UQ Law hosts various events independently, in conjunction with UQ, industry, and corporate and government partners, to further knowledge for and about the law. 

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Enforcement Mechanisms for Norms Governing the Use of Public Powers

14 February 2020 3:00pm4:15pm
Presented by Professor Lionel Smith, McGill University, Canada
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Opening of 2019-20 Transnational Organised Crime Course

17 February 2020 6:30pm10:00pm
Students are cordially invited to a dinner marking the official opening of the 2019-2020 joint University of Queensland, University of Zurich and University of Vienna Transnational Organised Crime course (LAWS5231).
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Equity and Trusts in the Digital Economy

20 February 2020 9:00am5:00pm
This one-day conference examines the role that equitable doctrines and remedies play in the modern digital space, with a particular focus on blockchain technologies, intermediated securities and smart contracts.

Coffee Conversation with Dan Creasey

20 March 2020 10:45am12:00pm
Current students are invited to meet Dan Creasey, Head of Pro Bono and Community Impact at King & Wood Mallesons.

Women in Law 2020

30 April 2020 5:30pm8:00pm
This event is an opportunity for UQ Law School women alumnae and friends to network with each other, and to provide advice to the students attending about how to maintain life balance and deliver practical strategies for health and wellbeing of a female lawyer.

Religious freedom, religious discrimination and the role of law

21 May 2020 5:00pm6:45pm
Speaker: Professor Carolyn Evans
Commentator: Professor Patrick Parkinson
Chair: The Hon Justice Sarah Derrington

Common law relief from penalties: when did it all begin?

11 June 2020 5:00pm6:45pm
Speaker: Dr Peter Turner
Commentator: Mr Dominic O'Sullivan QC
Chair: The Hon Justice David Jackson
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Early Career Academics Workshop

9 July 2020 9:00am
Meet early career academics from law schools around and outside Australia, hear from panels of senior academics, and workshop your current research.

International Conference on Legal Pluralism

10 July 2020 9:00am17 July 2020 5:00pm
3 days of pre-conference workshops, excursion and dinners, followed by 3 day conference.


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The Standardisation of Tort Damages

11 December 2019 12:00pm1:00pm
Presented by Eric Descheemaeker, Professor of Law at Melbourne Law School

In Conversation with Leigh Goodmark

4 December 2019 6:00pm8:00pm
Join Professor Goodmark, Director of the Gender Violence Clinic at the University of Maryland's Carey School of Law, in conversation with the ABC's Paul Barclay as they discuss her new book, Decriminalizing domestic violence: A balanced policy approach to intimate partner violence.

The United Nations and the Pacific Islands

4 December 2019 12:00pm
Twelve Pacific Island Countries are full members of the United Nations, and a number of other territories benefit from UN association in some way. This seminar outlines current research on the relationship between the UN and the Pacific region from independence to contemporary times.

UQ Women in BEL: Crafting your career at all levels

26 November 2019 12:00pm1:45pm
UQ staff and higher degree by research students are invited to register for an exciting career development and networking session, hosted by the UQ Women in Business, Economics and Law (BEL) Network.
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2019 David F Jackson Mooting Dinner

19 November 2019 6:00pm9:00pm
The David F Jackson Mooting Dinner was established in 2012 and will continue to be held in November each year. Named after the school’s esteemed alumnus and pre-eminent barrister Mr David F. Jackson AM QC, the dinner provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of all UQ law students who have represented the Law School in external competitions throughout the year.
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A beauty in the eye of the beholder – religious freedom and the Australian Constitution

13 November 2019 5:30pm7:00pm
Presented by The Honourable Robert French AC (Chief Justice High Court of Australia 2008-2017).
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Cashless welfare transfers and Australia's first peoples - redemptive or repressive violence?

8 November 2019 12:00pm
The government has enacted a host of Cashless Debit Card (CDC) legislation purportedly to address substance abuse and foster socially responsible behaviour. Their CDC narrative of policy success and redemptive prospects is deeply contentious.
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Using and proving history in constitutional cases

7 November 2019 5:30pm6:30pm
What role does history play in the law, and how are claims about history proved? This lecture explores this question through a series of case studies, with a particular focus on constitutional cases.
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The Human Rights Act in Criminal Law Practice

4 November 2019 5:00pm8:00pm
The advent of the Human Rights Act in Queensland will have a number of applications to the practice of criminal law. Practitioners from all sides of the profession are invited to join College of Law & Robertson O’Gorman at this session that will provide practical insights from Queensland’s first Human Right’s Commissioner, Scott McDougall and a senior practitioner, Saul Holt QC.

The Academy and the Courts: what do they mean to each other today?

31 October 2019 5:30pm
The Australian Academy of Law's Eighth Annual Patron’s Address will be delivered by The Hon Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia and Patron of the Australian Academy of Law. The address will discuss the purposes for which the AAL was founded.
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East Timor Prosecutions Public Forum

29 October 2019 6:00pm8:00pm
The Australian Government's secret prosecution of Witness K and Bernard Collaery for national security offences has sparked national debate. This public forum will raise the debate through the lens of highly qualified speakers.
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The Intersection of Indigenous Laws and State Law - Confrontation or Cooperation?

25 October 2019 4:00pm6:00pm
Book launch and presentation by Professor Ghislain Otis, University of Ottawa. Learn more about research with impact, collaboration with other Universities, and outputs from grant projects.

Regulating the Schoolies experience: The psychology of a youth mass gathering

25 October 2019 1:00pm2:00pm
Presented by Dr Laura Ferris, The University of Queensland.

2019 Richard Cooper Memorial Lecture

24 October 2019 4:45pm7:00pm
The Honorable Justice A M Stewart will present on 'The fluctuating incidence of the burden of proof under the Hague-Visby Rules: The implications of Volcafe v CSAV [2019] AC 358 on the position in Australia'.

Contractual Interpretation in English and French Law: Some Comparative Observations

24 October 2019 1:00pm2:00pm
Contract interpretation is at the core of commercial litigation in England. Comparison with France is particularly topical because French contract law has recently been through a major reform.
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Digital Legislation

23 October 2019 6:00pm7:00pm
In this talk, Professor Guido Governatori will introduce the paradigm of digital legislation.
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UQ Law School Giving Day Launch

22 October 2019 5:45pm7:30pm
Guest Speaker, Justice James Edelman, will speak at the launch on the importance of opportunity for the next generation of legal professionals.

Harmonisation of unconventional gas resources regulatory (UGR) frameworks: Is there a will or a way?

22 October 2019 10:00am11:00am
Presenter: Sarah Asokendaran, PhD candidate, TC Beirne School of Law
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2019 Law Reunion

20 October 2019 3:00pm5:30pm
The 2019 Law Reunion Reception is being held on Sunday 20 October in the UQ Art Museum, opposite the Forgan Smith Building, at The University of Queensland.

The Prospects for Reform of Investor-State Dispute Settlement

17 October 2019 5:00pm6:45pm
Speaker: Professor Chester Brown, University of Sydney
Chair: The Honorable Justice James Douglas, Supreme Court of Queensland
Commentator: Professor Anthony Cassimatis, UQ Law School

#transformlaw KWM Prize - pitch final

17 October 2019 5:00pm7:00pm
Over the seven week program, six teams developed innovative proposals for the application of technology in legal practice. We'll be joined by a panel of academic and industry experts who will determine the winning proposal and award the team with $10,000.
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Autonomous naval vessels and international law

15 October 2019 5:30pm6:30pm
Presented by Professor Rob McLaughlin, Professor of Military Security Law and Director of the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society at UNSW Canberra, and Dr Simon McKenzie, Research Fellow, UQ School of Law.

Coffee Conversations with Dylan McKimmie

14 October 2019 9:15am10:30am
October Coffee Conversation with Dylan McKimmie, partner at international law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright

The living legacies of Spanish colonial property rights: natural resources and the law of the prior sovereign in the United States

11 October 2019 3:00pm4:30pm
Presented by Professor Michael Brescia, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona

Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change

11 October 2019 9:00am10:00am
This paper will consider the notion of Indigenous rights in Australia, and the impacts of those rights in a climate change policy vacuum. Presented by Tom McEvoy SC, Australia's first Indigenous Senior Counsel.