Partnerships and Events

Our Partnerships

The College of Business, Law and Governance is proud to partner with a number of organisations and initiatives across the Cairns and Townsville regions.

Accenture Australia and New Zealand

The Australian Army - see news release here

Cairns Chamber of Commerce

Department of Justice and Attorney General Qld - see news release here

Tourism Tropical North Qld

Townsville Chamber of Commerce

Townsville Community Legal Centre

Our Events

The College of Business, Law and Governance hosts a number of quality events each year for our students and the wider community.

Business Excellence Series in the Tropics (BEST)

JCU BEST features a series of presentations by prominent community, industry and government leaders who share their knowledge and experience on a range of topical themes, issues, challenges and trends.

JCU BEST engages a high calibre of speakers, recognised both nationally and internationally. The event provides a unique opportunity for business networking and keeps you up to date with the latest developments at JCU.

Learn more about this event here.


Business Professionals Networking Function

As part of the annual Professionals Week celebrations, coordinated by Hays Recruitment, The College of Business, Law and Governance hosts a networking function for our students studying Accounting, Economics, Event Management, Human Resources Management, Law and Marketing. This event is an opportunity for our business and law students to hear from, and network with, professionals working in those areas and JCU alumni, in order to build connections within their chosen industries.

Past topics that have been addressed by our guest speakers include 'The impact of technical disruption and how it will change the future game plan for business in the North Queensland region' and ‘Tips for Early Career Professionals and their Mentors’.


JCU Asian Market Forum

The JCU Asian Market Forum, supported by the Australia-China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Trade & Investment Queensland (TIQ), keeps attendees up to date with the latest market intelligence in the Asian economies.

Click here to download the presentations from the 2018 Forum, which was held in Townsville on the 13 July and focused on China, Australia's largest trading partner


Legal Studies Conference

The JCU College of Business, Law and Governance hosts an annual Legal Studies Conference alternatively on our Townsville and Cairns campuses. All high school legal studies students and teachers from across state, catholic and independent schooling sectors in the region are invited to attend.

The Conference format was refreshed in 2015 to include breakout group presentations on various areas of law, such as Health Ethics and the Law, Sports Law, Metadata and Privacy Law, Criminal Law, Indigenous People and the Law, International Law and Environmental Law, and a Q and A Panel session featuring representatives from a range of community and legal organisations. These panels have seen a number of esteemed guests debating topical issues such as justice and the media, non-consensual sharing of photographs, use of metadata, youths in detention, and diversity and opportunities in law.

Recent keynote speakers have included Mr David Orr, LLB/GlobStud (ACU), Third Secretary for Political and Economic Affairs to Timor-Leste; Katie Richards, award winning entrepreneur, lawyer, educator, author and innovator; Mr Benedict Coyne, President of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) and Associate at Anderson, Fredericks, Turner; and Mr Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre, to name just a few.


Mayo Lecture

The Mayo Lecture is an annual event run by the College of Business, Law and Governance in conjunction with the James Cook University Law Students Society (JCULSS) in honour of Mrs Marylyn Mayo, JCU's foundation law staff member. The JCULSS instituted the Mayo Lecture in 1991 as a tribute to Marylyn's work in maintaining a law presence at JCU and, ultimately, in establishing the full law degree here.

Recent Mayo Lectures have been delivered by:

  • The Honourable Justice Michael Kirby, on the topic 'Nuclear Proliferation and the Singapore Summit: A Challenge to International Law';
  • Mr Anthony Morris QC, on the topic 'Human rights under siege on all sides: The combined onslaught of Terrorism, Political Correctness and the Dictatorship of Bureaucracy';
  • Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, President of the Australian Law Reform Commission, on the topic 'The Common Law and the Protection of Rights, Freedoms and Privileges: Insights from the ALRC Freedoms Inquiry'.

NQ Schools Constitutional Convention for ATSI Students

The annual Queensland Schools Constitutional Conventions are for secondary students of humanities, social sciences and legal studies from the state, catholic and independent schooling sectors.

Queensland Schools Constitutional Conventions:

  • educate senior secondary students about the Australian Constitution and how it guides democracy
  • include opportunities for students to listen to speakers presenting perspectives on a constitutional issue and to participate in debates and plebiscites
  • provide the basis for the election of Queensland's delegate team to attend the National Schools Constitutional Conventions (NSCC) held in Canberra each year.

JCU’s College of Business, Law and Governance supports the annual North Queensland Schools Constitutional Convention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students, which is run in partnership with the Queensland Government's Department of Education and Training. The topics debated have included How to include Indigenous people in the Australian Constitution?; Raising Awareness of Constitutional Reform and Should the Australian House of Representatives have one allocated Indigenous seat from each State and Territory?