Professor Roberto Gargarella “The dialogic model of constitutionalism and the system of checks and balances” 23 October 2015, 5.30pm

NZ Association for Comparative Law and NZ Society for Legal and Social Philosophy present:

Professor Roberto Gargarella, Universidad de Buenos Aires and the Universidad Torcuato  Di Tella, will give a talk on “The dialogic model of constitutionalism and the system of checks and balances” on October 23, 2015 at 5.30 pm, GB 340 Moot room (third floor, north wing), Victoria University of Wellington Law School, 55 Lambton Quay.
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Roberto Gargarella is Professor of Constitutional Theory and Political Philosophy at the Law School of the Universidad de Buenos Aires and the Universidad Torcuato di Tella . He has published widely on legal and political philosophy and constitutionalism; some of his recent books are Latin American Constitutionalism,1810-2010, published by Oxford in 2013 and The Legal Foundations of Inequality: Constitutionalism in the Americas, 1776-1860, published by Cambridge in 2010. He has been a visiting fellow at Columbia, New York University, and Harvard, and has acted as a visiting professor at a number of universities in South America, Europe, and the United States.

 

 

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Dr Stephen Winter Magna Carta commemorations talk – ‘Weak-form Review and the Rule of Law’ – 15 June 2015, 1pm

I am very pleased to announce that Dr Stephen Winter, Senior Lecturer in Political Philosophy at the University of Auckland, will give a talk on the above topic on June 15, 2015 at 1pm, GB 340 Moot room (third floor, north wing), Victoria University of Wellington Law School, 55 Lambton Quay.

Dr Winter is visiting Wellington as part of the commemorations of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta, and has been part of a group organizing a number of interesting events, including this talk: https://magnacartanz.wordpress.com/ 

Abstract: ‘Weak-form’ judicial review is characterized by two conditions: courts use a bill of rights to make law and parliament  can contravene the court through the ordinary course of legislation. Therefore such judicial review  is ‘weak’ in comparison to systems in which parliament cannot revise judicial decisions through normal procedures.  This paper uses republican theory to argue that weak-form review promotes legitimacy by multiplying sites for accountability.

Please RSVP to mark.bennett@vuw.ac.nz.

Stephen’s personal website is www.stephenwintertheory.wordpress.com

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Mark Bennett talk – Property in the Human Body: Comparative and Theoretical Perspectives – 14 October 2014

Property in the Human Body: Comparative and Theoretical Perspectives

I will give a talk co-hosted by the The New Zealand Association for Comparative Law on the above topic on 14 October 2014, Moot room GB 340 (third floor, north wing), Victoria University of Wellington Law School, 55 Lambton Quay.

Abstract:

Can one have property rights in the human body? For many years it has been thought that the basic position under the common law is that the human body is not the object of property rights. That is, although the human body and its parts are “things” – tangible objects – the ordinary rules of possession and property do not apply to them. This would mean that people would not have any proprietary rights in excised human tissue or cells. Recently, a number of judicial decisions in the United States, England and Australia have challenged the orthodox position by using proprietary ideas and remedies in the context of reproductive cells. This lecture will focus on the conceptual issues relating to how, and why, the courts went about using property concepts to give the claimants rights to control human cells – and whether this reasoning is a suitable foundation for the development of the common law in this area.

No RSVPs required

A selection of my scholarship is available on SSRN

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Richard Dawson talk – “On Close Reading the Treaty of Waitangi” 14 July 2014

On Close Reading the Treaty of Waitangi: Interpretive Returns to Origins and Constitutional Possibilities

I am very pleased to announce that Richard Dawson will give a talk on the above topic on 14 July at 5.30pm, Moot room (third floor, north wing), Victoria University of Wellington Law School, 55 Lambton Quay.

Please RSVP to mark.bennett@vuw.ac.nz.

Richard Dawson has held lecturing positions in economics, law, and politics. His latest work is a book titled Justice as Attunement: Transforming Constitutions in Law, Literature, Economics, and the Rest of Life.

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[postponed] Mark Bennett talk – Property in the Human Body: Comparative and Theoretical Perspectives – 27 November 2013

THIS TALK HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO NEXT YEAR

Property in the Human Body: Comparative and Theoretical Perspectives

I will give a talk co-hosted by the The New Zealand Association for Comparative Law on the above topic NEXT YEAR on 27 November 2013 at 5.30pm, Moot room GB 340 (third floor, north wing), Victoria University of Wellington Law School, 55 Lambton Quay.

Abstract:

Can one have property rights in the human body? For many years it has been thought that the basic position under the common law is that the human body is not the object of property rights. That is, although the human body and its parts are “things” – tangible objects – the ordinary rules of possession and property do not apply to them. This would mean that people would not have any proprietary rights in excised human tissue or cells. Recently, a number of judicial decisions in the United States, England and Australia have challenged the orthodox position by using proprietary ideas and remedies in the context of reproductive cells. This lecture will focus on the conceptual issues relating to how, and why, the courts went about using property concepts to give the claimants rights to control human cells – and whether this reasoning is a suitable foundation for the development of the common law in this area.

No RSVPs required

A selection of my scholarship is available on SSRN

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Professor Allan Beever talk – The 300 year error: misunderstanding politics, law and ourselves – 30 July 2013

The 300 year error: misunderstanding politics, law and ourselves

I am very pleased to announce that Professor Allan Beever from the University of South Australia School of Law, will give a talk on the above topic on 30 July at 5.30pm, GB 34 (ground floor, just to the left of the central main entrance on Lambton Quay), Victoria University of Wellington Law School, 55 Lambton Quay.

Professor Beever’s talk will examine insights from his recent book Forgotten Justice: A History of Political and Legal Theory (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2013).

Please RSVP to mark.bennett@vuw.ac.nz.

The first chapter of Forgotten Justice is online here.

A selection of Professor Beever’s scholarship is available on SSRN

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Max Harris talk – Sentencing Indigenous Offenders – 18 September 2012

Sentencing Indigenous Offenders: The Canadian Supreme Court’s Decision in Ipeelee v R and What it Means for New Zealand

I am very pleased to announce that  Max Harris, (BA/LLB(Hons.), University of Auckland) and Rhodes Scholar-elect, will give a talk on the above topic on Tuesday 18 September 2012 at 6pm, Socrates room (second floor, north wing), Victoria University of Wellington Law School, 55 Lambton Quay.

‘Supreme Court Building’ by Lone Primate

Please RSVP to mark.bennett@vuw.ac.nz.

The decision Max will be discussing is available here.

A selection of Max’s scholarship is available on SSRN

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