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International mediation expert to address education law conference

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Internationally acclaimed mediator and academic Professor Laurence Boulle will be a keynote speaker at the 25th Australia and New Zealand Education Law Conference, which will be held in Auckland from 28 to 30 September.

Professor Boulle’s attendance at the conference is due to the support of the New Zealand Law Foundation.

The theme of the conference is Compliance, Creativity and Culture and explores the tension between regulatory demands and educational values.

Professor Boulle will provide insight into ways of meeting this challenge. Presently based at the Australian Catholic University, he has taught at other universities in Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific, Africa and Europe. Professor Boulle has published extensively in constitutional law, employment law, mediation, and international investment and globalisation and has presented papers at numerous international conferences.

“Professor Boulle’s presence at the conference reflects a growing awareness of dispute resolution in the education sector as a key factor in achieving a balance between rights and interests,” a spokesperson for the conference organisers says.

He is part of a strong lineup of keynote speakers at this international conference.

A plenary address from Steve Maharey will open the conference. Mr Maharey, Vice-Chancellor of Massey University and a previous Minister of Education, has a longstanding commitment to education, social policy and social change.

Dr Farah Palmer will be speaking at the conference dinner. For 10 years Dr Palmer captained the New Zealand women’s rugby team (Black Ferns). She is a senior lecturer and director of Te Au Rangahau (Māori Business and Leadership Centre) at Massey University. For more information see

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