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 Constitution's "Double Life"

4 February 2022 10:00am11:00am
An HDR milestone presentation by Saeger Magalhaes Costa Renato
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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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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.
The Witness Box

Ted Cawrey of Blueprint Law

25 May 2020 12:00pm
Ted Cawrey is an entertainment finance lawyer and runs the Brisbane office of the boutique law firm Blueprint Law. Blueprint Law focusses on the media, tech and entertainment sectors and was established in Sydney 15 years ago.

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Shanghai

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.
monochrome portrait of lawyer

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
A witness box in a court room

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.
Judge's gavel on a stone benchtop

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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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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2021 Sir Harry Gibbs Lecture

21 September 2021 6:15pm7:15pm
Jo-Anne Bragg, General Counsel for the Environmental Defenders Office, talks about cultural change and the legal profession.
David McBride

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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National Indigenous representative bodies in Australia

23 July 2021 2:30pm3:30pm
An HDR milestone presentation by Laurel Fox
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Chrysanthemum Throne: Emperor, nationalism and gender discrimination in Japan

23 July 2021 1:30pm2:30pm
An HDR milestone presentation by Anthony Shaw
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Foundations of the Calvinian usury doctrine: Law, liberty and love

23 July 2021 12:00pm1:00pm
An HDR milestone presentation by Joanne Lee
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Accommodation and integration mechanisms in Indian constitution

23 July 2021 11:00am12:00pm
An HDR milestone presentation by Terefe Gebreyesus
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Church and state relations - Charitable status and tax exemptions

23 July 2021 10:00am11:00am
An HDR milestone presentation by Mark Fowler.
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UQ Law School Research Showcase

7 July 2021 5:00pm6:00pm
Join us for a snapshot of the UQ Law research activities, with presentations and an opportunity to engage informally over refreshments.
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Policy and Regulatory Dimensions of Resilience-Based Management in the Great Barrier Reef

18 June 2021 10:00am11:30am
HDR milestone presentation by PhD Candidate Liza Rolim-Baggio
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Forensic Evidence in Criminal Proceedings

10 June 2021 5:00pm6:45pm
The Main Problems with Australian Responses to Forensic Science and Medical Evidence. Presented by Professor Gary Edmond (UNSW) with Saul Holt QC commenting and the Hon Justice Peter Applegarth AM chairing.

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