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Two new LAWS electives added to 2015

23 March 2015

Trimester 2
LAWS 363 Securities Regulation (TRF 11:30-12:20) - Victoria Stace

Summer - Jan/Feb
LAWS 318 Resource Management Law (to be timetabled) - Estair van Wagner

The courses are now available on course add/drop or send sharon.watkins@vuw.ac.nz an email with your full name and student ID.

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Victoria team wins Red Cross International Law Moot in Hong Kong

16 March 2015

Pictured (L–R): Joanna Mossop, Teja Kandarpa, Conor Donohue and Alberto Costi.

We are extremely pleased to announce that the Victoria University team of Conor Donohue and Teja Kandarpa (coached by Faculty members Joanna Mossop and Alberto Costi) have won the 13th Red Cross International Law Moot in Hong Kong.

Conor and Teja faced the University of Hong Kong in a close final, and the competition from the other 23 teams was fierce.

In addition to winning the final, Conor was named as best mooter of the competition and Teja was named third best mooter. The team also picked up a second honourable mention for their memorial for the defence.

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"New Zealand's Defective Law on Climate Change"

16 February 2015

These notes are a summary of Sir Geoffrey Palmer’s public lecture entitled “New Zealand’s Defective Law on Climate Change”, held at Victoria’s Faculty of Law on Monday 16 February.

Sir Geoffrey Palmer speech notes - pdf (476 KB)

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New lecturer joins Faculty

16 February 2015

Edward Clark

Eddie Clark, a Victoria alumnus, returns to Wellington to join the Faculty of Law as a lecturer mid-February.

After graduating from Victoria in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, Eddie worked for a number of years at a large corporate firm in Wellington, specialising in commercial public law and says this experience is what piqued his interest in administrative law.

Following a year-long break during his time in practice, Eddie completed his Master of Law at the University of Toronto. His research focused on the possibility of extending procedural fairness to the making of delegated legislation.

After two further years of practice, he returned to Toronto to commence his doctoral studies, which he hopes to complete shortly. His doctoral work builds on his Master’s and argues that one of the motivating factors underlying administrative law is a concern for a legitimate administrative state.

“I also argue that one of the implications of this concern with legitimacy must be an expansion of procedural fairness to cover ‘legislative’ executive decision-making.”

Eddie says that this work, and his practice experience, are really all about a fascination with the minutiae of government: how the everyday practices of the administrative state affect people and businesses.

“I look forward to continuing to puzzle out the role of the law in mediating this relationship between state and citizen at the coalface of government when I start at Victoria.”

“I am very excited to be joining the outstanding community of public law scholars at Victoria.”

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Town and Gown for summer

5 February 2015

Summer Scholars at Woodward St Chambers

Pictured (L–R): Jason McHerron (Woodward Street Chambers), Professor John Prebble; Olivia Miller; Aynsley Wood, Hamish McIntosh (Woodward Street Chambers), Dion Blummont and Silvia Rodriguez Atencio.

A summer project designed to publicise more widely research by members of Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Law, has involved Faculty staff and students working more closely with Woodward Street Chambers.

The project, led by Professor John Prebble and Māmari Stephens, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty, involved student interns preparing abstracts of scholarly papers by members of the Faculty of Law for posting on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN).

Victoria’s Faculty of Law has its own page on the network, allowing the work of Faculty members to be accessible to a wider international audience, which have been published in a variety of global journals.

The four interns who volunteered to assist the project are law students Aynsley Wood and Dion Blummont; arts and design student, Olivia Miller; and Silvia Rodriguez Atencio, a lawyer from Argentina who is now working in Wellington.

Woodward Street Chambers provided working space and oversight for the interns, which is greatly appreciated by the Faculty, says Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Law Professor Tony Smith.

“Projects like this allow our staff and student to develop closer relationships with the Wellington law profession, and it showcases Victoria’s unique position in the heart of Wellington’s legal and political district.”

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Law students enter mediation competition in Paris

4 February 2015

Mediation team at the Law School

Left to Right: Senior Lecturer Grant Morris with students Georgia Cameron and William Steel.

For the first time, Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Law will be represented in the annual International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Commercial Mediation Competition.

Two students, Georgia Cameron and William Steel, are winging their way to Paris this week to compete against 65 other teams. The competition, now in its 10th year, is the world’s only moot devoted exclusively to international commercial mediation.

The contest will involve 120 mediators and corporate representatives from five continents and more than 40 countries. Each university competes in at least four preliminary round mediations, after which the competition enters a knock-out phase.

The students will be accompanied by their coach Dr Grant Morris, a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law, who runs a third-year dispute resolution course. Georgia and William were outstanding participants in Dr Morris’ class last year.

“The course includes a practical element in mediation as well as theory so part of the preparation was already done,” says Dr Morris.

As well as regular practice mediations with Dr Morris, the students have received support from some of Wellington’s leading mediators, including Geoff Sharp, who was voted New Zealand Mediator of the Year by the New Zealand legal profession at the 2012/2013 Law Awards, and Annabel Shaw, a mediator for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

“We’ve been very lucky to have these fantastic practitioners around Wellington who’ve been more than willing to give up their time after work,” says Georgia. 

After weeks of hard work, William feels they are as ready as they’ll ever be.

“We just want to go over there and focus on enjoying it now,” says Georgia.

William is a final year student studying for an LLB (Hons) and BCom degree majoring in economics and finance, and Georgia will complete her LLB and BA degree in politics this year.

The team has received financial support from Fairway Resolution and the Association of Dispute Resolvers (LEADR).

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Law Faculty News - January 2015 edition

2 February 2015

Please click here to read the January 2015 edition of our Faculty News (pdf).

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SUNY Buffalo Law School visit

30 January 2015

Meredith and her students with Justice Glazebrook

Associate Professor Meredith Kolsky Lewis visited the law school for two weeks this month with 11 of her students from the SUNY Buffalo Law School (where she is also Associate Professor). The visit was in connection with Meredith's course New Zealand: International Economic Law in Context. While in Wellington, the group met with many Vic colleagues; officials from MFAT, MPI, NZTE and the Law Commission; Justice Glazebrook at the Supreme Court (pictured); and legal practitioners and consultants. They also visited the Tapu Te Ranga marae in Island Bay; Dry River vineyard in Martinborough; and Zealandia.

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Dean Knight's PhD

29 January 2015

Dean Knight in front of the London School of Economics 

Just before Christmas, Dean Knight submitted the PhD thesis he has been working on at the London School of Economics and Political Science over the last few years. He still needs to complete his viva (oral examination and defence), which is scheduled for May.


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