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From the archive: Krinock Lecture 2016: US Ambassador to New Zealand Mark Gilbert


Electric vehicles return to the University of Waikato 4 May 2017
Electric Vehicles are returning to the University on Thursday 4 May 2017 as part of the #LeadingtheCharge Road Trip from Bluff to Cape Reinga.

Public Lecture by Justice Christian Whata 26 Apr 2017
"The I, the Kua and the Ka of biculturalism and the law" The Honourable Justice Christian Whata will be on campus in late April.

CEREL Student Event: Career Pathways in Environmental and Resources Law 5 Apr 2017
A panel presentation will present interesting insights into career paths in the environmental and resources areas that law opens up.

2017 Scholarships for Energy and Natural Resources Law Studies 26 Mar 2017
Even though next year may seem a long way off to make plans for, here’s a superb opportunity for support for graduate study. Waikato students have preferential rights to apply for this scholarship.

Sir Geoffrey Palmer 20 Mar 2017
Sir Geoffrey Palmer will present his thoughts of the question “should the rules by which public power is exercised all be written down in one place, so New Zealanders can find and understand them?”

NZ's refugee quota policies falling short 12 Dec 2016
New Zealand’s refugee quota policies are falling short, according to a Waikato University masters student.

Waikato wins national Māori Moot, again 7 Dec 2016
For the fifth year in a row, a Waikato University law student has won the national Kaupapa Māori Moot competition.

Academic strives to close justice gap 26 Oct 2016
A Waikato University law academic’s proposal to establish an online court and further increase the monetary threshold of disputes tribunals could enable more Kiwis who are unable to afford legal representation to secure access to justice.

Ten law students off to Asia 15 Oct 2016
Ten University of Waikato law students have won more than $100,000 in Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) to study in Vietnam.

Legal community wrestles with diversity 10 Oct 2016
New Zealand still has a lot to do to achieve gender, ethnicity and cultural diversity representation in the legal profession, according to New Zealand Law Society executive director Christine Grice.

Charities Services of the Department of Internal Affairs on campus 5 Oct 2016
Experts from the Department of Internal Affairs – Charities Services on charitable purpose took to the road on the 4 October to deliver a lecture at Waikato University.

Tightening New Zealand gun laws 29 Sep 2016
University of Waikato Law Professor Al Gillespie has been advising MPs on the need for stricter gun laws in New Zealand.

Has our criminal justice system been compromised? 12 Sep 2016
Long-serving judge Sir Ron Young says the right to a fair trial in New Zealand is being undermined in a variety of ways.

Faculty welcomes new academic Sean Goltz 1 Sep 2016
Sean Goltz will be teaching accross the core Bachelor of Laws curriculum and specialist Cyber and New Technology papers.

Al talks to MPs about gun laws in New Zealand 26 Aug 2016
Prof Gillespie visits Parliament in Wellington to talk to a select committee about gun laws and gun control in New Zealand.

Harkness Henry Lecture to be delivered by Sir Ron Young 23 Aug 2016
The Honourable Sir Ron Young will address serious issues facing New Zealand’s justice system when he delivers a public lecture at the University of Waikato.

International legal scholar visits Waikato University 16 Aug 2016
At his public lecture titled 'Conscience in Equity – a new Utopia', Professor Graham Virgo argued that equitable jurisdiction is founded on conscience.

Winners of the Kaupapa Māori Moot Competition 2016 15 Aug 2016
Six outstanding Māori law students were finalists in the competition held last week in the moot court of the new law building.

Professor Barry Barton flies to Nigeria 5 Aug 2016
Waikato Law Professor Barry Barton talks to senior government representatives and energy industry players about new, fairer ways for profit distribution.

Law student heads to Vietnam 31 Jul 2016
University of Waikato law student and talented rugby player, Mungo Mason has just arrived in Hanoi for a five-day leadership symposium on social change.

Waikato law students win Australian competition 12 Jul 2016
Two Waikato law students secure victory over the University of Canterbury, winning the Australian national negotiation competition.

From Waikato to Cambodia, and the UN 11 Jul 2016
Jolene Skeen started university when she was 16 years old. Now she’s off to Cambodia with a Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA).

Top law man joining Waikato 1 Jul 2016
Former Senior Court of Appeal judge, Sir Grant Hammond is joining the law Faculty as a Professor of Judicial Studies.

Law students' accomplishments recognised 29 Jun 2016
Fourteen Prizes were awarded to students who excelled in their studies in 2015 at Te Piringa - Faculty of Law's annual Dean’s Prize-giving Ceremony.

'Western hostages worth up to $1m to criminals in Nigeria' 23 Jun 2016
Waikato Professor of International Law, Al Gillespie speaks to the NZ Herald after a Kiwi was kidnapped at gunpoint in Nigeria last week.

New Faculty Chairperson 1 Jun 2016
The Director of Clinical Legal Education, Ms Cheryl Green has been appointed Chairperson of Te Piringa - Faculty of Law.

Waikato University's Law Faculty celebrates staff research awards 26 May 2016
Two outstanding law researchers, Ms Juliet Chevalier-Watts and Dr Alberto Alvarez-Jimenez were recognised and celebrated at a staff event.

Winners of the Russell McVeagh Client Interviewing Competition 2016 1 May 2016
Competition winners Emma Speakman and Talia Powell will now represent Waikato University at the national client interviewing competition.

Electric vehicles on-campus 14 Apr 2016
A fleet of electric vehicles was parked-up on campus last week, providing an opportunity for staff and students to view and then learn about the different vehicles’ capabilities.

Law building officially opened by PM 7 Apr 2016
Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key officially opened the University of Waikato’s new Law building on 7 April.

Law Student wins doctoral scholarship 1 Apr 2016
Adrienne Paul is the recipient of the Waikato University Doctoral Scholarship and she's now undertaking her PhD in Māori legal issues related to the MV Rena disaster.

Electric Vehicle Policy: New Zealand in a Comparative Context 1 Mar 2016
Professor Barry Barton has teamed up with Dr Peter Schütte from Bremen University to write a research report which analyses the laws and policy measures that can be put in place to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles in the light vehicle fleet.

Tauranga solicitor shows it's never too late 23 Feb 2016
For 15 years John Delaney woke up every morning and asked himself, "am I following my passion?"

Lifting our climate change game - Professor Barry Barton 23 Feb 2016
A new report sets out a blueprint for shifting to a low-carbon economy through improvements in energy, transport, building, agriculture, industry and land use. Law Professor Barry Barton was one of the report's authors.

UN Ambassador to New Zealand Mark Gilbert speaks at annual Krinock Lecture 1 Feb 2016
Mark Gilbert, United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa was a guest speaker at the 2016 Krinock lecture held at the University of Waikato.

Future-proofed complex replaces four buildings 26 Jan 2016
New and returning law and management students at the University of Waikato will arrive to a new, state-of-the-art facility in February.

Waikato hosts US law students 1 Jan 2016
Eight American law students are studying at the University of Waikato from 5 January to 19 February 2016 as part of a foreign study programme.

A fond farewell to Sue Tappenden 18 Dec 2015
Long-serving senior lecturer Sue Tappenden is retiring from Te Piringa – Faculty of Law after 15 years of service. Her final day as a full-time senior lecturer is Friday, 18 December.

Waikato professor and alumnus win prestigious law awards 1 Dec 2015
A Te Piringa – Faculty of Law professor and alumnus were presented with prestigious awards at the New Zealand Law Foundation 2015 Annual Awards in Wellington this month.

Waikato's first international postgraduate law conference 26 Nov 2015
The Law, Policy and Justice Organising Committee, consisting of Professor Neil Boister and PhD students Rogena Sterling, Marium Jabyn, Adrienne Paul and Giulia Dondoli, undertook a bold move by changing the annual post-graduate conference to an international event.

Environmental law academics go international 1 Oct 2015
Waikato University senior law academics presented papers at the 13th Annual Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Academy of Environmental Law (IUCNAEL) held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Off to court 28 Sep 2015
Two University of Waikato law students have won judge’s clerk positions at the Auckland High Court. One’s a young thespian, the other a former second language teacher, education administrator and mother of one.

LLB graduate has two careers in mind, but the main focus is on his Olympic dream 17 Sep 2015
Joshua Nyika: I have two passions in life – law and boxing. Law interests me because it reflects the will of society (unlike the laws of physics, and biology). Law is designed by people to serve people. I also think a law degree is very versatile.

Waikato student wins National Māori Mooting Competition, again 11 Sep 2015
A University of Waikato law student has won the national Māori Moot competition for the second year running.

Law student triumphs in Dunedin 9 Sep 2015
Stephen Taylor has made history by becoming the first Waikato University student to win the Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Witness Examination Competition at the annual New Zealand Law Students Association (NZLSA) conference in Dunedin.

Te Piringa - Māori Moots Winner 2015 19 Aug 2015
Impressed by the ‘outstanding presentation, and a logical and well-structured persuasive argument”, Aperahama Hurihanganui (LLB/BA) was announced the overall winner, best mooter and top mooter in Te reo Māori at the finals of Te Piringa Māori Moots, held 13 August 2015 at the Maori Land Court.

Law student awarded top Danish scholarship 12 Aug 2015
Waikato University's Sam Lusk has been granted a $62,000 Danish government scholarship to complete a Master in Law at Copenhagen University in Denmark.

Sadeq Bigdeli: What next for Iran? 11 Aug 2015
Waikato University international law specialist Dr Sadeq Bigdeli says he's pleased the economic sanctions that Iran's endured for 12 years are going to be lifted, but is quick to point out that "this isn't the end of the story".

Law competitions July update 30 Jul 2015
It's been a busy year so far for our competitions students and Te Piringa's Cheryl Green, Director of Clinical Legal Education and Competitions.

Research explores geothermal law framework 15 Jul 2015
A lack of clarity surrounding geothermal resource management has prompted new research by a University of Waikato masters student.

Law student wins first prize in Red Cross Essay Competition 14 Jul 2015
University of Waikato student Shaymaa Arif won first prize in a national essay competition run by the New Zealand Red Cross/ International Committee of the Red Cross. The subject was dedicated to measures available to prevent disappearances during armed conflict and to provide families with information about the fate of missing persons.

Cyber theft cases will soon be in Kiwi courts: specialist 8 Jul 2015
Home from a "whirlwind" trip to New York to attend the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59), Kimberley Kilgour says she's heartened by the strides being made towards gender equality, but there's still a long way to go.

Cyber law specialist new law dean 1 Jul 2015
The University of Waikato has a new dean of law. He's Associate Professor Wayne Rumbles, a cyber-law specialist who has had a long association with the university and Law Faculty, studying and working on campus before becoming a law lecturer in criminal law and information technology (IT) papers.

Home from the UN and plenty to think about 12 May 2015
Home from a "whirlwind" trip to New York to attend the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59), Kimberley Kilgour says she's heartened by the strides being made towards gender equality, but there's still a long way to go.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards Prof Neil Boister 5 Apr 2015
Professor Neil Boister receiving the certificate for the award of the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Prize from the President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Professor Dr Helmut Schwarz, at the annual Alexander von Humboldt Research Awards Winners Symposium held in Bamberg, Germany, on 28 March 2015.

Margaret Wilson: Fault lines in our human rights reputation 2 Apr 2015
For a nation that prides itself on its human rights record, New Zealand is coming up short. A report released today says serious fault lines are developing and that the country's reputation as a global human rights leader is at risk.

Family lawyers drive new films 1 Apr 2015
Recent changes to the Family Court have prompted two family lawyers to make a film that will assist families going to court.

Alexander Gillespie: If NZ is entering Isis conflict, let's accept more refugees 10 Mar 2015
One of the lesser-noted points in Prime Minister John Key's speech last year on the New Zealand response to the crisis caused by Isis was that "we will be looking at further assistance to meet the needs of Syrian and Iraqi refugees fleeing their country".

Alexander Gillespie: Sending troops to Iraq not illegal but it is highly dangerous 24 Feb 2015
John Key has just answered the call to war, and has confirmed what has long been suspected, that we are about to commit soldiers to help Iraq.

Geothermal minerals laws clarified 18 Feb 2015
A new report by a leading natural resources legal expert aims to clear up issues around the ownership of minerals found in geothermal fluids.

Hawke's Bay students encouraged to sharpen their minds with mooting 17 Feb 2015
Registrations of interest for the annual University of Waikato Te Piringa – Faculty of Law Secondary Schools’ Mooting competition close on 7 March.

New book on transnational law 21 Nov 2014
Transnational criminal Law expert Professor Neil Boister from Te Piringa Faculty of Law has teamed up with Professor Robert Currie of the University of Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law to edit a collection of essays entitled the Routledge Handbook of Transnational Criminal law (Routledge: Abingdon, 2014).

Law's senior lecturer writing and presenting 15 Sep 2014
New Te Piringa - Faculty of Law Senior Lecturer Dr Alberto Alvarez-Jimenez has recently been published in the Journal of International Economic Law. It’s a prestigious peer-reviewed publication, and his article is entitled “The Great Recession and the New Frontiers of International Investment Law: The Economics of Early Warning Models and the Law of Necessity”.

Intern position with Environmental Defence Society 5 Sep 2014
The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) is looking for an intern to work full or part-time during the upcoming university summer holiday.

LLM Scholarship available - Cycling and the Law 22 Jul 2014
A Master of Laws (LLM) scholarship is available for an able student to carry out research on the legal dimensions of energy efficiency in transport, focussing on cycling.

From Raglan to the world 1 May 2014
A new book by international experts on developments in the area of underground energy law had its genesis in Raglan.

Award for research into transnational crime 27 Feb 2014
A chance meeting on Robben Island, outside the prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 27 years, has led to a profitable and rewarding collaboration for Waikato law professor Neil Boister.

CCS law in New Zealand 12 Dec 2013
My team at New Zealand's University of Waikato's Centre for Environmental, Resources and Energy Law recently produced a report, Carbon Capture and Storage: Designing the Legal and Regulatory Regime for New Zealand. The study, authored by Kimberley Jordan, Greg Severinsen and I, was carried out under contract to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. It included comparative analysis from Australia (Bob Pritchard), Canada (Nigel Bankes) and Norway (Hans Christian Bugge), and we were helped by an advisory committee that represented the NZCCS Partnership among others. The report builds on scientific work done in New Zealand to identify possible sources of carbon dioxide (CO2) and suitable geological formations for injection and storage.

Nationwide Māori Governance Survey launched 18 Oct 2013
Te Mata Hautū Taketake - the Māori and Indigenous Governance Centre will conduct a nationwide research study aimed at better assessing the governance capacities and training needs of Māori entities across Aotearoa – New Zealand. This research study will be led by Dr Robert Joseph with Dr Torivio Fodder as associate investigator and Renee Rewi as Centre Manager.

Geneva internship for Waikato law student 14 Oct 2013
Having completed a BA/LLB conjoint degree at the University of Waikato and nearing the end of an LLM, Gregory Thomas applied for a three month human rights internship position at Te Atawhai Nation in Geneva, Switzerland. His application was successful and he is due to begin in November this year.

Russell Nye-Wood wins Alumni Association Prize for Excellence 29 Jul 2013
Congratulations to Russell Nye-Wood, winner of the Alumni Association Prize for Excellence. This award is given to the top first year student for each faculty and Russell was ours for 2012.

New initiative between Disputes Tribunal and Te Piringa 19 Oct 2012
A new initiative involving the Disputes Tribunal and Te Piringa - Faculty of Law, was announced earlier this month when Anne Darroch, Principal Disputes Referee and Charles Gower from the Ministry of Justice Disputes Tribunal visited the University. They spoke to law staff and students before Anne Darroch and Dean Professor Brad Morse signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Judge Sir David Carruthers delivers Harkness Henry Lecture 25 Sep 2012
Approximately 170 people from varied backgrounds attended the annual Harkness Henry Lecture to hear Judge Sir David Carruthers give a talk on restorative justice in New Zealand.

Winning Māori mooter 20 Sep 2012
Waikato law student, Haimona Te Nahu has won this year's National Kaupapa Māori Moot Competition.

Tauranga wins Secondary Schools' Mooting Competition 28 Jun 2012
On Wednesday 27 June Te Piringa – Faculty of Law held the Finals of the Secondary Schools’ Mooting Competition which was held at the High Court in Hamilton.

Faculty welcomes NZLF Visiting Fellow Andrew Ashworth 1 Feb 2012
Te Piringa - Faculty of Law is delighted and honoured to welcome Professor Andrew Ashworth, from the University of Oxford, as the 2012 New Zealand Law Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow.

Outstanding performances at NZLSA Conference 4 Sep 2011
During the mid-semester break, around 100 of New Zealand’s best and brightest law students will be descending upon The University of Waikato for a challenging week of competitions and networking.

NZLSA Conference Week in on its way to Waikato 16 Aug 2011
During the mid-semester break, around 100 of New Zealand’s best and brightest law students will be descending upon The University of Waikato for a challenging week of competitions and networking.

Te Hunga Roia Hui a Tau 2011 27 Jul 2011
Te Piringa Faculty of Law hosted and sponsored the Te Hunga Roia Hui a Tau 2011 (Māori Law Society Annual Conference) from 30 June to 2 July as part of our 20th Year anniversary. As opening plenary speaker Linda Te Aho spoke about the founding principles of the Faculty and the establishment of the two new research centres: The Māori and Indigenous Governance Centre and the Centre for Environmental, Resources and Energy Law.

Waikato students negotiate successfully on world stage 12 Jul 2011
Waikato law students Ben Gilbert and Andrew Cameron attended the International Negotiation Competition in Copenhagen and returned home winners. The pair represented New Zealand in the international event after winning the national negotiation championships in Dunedin last year.

Career change keeps law in family 11 Jun 2011
They say the family who plays together stays together, and Tauranga's Nabney-Weaver family can attest that the same is true for the family who works together.

Law student wins first prize 10 Jun 2011
Te Piringa - Faculty of Law is pleased to congratulate one of its own, Rohan Wanigasekera, for his outstanding achievement as winner of the Environmental Defence Society (EDS) University Essay Competition for 2011.

Waikato Law Review Restructuring 6 May 2011
The Law Review is an annual publication put out by the University of Waikato Faculty of Law and features a range of articles from legal academics, practitioners and emerging academic authors and reflects Te Piringa's founding goals of examining the law in context, professionalism and promotion of biculturalism.

Faculty welcomes NZLF Visiting Scholar Ben Boer 21 Mar 2011
Te Piringa - Faculty of Law is delighted and honoured to welcome Emeritus Professor in Environmental Law Ben Boer from the University of Sydney. Professor Boer is the 2011 New Zealand Law Foundation's Distinguished Visiting Fellow.

Past Events

UNDRIP Symposium 24 Jul 2014

Open Day 11 May 2012

Justice in the Round 18 Apr 2011