The Chief Justice of the United States, the Honourable John G. Roberts, Jr., will visit Victoria University of Wellington’s Law School in July.
Chief Justice Roberts will teach a four-day executive development course, The United States Supreme Court in Historical Perspective, alongside Professor Richard J. Lazarus of Harvard University, at Victoria’s Law School.
The course will examine how the role and operation of the United States Supreme Court have changed over time, and consider the individuals and events that prompted these changes, as well as their contemporary significance.
Chief Justice Roberts will also speak at an evening session in Wellington on 26 July, in conversation with Victoria University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Law, Professor Mark Hickford.
Professor Hickford described the upcoming visit as a rare and special event. “This will be an unprecedented opportunity for New Zealanders to hear from one of the world’s most recognised and respected legal minds.
“Further, we are delighted to offer members of the New Zealand legal community the chance to learn directly from Chief Justice Roberts and Professor Lazarus,” he said.
“As one of the top 50 law schools in the world, and ranked first for research quality in New Zealand, Victoria’s Law School seeks to make a powerful contribution to the intellectual life of our country.
“Chief Justice Roberts and Professor Lazarus each have exceptional knowledge and insight to share. It’s an honour to host such distinguished guests.”