Professor Ursula Cheer

16 September 2022

A staunch defender of freedom of speech, University of Canterbury (UC) Media Law expert Professor Ursula Cheer is calling for caution when creating new hate-speech legislation in the web series Community of Strangers launched this week.


12 August 2022

In a new article on The Conversation, University of Canterbury Senior Law Lecturer James Mehigan says the justice system should be more forgiving when it comes to children.

Fishing gear plastic pollution ocean

14 July 2022

#PlasticFreeJuly University of Canterbury Professor Karen Scott says more financial incentives to mark and retrieve fishing gear could reduce ocean plastics. Read more in an article from The Conversation.

Adrienne Paul and Liz Macpherson

03 June 2022

#Earth&Ocean An interdisciplinary research team, co-led by Associate Professor Elizabeth Macpherson at University of Canterbury (UC), hopes their evidence-based findings will help create change for the better around protecting our ocean and sustainably managing relationships between people and marine environments.

David Jefferson

01 June 2022

#Earth&Ocean A University of Canterbury researcher is investigating how the laws of Aotearoa New Zealand, specifically the current review of the Plant Variety Rights Act 1987, could be reformed to protect kaitiaki relationships with taonga plant species and mātauranga Māori more effectively.

UC Connect - Rape trial reform

11 March 2022

Despite decades of law reform aimed at improving the experience, recent Ministry of Justice research confirms that giving evidence during a trial remains distressing and re-traumatising for rape complainants.

In the absence of a jury

07 March 2022

#IWD #BreakTheBias Acclaimed law researcher Professor Elisabeth McDonald’s new book, In the Absence of a Jury: Examining judge-alone rape trials, is the second in a trilogy of open-access resources to be published by Canterbury University Press (CUP).

Cable-laying ships navigate complex but outdated maritime laws. Shutterstock

21 January 2022

In an article on The Conversation, Professor in Law Karen Scott says 95% of the world's data travels along submarine cables and explains why the law governing them is so outdated.

Distinguished Professors

17 December 2021

The University of Canterbury has appointed four new Distinguished Professors: the world’s first Pacific Distinguished Professor, the innovating founder of the UC Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research, a leading international sustainability and tourism researcher, and a leading international mathematical modeller for the evolutionary history of species.

Long Service Award 2021

02 December 2021

The University of Canterbury has celebrated its 16 longest-serving staff members, awarded five teaching development scholarships for exciting new projects, recognised an impressive new health and safety initiative and honoured 12 newly appointed professors through the Hui Whakamānawa | Celebrating Excellence awards.

NZ Pacific Climate

19 November 2021

In a new article on The Conversation, University of Canterbury's Professor Karen Scott explains that international treatries require countries to protect marine environments by reducing their CO2 emissions.

Elizabeth Macpherson

18 November 2021

University of Canterbury Law academic, Associate Professor Elizabeth Macpherson has been presented with the 2021 Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Humanities, for her work exploring opportunities for Indigenous peoples’ water rights in laws and policies around the world.


10 September 2021

Associate Professor Debra Wilson, Professor Annick Masselot, and researcher Martha Ceballos explain why Aotearoa New Zealand's surrogacy laws are due for a major reform in a recent article published on The Conversation.

School Strike for Climate 2019

16 August 2021

Business leaders are welcoming Aotearoa New Zealand’s first undergraduate sustainability degree, saying the sector is crying out for more expertise as it faces new targets and competing goals.

Covid UC Connect

05 August 2021

What do a mathematician, a chemist, an epidemiologist and a law expert have in common? These University of Canterbury academics are all involved in vital aspects of the global fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Coastline near Ōpōtiki

02 August 2021

Nearly two decades on from the bitter political battle over ownership of the seabed and foreshore, a recent precedent-setting High Court decision passed almost without comment in the mainstream media.

Associate Professor Elizabeth Macpherson

26 July 2021

A future-focused research project co-led by University of Canterbury researcher Associate Professor Elizabeth Macpherson is considering what legal and policy options might exist to protect our oceans for generations to come.

Gender pay gap

06 July 2021

Politicians of the European Union try to fight gender pay gap of 14.1% by making pay more transparent. Professor of Law Annick Masselot, from the University of Canterbury, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of pay transparency with other professors in an article on The Conversation.

policing in Australia and New Zealand

25 June 2021

In a new article on The Conversation, University of Canterbury's Dr James Mehigan writes that now is the time to reform our criminal justice system and move beyond the history of colonial policing.

Professor Angus Hikairo Macfarlane

09 June 2021

Congratulations to all the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021 recipients, including several University of Canterbury academics, staff, graduates and friends of the university.

Sophie Horsfall and Tracey Hatton

26 May 2021

New research has revealed that many New Zealand businesses are left in the dark around how to make their workplaces earthquake safe.

Antarctic Resolution

21 May 2021

Giulia Foscari / UNLESS have launched Antarctic Resolution, a multidisciplinary project co-authored by the world’s leading experts on the Antarctic, including five University of Canterbury academics, at the Biennale Architettura 2021.

UC Graduate Alex Wilson

09 April 2021

A drive to help troubled young people get their lives back on track lies behind Alex Wilson’s decision to study criminal justice at the University of Canterbury (UC).

Danielle Moore

09 April 2021

For the first time ever, six students will cross the Christchurch Town Hall stage to receive a Master of Criminal Justice degree at the University of Canterbury (UC) Law School graduation ceremony, on Wednesday.

University of Canterbury Professor Karen Scott

25 February 2021

Who is legally responsible for protecting our ice caps? Could a Polar approach to climate change strengthen political and legal responses to climate change and other human activities in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions?

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