2023 Australasian Law Academics Association (ALAA) Conference

  • Date: Thursday, 6 July 2023 to Saturday, 8 July 2023
  • Time: 08:00AM to 06:00PM
  • Location: Rehua Building, University of Canterbury, 20 Kirkwood Avenue, Upper Riccarton
  • Ticket: Paid

The Australasian Law Academics Association Conference 2023 will be held in Christchurch, Aotearoa | New Zealand from 6 – 8 July 2023. You can register through our Registration Portal. Early Bird Rates are available until 26 May 2023.

The theme of this ALAA conference will be Legal Pluralism in 2033. The conference celebrates the variety of legal sources and influences and poses the questions of how this legal pluralism will shape legal scholarship, systems, and teaching over the next decade.


Thursday 6 July: Early Career Day and Welcome Drinks
Friday 7 July: Main Conference Day 1 and Conference Dinner
Saturday 8 July: Main Conference Day 2


Keynote Speaker

We are honoured that this year's key note speech will be delivered by Justice Christian Whata.

Justice Whata was appointed a High Court judge in 2011. He has adjudicated on a wide range of subject matters, including major common law, commercial, public, environmental, Māori and criminal matters. He is also a member of the faculty of Te Kura Kaiwhakawā | Institute of Judicial Studies responsible for the Tikanga Programme. While in practice, Justice Whata specialised in Māori legal issues and public and environmental law. He is from Ngāti Pikiao and Ngāti Tamateatūtahi - Kawiti of Te Arawa.


Early Career Day

As last year, the first day of the conference will be dedicated to early career researchers and PhD students. The day will bring opportunities for learning from experienced researchers about research and publication strategies, networking with other early and advanced researchers, and presenting your research as part of a poster presentation event. Of course, early career researchers are also welcome to present during the other days of the conference.


Accommodation Suggestions

Christchurch City Centre: 

Near the University of Canterbury:


For activities, destinations and transportation around the country and in Christchurch go to the Explore Christchurch website or visit Tourism New Zealand.

For any enquiries, please email alaa2023@canterbury.ac.nz. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our beautiful city in July.


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