Events

This page lists events hosted by UQ Law or events hosted by organisations with which we have an affiliation. 

UQ Law prioritises the health, safety and wellbeing of our people – students, staff, alumni, industry partners and the community – above all else. Due to public health concerns around COVID-19, we are changing the way we bring you events this semester.

 A number of key activities will be planned for Semester 2, so be sure to register. Until then, we are working to bring you some exciting content in the form of live-streaming, podcasts, articles and photos. To make sure you don’t miss out on these updates, opt-in to our Newsletter.

Attending online events

We host and record our online events using Zoom.  If you are new to Zoom, please read our tips for how to set up and use Zoom.

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. 

Women in Law 2020

7 October 2020 5:30pm7:30pm
This event is an opportunity for UQ Law School women alumni 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.
In-person attendees are asked to arrive at Riparian Plaza at 5.30pm for a 6pm start.
Streaming will begin at 6pm for online participants.

Tortious Misfeasance in Public Office – Raw Statistics from the Front Line

9 October 2020 3:00pm4:00pm
Professor Kit Barker and Katelyn Lamont | Via Zoom
The witness box

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.

Solitary Confinement in Queensland

30 October 2020 3:00pm4:00pm
Tamara Walsh | Via Zoom

2020 Law Reunion

Cancelled
31 October 2020 4:00pm5:30pm
Join law graduates from the 70s, 80s and 90s for a reunion in the UQ Art Museum followed by a tour of the law school.

Women in Law 2020

7 October 2020 5:30pm7:30pm
This event is an opportunity for UQ Law School women alumni 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.
In-person attendees are asked to arrive at Riparian Plaza at 5.30pm for a 6pm start.
Streaming will begin at 6pm for online participants.

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).
The witness box

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.
witness box in court

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.
witness box

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.
The witness box

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.
witness box

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.
witness box

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.
Click through to submit a question.
solitary confinement cells

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.
witness box

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.
Click through to submit a question
witness box

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.
pouring a cup of coffee

Coffee Conversations with Peter Glover, International Commercial Litigation Lawyer

17 September 2020 1:00pm2:00pm
Coffee Conversations is a series where UQ students can speak to expert guests working in the law profession. Join Hong Kong based Peter Glover to discuss international commercial litigation, arbitration and risk management.

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.
man reading newspaper on fire

2020 Paul Bourke Presentation by Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh

11 September 2020 4:00pm5:00pm
Video of presentation on Press Freedom & National Security by Rebecca Ananian-Welsh in conversation with Peter Greste

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).
The witness box

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.
lady justice statue

Law Reform Relating to Press Freedom - The Future of Law Reform Webinar Series

24 August 2020 1:00pm2:30pm
Interact with an expert panel, discussing whether the Australian Law Reform Commission should inquire into potential law reform regarding freedom of the press.

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.
pouring a cup of coffee

Coffee Conversations - Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) Panel

20 August 2020 10:00am11:00am
Coffee Conversations is a series where UQ students can speak to expert guests working in the law profession. So grab a cuppa and join us in a panel discussion with Jane Lye, Nicholas Pokarier and Alice Robertson from Australian Government Solicitor (AGS).
lady justice statue

Reform of Legal Structures for Social Enterprises - The Future of Law Reform Webinar Series

17 August 2020 1:00pm2:00pm
Interact with an expert panel, discussing whether the Australian Law Reform Commission should inquire into the potential creation of a dedicated corporate structure for social enterprises.
witness box in court

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.
Disputed Territories and International Criminal Law: Israeli Settlements and the International Criminal Court

Online book launch - Disputed Territories and International Criminal Law: Israeli Settlements and the International Criminal Court

11 August 2020 4:00pm5:00pm
Join author Dr Simon McKenzie (UQ Law School) and guest speaker, Professor Tim McCormack (University of Tasmania), in launching the book Disputed Territories and International Criminal Law: Israeli Settlements and the International Criminal Court.
lady justice statue

Automated Decision Making and Administrative Law - The Future of Law Reform Webinar Series

10 August 2020 1:00pm2:00pm
Interact with an expert panel, discussing whether the Australian Law Reform Commission should inquire into the regulation of automated decision making.

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.
lady justice statue

Defamation - The Future of Law Reform Webinar Series

27 July 2020 1:00pm2:00pm
Interact with an expert panel, discussing whether the Australian Law Reform Commission should inquire into potential reform of defamation law.
pour a coffee

Coffee Conversations with Clementine Fox

21 July 2020 4:30pm
Coffee Conversations is a series where UQ students can speak to expert guests working in the law profession. Join Clementine Fox to discuss how law and technology work together, and how students can better prepare for after graduation.
pour a cup of coffee

Coffee Conversations with Gavin Scott

13 July 2020 12:00pm1:00pm
Coffee Conversations is a series where UQ students can speak to expert guests working in the law profession. So grab a cuppa and join Gavin Scott, partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Australia.

Patent Protection in Bhutan and its impact on plant genetic resources

10 July 2020 11:00am1:00pm
Presented by Kencho Peldon, PhD candidate, UQ School of Law

Natural Law and the Calvinist Usury Doctrine: From Forbidden Sin to Natural Property Right

10 July 2020 9:00am11:00am
Presented by Joanne Lee, PhD candidate, UQ School of Law
pour a cup of coffee

Coffee Conversations with John Cooper

24 June 2020 12:00pm1:00pm
Coffee Conversations is a series where UQ students can speak to expert guests working in the law profession. So grab a cuppa and join John Cooper, Partner in Charge of the Jones Day Brisbane Office.
witness box

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.
speaker from behind with audience in background

Three Minute Thesis School of Law heat

9 June 2020 10:00am11:00am
Learn about the pioneering research happening at UQ and hear from law HDR students as they present their theses in a snappy three minute presentation as part of the Law School Three Minute Thesis (3MT) heat.
The witness box

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.
witness box

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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