2021 New Zealand Symposium on Law and Technology: Education, Practice and Policy

Date: Thursday 1st July 2021

Time: 8.30am – 6.00pm
Followed by networking drinks and nibbles

Venue: The ClockTower East Wing, Level 1 Foyer 119-G20 University of Auckland, 22 Princes Street, Auckland CBD

Free limited parking subject to availability 

Programme Format:

Plenary and concurrent sessions including:

  • panel discussions
  • invited addresses
  • presentations from selected abstracts
  • quickfire 2 minute ‘Brilliant Idea’ presentations

In person presentations are encouraged although recorded sessions are possible for overseas participants or where travel is restricted.

The symposium is expected to proceed face-to-face at Alert Level 1 in NZ, however in the event of a change to Alert Level 2 or above as of the symposium date, the event will proceed fully online via Zoom.


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Organised by the NZ Law Foundation-funded project TeLENZ –  Technology in Legal Education for New Zealand.


  • All law faculties/schools in New Zealand

  • Researchers involved with the NZ Law Foundation’s Information Law and Policy Project

  • Law practitioners

  • Government lawyers

  • Legal and policy advisers from NGOs or social enterprises

In collaboration with:

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Call for Abstracts

Deadline: 5pm (NZST), Monday 15 March 2021


Who Should Attend?

Participants, from across sectors, who have a strong interest in law and technology are welcome to register to attend or present, including:

  • Academics who teach law;
  • Researchers investigating legal issues, particularly in relation to technology;
  • Legal practitioners, as well as professionals involved with legal or policy work related to technology;
  • Legal regulators;
  • Law librarians and legal information professionals;
  • CPD providers;
  • Legal academic course designers and researchers;
  • Policymakers and policy advisors who work on technology-related issues;
  • Professionals involved with legal, regulatory and policy relating to emerging, new or innovative technologies;
  • Technologists interested in the impact of technology on the law and regulation.


Symposium Themes

The symposium organisers invite abstracts about the opportunities or challenges that emerging, new or innovative technologies raise for the future of law in the coming years and beyond for New Zealand and internationally.

Submitters are free to propose a variety of presentations such as solo presentations, panel discussions, or ‘brilliant ideas’: see adjacent ‘Abstract Submission Format.’

Submitters are encouraged to specifically address education, practice and/or policy in regard to their chosen topic.

Presentations can be on any field of law or on a broad range of legal issues involving regulatory, technical, ethical, policy, conceptual or empirical aspects in areas such as:

  • Data availability and re-use, data sharing, data mining, data manipulation, data localisation, data ownership, data sovereignty, data privacy, or data governance;
  • Current or potential uses of automation, machine-learning, predictive analytics or Artificial Intelligence in the legal domain (e.g. legal education, practice or research) and beyond;
  • Digital justice, remote courts, electronic arbitration or online dispute resolution;
  • Smart Technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) or Internet of Everything (IoE);
  • E-commerce, data and competition law, or Fintech;
  • Blockchain or distributed ledger technology;
  • Cyber crimes, cyber security and encryption;
  • Technology and access to justice;
  • Quantum computing;
  • Discussion of issues relating to the research examined through the New Zealand Law Foundation’s Information Law and Policy Project;
  • Issues relating to the seven research themes identified and discussed by the New Zealand Law Foundation’s Information Law and Policy Project;

1. Global nature of information/cross jurisdictional issues

2. Cyber security & crime

3. Social change following technological change

4. Data ownership and (re)use

5. Democratic governance, governments and citizenship in the digital age

6. Ethics of inference

7. Exclusionary effects of technology.

All accepted abstracts will be published in the symposium’s booklet of abstracts.

We are expoloring the opportunity of compiling full versions of papers for peer reviewed publication.


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Abstract Submission Format
  •  Title of Proposed Presentation
  • Author(s) and, where applicable, collaborator(s). Please indicate the name(s) of presenter(s).
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Text: 250 – 500 words, excluding tables/graphs/charts
  • Indicate the duration of the proposed presentation:
    1. Oral presentation – 15 mins, followed by a general Q&A after presentations from other participants; or
    2. ‘Brilliant idea’ presentation – up to 2 mins; or
    3. Panel discussions – 2 persons or more, and not more than 15 mins each, followed by up to 20 mins panel discussion and Q&A from attendees; or
    4. Workshops – activity-based interactive sessions where each session will be up to 60 minutes.
  • Contact details, e.g. email address and phone number
  • References, where appropriate. Note: referencing style according to NZ Law Style Guide or, for interdisciplinary presentation or social science disciplines, APA Style 
  • Microsoft Word, font type: Times New Roman; font size 12; No Spacing
  • Abstracts and proposed presentations to be in English

Please submit abstracts to: fleur.mullen@waikato.ac.nz


Registrations will open in May 2021.

The submitter of the abstract will need to register before the date of the symposium and pay the registration fee.

Registration Fee:
$105 – payable once registrations open.

Provisional Key Dates: 


Call for abstracts open 1 October 2020
Call for abstracts close 5pm (NZST) 15 March 2021
Notification of acceptance of abstracts 31 March 2021
Registrations open 15 May 2021
Registrations close 18 June 2021