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NZ Centre for International Economic Law

The Rainbow Warrior—a game changer?

Date: 4 May 2015

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: Government Buildings Lecture Theatre 1 (GBLT1), Rear Courtyard, Faculty of Law, 55 Lambton Quay


A panel discussion, chaired by lawyer and former political journalist Linda Clark, featuring:

New Zealand Centre of International Economic Law’s Inaugural Senior Visiting Research Fellow Gary Born, Counsel for Greenpeace in Greenpeace v France, Partner Wilmer Hale and world leading international arbitrator and litigator.

Dr Gerard Curry—then counsel for French Army Major Alain Mafart and Captain Dominique Prieur.
Sir Kenneth Keith ONZ KBE QC—then President of the Law Commission, Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and arbitrator in the New Zealand v France arbitration.
Bill Mansfield—then New Zealand’s deputy permanent representative at the UN, involved in negotiations between the French and New Zealand Governments.
Sir Geoffrey Palmer KCMG AC QC—then Deputy Prime Minister, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice.
Dr Penelope Ridings MNZM—has provided legal advice to the Government since 1988 on legal issues pertaining to international law.

RSVP by Friday 24 April 2015 to law-events@vuw.ac.nz.The panel discussion will be followed by refreshments.

Public forum on a Bilateral Arbitration Treaty Regime with Gary Born

Date: 5 May 2015

Time: 6.00 pm

Venue: Salmond Room, GB219, Level 2, Victoria University Faculty of Law, 55 Lambton Quay

The New Zealand Centre of International Economic Law and the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand are delighted to facilitate a discussion with Gary Born, NZCIEL Inaugural Senior Visiting Research Fellow.

Gary Born is widely regarded as the world’s preeminent authority on international commercial arbitration and international litigation. While in New Zealand he will discuss his recent initiative: a Bilateral Arbitration Treaty regime. This is aimed at addressing the difficulties businesses face when a dispute arises because of the structure of cross-border litigation which is often time-consuming, expensive, and inefficient. Gary Born’s proposed Bilateral Arbitration Treaty regime would replace cross border litigation as the default dispute resolution process and use neutral principles of international arbitration to create a pragmatic framework for resolving international commercial disputes.

Gary Born is the chair of Wilmer Hale’s International Arbitration Practice Group. He has been ranked for the past 20 years as one of the world’s leading international arbitration practitioners and the leading arbitration practitioner in London.

For more information about Gary Born please visit https://www.wilmerhale.com/gary_born/

RSVP by Wednesday 29 April 2015 to law-events@vuw.ac.nz Places are limited.

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Third Biennial Labour Law Conference of the New Zealand Labour Law Society

Date: 27 November 2015

Time: 8.30 am

old government buildings

Third Biennial Labour Law Conference of the New Zealand Labour Law Society
In conjunction with Victoria University of Wellington Law School
Conference Announcement and Invitation to Submit Papers

The New Zealand Labour Law Society’s third biennial conference will be held on Friday 27th November 2015 at the Law School, Victoria University of Wellington, 55 Lambton Quay, Wellington.

Invitation to submit a paper: The organisers invite papers and proposals for papers from academics, practitioners or judges (including student papers) on any area of labour law. We particularly encourage papers that explore or develop an area of labour law in a thematic, analytical or academic way (rather than papers that might be more appropriate for a practice oriented event) but this should not be seen as discouraging papers that take this approach in a practice oriented context.

The theme of the conference will be Challenges of Regulating Future Labour Markets and papers on that theme are particularly welcome; this might include topics as diverse as regulating zero-hours contracting, challenges in the low-paid sector, limiting employer intrusions into private life, particularly problems with social media and employer surveillance.

Submissions should include the name, title and affiliation of the author(s), a short biography and an abstract of no more than 250 words. Proposals should be submitted by 1 August and full papers by 1 November. Papers will be quality assured/referred by the organisers and notifications should be expected within 6 weeks of submission. Proposals should be sent to labourlawconference@vuw.ac.nz. Accepted proposals will receive full information on the final format although it is not expected that final papers would be longer than 6-8000 words

Full papers, following a refereeing process, may be selected for publication in a special Labour Law issue of the New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations. Papers from 2013 were published in 2013 39 NZJER (issues 2 and 3) accessible from http://www.nzjournal.org/index.htm

To register for the conference please click here (pdf).

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