2018 news

  • Associate Professor Nicole Moreham.

    The rocketing value of privacy

    Despite assumptions to the contrary in our social media-saturated times, Associate Professor Nicole Moreham says there is an increasing recognition of the value of privacy. Navigating celebrity scandals, six-figure sums and rude baking, she argues the law is right to regard privacy as a fundamental aspect of human autonomy and dignity.

  • Professor Martha Nussbaum giving a lecture.

    Anger and the politics of blame

    “Anger pollutes democratic politics and is of dubious value in both life and the law,” the distinguished American philosopher Professor Martha C. Nussbaum told an audience at Victoria University of Wellington in June. But she conceded “for all its ugliness, [it] is a very popular emotion”.

  • A profile image of Zoe Lawton.

    In plain sight

    In the wake of the #MeToo movement and sexual harassment controversies at home and abroad, Victoria University of Wellington Law alumna Zoë Lawton is shedding light on injustice.

  • A profile image of Professor Petra Butler.

    Small pieces of a big puzzle

    The affairs of small states are often overlooked as an area of academic research, but Professor Petra Butler from the Faculty of Law is on a mission to make sure the smaller nations of the world have a strong voice.

  • A profile image of Nerissa Barber.

    Connecting the dots

    Alumna Nerissa Barber has broad interests spanning law, art, history and governance—and she’s managed to build a varied and rewarding career based around all of these areas.

  • Professor Martin Loughlin giving a lecture.

    Brexit and the British constitution

    “Through a failure of statecraft on a scale unmatched since Lord North lost the American colonies, David Cameron has managed to convert a problem of party management into a constitutional crisis,” London School of Economics Professor of Public Law Martin Loughlin wrote in the London Review of Books (LRB) shortly after the 2016 referendum in which Britain voted to leave the European Union.

  • A group at the reunion from left to right – Belinda Moffat, Penelope Borland, Melissa Harward, Professor David McLauchlan, Victoria Heine, Edward Cox, Fletcher Boswell.

    A quarter century on

    Alumni and staff who were part of the Faculty of Law in the first half of the 1990s came together in September for a night of nostalgia and celebration to acknowledge 25 years having passed since graduating.

  • A profile image of Te Wehi Wright.

    Growing momentum

    Te Wehi Wright (Ngā Ruahine, Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, Ngāti Uenukukōpako, me Ngāti Whakaue) graduated from Victoria University of Wellington last December with a conjoint Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in Māori Studies and Māori Resource Management, and is a first-language speaker of te reo Māori who attended total immersion schooling until he was 16.

  • Justice Joe Williams.

    Finding the human side of the law

    The Honourable Justice Joe Williams’ career path has been studded with ‘firsts’—the latest being his appointment to New Zealand’s Court of Appeal as its first fluent te reo Māori speaker.

  • The group of delegates with the NZ ambassador to China – from left to right: Liam Stoneley (delegate and Solicitor Chapman Tripp), Katherine Neville-Lamb (delegate and Solicitor at Polson MacMillan), Sam Macintosh, Michael Powles (ex-New Zealand Ambassador to China), Clare Fearnley (Current New Zealand Ambassador to China), Heida Donegan (Senior Counsel and Head of China Business at Kensington Swan), Emily Osborne (delegate and Solicitor at Simpson Grierson), Elia Kim (delegate and Solicitor at Kensington Swan), Emma Gattey (delegate and Junior Barrister at Thorndon Chambers).

    Young lawyers explore dispute resolution in China

    Victoria University of Wellington Law student Sam Macintosh recently organised a trip to China, giving a delegation of young lawyers first-hand experience of international legal systems.