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Dunedin's 'hanging judges'

The ‘Hanging of Justice Mander’ in the Dunedin Law Courts on 6 June 2018 – or rather the unveiling of Murray Webb’s framed caricature of him – marks the revival of an Otago legal tradition which originated nearly half a century ago. Two local barristers had commissioned Otago Daily Times…

Criminal justice stats and facts

There is a lot of public discussion about the criminal justice system, which is likely to continue as the government is encouraging that discussion with a view to a package of reforms. Last month, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced an advisory group to look at changes to New Zealand’s criminal justice…

Mahafrin Variava

Mahafrin VariavaThe first lawyer in her family, Mahafrin Variava was raised in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi and it’s safe to say that her childhood was a unique experience. “I grew up among sandstorms, sheikhs and a blend of cultures and languages,” says Ms Variava, an immigration lawyer with Turner Hopkins…
Embracing Diversity

Embracing Diversity

The final issue we will consider in our study of diversity is this big picture question: does culture matter in our decision-making regarding conflict? It seems reasonable to assume that the cognitive processes that inform our decision-making are universal and we would all approach conflict in the same way. We are…

Josh Nyika: The pugilistic practitioner

Josh NyikaHamilton-based lawyer Josh Nyika is now using his hands in a different way after a spell as New Zealand’s best amateur boxer in his weight division, and a one-time contender to fight at the 2016 Olympic Games. Nyika competed at the World Boxing Championships after becoming Oceania champion when he…

OIA and body corporate recovery

Overseas Investment amendmentsProperty lawyers rejoice! The select committee report on the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill has recommended that the part of the bill requiring practitioners to certify that a transaction complies with the Overseas Investment Act be removed. This removes a compliance requirement from lawyers (and let’s not forget, this…
Auckland Litigant in Person Pro Bono Service extended

Auckland Litigant in Person Pro Bono Service extended

Auckland Community Law Centre’s (ACLC) Litigant in Person Pro Bono Service recently extended its operations in the Employment Court at Auckland. Unrepresented people considering a challenge to an Employment Relations Authority determination can now receive free advice about their case and the Employment Court process. As co-manager of the ACLC I…

The philosophy of life without retribution according to Professor Martha C. Nussbaum

Martha NussbaumProfessor Martha C. Nussbaum has quite a collection of honorary degrees from universities throughout the world – 60, in fact. The professor of law and philosophy at the University of Chicago visited Victoria University of Wellington’s Law School as the 2018 Borrin Fellow in June, delivering a lecture entitled ‘Anger,…

The innovators: Sophie Braggins, CEO Govet Quilliam

Sophie Braggins LawFest organiser Andrew King continues a series of interviews with key legal professionals with their innovation and legaltech stories. What does legal innovation mean to you? It means opportunity and optimism in the face of a demanding, evolving and unknown future. What role does technology play in innovation? Technology and a future-focused mindset…

Getting that name correct

My name may appear to be pretty straightforward. But that hasn’t stopped me from being called Stephen or Mr Craig innumerable times. I am sure Bond actor Daniel Craig experiences the same. Nevertheless, getting names correct is crucial. Plane travellers, for example, might find themselves stranded in the terminal if the…
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