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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BEL Faculty Orientation

6 February 2023 9:00am17 February 2023 4:00pm
We can’t wait for you to join us for Orientation at The University of Queensland! Orientation is full of social and academic activities designed to introduce you to life and study at UQ.
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Welcome Back Gelato

2 March 2023 4:00pm6:00pm
Take this opportunity to chat with friends and meet other new law students in the Law Library!

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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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.

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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2021 Richard Cooper Memorial Lecture

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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The role of law in coastal wetland restoration

7 December 2022 7:00am9:00am
Join the thought-provoking University of Queensland Law Matters series to delve into new and meaningful research with community-wide impact.
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LLM Information and Networking Evening

30 November 2022 5:30pm7:30pm
Join us at our in-person event to discuss how you can tailor the UQ Master of Laws (LLM) to suit your interests and career goals.
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Biocultural Rights, Indigenous Peoples, and Local Communities: Protecting Culture and the Environment

29 November 2022 4:00pm5:30pm
Biocultural community protocols are broadly understood as instruments that set out terms and conditions for the access and use of resources and knowledge owned and controlled by Indigenous and local communities. These protocols are rooted in the customary norms, values, and laws that the relevant communities recognise for the governance of their biological and cultural resources and knowledge.
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Disability action

25 November 2022 12:00pm2:30pm
Join us as we celebrate International Day of People with Disability on 25 November 2022 as part of the Law Matters Series. 
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2022 WA Lee Equity Lecture and Networking Evening

17 November 2022 5:15pm7:00pm
The Honourable Margaret McMurdo AC, Chair of QCF, and Chief Justice Helen Bowskill looks forward to welcoming you to this year's WA Lee Equity Lecture presented by the Honourable Justice Roger Derrington on “The nature of foundational proprietary interests in tracing”.
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Strategy to Combat Transnational Organised Crime

27 October 2022 4:00pm5:00pm
Join Professor Marc Thommen from University of Zürich, who will discuss how substantive criminal law is instrumentalised for the fight against organised crime.
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Comments on Enrichment

24 October 2022 8:00am9:30am
The Honorable Justice Edelman of the High Court of Australia will present a brief paper on the meaning and place of the concept of ‘enrichment’ in the developing law of Unjust Enrichment.
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2022 Richard Cooper Memorial Lecture

20 October 2022 5:30pm7:30pm
The TC Beirne School of Law and the Federal Court of Australia, invite you to the 2022 Richard Cooper Memorial Lecture.
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Novelties, Frauds, and Protections: The Fruit Business in Nineteenth-Century America

18 October 2022 9:00am10:00am
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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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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UQ Law LEAD Scholarship Information Session 2022/2023

10 October 2022 6:30pm7:30pm
Joint his online information session to understand changes to the LEAD Scholarship, as well as how to apply for 2023.
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Lord Jonathan Sumption OBE Public Lecture: Rule of Law in a Time of Crisis

7 October 2022 5:15pm7:30pm
In this lecture, Lord Sumption will explore the impacts of the pandemic response in the context of the rule of law. The lecture will focus on the events of the past two years and unpack the impact on civil liberties and current threats to liberal democracy
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Tucson's Strategies for Supporting the Producers of its Food Heritage

6 October 2022 3:00pm4:30pm
This lecture will focus on programs developed by the non-profit NGO managing Tucson's UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy designation to support food heritage conservation and local food businesses.
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2022 KWM #TransformLaw Prize pitch night

5 October 2022 5:00pm7:00pm
Four entrepreneurially minded students will take home $10,000 at the 2022 #TransformLaw KWM Prize – attend to find out who!
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Why a Desert City Became the First UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in the USA

4 October 2022 12:00pm1:00pm
A city in the heart of the Sonoran Desert may seem an unlikely global leader in using food as a critical factor in sustainable development. This presentation will describe how Tucson leveraged more than 5,000 years of plant-people relationships and recent food system innovations to become the first UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in the USA and a thought leader in the global Creative Cities Network.

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’.

BEL Careers Day

27 September 2022 10:30am7:30pm
FOR CURRENT STUDENTS | Be inspired and gain exclusive access to industry experts and career-building specialists at BEL Careers Day. Get a LinkedIn headshot and chat with employers about internship and graduate opportunities.
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Life and Death in Private Law

23 September 2022 9:00am5:00pm
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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Welcome The Hon Justice Minoh Kwon from the Supreme Court of Korea

14 September 2022 9:30am10:30am
Morning tea to welcome The Hon Justice Minoh Kwon from the Supreme Court of Korea. Judge Kwon is a 2022/23 Visiting Research Scholar in the Korean Law Program in the Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law.
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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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Get To Know Your School BBQ

24 August 2022 12:00pm2:00pm
CURRENT LAW STUDENTS | The School of Law would like to invite you to join us for a sausage sizzle, a free tote bag and lots of fun!

Sydney Law alumni update and reconnection

23 August 2022 6:00pm8:00pm
Reconnect after the pandemic and hear about school's future initiatives and current priorities. Professor Bigwood will be joined by his fellow colleagues, Associate Professor Rain Liivoja, Deputy Dean (Research), and Associate Professor Francesca Bartlett, Director of Teaching and Learning.
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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 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.