Sunday 14 July 2019

Fifth Biennial Conference Registration and Information

Labour Law in 2019 – continuity, change and emerging challenges
15 and 16 November 2019

Victoria University Wellington Faculty of Law  (in conjunction with the School of Accounting and Commercial Law)

Rutherford House, 33 Bunny Street, Pipitea, Wellington.

Conference theme and abstracts
The conference theme of continuity, change and emerging challenges encompasses issues such as engaging with the United Nations Development Agenda and the role of the International Labour Organization; re-shaping the protective function of labour law; challenges for the corporate sector including its response to pay equity, sexual harassment and work family regulation; and access to justice.

The organisers welcome papers from academics, practitioners and students. Some scholarships will be available for New Zealand based postgraduate students to attend the conference thanks to the support of the University of Canterbury Centre for Commercial and Corporate Law.

Deadline for abstracts - 31 August 2019 by email to

Keynote Speakers

The Society is delighted to host two outstanding keynote international speakers at the conference.

Professor Tonia Novitz is Professor of Labour Law at the University of Bristol. Her research focuses predominantly on labour law, international and EU trade and the protection of human rights. Tonia first studied law in New Zealand at the University of Canterbury and completed her D Phil at Oxford. Tonia has written extensively on labour law issues including International and European Protection of the Right to Strike (OUP, 2003), Human Rights at Work (with Colin Fenwick, Hart Publishing, 2010), The Role of Labour Standards in Development (with David Mangan, OUP, 2011) and Voices at Work (with Alan Bogg, OUP, 2014).

Dr Joanna Howe is an Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide. She completed her D Phil at Oxford and has worked as a consultant for the International Labour Organization. Joanna is an expert on the legal regulation of temporary labour migration. Her edited collection Temporary Labour Migration in the Global Era is the seminal international work on the regulation of transnational migration flows between countries on a temporary basis. Joanna has been the lead researcher on a number of projects involving migrant labour and insecure employment in Australia with her most recent report being Towards a Durable Future: Tackling Labour Challenges in the Australian Horticulture Industry (2019).

Other papers

In addition to out keynote speakers we have been offered papers on a variety of topics. The tentative programme includes papers on
·         Labour law issues relating to employer adoption of technological innovations
·         Accessorial liability in Australia and New Zealand
·         Private security laws and workplace investigations
·         Enforcement of employment standards
·         Evidentiary burden of proving workplace indirect sex discrimination
·         Labour law developments in South-East Asia
·         Remedies: Do low paid workers get short-changed?
·         Union Rights of entry in Australia and New Zealand
·         Modern slavery reporting
·         Employer action against employees for conduct occurring outside of the workplace

Travel to New Zealand

From 1 October 2019, New Zealand will be initiating a pre-travel Electronic Travel Authority requirement. This will apply to most travellers who aren’t required to get a visa before entering New Zealand (including travellers from visa waiver countries). Please note Australian citizens are exempt, but Australian permanent residents will need to hold an ETA. To find out more about this requirement please visit:

If you are travelling on a passport not from a visa waiver country you will require a visa, please visit: