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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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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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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Monica Taylor of the UQ Pro Bono Centre

18 May 2020 12:00pm
Monica is the Director of the UQ Pro Bono Centre having worked previously in the community legal sector advising clients across a range of areas of law including housing, disability, mental health and public space law.
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Solitary confinement panel discussion

18 May 2020 11:00am12:00pm
A panel of local and international experts discuss solitary confinement, its use and impact on prisoners.
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Gabriela Christian-Hare of the Australian Pro Bono Centre

11 May 2020 12:00pm
Gabriela Christian-Hare is Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Pro Bono Centre, Australia’s centre of leadership for pro bono legal services. The Centre’s mission is to grow participation and excellence in pro bono across the legal profession.
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Associate Professor Paul Harpur of the UQ Law School

5 May 2020 12:00pm
Associate Professor Harpur has a mixture of practice and research experience, having formerly practised as a lawyer. He continues to work as an industrial relations special advisor in a national private practice.

Rosslyn Monro of Community Legal Centres Queensland

27 April 2020 12:00pm
Rosslyn has worked in the community legal sector for over 15 years in both solicitor and management positions and is committed to the support and development of the community legal sector in Queensland and Australia.

Wendy Herman of Tenants Queensland

20 April 2020 12:00pm
Tenants Queensland (TQ) provides high-quality, free, independent tenant advisory services to assist tenants to understand their rights and responsibilities and sustain, as far as possible, safe and secure tenancies.


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Deaths in Custody: Holding Institutions to Account

18 July 2022 12:00pm1:00pm
Together with invited speakers, Professor Tamara Walsh will examine the multisystemic nature of failings that contribute to deaths in custody in Australian police cells, watchhouses and prisons. The seminar will draw on findings from Professor Walsh’s Deaths in Custody Project database.
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The Conscience of Trust

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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Book Launch: 'Compensation for Native Title' by William Isdale (Holt Prize Winner 2021)

30 June 2022 5:30pm8:30pm
Join us for the launch of 'Compensation for Native Title', published by the Federation Press in 2022 and written by Dr William Isdale.
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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 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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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 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

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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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.