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THE Rankings Sep 2019

AUT moves up 50 places in world rankings

12 Sep, 2019
AUT is now in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 50 for research citations.
Woolf Fisher AUT scholarship Awards ceremony

19 first in family scholarships awarded

05 Sep, 2019
19 AUT students were awarded Woolf Fisher First-in-Family AUT Scholarships at a celebration event at the AUT South Campus on Thursday 29 August.
Law Career Fair group photo

Law degrees open up many avenues

21 Aug, 2019
A law degree doesn’t only lead to working in a law firm as the variety of employers at the AUT Law Career Fair indicated on Monday.
Grace Stratton

Grace makes global Badass Women list

17 Jul, 2019
AUT Law and Communications student Grace Stratton joins Rihanna, Marie Kondo and Nobel prize winner in global list

Challenging thinking at SAL

09 Jul, 2019
AUT and high school students got an inside look at the work days of top New Zealand’s business people recently at the 2019 Shadow a Leader event.
Professor Kris Gledhill

Why are accused rapists acquitted?

23 May, 2019
AUT Law School's Professor Kris Gledhill explains how an accused rapist can be acquitted even after compelling evidence is presented by a victim.

Explainer: how a royal commission will investigate Christchurch shootings

08 May, 2019
The trial of the man accused of the murders and attempted murders in the Christchurch mosque attacks is one small but important legal process.
62% increase in AUT researchers

62% increase in AUT researchers

30 Apr, 2019
Growing expertise to help New Zealand and the world
Agnes Naera

Driving diversity in NZ leadership

15 Apr, 2019
A long-serving AUT staff member is "humbled, privileged and very excited" at being appointed to the board of Global Women.

Explainer: mosque shootings trial

12 Apr, 2019
AUT Law School professor, Kris Gledhill, outlines the judicial process for the trial of the alleged perpetrator of the Christchurch terror attacks.
Khylee Quince and Warren Brookbanks#1

Mosque attacks and the law

22 Mar, 2019
AUT Law School academics respond to legal questions arising from the attacks on mosques in Christchurch.
They Are Us image - illustration by Ruby Jones


15 Mar, 2019
The tragic event in Christchurch today devastates us. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their friends and families.
Flax weaving

AUT gets Borrin Foundation support

18 Feb, 2019
AUT Law School researchers have received funding support to investigate solutions for offenders who experience mental health and addiction-related issues.
Seddon Memorial Technical College reunion

Celebrating AUT through the years

21 Jan, 2019
Over 50 of our oldest alumni came together for the 2018 Seddon Memorial Technical College reunion hosted by the alumni office.
BEL Chinese alumni lunch

AUT strengthens ties with Chinese alumni

21 Jan, 2019
Members of AUT’s influential Chinese alumni community joined the alumni team and key staff from the Faculty of BEL for an end-of-year lunch.
Judge Layne Harvey

PhD milestone at AUT Law School

07 Jan, 2019
Research examining the management of Māori land trusts is the focus of the first PhD awarded by the AUT Law School.
AUT Edge Award winners

Gaining skills for the workplace

14 Dec, 2018
Auckland Council are proud to sponsor the overall achievement prize for the AUT Edge Award, an extra-curricular employability award at AUT.
Dr Katey Thom

Marsden funding for AUT legal research

04 Dec, 2018
AUT Law School academic Dr Katey Thom has received Marsden Foundation funding to investigate police responses to people in mental distress.
AUT graduates heading overseas as part of the Internz programme

Meet the new Internz

28 Nov, 2018
21 AUT graduates have been hand-picked by major companies including Lululemon, Enviropod, Paramount Recording Studios and Sundance Institute to be internat
Synchrotron to be used in research

Five AUT Marsden Fund grants

08 Nov, 2018
Five projects led by AUT researchers have been granted funding totalling $3.58 million in new research for the university, in this Marsden Fund round.
AUTSA's Foodie Godmother pantry

Can you help the Foodie Godmother?

02 Nov, 2018
AUTSA’s Foodie Godmother needs donations of food and personal hygiene products for students in need. Can you help?
AUT's new Professors

New Professors and Associate Professors announced

01 Nov, 2018
AUT has announced the promotion to Professor of seven senior academics. A further 16 academics have been appointed as Associate Professors.
The Sustainability Taskforce at the Roadmap launch

Minister launches sustainable blueprint

24 Oct, 2018
The Minister for Climate Change, the Hon James Shaw officially launched AUT’s Sustainability Roadmap on Friday 19 October.
Army men with guns

Toxic masculinity and the military

24 Oct, 2018
Zero tolerance and official procedures aren’t working to stem sexual abuse and harassment in the armed forces, says Law School lecturer, Cassandra Mudgway.
View of the ocean and city

Law missing proper scrutiny

11 Oct, 2018
The hasty path of the Crown Minerals (Petroleum) Amendment Bill through parliament is risking proper scrutiny, says AUT Law School’s Leonid Sirota.
Professor Kris Gledhill

Five questions: Professor Kris Gledhill

09 Oct, 2018
We asked Professor Kris Gledhill five questions about his research ahead of his Inaugural Professorial Address.
THE world university rankings for AUT 2019

THE rankings place AUT in NZ top three

27 Sep, 2018
AUT has significantly improved in global university rankings published today by the Times Higher Education.
AUT students sit in the WG lecture hall

AUT 2019 domestic and international fees

13 Sep, 2018
Tuition fees for new domestic students, and for domestic and international students currently enrolled in a programme will increase in 2019.
Gavel in court room

Freedom of speech at risk in draft law

05 Sep, 2018
Law School academics have made submissions to the Justice Select Committee opposing provisions in a new law criminalising the criticism of the judiciary.
LexisNexis Prize winner Tessa Whale

Top Law scholars recognised

29 Aug, 2018
Academic talent honoured at annual AUT Law School awards.
Police interview people

Career reboot

16 Aug, 2018
Cop-turned-lawyer Xiaoji Li’s career switch built on his valuable skillset to carve out a niche in property law.
Kate Kearins

Bachelor of Business undergoes refresh

01 Aug, 2018
AUT’s reshaped Bachelor of Business lets students build an engaging, multidisciplinary programme of study focused on future capabilities and social impact.

Trafficking victims and the law

10 Jul, 2018
Visiting UK law academic will deliver lecture on the increasing legal protection for trafficking victims compelled to commit offences.
Leading the next generation

Leading the next generation

05 Jul, 2018
Mixing the generations for leadership lessons during AUT’s Shadow a Leader day.

Prison plans examined

15 Jun, 2018
Professor Kris Gledhill discusses the Waikeria Prison site proposal, which will include a 500-bed high security prison and a 100-bed mental health unit.
Systemic secrecy revealed

Systemic secrecy revealed

11 Jun, 2018
AUT Law School academic Amy Benjamin dissects the many faces of secrecy with Catherine Austin Fitts from the Solari Report.
Pakeeza Rasheed

Community contribution celebrated

08 Jun, 2018
AUT Law School recognises MFAT associate counsel Pakeeza Rasheed for her work with charities and community organisations
London calling for AUT law scholar

London calling for AUT law scholar

14 May, 2018
AUT Law School graduate to gain work experience in the heart of the British criminal law system after receiving Pegasus Scholarship.
AUT student links with US-NZ leaders

AUT student links with US-NZ leaders

17 Apr, 2018
AUT business and law student Charle Megala is appointed to the US Embassy’s New Zealand Youth Council for 2018.
AUT fourth-year law student Te Puea Matoe

Law student’s Borrin Foundation support

13 Apr, 2018
The research grant will fund a research internship investigating how cultural information can improve outcomes for Māori in the justice system.
Indigenous law research to the fore

Indigenous law research to the fore

09 Apr, 2018

AUT Law School officially opens legal research centre with a focus on indigenous people in New Zealand and across the Asia-Pacific.

AUT Law Professor on Law Reform Committee

AUT Law Professor on Law Reform Committee

06 Nov, 2017
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.
 Professor Bernadette McSherry receives inaugural Kayes Fletcher Walker visiting scholar award

Professor Bernadette McSherry receives inaugural Kayes Fletcher Walker visiting scholar award

12 Oct, 2017
Australian criminal law academic Bernadette McSherry is the first person to receive the Kayes Fletcher Walker visiting scholar award in conjunction with AUT Law School..

Competition win brings real world learning

13 Sep, 2017

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.


AUT Centre for Non-Adversarial Justice launched

22 Mar, 2017

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.


Business and Law students attend Global Leader Experience

07 Mar, 2017

Six law and 39 business students recently attended ‘Common Purpose - Global Leader Experience’ - an international programme for university students.

First law student cohort at AUT South Campus signals milestone for Manukau

First law student cohort at AUT South Campus signals milestone for Manukau

19 May, 2016

AUT this year has welcomed the first cohort of law students to its South Campus in Manukau.

A matter of equity

A matter of equity

12 May, 2016

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.

The law is changing and so must we, says new professor

The law is changing and so must we, says new professor

05 Apr, 2016

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.

ummer law job the next step for career changer

ummer law job the next step for career changer

22 Jan, 2016

For AUT Law student Kim Beange, summer 2015/16 is less about taking a break and more about taking another step in her transformation from legal secretary to solicitor.

What is the effect of email disclaimers?

What is the effect of email disclaimers?

05 Jan, 2016

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.


Paris agreement done deal

16 Dec, 2015

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.


AUT students receive AMINZ scholarships

23 Jul, 2015

Eight AUT law students received AMINZ scholarships to attend the AMINZ Conference happening 23 – 25 July 2015.


AUT University Law School hosts Public Defence Service workshop

04 May, 2015

AUT University’s School of Law hosted the 2015 Public Defence Service (PDS) national workshop in April.


International expert says law is the closest we get to applying philosophy

02 Sep, 2014

The reputation of New Zealand’s most contemporary law school has attracted not one, but two world-leading academics.

Work and Worship

AUT Professor of Diversity’s new book Work & Worship to help businesses respond to minority religions in the workforce

28 May, 2014

A new book written by AUT Professor of Diversity Dr Edwina Pio offers insights and advice to organisations with minority religions in their workforces.

New Law Professor, Julie Cassidy

New law professor starts at AUT

04 Jan, 2012

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.