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Boost for justice projects from Borrin Foundation

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A project on child offending, a programme to help Māori law academics and a report into sexual harassment and bullying in the legal profession are among the recipients of the Borrin Foundation’s 2018 grants.

The Borrin Foundation was established by District Court Judge Ian Borrin shortly before his death in March 2016, in memory of his parents. Judge Borrin left $38 million in his will to the Foundation, to support legal research, education and scholarship in New Zealand.

The inaugural grants were announced in February 2018.

Among those receiving grants in the second round are:

Children’s Rights Symposium

Being held in August in Wellington the $13,130 grant will fund the costs of bringing several children’s rights experts to the symposium and to related engagements, and assist publication costs for a report.

The case for early intervention: Child offending and Family Court practices

A grant of $63,150 over this year and 2020, with the New Zealand Law Foundation matching that amount, will look into why children under 13 offend and find ways to prevent it.

Inspiring new indigenous legal education for our LLB degree

Collaborative research on making Māori law a firm foundational component of learning law in Aotearoa New Zealand. Receives $90,280 for fund phase one of this research.

Indigenous Rights Impact Programme

The University of Auckland Faculty of Law Programme provides law students with clinical legal education that supports transformative change in the law that addresses Māori rights. It receives a grant for $130,000 for work until 2022, with the University of Auckland Vice Chancellor’s Development Fund contributing a similar amount.

Patches behind and beyond bars

A study in the role of gangs in the imprisonment process. Receives $77,250 and is co-funded by the Department of Corrections.

Gender in the Legal Profession

This project will produce a solutions-focused report capturing ideas for how to stop sexual harassment and bullying in the legal profession. Receives $5,000 over six months, co-funded with the Law Foundation.

“The 2018 grant projects focus on our initial strategic focus areas of the criminal justice system and family law, as well as other areas. They include innovative projects in areas such as reframing crime and justice, gender in the legal profession, Indigenous law, consumer credit law and New Zealand’s resource management system,” says the Foundation.

The full list of recipients is here.