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UC takes top spot in University Challenge

23 January 2017 The UC team has won New Zealand academia's top trivia quiz show, University Challenge for the second year since the show returned to New Zealand screens in 2014. (read article)

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Announcements and Events

Post-Graduate Scholarship Opportunity - LLM Thesis

The Law School The Law School at the University of Canterbury in conjunction with the Quakecore funding platform is offering a scholarship opportunity in the field of quake prone building safety in New Zealand. The successful applicant will complete a project examining the impact of the Building Amendment Act 2016 in addressing New Zealand’s quake prone housing stock, under the supervision of Dr. John Hopkins and Dr. Robert Kipp (Quakecore) with assistance from Professor Liz Toomey. Applications close 28 February 2017. Apply now.

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.

Law Student Advice Drop-in Sessions

We're open for business! Come in to see Margaret, Ariana and Simon for advice on your LLB or BCJ degree and courses for 2017. Law Student Advice drop-in sessions will be running Monday 13 February - Friday 3 March. Check the dates and times online. Outside of Open Door times, appointments can be made online through Course Advice: Book and appointment

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.

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

UC Connect: Rewriting Judgments: Feminism in Action

New Zealand lawyers and legal academics are part of a global project in which they are challenged to think about the law in a different way to rewrite key judgments. Feminist Judgments Project Aotearoa: Te Rino contributes to the growing collection of international publications containing rewritten judicial decisions and was the subject of a recent UC Connect panel discussion (read more)

Brexit: a view from afar

In a “light” and “accessible” legal seminar, Professor Philip Joseph explored the giant leap into the unknown that the vote for Brexit has triggered (read more)

Law education responding to technology

In a Law Talk article, Professor Ursula Cheer comments that technological developments may be very useful in making justice more accessible to those who cannot currently afford to pay a lawyer or go to court, perhaps through low level forms of online dispute resolution (read the Law Talk article online)

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)

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.