Sustained investment in research

The University and Faculty support research by sustained investment in our leading academics by funding conference and study leave. Grants from the New Zealand Law Foundation also make a key contribution to funding our academic research. The arrival of our academics returning from conferences and study leave, and the departure of our colleagues leaving for conferences and study leave, play a key part in enriching research activity in the Faculty and facilitating our groundbreaking publications.

Degrees of murder

Brenda Midson: "A highlight of my recent study leave was travelling to the UK via two conferences in Europe. My first stop was Istanbul to attend the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect conference. Here I presented a poster on evolutionary theories of child homicide, which looked at why children aged less than 2 are 100 times more at risk of fatal battering by stepparents than genetic parents.

Brenda Midson

Business law includes regulations around financial institutions and markets, laws around monopolies and competition and corporate governance.

"From Istanbul I went to Bilbao, Spain, for the European Society of Criminology conference. I gave two papers, one on evolutionary theories of child homicide and another on coerced mothers who fail to protect their child from the violence of another, in which I argued that coercion may negate to some degree the voluntariness element of a failure to protect charge.

"The bulk of the rest of my time away from New Zealand was spent at Strathclyde School of Law in Glasgow, writing up conference papers for publication. While there I also gave a seminar on the culpability of young killers, arguing that evidence of adolescent brain development could be used in defence of young people charged with homicide. En route from London to Glasgow, I dropped in to Oxford University to see Professor Andrew Ashworth and discuss some aspects of my research with him. From Glasgow I also ventured up to Aberdeen to give a seminar to staff and students at Robert Gordon University, and to Edinburgh to discuss my research with the NSPCC Child Protection Research Centre."

An independent and objective view of charitable trusts

Juliet Chevalier-Watts

Waikato University Senior Law Lecturer Juliet Chevalier-Watts says New Zealand has stringent laws pertaining to charitable trusts that have evolved in line with social, political and economic pressures.

“There’s a feeling in some New Zealand organisations that we should follow Australia,” she says. “Already organisations including Greenpeace, which clearly has overt political objectives, have been challenging the status quo, and it is now very likely that Greenpeace will be registered as a charitable trust.”

Juliet is currently on study leave researching the interpretation and jurisprudence of charitable trusts law.