Borrin Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow Lecture

Every two years, a distinguished international scholar is invited to present a public lecture at all six New Zealand law schools. This lecture enables the sharing of legal knowledge and expertise for the benefit of both the legal community and aspiring law scholars across the country.

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  • 2022 - Professor Liz Fisher "Active or Activist Courts?: Law, Politics, and Courts in the Anthropocene" - watch here

Previously, this biannual event was supported by the NZ Law Foundation and featured the following speakers:

  • 2019 - The Rt Hon Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd PC: "The digital revolution, the rule of law and the relevance of the judiciary to society" - watch here
  • 2018 - Professor Tim McCormack: "Chemical Weapons and Other Atrocities: Contrasting Responses to the Syrian Crysis" - watch here
  • 2017 - Professor Stephen Smith: "Private Law Remedies: Foundations, Scope, and Structure"
  • 2016 - Professor Graham Virgo: "Justifying the law of restitution: A case study in the nature of judging"
  • 2014 - Professor Jane C Ginsburg: "From Hypatia to Victor Hugo to Larry & Sergey: 'All the world’s knowledge' and Universal Authors' Rights"
  • 2013 - Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers: "The Supreme Court"
  • 2012 - Professor Andrew Ashworth "Negotiating the Fundamental Right to Personal Liberty: Four Problem Cases"
  • 2011 - Emeritus Professor Ben Boer: "International Human Rights Norms and Environmental Law"
  • 2010 - Professor Graham J Zellick: "The investigation of possible miscarriages of justice and the quashing of wrongful convictions"
  • 2009 - Dame Hazel Genn: "Civil justice reform and the role of ADR"
  • 2008 - Professor Martin Krygier: "Misconceiving the Rule of Law: why those who have it find it hard to understand and those who need it find it hard to get"