UC Connect: Feminism and Rape Awareness in NZ

8 July 2016 UC criminologist Professor Greg Newbold looks at rape awareness campaigns of the 1970s and 1980s and at the impact these had on rape consciousness and rape law in New Zealand. (read article)

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Announcements and Events

Beyond lie detectors -The brain does not lie

What if we had the technology to read your mind? UC School of Law is leading a New Zealand Law Foundation funded project to investigate the forensic potential of brain scanning technology. Project leader Professor Robin Palmer, Director of Clinical Legal Studies, says forensic brain scan analysis had much more potential as a forensic tool than traditional lie detectors, or polygraphs.(read the media release and Herald article online)

Professor Graham Virgo Public Lecture

Professor Graham Virgo, 2016 New Zealand law Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow, will present a public lecture entitled 'Justifying the law of restitution: a case study in the nature of judging' on Tuesday 2nd August. Read more

Longitudinal Study of law students

A group of UC Law academics (joined by the Universities of Auckland and Waikato) are undertaking a longitudinal study of the experiences and expectations of law students from their first year of study through to their first years in the workplace. It is hoped that the results of this study will provide valuable insights into the law student experience, which may help inform and improve teaching practices. Read more about the study and some of its results.

Dean's Awards for International Post-Graduate Students

All international students studying towards the degree of LLM in the school of law are eligible for Dean's awards of up to NZ$3,000. These will be awarded to academically eligible students and can be used only to offset student fees to the University. For more details and to discuss eligibility, please contact the Director of the relevant programme.

Spotlight on 'invisible women' shaping the law

As part of the College's Diversity Events, the School of Law hosted a "Women in Law" seminar to present the stories of women behind significant cases that have changed or developed the law (read more)

How to stop a defamation claim

UC School of Law Professor Ursula Cheer appeared on Radio NZ commenting about how the media can best fight off defamation claims which have little to no substance, listen to the Radio NZ podcast


Laws 101 Scavenger Hunt

First Year Laws 101 students raced to complete the Laws 101 Scavenger Hunt on Friday 11th March. Take a look at them in action.