'Criminal gene' raises legal and moral issues

30 September 2015 A UC academic says the development of research around a 'criminal gene' and its increasing use in legal cases internationally raises scary issues for societies. (read article)

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Applications close 8 December 2015.

New Dean of Law at University of Canterbury

Professor Ursula Cheer will take up the role of Dean of Law in January 2016. (read more)

Longitudinal Study of law students enters its second year

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.

13th Australasian Property Law Teachers Conference

The theme for the 13th Australasian Property Law Teachers Conference is to encompass new developments and emerging areas in real and personal property law. The conference will be held Thursday 14th - Friday 15th April 2016.

Flag Consideration Project - what do we stand for?

Thousands of New Zealanders have shared what they stand for in the nationwide flag consideration project. With alternative flag selection now underway, where do you stand? Law lecturer David Round was on Newstalk ZB discussing the New Zealand flag project.

Anti-cyber bullying legislation may harm freedom of speech

UC School of Law Professor Ursula Cheer appeared on The Nation commenting on the Harmful Digital Communications Bill. An expert on media law, Professor Cheer says she has concerns about the anti-cyber-bullying legislation and there is a risk that legislation to curb cyber bullying may have a serious impact on freedom of expression (read more and view the interview online)

Magna Carta marks 800th Anniversary

The Magna Carta marked its 800th anniversary on 15 June 2015 and its principles of freedom and justice have endured and influenced constitutions around the world. In his LawTalk article UC School of Law Professor Philip Joseph says throughout the ages, it has remained a beacon and symbol for two enduring notions - liberty and the rule of law (read more)

What if... More people could understand the law?

In the April What if... public lecture Associate Professor Chris Gallavin explored where we might profitably focus our attention for the future development of our criminal justice system - a focus governed by a better understanding of the criminal law and not merely by emotion and irrationality (read more or watch the lecture on YouTube)