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Stock-take of AI in government a great start but New Zealand has a long way to go

Friday, 26 October 2018 4:29pm

University of Otago academics applaud the first ever stock-take report into government agencies' use of algorithms launched on Thursday by Statistics New Zealand and the Department of Internal Affairs.

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Otago research finds relationship property law needs modernising

Thursday, 25 October 2018 10:13am

Some aspects of the law determining how relationship property is divided when a couple splits is out of touch with contemporary New Zealand and should change to reflect current values, University of Otago researchers believe.

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“Unforgettable” send-off for Mark Henaghan

Friday, 12 October 2018 7:33pm

Departing Law Professor Mark Henaghan doesn’t use social media – so he was utterly surprised at a huge, and moving send-off organised for him yesterday by his students.

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Te Takarangi showcases Māori research

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 10:26pm

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Royal Society Te Apārangi in 2017, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) Co-Director Professor Jacinta Ruru of Law, NPM Research Fellow Jeanette Wikaira and Associate Professor Angela Wanhalla of History and Art History have showcased 150 non-fiction books by Māori authors each weekday on Te Apārangi’s Facebook page and Twitter.

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OtagoLaw Winter Edition 2018 out now

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 10:46am

OtagoLaw Winter Edition 2018 features highlights from the Faculty of Law from the first half of the year, including outstanding student successes and interesting alumni profiles.

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IVF anniversary important, says Otago Postdoctoral Fellow

Thursday, 26 July 2018 11:57am

Yesterday marked 40 years since the world’s first baby conceived via in vitro fertilisation (IVF), was born. For Otago University Legal Issues Centre Postdoctoral Fellow Jane Adams, this milestone is important on both a personal and professional level as the Otago Bulletin discovered.

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Call for consideration of New Zealand Law reform dealing with Parental Alienation

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 9:14am

A University of Otago study calling for consideration of law reform in the complex field of parental alienation has been published this week in the New Zealand Family Law Journal.

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Otago winners in Canada at World's Challenge Challenge

Friday, 8 June 2018 4:47pm

Congratulations to the E-Hop team! Otago students Rebecca, Nick, and Carolyn have taken the top prize at this year's World's Challenge Challenge earning $30,000 (CAD) to put toward their innovative electric car charging network app.

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Significant gaps in legal services identified in Otago study

Thursday, 24 May 2018 2:26pm

With an average hourly charge-out rate of about $300, private lawyers are often out of reach for New Zealanders needing legal assistance, according to research from the University of Otago.

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Otago team Canada-bound for World’s Challenge Challenge competition

Thursday, 24 May 2018 8:42am

Drivers’ worries about battery range – the distance an electric vehicle (EV) can travel before needing to be charged – are a significant barrier to the expansion of the EV market here in New Zealand and globally. Thanks to a trio of Otago Law students, so-called battery range anxiety may soon be a thing of the past.

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Tropical test for Otago Law student

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 10:07pm

For most students, crisp mornings and falling leaves signal the time to hunker down and get their assignments done, but this April saw Law and Commerce student Cory Morrison preparing for a different kind of test, this one in the heat and humidity of the tropics: international test match rugby.

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Tropical test for Law student

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 1:28pm

For most students, crisp mornings and falling leaves signal the time to hunker down and get their assignments done, but this April saw Law and Commerce student Cory Morrison preparing for a different kind of test, this one in the heat and humidity of the tropics: test match rugby.

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Otago experts welcome invitation to work with Government on AI framework

Monday, 7 May 2018 9:10am

University of Otago experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) policy are welcoming a Government invitation to formalise a relationship to shape the future of AI and predictive analytics software use in New Zealand.

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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.