Teaching Law in Context: Is it Still Relevant? - Public Lecture by Professor Margaret Wilson

Date Thursday 8 March 2018
Time 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where Te Whare Tapere Iti, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato, Gate 2b off Knighton Road
Presenter Professor Margaret Wilson
Contact Diana Maliseva
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Admission Cost Free

Celebrating 25 years of Waikato Law

As part of the University of Waikato’s Faculty of Law 25th anniversary lecture series, Professor Margaret Wilson will give a talk dedicated to teaching and researching law in its social context – the third founding principle of Waikato’s Faculty of Law. The founding Dean of the then School of Law will review and reflect on what was at the time a revolutionary approach to teaching and researching law in New Zealand. Professor Wilson will examine the reasons and rationales as well as challenges to implementing this innovative approach to preparing the next generation of lawyers. She will reflect on the unique character of the law school, its integrity and commitment to providing its own distinctive approach to legal education – and in turn answers her question, is the teaching of law in context still relevant today?

Margaret Wilson

Professor Margaret Wilson is well known throughout New Zealand legal profession and political environment. Her extensive career in public service includes roles as founding member and Vice-President of the Auckland Women Lawyers’ Association and a Member of the Advisory Committee to establish a Ministry of Women’s Affairs. From 1985 to 1989 she was Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, from 1988 to 1989 she was New Zealand Law Commissioner. Margaret was also President of the NZ Labour Party from 1984 – 1987.

From 1999 to 2005 she was a minister of the Crown including Attorney-General, Minister of Labour, Minister Responsible for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Minister of Commerce, Minister for Courts and Associate Minister of Justice. In 1999 she was elected a List Member of Parliament and from 2005 to 2008 she was Speaker of Parliament.

Margaret was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009.

Please RSVP here by 28 February 2018 for catering purposes.