Lecretia Seales Memorial Lecture in Law Reform: Law, Liquor, and Love
Event type: Public Lectures8 June 2017 from 5.45 pm - 6.45 pm
Professor J. Douglas Sellman
Following 25 years of deregulation of the sale and supply of alcohol, and growing concern about alcohol-related harm, the New Zealand Law Commission undertook a major review of liquor laws. It was led by Sir Geoffrey Palmer in 2009/10, and worked on by Lecretia Seales.
Professor Doug Sellman will outline this review, and the government’s response in delivering what he describes as an "Alcohol (NON) Reform Bill" (passed in 2012). He will describe New Zealand's “ongoing love affair” with alcohol: “This involves politicians, business people and the wider public; and the various desires associated with alcohol: pleasure, comfort, power, and money. This love affair continues to be a barrier to effective alcohol law reform.”
Doug Sellman has been working in the addiction treatment field since 1985. He has been Director of the National Addiction Centre, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, since its inception in 1996 and Professor within the University of Otago since 2006. His clinical work since 1994 has been as consultant psychiatrist to the alcohol and drug stream of the Youth Specialty Service in Christchurch.
The Lecretia Seales Memorial Lecture in Law Reform
In 2015, Lecretia Seales went to the high court to seek a ruling that would allow a doctor to assist her to die with her consent. Her court case initiated a national debate and helped galvanise a parliamentary inquiry into assisted dying which is currently underway.
We acknowledge the generous support of donors to the Lecretia Seales Memorial Lecture in Law Reform: Jenny Gibbs, Bruce and Lyn Robertson, Geoffrey and Margaret Palmer, Lucy McGrath, Rachel Hayward, Tim Clarke and Samantha Warner, John and Christine McGrath, Shirley and Larry Seales, Matt Vickers, Megan and Michael Huddleston, Graham Shaw, Andrew Butler, SweeneyVesty, Helen Salisbury, Peter Jones, Alison and Jeremy Arthur-Young, Abigail and Andrew Skelton, David Friar, Prudence Tyler, Carole Sweney, Christine Robertson and James Mills, Digby and Anne Seales, Soraya and Jim Hogan, Eileen McNaughton, Peter and Sheryl Boshier, Ronald and Patricia Boyle, Angela and Gregory Hanson, Joanne and Mark Hughson, Debra Seales-Meichtry, Robin Vickers.