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Geographical Indications: The International Debate and the Best Way Forward for New Zealand

Date: 4–5 August 2016

Time: 8.30 am

Geographical Indications (GIs) are important for many businesses and particularly agriculture and related value –added industries. There is a significant worldwide debate about the appropriate regulatory structure for GIs. The debate is not entirely new as there has been some considerable trans-Atlantic disagreement over appropriate protection for many years and the overlap with agricultural policy has fuelled this disagreement. In brief, the regulatory debate is centred on whether a sui generis regime(s) is appropriate or whether trade mark (particularly certification or collective trade marks) are enough. The framework issues are not merely technical but involve large policy questions about the appropriate regime to support agriculture, rural development and broad cultural interests. Added to this are questions around different types of products and whether some merit more protection than others. At present wines and spirits have a heightened level of GI protection. The TRIPS Agreement provides a minimum standards level of protection. Since TRIPS several trade agreements including bi-laterals (e.g. AUSFTA, KORUS, Singapore – EU and Korea- EU), mega-regionals (e.g. TPP, CETA) have incorporated variations on and clarifications to the TRIPS framework, or in the case of EU partnership agreements TRIPS –plus sui generis regime requirements. In addition to trade agreements there is the Lisbon Agreement at WIPO, which was controversially renegotiated in 2015. This conference will discuss the issues that arise in the global patchwork.

Overview of goals:
The purpose of this event is to provide the policy and business community with knowledge and a practical understanding of the worldwide GI debate and to consider the issues in the framework of what is important both internationally and for New Zealand.

Overall the event will provide a forum for practical and informed discussion about this area of regulation which has a direct impact on agricultural products in particular, New Zealand’s export markets, and potential and existing innovation in that sector and others.

Registrations for this event will open shortly.

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Pasifika Law and Culture Conference

Date: 4–6 July 2016

Time: 8.30 am

After Paris, After Winston – the PACIFIC

The Pasifika Law and Culture Conference is an annual event. The purpose behind it is to increase the understanding of Pacific legal issues and to strengthen relationships between Pacific legal scholars and students. Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law will host this conference for the very first time this year.

The aim is that by hosting the conference, the following outcomes will be achieved:

  • Connecting Pasifika law students,
  • Connecting Pasifika law students with Pasifika legal scholars,
  • Creating networking opportunities for Pasifika law students with different institutions, organizations and potential employers,
  • Enabling Pasifika law students to employ practical legal skills, and
  • Enabling Pasifika law students to apply legal knowledge.

Please click here to register for the conference.

Please contact Lagi Tuimavave at lagi.tuimavave@vuw.ac.nz if you have any questions about this event.

ALTA Conference 2016

Date: 7–9 July 2016

Time: 11.00 am

Venue: Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law

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Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Law is proud to be hosting the annual conference of the Australasian Law Teachers Association (ALTA) in 2016.

The 2016 ALTA Conference will bring together lawyers from Australasia and around the world and from the four sectors—academia, the public sector, non-government organisations and the private sector. Together we will explore the role of law teachers, scholars and lawyers in promoting good governance, strong and resilient economies mindful of the environment, as well as multicultural, diverse and thriving societies. The conference will also provide a forum for discussion on the role law teachers and scholars should play in forming the next generation of graduates, practitioners, government officials and civil society advisers.

Alongside keynote plenary events led by world-renowned experts, parallel sessions will enable established academics as well as new and emerging scholars to present their work and to meet and engage with speakers and participants. Some of the parallel sessions will be allocated to interest groups, allowing them to convene and reflect on the future direction of their particular area of specialisation, while others will be organised according to conference sub-themes with papers discussing various aspects of the overall theme.

Keynote speakers

The ALTA 2016 conference organising committee is delighted to announce as confirmed keynote speakers (in alphabetical order) for its annual meeting to be held in Wellington on 7-9 July 2016:

  • The Hon Christopher Finlayson QC, Attorney-General (New Zealand)
  • Professor Andrew Geddis, Faculty of Law, Otago University (New Zealand)
  • The Hon Justice Susan G M Glazebrook, Judge of the Supreme Court (New Zealand)
  • Professor Jane Kelsey, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland (New Zealand)
  • Professor Sheryl Lightfoot (University of British Columbia)
  • Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Distinguished Fellow (Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Professor Jacinta Ruru, Faculty of Law, Otago University (New Zealand)
  • Professor and Dean Lorne Sossin, Osgoode Hall Law School (Canada)
  • Professor Irene Watson, School of Law, University of South Australia (Australia)

The list will be updated regularly.

Provisional programmes

Please note that these programmes are subject to change.
Click here to view the timetable.
Click here to view the parallel session schedule.

Conference venues

The Conference will be held at both the Victoria University of Wellington Law School and the Parliament Buildings.
Please see here for information about the venues for the two conference dinners.

Call for papers

The call for papers is available here. The call for papers has now closed.

Best Conference Paper Awards

Awards will be presented for the following three categories:

  • Best Overall Conference Paper
  • Best Early Career Academic Conference Paper
  • Best Legal Education Conference Paper

Further information on the awards can be found here.

Key dates

Speaker registration deadline: 8 June 2016
Early bird registration: 8 June 2016
Submission of full papers for awards: 10 June 2016
Conference: 11am Thursday 7 July to 1pm Saturday 9 July 2016

Register for the conference here.

Registration fees - the fee includes two Conference dinners (please note, the below promo codes will need to be entered as you register for the conference to enable the correct discount to be applied to your registration):

Early bird ALTA member: $705 incl. GST: Promo code “EBALTA”
Early bird non-member: $810 incl. GST: Promo code “EBNM”
Regular ALTA member: $885 incl. GST: Promo code “ALTA”
Regular non-member: $960 incl. GST: No promo code
Speaker & Faculty staff: $705 incl. GST: Promo code “SPFS”
Full-time student (PhD): $470 incl. GST: Promo code “FTST”
One-day: $355 incl. GST: Please specify which day you would like to register for: Thursday promo code: THU, Friday promo code: FRI
Saturday: $160 incl. GST: Promo code “SAT”

Registration will close Wednesday 29 June.

Other information

Accommodation for delegates
Visiting Wellington
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