The 16th Australasian Property Law Teachers Conference

  • Date: Monday, 3 July 2023 to Tuesday, 4 July 2023
  • Time: 08:00AM to 05:00PM
  • Location: University of Canterbury, 20 Kirkwood Avenue , Upper Riccarton
  • Ticket: Paid

The 16th Australasian Property Law Teachers Conference will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand on 3-4 July 2023, being held in conjunction with the Australasian Law Academics Association Conference on 6-8 July.

Over more than a decade, the city of Christchurch has slowly recovered from its devastating earthquakes in 2011. It is emerging as a modern metropolis. Much of the commercial area has been rebuilt. It boasts a new convention centre, library, metro sports centre, a radically repaired town hall and Christchurch’s new rugby stadium, Te Kahu Canterbury, is also under construction.

Take this opportunity to explore Christchurch’s vibrant restaurant and café culture, its cultural heritage and magnificent natural environment.

The Conference will stimulate debate and encourage an interactive and stimulating exchange of ideas in both our current and future property law environment. We encourage you to be with us on 3-4 July 2023 to make this Conference an exceptional and noteworthy event.

Keynote Speaker

The 2023 Conference promises to be outstanding—covering contemporary property issues, delivered by well known experts in the field, with the theme being Property Law in 2033.

The keynote speaker is Professor Douglas Harris from the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Professor Douglas Harris joined the Allard School of Law in 2001. He teaches in areas of property law and legal history, and his research focuses on the history of the regulation of Aboriginal fisheries in British Columbia and on the nature of property ownership within condominium.  


The 16th Australasian Property Law Teachers Conference programme will be available to download from this page and will include both the social and conference programme.

Expressions of Interest and Registration

We encourage attendees to put forward an Expression of Interest for presenting a paper. The conference theme is Property Law in 2033, providing broad scope to address contemporary issues in property law.

Expressions of Interest for presentations are now open! Please send these to Josh Foster-Pearcy with a brief abstract of around 250 words in length by 10 April.

For registration, visit our Registration Portal. Prices for registration are in NZD and are GST inclusive, our ordinary full participation ticket price is $300 and our full participation early bird ticket prices are $250, with the early bird tickets only being available prior to 15 June 2023.


View accomodation options in the Christchurch City Centrethere are plenty of providers to suit all budgets, and here are a few options close to the university:

  • Chateau on the Park
  • Commodore Airport Hotel
  • Christchurch Motel
  • Bella Vista Motel Christchurch
  • Airport Delta Motel
  • 298 Westside Motor Lodge
  • Country Glen Lodge
  • Ashford Motor Lodge
  • Fyffe on Riccarton
  • Aalton Motel
  • The Garden Hotel Christchurch
  • 306 Motel Apartments
  • Ibis
  • Novotel
  • Distinction Christchurch Hotel

We encourage Conference attendees to stay in Christchurch following the conference and to visit the beautiful Aotearoa. For activities, destinations and transportation around the country and in Christchurch go to the Explore Christchurch Website or visit Tourism New Zealand.

Why not combine your visit with the Australasian Law Academics Association Conference which is also being held at the University of Canterbury, and specifically on 6-8 July.

Conference Organizing Committee

Professor Elizabeth Toomey

Dr Toni Collins

Chairs, Christchurch Conference Organising Committee

Josh Foster-Pearcy

Committee Member, Faculty of Law, University of Canterbury

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