Legal research scholars meet for 4th symposium

Seven upcoming academic research scholars presented seminars at the annual New and Emerging Scholars Symposium  held on 1 November at the Moot Court, University of Waikato School of Law. This is the fourth gathering of new and emerging academics drawn from New Zealand’s law schools.  Participants this year came from the University of Waikato, the University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington,  the University of  Canterbury, and the University of Otago.

Developing connections

Ian McIntosh - Thomson Reuters NZThe event, initiated by Ian McIntosh, Commercial Manager – Product Development for Thomson Reuters, is, he says, now a fully established fixture on the academic calendar. The principal idea behind its development, to provide a mutually supportive forum for junior academics, has been well and truly proven as a welcome opportunity to share research interests, and to meet colleagues.  Ian says introducing young academics and their research to each other opens the possibility for potential collaborative work. These people, he says, are our future legal leaders and supporting their development benefits everybody. This year, for the first time, two of the presenters shared material from work towards their doctorates.


2017 presenters

The seven presenters were:

Sean Goltz - University of Waikato1. Sean GoltzUniversity of Waikato
Topic: “Artificial Intelligent Tax Simulator to Minimize tax
liability for Multinational Corporations




Alan Toy - University of Auckland Business School2. Alan ToyUniversity of Auckland
Topic: “The Exclusive Power of the Employment Court to
Construe Employment Agreements”

(Click to find out more about Alan and his presentation.)



Nikki Chamberlain - Auckland University3. Nikki ChamberlainUniversity of Auckland
Topic: “Contracting-Out of Class Action Litigation:
Lessons from the United States”




Nathan Ross Victoria University of Wellington4. Nathan RossVictoria University of Wellington
Topic: “The Role of Self-Determination in
Climate-Induced Relocation in the Pacific”




Elizabeth Macpherson University of Canterbury
5. Elizabeth MacPherson   University of Canterbury
Topic: “Personifying Water: Legal Rights for Rivers
in New Zealand and Colombia”

(Click to find out more about Elizabeth and her presentation.)



Ruiping Ye, Victoria University of Wellington6. Ruiping Ye –  Victoria University of Wellington
Topic: “Qing colonisation of Taiwan –
Understanding China’s Present from the Past”




Anna High, University of Otago7. Anna High – University of Otago
Topic: “One Eye Open, One Eye Closed”:
The Role and Regulation of China’s Foreign-Run Orphanages”





A number of other scholars from the Auckland University Schools of Law and Business also attended.

Event Sponsors

The event is sponsored by Thomson Reuters, the Law Faculties (from WaikatoAucklandOtagoCanterburyVictoria and AUT), and the NZULR.

For more information

Please contact:

Ian McIntosh (Thomson Reuters NZ)
Mobile: 021 273 3391

Ella McIntosh (Waikato School of Law)
Mobile: 027 493 6306

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