University of Saskatchewan Researchers Visit
In October 2018, Professor Glen Luther and Dr Mansfield Mela visited AUT Law School and the Centre as part of a joint comparative research study entitled “The Criminal Justice Over-incarceration Project focusing on Indigenous Offenders and Persons with Mental Health conditions in New Zealand and Canada.” While here, they delivered a seminar on multidisciplinary research and teaching, met with various stakeholders in the criminal justice system and visited NZ sites including the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Rotorua.
Asia Pacific Collaboration Visit
On 25-28 October, Dr Guy Charlton and other members of the CIRL visited City University of Hong Kong and Fu Jen University, Taiwan to meet with indigenous LLM students regarding establishing future study opportunities at AUT and research collaborations with the Centre.
A/Professor Khylee Quince to supervise the Borrin Foundation’s Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Summer Legal Research Intern
AUT fourth-year law student Te Puea Matoe has received a research scholarship from the newly launched Borrin Foundation to investigate how cultural information at sentencing can help improve outcomes for Maori in New Zealand’s criminal justice system. Associate Professor Khylee Quince will supervise Matoe’s research
Hon Michael Kirby speaks on LGBT rights in Asia and the Pacific as part of the opening of the CIRL
Former Australian high court judge Michael Kirby, in Auckland for the launch of the centre for Indigenous Rights and Law at the Auckland University of Technology, reflected on the state of LGBT rights in the Asia Pacific region at a public lecture.
The AUT Centre for Indigenous Rights and Law is officially launched
The Centre was officially launched on 5 April 2018, with attendees including the Honourable Michael Kirby, the Rt Hon Sir Edmund Thomas KNZM QC, Justice Christian Whata and a number of legal academics and practitioners. Justice Kirby spoke on the theme of reconciliation alongside the Māori Land Court Judge Layne Harvey and Ebony Duff of the National Māori Radio Network Te Whakaruruhau o Ngā Māori.