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26 May 2017 The University of Canterbury’s new presence at the Arts Centre in Christchurch’s cultural heart has proven popular with hundreds of visitors in its first week. (read article)

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Announcements and Events

Wahine Week

Ursula Cheer, Dean of Law, sends her congratulations to the clubs who organised the very successful events for the inaugural Wahine Week: A week to celebrate women in Law.

Te Putairiki, UC Pasifika Law Students Society, UC Women in Law, Law for Change and CRIMSOC hosted speakers and seminars to celebrate the achievements of women in the law, both past and present. The aim was to inspire and educate our women undergraduates to foster connections with women currently working in the profession.

The final event was a panel organised by CRIMSOC including UC lecturer Cindy Zeiher speaking about women offenders, and NZ Police Inspector Tony Hill, Senior Sergeant Vicki Walker, Sergeant Andrea Williams, and Leanne McSkimming (Non-Sworn) who works on the ISRP for family harm. All donations go to Aviva Family Help Services.  Well done everyone!

Reforming the Law of Evidence Conference

On 1 August 2017 the Evidence Act 2006 will have been in force for 10 years. To mark this occasion as well as the Law Commission's work on the second five-yearly review of the Act's operation, a conference and workshop will be held on 8 September in Wellington. Registrations open. Read more.

Labour Law Conference

Fourth Biennial Labour Law Conference of the New Zealand Labour Law Society, 24 - 25 November 2017. Registrations and Abstract Submissions now open.

Women's Studies Journal Graduate Prize for a Feminist Essay

The editorial collective of the Women’s Studies Journal, in association with the Women’s Studies Association of Aotearoa New Zealand, is pleased to invite entries to the third annual Women’s Studies Journal Graduate Prize for a Feminist Essay. The theme for the 2017 award is Intersectional feminisms: New agendas for theory and activism.  Call for entries Closing date for submissions 1 July 2017. Submission guidelines are available on the Women’s Studies Journal website:

The New Lawyer

Podcast for junior lawyers and law students entitled “The New Lawyer” launched, traversing all aspects of junior practice and career development. View here.

How should we approach media freedom globally in an era where it has never been easier to communicate information through the internet and social media?

Dean of Law, Professor Ursula Cheer tackles these questions from the context of New Zealand in a new book chapter: ‘Regulatory Responses from a Southern Archipelago’ in Law and Policy in the Internet Age, (Doreen Weisenhaus and Simon Young eds, Hart Publishing, 2017).

New Zealand Law Foundation: Latest legal research projects

The New Zealand Law Foundation is funding several major projects led or co-led by UC Law academics. These include: Rethinking Surrogacy Laws (Debra Wilson, Rhonda Powell, Annick Masselot, John Caldwell, Natalie Baird and others), Feminist Judgments Project Aotearoa (co-led by Rhonda Powell and Elisabeth McDonald (VUW), Annick Masselot, Ursula Cheer, Natalie Baird and others), Disaster Proofing the Law (Jeremy Finn, Liz Toomey and John Hopkins) and The Brain Does Not Lie: Use Of Forensic Brain Scan Analysis and Neuroscience in Criminal And Civil Investigations (Robin Palmer and Debra Wilson).

For more information about these, and other Law Foundation projects, watch some of the Snapshot Series, in which academics talk about their research, and subscribe to the Law Foundations’ YouTube Channel. More details here

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)

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.