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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Using Translators and Interpreters in the Law

18 July 2024 9:00am1:30pm
The UQ Pro Bono Centre is hosting a workshop on using interpreters with the generous assistance of NAATI (the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters), AUSIT (the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators Inc.), ASLIA, the Australian Sign Language Interpreters and Translators’ Association and the UQ School of Languages and Culture.
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Equity: Filling Much-Needed Gaps?

25 July 2024 1:00pm2:00pm
Justices of the UK Supreme Court have given renewed prominence to the role of Equity to 'put right injustice to which the law is otherwise blind'. Professor Ben McFarlane discusses the benefits and dangers of these views.
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Re-engineering the Concept of Damage

31 July 2024 1:00pm2:00pm
What should “damage” mean in tort law? Tony Zhou examines two different goals recently articulated in some pockets of the jurisprudential literature.
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Two models of the person in law

14 August 2024 1:00pm2:00pm
Professor Eric Descheemaeker, University of Melbourne, explores 2 models of the concept of person-at-law, and the implications these have for corporations, animals, and elements of nature.
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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.

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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Queensland Property Law Reforms – the New Property Law Act

29 May 2024 11:00am12:30pm
The Property Law Act 2023 (Qld) received royal assent on 2 November 2023 and commences on a day to be fixed by proclamation.
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AI and the Rule of Law

14 May 2024 1:00pm2:00pm
The seminar will discuss Dr Paul Burgess’s recent book, AI and the Rule of Law: The Necessary Evolution of a Concept. The book is a timely intervention in the emerging debate about the challenges that use of AI presents to the rule of law.

Panel | Every day is pro bono day

14 May 2024 12:00pm1:30pm
To celebrate Law Week and National Pro Bono Day, the UQ Pro Bono Centre is hosting a lunchtime session on Tuesday 14 May with special guests from the profession. 

Vocal Toolkit Workshop

2 May 2024 6:00pm7:30pm
Join Rosalind Williams, our Practitioner-in-Residence, for this practical session on the voice, and how to use your voice in advocacy. The session will take place on Thursday 2 May, 6-7:30pm in the Law School Boardroom.
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Circumscribing lawful act duress in Australia: Edelman's disproportionality, Hodge’s unconscionability and Burrows’ bad faith working paper

17 April 2024 1:00pm2:00pm
The High Court of Australia is yet to recognise a doctrine of lawful act duress, but this development seems likely to be only a matter of time.
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Uncommon and Unordinary Nuisance: The Implications of the Fearn Decision for Australian Law

3 April 2024 1:00pm2:00pm
The judgment of the United Kingdom Supreme Court in Fearn v Board of Trustees of The Tate Gallery is significant for at least two reasons.

Student Pro Bono and Pizza | UQPBC info session

5 March 2024 5:30pm
Want to find out more about student pro bono and what it looks like for a law student? Come along to the UQ Pro Bono Centre’s panel information session in Week 3! 

Welcome Back Gelato

29 February 2024 4:00pm6:00pm
Catch up with your fellow law students and meet some of your lecturers and support staff.
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Artificial Intelligence and Automated Contracting

22 February 2024 12:00pm1:00pm
This seminar will address the issue of AI regulation, aiming to understand the rules currently being defined by the United Nations Commission On International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the European Union.
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Bachelor of Laws Court Tour

16 February 2024 8:30am4:00pm
Join your fellow first-years for an exclusive UQ introductory welcome experience to the legal profession, beginning from the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Retroactive Constitutional Amendment

14 February 2024 11:00am12:00pm
Join us for a seminar presented by Dr Dwight Newman KC.
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10th Frontiers in Environmental Law Colloquium

8 February 2024 9:00am9 February 2024 5:00pm
The annual Frontiers in Environmental Law Colloquium provides a forum for environmental law academics and practitioners to share and discuss their experiences, research, and teaching practices.
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Book Talk and Panel Discussion on Patent Law and Access to Medicines

31 January 2024 10:00am11:00am
The virtual event will feature a talk on Dr. Adekola Tolulope’s recent book, 'Regional Cooperation, Intellectual Property Law, and Access to Medicines,' which examines how countries in the global south may effectively use intellectual property to serve public health purposes through the stratagem of regional integration.
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University of Queensland Law Journal Special CPICL Edition launch celebration

13 December 2023 2:00pm3:30pm
You are invited to the launch of the CPICL Special Edition of the UQLJ which celebrates the founding of CPICL (Centre of Public International and Comparative Law) 20 years ago.
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Freedom of Expression on the Internet and Democracy

27 November 2023 5:30pm8:00pm
Please join us in welcoming His Excellency Dr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia (2019-2023) for this special public lecture

Panel | Feeling disrespected in the university workplace? Your rights and the law

24 November 2023 1:00pm2:00pm
Our panel will discuss your rights as a worker, the law in relation to gender-based harassment at work, and mechanisms for responding to it. Academic staff on the panel will also provide some practical tips to prevent and address harassment in the moment e.g. in the classroom.
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2023 Richard Cooper Memorial Lecture

16 November 2023 5:30pm7:30pm
The TC Beirne School of Law and the Federal Court of Australia, invite you to the 2023 Richard Cooper Memorial Lecture.

An ‘In Conversation’: what are the contemporary constitutional challenges facing Australia and Indonesia?

14 November 2023 10:00am11:30am
The Centre of Public International and Comparative Law of UQ’s TC Beirne Law School will host a conversation between two foremost constitutional law scholars, Justice Professor Dr Saldi Isra, Deputy Chief Justice of the Indonesian Constitutional Court and Professor Dr Nicholas Aroney from the TC Beirne School of Law.
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From Lenah Game Meats to Farm Transparency: Cultures of Privacy and Surveillance in Australia

9 November 2023 5:15pm6:45pm
This paper offers an Australian take on James Whitman's article, 'The Two Western Cultures of Privacy: Dignity Versus Liberty' in the 2004 Yale Law Journal, where comparative lawyer Whitman argues that the American culture of privacy is essentially a libertarian idea centred in the home and against the state, while the European culture of privacy is more generally centred on an idea of human dignity.

Monetary sanctions against corporations: options for reform

8 November 2023 12:00pm1:00pm
In this presentation, Professor Brent Fisse and Dr Radha Ivory examine the utility of monetary sanctions, with particular focus on the ALRC recommendations in the Final Report on corporate criminal liability (2020) and the escalation of maximum penalties under the Treasury Laws Amendment (More Competition, Better Prices) Act 2022 (Cth).
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WA Lee Equity Lecture 2023

2 November 2023 5:30pm7:00pm
Queensland Community Foundation is delighted to present the 24th Annual WA Lee Equity Lecture in partnership with the TC Beirne School of Law at The University of Queensland.

All UQ Staff | What is the UQ Pro Bono Centre and how can my school can get involved?

1 November 2023 3:00pm
In this information session (for UQ Staff from all disciplines), we will let you know what the UQ Pro Bono Centre is, what we do, and how your school could get involved.
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People, Plants, and the Law Conference

25 October 2023 9:00am4:30pm
Join us for the People, Plants, and the Law one-day conference explores the legal and lively entanglements of human and botanical worlds.