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 2023 Legal Studies Conference. More information to come.

CBLG 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.

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:

  • Justice Lincoln Crowley - Queensland's inaugural First Nations Justice of the Supreme Court.
  • 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.


Study indicates alarming fall in dolphin numbers
Fri, 28 Feb 2020
A study of how many dolphins are caught in tuna fishing nets estimates the mammals may now be at just 13 per cent of their numbers prior to 1980.

Australia needs to leave its tourism comfort zone
Fri, 21 Feb 2020
Australia’s tourism marketing needs to diversify for it to remain sustainable, and tapping into popular culture could be the answer.

JCU’s record number of Indigenous completions
Wed, 18 Dec 2019
Nearly 1200 James Cook University students will graduate from their studies in tropical health and medicine this week, with a record number of indigenous students completing their studies this year.

Can cooling tropical cities warm up the economy?
Wed, 27 Nov 2019
Boosting business and stimulating economic growth by creating cool microclimates in sweltering cities is just one of the topics on the agenda as international experts in urban design and economic development meet in Cairns this week (November 25-27).

JCU legal eagles recognised
Mon, 14 Oct 2019
James Cook University has celebrated 30 years of law degrees in north Queensland by inducting 14 graduates and community members into the JCU Law Hall of Fame.

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