ADLS hosts launch of New Zealand Women’s Law Journal

The inaugural issue of the New Zealand Women’s Law Journal – Te Aho Kawe Kaupapa Ture a ngā Wāhine was launched at the end of last year in Wellington and Auckland, with the Auckland launch taking place at ADLS’ Chancery Chambers premises, and a $1,500 prize for the best article sponsored by ADLS being awarded.

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The Journal is the only academic publication that is solely dedicated to publishing and supporting the work of women lawyers in New Zealand. It was born over a conversation between friends in the Auckland Law School student common room in June 2016. Ana Lenard and Allanah Colley were grappling with the question “what next?” after six years of Law School, and wanted to do something to make a meaningful contribution to the legal profession and wider society using the skills they had gained through studying law. They decided that an academic legal journal would be a good way to advocate for gender equality in and through the law.

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The first issue includes an address by Chief Justice the Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias about her Honour’s life in the law, and a “state of the nation” piece by Deputy Chief Judge Caren Fox of the Māori Land Court, Lady Deborah Chambers QC and Kathryn Beck, which examines the current issues facing women in the law today. There are also articles about gender issues in tikanga, whether a female partner quota would address gender inequality in the New Zealand legal profession, women’s underrepresentation in the legal profession and the role of women in the negotiation and drafting of the Paris Agreement. The commentaries are wideranging and cover Pacific peoples and non-violence programmes, abortion law reform in New Zealand, the Harmful Digital Communications Act, and case notes dealing with relationship property and the law of consent.

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The ADLS prize for the best article was awarded to two authors, Anjori Mitra and Joy Guo, who respectively wrote about international law’s changing attitudes towards abortion, and what the best paid parental leave system would be in New Zealand to promote gender-balanced caregiving and gender equality in the workplace.

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The Journal is kindly sponsored by LexisNexis, the University of Auckland Faculty of Law, Antonia Fisher QC, Alex McDonald, Russell McVeagh, Buddle Findlay and ADLS.

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The New Zealand Women’s Law Journal can be purchased in hard copy or is available for free online at www.womenslawjournal.co.nz. Applications for staff for 2018 will be opening soon, and submissions for the 2018 issue close on 1 April 2018. If you would like to get involved, please contact the Editors-in-Chief at editors@womenslawjournal.co.nz.

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