College of Business, Law and Governance News, Partnerships and Events

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News, Partnerships and Events

The College of Business, Law and Governance is proud to collaborate with a number of organisations and initiatives across the Cairns and Townsville regions. These mutually beneficial partnerships thrive on innovation and drive success. Together we support a passion for learning, the local community, and the Tropics. Below is a snapshot of some of the programs and organisations the College is a part of.

We also host a number of events each year for our students and the wider community.

JCU Legal Studies Conference

Enrichen your passion and education for the Law. The JCU College of Business, Law and Governance invites Legal Studies Teachers and Students in Year 11 and 12 from all schools in the Far North Queensland region to attend the 2022 Legal Studies Conference in August.

This year's conference theme will be centered on the 30th Anniversary of the historic Mabo Decision. From this one-day program you’ll gain unique insights into Native Title Law, Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law, Business Law, Criminal Law, Employment Law, Sports Law and more. Topics will be delivered through expert speakers, and interactive sessions.

Cairns: Friday, 12 August 2022, 9 am - 2 pm at JCU Cairns, Nguma-bada Campus, Smithfield.

Townsville: Friday, 19 August 2022, 9 am - 2 pm JCU at JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba Campus, Douglas.

For further information on the JCU Legal Studies Conference, please contact the Head of Law, Jamie Fellows

Business Insider Professional Networking Event

The College of Business, Law and Governance hosts a networking function for Townsville and Cairns Industry and JCU Business and Commerce Students. 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.

CITBA: Re-Imagining Economic Resilience and Urban Futures in Post-COVID 19 Era

1-3 July 2022

The need for a regional approach to the recovery of International Tourism in our Region.

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves around the globe, with travel restrictions in place, we have opted for a hybrid conference that would allow for in person and remote participation particularly for international delegates. In order to offer participants a more flexible way to experience the conference at their own pace and timeline; presentations will be either in the form of live streams or pre-recorded video presentations. Background reading materials such as full papers, posters, and source files will be also provided to participants

Participants who can travel to Cairns will be able to attend the sessions in person. Physical function rooms will be booked for the event and catering will be provided.

Inquiries to A/Prof Taha Chaiechi, the General Chair for BEMAS:

For full details please visit

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?

We are pleased to welcome the new Members of our 2022 JCU College of Business, Law and Governance Advisory Board. We know their efforts, individually and collectively will continue to ignite progress and pave the path to success in the Business Community.

  • Claudia Brumme-Smith – CEO, Townsville Enterprise
  • Adj Professor Colin Dwyer – Economist, Founder of ‘Our Fair Share’ Economic Method
  • Raelene Eves – Director of People and Culture at Mater Private Hospital
  • Judge Gregory Lynham – Judge Northern Circuit Chambers
  • Ross McLennan – CEO, Townsville Chamber of Commerce
  • Aaron Newman – Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Queensland Country Bank
  • Carl Valentine – Managing Partner at PVW Accountants
  • Jacqui Francis – Executive Director at Townsville Catholic Education
  • Joel Buchholz – Executive Principal – Pimlico State High School
  • David Craig – Director, Cairns Campus at James Cook University
  • Mica Martin – CEO at Cairns Regional Council
  • Sarah Mort – Company Director at MiHaven
  • Dr Paul Sparshott – CEO at Advance Cairns
  • Joshua Trevino QC– Barrister, Trinity Chambers
  • Martin Woodcock – Principal at Trinity Bay State High School
  • Kathleen Newcombe – CEO at Sarina Russo Group of Companies
  • Florence Drummond – CEO at Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources Australia

College of Business Law and Governance, Division of Tropical Environments and Societies, James Cook University is happy to host

The 16th Australasian Trade Workshop

18 - 19 March, 2023

JCU Cairns, Bada-jali campus, Cairns City

36 Shields Street, Cairns

More information will be announced soon.


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Fri, 12 Jun 2020
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Thu, 30 Apr 2020
School students’ experience of learning online during the coronavirus pandemic will help prepare them for a digital future, and we should embrace this unexpected opportunity, says a James Cook University researcher.

Win-win with Indigenous environmental programs
Wed, 1 Apr 2020
James Cook University researchers have found caring for Country improves the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as well as helping the environment.

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