Sanctions on the cards at this year’s AULR Symposium

One of the world’s foremost legal experts on armed conflict and international law will speak about sanctions at the 2015 Auckland University Law Review Symposium.

Sanctions on the cards at this year’s AULR Symposium
The upcoming Auckland University Law Review (AULR) Symposium will tackle the oft-overlooked topic of international sanctions in an event that will interest and educate students, academics and local law practitioners alike.
Since 2010, the AULR has invited former alumni to speak at the Symposium on a topic of their choice. In the past, some of the more prominent speakers have included:
  • Ian Narev, CEO of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Hon Dr Wayne Mapp, former National Party politician
  • Dame Sian Elias, Chief Justice of the New Zealand Supreme Court
The AULR has invited Penelope Nevill to be the speaker at the next Symposium which will be held on 14 October. Nevill is presently a barrister at 20 Essex Street in London as well as an affiliated lecturer in the law of armed conflict at Cambridge University. She was also a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre of International Law.
Nevill has chosen to speak on the role of sanctions in international public law: a topic she has researched extensively.
“We thought Penelope's academic and professional experience in international law generally – and with sanctions specifically – would be fascinating,” said Sam Jeffs and Kit Adamson, editors in chief of the Auckland University Law Review.
“There has been a particular spotlight of sanctions recently; economic sanctions have been deployed in response to state aggression, for example, by Russia and North Korea.”
The AULR has also invited Sir Grant Hammond, former judge of the New Zealand Court of Appeal and current President of the New Zealand Law Commission, to chair the event, introduce Nevill’s topic and provide his own thoughts on the matter of international sanctions.
With the Symposium open to legal practitioners as well as academics and university staff, the organisers hope the event is interesting and engaging for all who attend. In particular, the topic of sanctions should be of particular appeal to New Zealand lawyers.

“In New Zealand, the topic of sanctions is not often traversed. Yet, it would be wrong to think that sanctions are unimportant,” Jeffs and Adamson wrote.
“In an increasingly globalised economy, market players — and the lawyers that advise them — should be aware of how sanctions work and the consequences they have. Penelope will shed light upon these issues.”

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