Waikato University's Law Faculty celebrates staff research awards

26 May 2016

The University of Waikato's Law Faculty celebrated two of their most outstanding researchers at a staff event on 26 May.

The leading publisher for New Zealand Law, Thomson Reuters were financial sponsors of the awards. Commercial Manager (Product Development) Mr Ian McIntosh and Senior Product Developer Ms Renay Taylor attended the event.

The Research Committee would like to thank all participants in this year’s award process and acknowledge the time and effort spent in development of the research portfolios.

Research Excellence Award

Senior Lecturer Ms Juliet Chevalier-Watts is the winner of the 2015 Te Piringa – Faculty of Law Dean’s Award for Research Excellence. She received $300 from Thomson Reuters.

This award recognises Ms Chevalier-Watts's original and innovative intellectual contributions to charity law research published in leading international journals and influential books, as well as her research leadership and contributions to the field.

She has published many journal articles, with leading national and international publications, including in the Charity Law and Practice Review. She is also a regular contributor to Student Companion, Equity and Trusts sections of the New Zealand Law Journal.

Ms Chevalier-Watts provides research leadership in many ways. Her latest book Law of Charity filled a clear gap in the New Zealand market in that it provided a full and complete account of charitable law. She has also been working with the governing body for registering a charity in New Zealand, the Department of Internal Affairs - Charity Services, as well as undertaking invited seminars, and mentoring emerging researchers and students.

She is currently writing a sole authored monograph titled Charity Law & International Perspectives to be published by Routledge, UK. The monograph will look at charity law on an international basis, outline the changes that have occurred over the last 10 years and highlight what these changes mean for society and politically. The book will contain chapters on Hong Kong and Singapore charity law. It is due for publication towards the end of 2017.

Highly Commended

Dr Alberto Alvarez-Jimenez was highly commended for the quality of his research and publications on international law. Alberto received $200 from Thomson Reuters.

With over 25 journal articles in prominent peer-reviewed journals in the United States, Germany, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Canada, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, Dr Alvarez-Jimenez's track record of active publishing demonstrates commitment to high-quality research and future productivity.

His publications in this domain have appeared in the European Journal of International law, the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, the Journal of International Dispute Settlement, and the Canadian Yearbook of International Law. He has also published in a number of distinguished journals in the fields of international trade law and international investment.

Other staff from across the Faculty have also received international awards, significant international appointments and external research funding.