Warren Brookbanks, Professor of Criminal Law and Justice Studies and founder and director of AUT’s Centre for Non-Adversarial Justice, has been appointed to the criminal law committee of the New Zealand Law Society.
Representing AUT in the 2017 Sentencing Advocacy Competition gave law student Abhijit Desai an incredible opportunity to experience the realities of criminal law. Abhijit, who made it to the finals against 23 other participants, impressed the judges with his skill and brought home the win.
On Friday 10 March, the AUT Centre for Non-Adversarial Justice was officially launched. Established in 2016, the Centre aims to identify and promote various models of justice under the broad banner of non-adversarial justice.
This opinion piece was first published in Employment Today (May 2016).
New Zealand’s landmark pay equity case is now before a government-initiated Joint Working Group. AUT law honours student Ian McPherson summarises the situation so far and discusses the only legitimate source from which pay equity principles can be derived.
Professor Warren Brookbanks, who joined AUT Law School as a Professor of Criminal Law and Justice Studies in April, says compassion and versatility are ‘must haves’ for new lawyers who want to keep up with a changing legal landscape.
The first thing we discovered was that they aren’t actually disclaimers at all – at least legally. A disclaimer is officially what you get on books, for example, when the author is worried that people are going to read the book and rely on the information (to make an investment decision, for example) and come a cropper and decide to sue. The disclaimer basically says that the author has done their best to make the stuff they have written accurate, but if you choose to rely on it and it isn’t, that’s tough. The law is a real mess in this area, Beever says, hence the need for disclaimers.
For an hour and a half on Sunday evening - in the final excruciating stages of a marathon negotiating session involving through the night meetings on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - it looked as if a typo in the final draft text might derail proceedings.
Professor Cassidy is currently working on issues relating to the possible introduction of a capital gains tax into New Zealand. She is also interested in current corporate reforms in regard to directors’ duties. Another area in which she is actively researching is the courts approaches to the reception of international law, particularly human rights norms, in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.