Events

This page lists events hosted by UQ Law or events hosted by organisations with which we have an affiliation. 

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Current Legal Issues Seminars

Current Legal Issues is a high-profile series of seminars on contemporary legal issues. Each seminar has been accredited for CPD purposes by the Queensland Bar Association and Queensland Law Society.

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The Many Obligations of Co-operation and Prevention in Contract Law

1 June 2022 1:00pm2:00pm
Dr Ryan Catterwell presents an analysis of the different obligations of co-operation and prevention that arise under the common law of contract. This session considers points of distinction, common threads, and whether a unified principle is possible.
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Q&A with Judge Nathan Jarro

2 June 2022 12:00pm1:00pm
Join a Q&A with Judge Nathan Jarro, Judge of the Queensland District Court and Queensland’s first Indigenous judge.
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The Conscience of Trusts Law

13 July 2022 1:00pm2:00pm
Presented by Professor Irit Samet, Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College, London.
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Reforming the Australian Justice System's Response to Sexual Offences

21 July 2022 5:00pm
Presented by The Honourable Anthony North QC, Chair, Victorian Law Reform Commission, with Associate Professor Julia Quilter, University of Woolongong, commenting and Her Honour Judge Deborah Richards, District Court of Queensland, chairing.
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Artificial by Nature: Plastic Flowers as Intangible Properties

23 August 2022 5:00pm
Dr Jose Bellido discusses how significant the controversies concerning the copyright of plastic plants were in addressing the unstable distinction between the natural and the artificial, particularly when the subsistence of copyright was at stake.
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Reforming the Law of Domestic Violence - An Offence of Coercive Control?

8 September 2022 5:00pm
Presented by The Hon Margaret McMurdo AC, President, Queensland Court of Appeal, with Professor Heather Douglas, University of Melbourne, commenting and The Hon Justice Soraya Ryan, Supreme Court of Queensland chairing.
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Life and Death in Private Law

23 September 2022 5:00pm6:00pm
This colloquium will bring together leading academics, legal practitioners, and members of the judiciary to engage with the shifting sands of life and death in challenging and diverse ways.

Emerging Technologies and Domestic Military Law Workshop

30 September 2022 9:00am5:00pm
The Law and Future of War Research Group at The University of Queensland is inviting abstracts on the topic of ‘Emerging Technologies and Domestic Military Law: Comparative Views on Principles, Policies and Practice’.
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Religious Freedom, Religious Discrimination and the Role of Law

13 October 2022 5:00pm
Presented by Professor Carolyn Evans, Vice-Chancellor and President, Griffith University, with Professor Patrick Parkinson, UQ Law, commenting and the Hon Justice Sarah Derrington, Federal Court of Australia, President of the Australian Law Reform Commission chairing.
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Novelties, Frauds, and Protections: The Fruit Business in Nineteenth-Century America

18 October 2022 9:00am
Professor Daniel Kevles discusses the history of commercial plant nurseries and how the market sought to protect their investments in the creation or acquisition of novelties and how to prevent cheats from offering fraudulent plants under branded names.
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Reforming the Australian Justice System's Response to Sexual Offences

21 July 2022 5:00pm
Presented by The Honourable Anthony North QC, Chair, Victorian Law Reform Commission, with Associate Professor Julia Quilter, University of Woolongong, commenting and Her Honour Judge Deborah Richards, District Court of Queensland, chairing.
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Reforming the Law of Domestic Violence - An Offence of Coercive Control?

8 September 2022 5:00pm
Presented by The Hon Margaret McMurdo AC, President, Queensland Court of Appeal, with Professor Heather Douglas, University of Melbourne, commenting and The Hon Justice Soraya Ryan, Supreme Court of Queensland chairing.
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Life and Death in Private Law

23 September 2022 5:00pm6:00pm
This colloquium will bring together leading academics, legal practitioners, and members of the judiciary to engage with the shifting sands of life and death in challenging and diverse ways.
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Religious Freedom, Religious Discrimination and the Role of Law

13 October 2022 5:00pm
Presented by Professor Carolyn Evans, Vice-Chancellor and President, Griffith University, with Professor Patrick Parkinson, UQ Law, commenting and the Hon Justice Sarah Derrington, Federal Court of Australia, President of the Australian Law Reform Commission chairing.
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Are Indigenous Rights Inconsistent with Australian Political Traditions?

28 April 2022 3:00pm5:00pm
Join Dr Dylan Lino from UQ School of Law, who will discuss how Australia’s constitutional practices and traditions can support indigenous rights rather than create friction. You will be welcomed by special guest UQ’s Vice-Chancellor Deborah Terry AO and invited to network with Dylan and guests over canapés and drinks following the lecture.
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Chinese law and global development

30 November 2021 11:00am4:00pm
Join The University of Queensland and the Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law at the City University of Hong Kong for a virtual seminar analysing Chinese law and its impacts on global order and development.
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2021 WA Lee Equity Lecture and Networking Evening

18 November 2021 5:45pm7:00pm
Join us in the 22nd annual WA Lee Equity Lecture presented by the Honourable Justice Sarah Derrington
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Chris Grier, Vice President, Legal and Governance at Abt Associates

5 November 2021 12:00pm1:00pm
Chris Grier is Vice President, Legal and Governance at Abt Associates. A member of the Executive team reporting to the Managing Director, Chris leads the legal, governance, insurance and contracts functions supporting the corporate and program operations of Abt Australia and Abt Britain, across more than 30 countries. He is also company secretary.
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Richard Cooper Memorial Lecture 2021

28 October 2021 5:00pm6:00pm
This year’s lecture, The Image and the Search - An idiosyncratic overview, will be presented by The Honorable John Alfred Dowsett AM QC. The lecture will address aspects of the Native Title Act 1993 and approaches taken in implementing that Act.
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Brian Kirkup, Associate, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

4 October 2021 12:00pm
A member of the finance team, Brian Kirkup advises global financial institutions, private equity sponsors and borrowers in connection with acquisition financing, distressed debt and other corporate transactions.
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Whistleblowers, War Crimes and Press Freedom: David McBride on Trial

14 September 2021 6:00pm7:15pm
The trial of David McBride raises the possibility that the first Australian to be tried in relation to alleged war crimes in Afghanistan will be someone who spoke up.  Join this distinguished panel for a discussion of the McBride case, whistleblower protections, press freedom and increasing state surveillance capacity.
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Arthur (Artie) Abal, Impact Sourcing and Crowd Diversity at Appen

24 May 2021 12:00pm
Arthur (Artie) Abal (he/him) is a UQ Law graduate working at Appen, one of the world’s leading producers of data used for the development of machine learning and artificial intelligence.
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Keilin Anderson, Office of International Law

3 May 2021 12:00pm
Keilin Anderson works as a Lawyer with the Office of International Law within the Attorney-General’s Department.
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Jordan English, stipendiary lecturer in law at St Hilda's College, Oxford

29 March 2021 12:00pm
Jordan's college teaching currently comprises contract and trusts. He has also taught land law and tort law. On the BCL/MJur Jordan teaches Commercial Remedies and Restitution of Unjust Enrichment.
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Finian Cullity, Australian Government Solicitor

15 March 2021 12:00pm
Finian Cullity is a senior lawyer at the Australian Government Solicitor specialising in competition law and complex regulatory disputes.
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Ensuring Respect for International Humanitarian Law

20 November 2020 3:00pm4:00pm
Presented by Dr Eve Massingham, via Zoom.

Solitary Confinement in Queensland

30 October 2020 3:00pm4:00pm
Tamara Walsh | Via Zoom
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Bruce Cowley, ShedB Principal and Adjunct Professor

26 October 2020 12:00pm
Bruce Cowley, ShedB Principal, has extensive experience as a lawyer, governance professional, board member, author and speaker on governance issues.
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Molly Thomas, Legal Consultant at the International Criminal Court (The Hague)

12 October 2020 12:00pm
Molly Thomas is a Legal Consultant at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. She currently works on a trial concerning alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Mali.

Susannah Wilkinson, Digital Law Lead (Australia & Asia), Herbert Smith Freehills

28 September 2020 12:00pm
Susannah is driving the development of smart legal contracts in conjunction with the industry collaboration through the Australian National Blockchain. She is a key member of the global Connected and Autonomous Vehicle team with experience advising clients on procurement of autonomous equipment. 

Nitra Kidson QC, Barrister-at-Law

14 September 2020 12:00pm
Nitra practices almost exclusively in public law, particularly in the areas of administrative and constitutional law, native title law, migration law, freedom of information law and human rights law.

Autonomous Weapon Systems and the Law of Armed Conflict: Compatibility with International Humanitarian Law

11 September 2020 3:00pm4:00pm
This seminar will briefly outline the defining technical characteristics of autonomous weapon systems and the aspects of machine autonomy which underlie legal concerns.
Presented by Dr Tim McFarland (Research Fellow, UQ Law School, Law and the Future of War Research Group).
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Simon Cleary, barrister and award winning novelist

31 August 2020 12:00pm
Simon practises predominantly in the areas of trade practices, consumer law, financial services, tort law, workers’ compensation and administrative law. He appears in both State and Federal Courts and tribunals.

The Cognition of Contract Interpretation

21 August 2020 3:00pm4:00pm
Hypothetical and real case examples to explain what judges and lawyers are doing when construing a contract.
Presented by Dr Ryan Catterwell, he will demonstrate that an interpretive dispute is resolved by ascertaining what was objectively intended by the choice of words in the contract.
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Alastair Blenkin UQ adjunct lecturer and Founder & CEO of Hyra iQ

17 August 2020 12:00pm
Alastair founded Hyra iQ in 2017 in UQ's ilab accelerator, following his experience in commercial contracting working as a property lawyer in top tier law firm, MinterEllison between 2011-2017.

Michelle Mahoney - Executive Director of Innovation at King & Wood Mallesons

3 August 2020 12:00pm
Michelle is the Executive Director of Innovation at King & Wood Mallesons and is responsible for the design and delivery of both the innovation and transformation strategies and portfolios.
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Women in Law: 30 under 30 Finalists

15 June 2020 12:00pm
The Women in Law episode features three UQ Alumni who were recently named finalists in the Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30. Their experience and learnings will be invaluable for young females students starting out in the profession.
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Luke Furness of Clayton Utz

8 June 2020 12:00pm
Luke Furness a Senior Associate at Clayton Utz, Australia's largest, independent law firm. He has been at Clayton Utz for the better part of a decade and specialises in all types of disputes with a particular focus on tax and duties disputes, restructuring and insolvency, and IP and trade practices disputes.
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Professor Heather Douglas, Law Deputy Dean (Research)

1 June 2020 12:00pm
Professor Heather Douglas researches in the areas of criminal justice and domestic violence. In 2014- 2019 she was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to research the way in which women who have experienced domestic violence use the legal system to help them leave violence.

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Common Law Relief from Penalties: When Did it All Begin?

19 May 2022 5:00pm
Presented by Dr Peter Turner, with Professor Warren Swain, University of Auckland, commenting and the Hon Justice Peter Flanagan, Supreme Court of Queensland chairing.
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UQLS x Hall & Wilcox Naida Haxton Lecture

17 May 2022 6:00pm9:00pm
Coordinated by The University of Queensland Law Society (UQLS), the annual Naida Haxton Lecture is one of the main events on the Law Society’s calendar and provides an exciting opportunity to explore and discuss legal advocacy and Queensland’s legal history with a prominent member of the judiciary.
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Supporting Indigenous Data: Introducing the Traditional Knowledge and Biocultural Labels

17 May 2022 9:00am
Associate Professor Jane Anderson and Associate Professor Maui Hudson discusses the concerns over Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Indigenous rights under the Nagoya Protocol underpinning the development and application of Traditional Knowledge and Biocultural Labels/Notices.

International Humanitarian Law and Cyber Operations: UN GGE negotiations and Ukraine

13 May 2022 1:30pm2:30pm
Join Associate Professor Johanna Weaver (Australian National University) as she examines the understanding reached under UN auspices in May 2021, whereby International Humanitarian Law applies equally to cyber operations undertaken in an armed conflict.
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WORKSHOP | Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law’s International Peace and Security Interest Group

12 May 2022 9:00am13 May 2022 6:00pm
The 2022 edition of the IPSIG workshop invites ANZSIL members and legal practitioners to discuss the inextricable link between technology and national security, and to take stock of best practices in teaching and public engagement on international peace and security law issues.
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Women in Law 2022

4 May 2022 5:30pm7:30pm
Join us for an invigorating discussion about this journey, with a panel of vibrant women who have successfully navigated their own pathways and now look to share their experience and advice with UQ students.
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Are Indigenous Rights Inconsistent with Australian Political Traditions?

28 April 2022 3:00pm5:00pm
Join Dr Dylan Lino from UQ School of Law, who will discuss how Australia’s constitutional practices and traditions can support indigenous rights rather than create friction. You will be welcomed by special guest UQ’s Vice-Chancellor Deborah Terry AO and invited to network with Dylan and guests over canapés and drinks following the lecture.
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UNESCO, the Right to Self-Determination of Peoples and the Ukraine War

30 March 2022 4:00pm5:00pm
The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG discusses how the development of "self-determination" law applies to the conflict between The Russian Federation and Ukraine.
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Stand and Deliver: Biopiracy, Law, and the Balkanization of the Genescape

22 February 2022 9:00am10:00am
Professor Jack Kloppenburg joins us in our first instalment of the People, Plants and the Law lecture series where he will discuss how intellectual property and contract law globally facilitate the profitability of the international seed trade.
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Dousing Threats in the Context of Domestic and Family Violence

11 February 2022 12:00pm1:00pm
This seminar will overview some of the preliminary insights arising from our research, with an opportunity to discuss ramifications and next steps for our research agenda.
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Fulfilling legal obligations when using Autonomous Weapon Systems

4 February 2022 12:00pm1:00pm
An HDR milestone presentation by Renato Wolf
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Waldron’s Concept of Rule of Law and Legal Theory

4 February 2022 11:00am12:00pm
An HDR milestone presentation by Luis M. Sanchez
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The Constitution's "Double Life"

4 February 2022 10:00am11:00am
An HDR milestone presentation by Saeger Magalhaes Costa Renato
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Chinese law and global development

30 November 2021 11:00am4:00pm
Join The University of Queensland and the Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law at the City University of Hong Kong for a virtual seminar analysing Chinese law and its impacts on global order and development.
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2021 WA Lee Equity Lecture and Networking Evening

18 November 2021 5:45pm7:00pm
Join us in the 22nd annual WA Lee Equity Lecture presented by the Honourable Justice Sarah Derrington
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Chris Grier, Vice President, Legal and Governance at Abt Associates

5 November 2021 12:00pm1:00pm
Chris Grier is Vice President, Legal and Governance at Abt Associates. A member of the Executive team reporting to the Managing Director, Chris leads the legal, governance, insurance and contracts functions supporting the corporate and program operations of Abt Australia and Abt Britain, across more than 30 countries. He is also company secretary.
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Master of Laws information and networking evening

4 November 2021 6:00pm7:30pm
Connect with well-known members of the legal profession and find out how you can tailor the UQ Master of Laws (LLM) to suit your interests and career goals.
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The Role of Democracy in Private Law

3 November 2021 1:00pm2:00pm
Dr Arie Rosen discusses his evaluation of the division of labour between democratic and professional procedures for generating contract law.
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Richard Cooper Memorial Lecture 2021

28 October 2021 5:00pm6:00pm
This year’s lecture, The Image and the Search - An idiosyncratic overview, will be presented by The Honorable John Alfred Dowsett AM QC. The lecture will address aspects of the Native Title Act 1993 and approaches taken in implementing that Act.
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Which of the Duties of Directors are Fiduciary?

25 October 2021 1:00pm2:00pm
This presentation, by John Story AO, will address the dominant approaches under Australian law to fiduciary classification generally and to that specific to the duties of directors.
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To be (Contracted) or not to be (Contracted)?

12 October 2021 1:00pm2:00pm
The Doctrine of Election in the Context of Terminating a Contract for Breach.
Presented by Rosemary Gibson
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Out of Our Depth? Operational, Political and Legal Implications of AUKUS

12 October 2021 12:00pm1:00pm
Examining Australia's decision to build a fleet of nuclear submarines from an operational, political and legal perspective. Join us for a lunchtime discussion of AUKUS with a cross-disciplinary panel of experts.
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Legal obligations of states to prevent atrocity crimes

8 October 2021 10:00am11:00am
An HDR milestone presentation by Yvonne Breitwieser-Faria

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