2020 news

  • The power of people

    Professor Joel Colón-Ríos has marked the end of four years of research into constituent power with the publication of his book Constituent Power and the Law, published by Oxford University Press.

  • Professor Susy Frankel

    In conversation with Professor Susy Frankel

    Professor Susy Frankel, FRSNZ, was recently profiled by the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand to discuss her "extensive career", the relationship between academia and practice in intellectual property (IP) law, mātuaranga Māori, international IP law, what IP issues may come out of the COVID-19 pandemic and much more.

  • An aerial view of Wellington Harbour.

    Is New Zealand’s COVID-19 lockdown lawful?

    Our Faculty of Law academics have debated the legality of the COVID-19 restrictions, but have explained why it was right for Parliament to pass the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020 to patch what was an inadequate Health Act.

  • A profile image of Professor Graeme Austin.

    In conversation with Professor Graeme Austin

    Professor Graeme Austin was recently profiled by the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand in its magazine for IP legal practitioners. The interview was conducted at the end of last year.  As Graeme said, “that feels like a lifetime ago!”

  • Professor Petra Butler judges the Vis Moot Competition via Zoom.

    Professor Petra Butler judges online Willem C Vis Mooting Competition

    Professor Petra Butler from the Faculty of Law has been involved in the Willem C Vis mooting competition for the last 17 years as a coach, an arbitrator, and by helping to write the problem. However, this year’s moot will stick in her memory for one specific reason—it had to move completely online. She was a judge in the finals this year and ended up doing it from lockdown in her Wellington home.

  • Two University appointments to Waitangi Tribunal

    A Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington professor newly appointed to the Waitangi Tribunal sees the appointment as an "act of trust in the value of academic research".

  • Bjrn Oliver Magsig

    Introducing Bjørn-Oliver Magsig

    At the start of the year, the Faculty of Law welcomed Dr Bjørn-Oliver Magsig to the Faculty of Law to teach Climate Change Law and Policy, Law of Freshwater Resources, and Property Law.

  • Dr Vergil Narokobi

    Choosing the law over the mountains

    The newest appointee to Papua New Guinea’s National and Supreme Court might have ended up in the PNG highlands discovering new animals and plants.