understanding legal process.  

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Climate Change:  Ethical Issues and Implications

Friday, 1 September 2017 3:58pm

Professor Jonathan Boston from Victoria University of Wellington delivered a guest lecture on 'Climate Change: Ethical Issues and Implications' to the Law Faculty and students from the ENVI312 Interdisciplinary Aspects of Climate Change class.

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Success at Legal Research Foundation Awards

Thursday, 20 July 2017 3:52pm

Congratulations to Professor Andrew Geddis and Oliver Hailes – a recent LLB(Hons) graduate – who won the Sir Ian Barker published article award for their article on The Trans-Pacific Partnership in New Zealand’s Constitution.

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Environmental Adjudication in the 21st Century

Monday, 15 May 2017 12:58pm

On 11 April,, the Environment Court of New Zealand and the University of Otago - with generous support from the Royal Society of New Zealand, hosted a Symposium on 'Environmental Adjudication in the 21st Century' at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland.