Labour Law Conference - School of Law - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Labour Law Conference

Fourth Biennial Labour Law Conference of the New Zealand Labour Law Society 2017

24 - 25 November 2017
School of Law, University of Canterbury, Christchurch

Conference Theme: Labour law in transition in a globalised world

The conference theme is on labour law in transition and encompases new developments and emerging areas in labour law.

Call for Abstracts - now open

We welcome abstracts for papers relating, but not limited, to the following topics:

  • De-regulation of the workplace and the implications of globalisation
  • Implications of the recent amendments to health and safety law
  • Workplace stress, bullying and harassment
  • Restructuring, redundancy and redeployment
  • The implications of emerging technologies and the gig economy
  • Equality, human rights and precarious work.

The deadline for abstracts is 1 August, 2017.

Submit an abstract or register your attendance

Keynote Speakers

Judy Fudge, Professor of Employment and Labour Law, Kent Law School, University of Kent, United Kingdom.

Dr Alysia Blackham, Senior Lecturer and Discovery Early Career Research Fellow,Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne

Professor Douglas Brodie, Associate Principal and Executive Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow,United Kingdom

Kathryn Dalziel, Partner in the Christchurch based law firm Taylor Shaw

Professor John Howe, Melbourne Law School, Co-Director of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law

Conference Venue

Chateau on the Park – Christchurch A Doubletree By Hilton
189 Deans Avenue
New Zealand

Registration Fees

Applicants must confirm their participation through the payment of registration fee. All prices are in New Zealand Dollars and include GST.

In partnership with the New Zealand Labour Law Society, we are offering the option of discounted registration fees which include a membership to the NZ Labour Law Society worth $25.

Earlybird (until 20 August) -  $210
Earlybird incl. NZLLS Membership (until 20 August) -  $220

Standard (until 30 September) - $255
Standard incl NZLLS Membership (until 30 September) - $275

Earlybird Student/Unwaged incl. NZLLS Membership (until 20 August) - $115
Standard Student/Unwaged incl. NZLLS Membership (until 30 September) - $130

Standard Late Registration (after 01 October) - $280
Standard Late Registration incl. NZLLS Membership (after 01 October) - $300
Student/Unwaged Late Registration incl. NZLLS membership (after 01 October) - $155

Please note that registration fees are non-refundable

The Registration button will take you to the registration form: please choose if you want to submit your abstract for paper presentation or if you want to attend the conference without presenting a paper.

Key Dates

There will be a special issue publication following the conference. If participants choose to submit their paper for publication, a full paper must be submitted by the 15 December.

  • Deadline for abstracts 1 August
  • Participants will be informed via email of paper acceptance 15 August
  • Earlybird registrations close 20 August
  • Standard registrations close 30 September
  • Please note a late fee will be applied from 1 October

Student Colloquium and Scholarships

The Fourth Biennial Labour Law Conference of the New Zealand Labour Law Society invites students to participate in a student colloquium. This will provide postgraduate students the opportunity to present a short presentation of their current research (three minutes), receive valuable feedback as well as the chance to establish a network among both their peers and esteemed researchers in the field.

The colloquium will be held during one session of the conference. Students are invited to attend the other conference panels during the course of the conference. Please note students are also invited to present a full paper at the general conference.


The conference will also actively involve students. The University of Canterbury Law School in collaboration with the New Zealand Law Foundation and the New Zealand Law Society are offering ten scholarships for eligible students to attend the conference.

Apply for a scholarship


The conference venue Chateau on the Park – Christchurch A Doubletree By Hilton is the designated accommodation for the conference. A special rate will be applied for participants for the duration of the conference, 23-25 November. For room bookings please navigate to venues website: Chateau on the Park – Christchurch A Doubletree By Hilton. Please include GUOCA to receive the special rates.

Guest Room King Bed - $195.50 per night
Breakfast $25

Conference Dinner

On the night of Friday 24 November there will be a conference dinner for all delegates to be held at the Chateau on the Park – Christchurch A Doubletree By Hilton. This is optional and will incur a cost of $170 for a three-course meal.

To book your seat at the Conference dinner, please select the Dinner option on the registration form and pay the additional meal cost when you pay the registration fees.  

For more information contact:

Annick Masselot, Associate Professor in Law

Henry Holderness, Lecturer in Law

Eva Brown, Conference Manager