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Fulbright law scholar here to learn

23 Jun, 2023
A US-based Fulbright scholar is visiting AUT Law School to understand restorative justice practices through a cultural and indigenous lens.
AUT Law Professor Paul Myburgh

Seabed mining around Aotearoa

16 May, 2023
A select committee will consider the risks and benefits of seabed mining in NZ waters. AUT Law Professor Paul Myburgh examines the issues at hand.
Assoc Prof Rod Thomas

What makes a treasure, a treasure?

29 Nov, 2022
Art and law expert Rod Thomas tells The Detail why New Zealand should keep a list of protected artworks to strengthen the country's cultural heritage.

New professors and associate professors

17 Nov, 2022
AUT is delighted to announce the promotion of 15 of its academics to the position of Professor and 30 to Associate Professor.

Record ranking for AUT

12 Oct, 2022
AUT has claimed its highest-ever place among New Zealand universities in the latest global rankings.
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Programme inspires students to study law

04 Oct, 2022
AUT hosted students from lower decile schools as part of Te Kuhunga, a programme built to inspire and support students to study law at university.
Two top law students with Dean of AUT Law School

Law School scholars, supporters honoured

29 Sep, 2022
An evening of excitement and excellence – those words aptly describe the recent 2022 AUT Law Awards, an annual event that recognises our top law scholars.
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Accolades for Shadow A Leader 2022

08 Jul, 2022
Shadow A Leader is one of AUT’s flagship partnership programmes, giving thousands of students an invaluable day shadowing top leaders in Auckland.

Moe mai rā: Moana Jackson, 1945-2022

01 Apr, 2022
Moana Jackson – esteemed teacher, lawyer, leader – had a profound impact on countless lives, including AUT Law School Dean, Khylee Quince.
Lida Ayoubi

Immigration policy discriminates

29 Mar, 2022
The NZ government must revisit the criteria in our immigration policy that requires disabled applicants to show “acceptable standards of health”.
Law Professor Kris Gledhill

Revoking the Licence to Kill

23 Mar, 2022
Kris Gledhill examines serious questions arising from RNZ's Licence to Kill, an investigation into NZ's comparatively high rate of police shootings.
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New friendships forge social cohesion

08 Mar, 2022
Making a new friend at any time in life is an interesting process, forcing me to reflect on my own beliefs, experiences and values, writes Khylee Quince.
Assoc Prof Khylee Quince

Ordinary activities or petty crimes?

24 Feb, 2022
Managing “difficult” people in public spaces poses a challenge to authorities balancing the interests of ordinary people against those deemed problematic.
Assoc Prof of Law Khylee Quince

To prosecute or not?

11 Feb, 2022
Decisions to prosecute must be supported by transparency and oversight to ensure the process is consistent, equitable and reflects public input.
Assoc Prof Khylee Quince

Three strikes creates law vs justice gap

29 Nov, 2021
The challenge is having a law-making process that can keep pace with changing social and cultural values, without being knee-jerk reactive.
Legal aid crisis

Legal aid crisis erodes right to justice

15 Nov, 2021
Just as access to health is a good thing, so is access to justice - they are both prerequisites for a decent society, writes Law Professor Kris Gledhill.
Khylee Quince_Op ed

Who or what are Māori?

02 Nov, 2021
Calls for a specific vaccination target for Māori raise questions of identity and show why a more nuanced approach is required when we talk about “Māori”.
Associate Professor Khylee Quince

Listen to - and trust - the experts

18 Oct, 2021
I trust the Covid experts – including Rawiri, Collin and Siouxsie – because I broadly trust the systems and institutions in which they honed their crafts.
Natalie - FYG

Meet law graduate Natalie

18 Oct, 2021
Meet Natalie Devery, one of the four graduates featured in AUT’s Find Your Greatness Campaign.

Khylee Quince NZ’s 1st Māori Dean of Law

28 Sep, 2021
Following an international search, AUT has appointed the country’s first Dean of Law who is Māori, Associate Professor Khylee Quince.
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A “culture pass” to help kids, economy

24 Sep, 2021
COVID has cancelled many arts and cultural activities for our young people. A government-funded, credit-loaded “pass” for this cohort could help.
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Uni students and online learning

24 Sep, 2021
A new, multi-university study examines how online learning impacts those who are, arguably, at the heart of the COVID-19 education crisis: our students.
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US case shows key role of native rights

13 Sep, 2021
The recent White Earth wild rice case reflects growing awareness that indigenous knowledge and systems are vital in the work to offset climate challenges.
Could NZ have prevented terrorist attack

Could NZ have prevented terror attack?

08 Sep, 2021
Criminal law, mental health law and immigration law can all be used to detain people considered dangerous, writes Professor Kris Gledhill.
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AUT climbs up the global rankings

02 Sep, 2021
AUT continues to climb up the global university rankings joining the University of Otago in second place in NZ and the top 250 universities in the world.
Hidden curriculum in universities

Hidden curriculum in universities

28 Jul, 2021
Universities should beware of the 'hidden curriculum' that disadvantages many students, writes interim Law Dean Khylee Quince.
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Could Britain be sued for reopening?

22 Jul, 2021
Amid rising rates of illness and death, the UK has lifted its COVID restrictions. Can other countries take legal action? Kris Gledhill considers the issue.

Identity not just about DNA percentages

19 May, 2021
Identity involves the nuanced politics of race, the science of genetics, and the social practices of connection, writes interim Dean of Law, Khylee Quince.
Associate Professor Khylee Quince

AUT appoints Interim Dean of Law

09 Apr, 2021
Associate Professor Khylee Quince has been appointed the Interim Dean of the School of Law at AUT.
Geoff Perry and Richard Hall

AUT’s newest Reeves Honorary Fellows

01 Apr, 2021
Dr Geoff Perry and Richard Hall have been made AUT’s newest Reeves Honorary Fellows in recognition of their significant contributions to the University.

Anti-slavery law an urgent priority

23 Mar, 2021
The call by NZ business leaders for an inquiry into the need for a modern-day slavery law is welcome but long overdue, writes Professor Kris Gledhill.
Women academics at AUT

Celebrating AUT's women academics

08 Mar, 2021
Today is International Women’s Day. Read a sample of the research from AUT’s women academics who are working to improve the lives of women in our society.
The legal rights of Kiwis coming home

The legal rights of Kiwis coming home

29 Jan, 2021
The right to return to your home country is not absolute, writes AUT Law School's Professor Kris Gledhill.
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Get ready for new data privacy rules

16 Nov, 2020
It’s time for New Zealand to prepare for new legislation that will affect the way businesses and consumers use online data.
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Does travel insurance have a future?

01 Oct, 2020
The Law School’s Christopher Whitehead discusses the complex world of travel, insurance, and legalese in pandemic times.
Assoc Prof Khylee Quince

I am a monolingual dinosaur

24 Sep, 2020
September brings excitement and anxiety about te reo, writes Law expert Khylee Quince.
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Time to overhaul paid parental leave

14 Sep, 2020
Paid parental leave needs an overhaul if governments want us to have 'one for the country', writes Patrick van Esch and colleagues.
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Law School’s “remarkable” prizegiving

27 Aug, 2020
The backdrop of a pandemic infused the annual awards ceremony with a heightened sense of celebration.
Asso Prof Khylee

Law expert appointed to NZ Parole Board

25 Aug, 2020
AUT Associate Professor of Law Khylee Quince has been appointed to the New Zealand Parole Board (NZPB).

COVID shows inequities among school kids

24 Aug, 2020
Kids should be kids – but a growing number of children in our country that are not afforded that privilege, writes Khylee Quince.
Khylee Quince

Why hairstyle is a human right

05 Aug, 2020
AUT law expert Khylee Quince waxes lyrical and legal about freedom, culture and identity, from peroxide punk to the rat’s tail.

How will court deal with ChCh killer?

20 Jul, 2020
Tensions are high as the sentencing of the ChCh gunman approaches. His decision to defend himself fuels the case, says Law Professor Kris Gledhill.
Will life mean the life

Will “life” be “whole life” for gunman?

07 Jul, 2020
The judge will consider a number of factors when sentencing the man who killed 51 in the ChCh mosque attacks, writes Law Professor Kris Gledhill.
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Black lives matter and NZ police reform

11 Jun, 2020
As the Black Lives Matter protests spread from the US to NZ, the wero is about facing institutional racism at home, say Katey Thom and Khylee Quince.

Calls to protect against modern slavery

11 May, 2020
NZ Government must protect most vulnerable workers during COVID-19.
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Was NZ’s coronavirus lockdown legal?

11 May, 2020
As New Zealand approaches the end of its strictest lockdown period, a debate has begun about whether it was legal in the first place.
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Our experts weigh in on COVID-19

21 Apr, 2020
Business, Economics and Law academics contribute to the global conversation about COVID-19.
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Vital to protect human rights online

15 Apr, 2020
As use of digital platforms surges, two AUT academics explain why we’ll need stronger global efforts to protect human rights online.
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Everything is not ka pai

06 Mar, 2020
Research from AUT’s Law School shows New Zealand universities are ill-equipped to protect Māori IP.
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Corporate diversity: token or real?

28 Feb, 2020
Corporate diversity is a global trend but quotas (formal or informal) will lead to token appointments which do more harm than good.
Professor Kate Kearins

Older and wiser – but worth the price?

21 Jan, 2020
Short-term gain or long-term pain: What is the price of juniorisation in the workplace? Professor Kate Kearins weighs the pros and cons.
QS stars 2019

AUT gets 5 QS stars in all categories

13 Nov, 2019
AUT has received the maximum five stars for the first time in every category according to the global education analysts QS in their recent results.
New Professors announced in 2019

New Professors and Associate Professors

07 Nov, 2019
AUT has announced the promotion of 12 leading academics to the position of Professor. A further 15 academics have been appointed as Associate Professors.
Professor Kate Kearins

Good Leadership by Design

07 Nov, 2019
Read Professor Kate Kearins’ article, Good leadership by Design, which features in Management Magazine.
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.
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: Investigation of 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

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.
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Christchurch tragedy

15 Mar, 2019
The tragic event in Christchurch today devastates us. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their friends and families.
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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.
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.
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Meet the new AUT 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.
AUT's new Professors

New Professors and Associate Professors

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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.

Leading the next generation

05 Jul, 2018
Mixing the generations for leadership lessons during AUT’s Shadow a Leader day.
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 increases presence in QS subject rankings

01 Mar, 2018

New global rankings show AUT now has 13 subjects ranked, with two of them featuring in the top 50 in the world.

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

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

19 May, 2016
AUT this year has welcomed the first cohort of law students to its South Campus in Manukau.

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

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

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?

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.