Two CH alumni and recent law graduates – Duncan Ballinger (2009-2010) and Rosie Kos (2010-2011) are members of the team who worked on the Teina Pora appeal.

Mr Pora walked a free man in early March after the Privy Council quashed his convictions for the 1992 rape and murder of Auckland woman Susan Burdett. UC’s Dean of Law, Associate Professor Chris Gallavin says the law faculty is very proud that two of its finest students have worked tirelessly on the Teina Pora appeal for the last six months of 2014.

“Rosie and Duncan played a significant role in the defence team completing important research and opinions on aspects of both the law of evidence and criminal procedure. Here at Canterbury’s law school, we’re endeavouring to bring real world experiences into the classroom. This gives academic credit and ultimately a life-changing experience to students who are keen to put their education to use as part of their LLB studies.

“Our law school established the New Zealand Public Interest Project (NZPIP) last year to examine public interest cases in both criminal and civil jurisdictions. A team of experts, including barristers, private investigators and scientists, has been formed to comprise NZPIP. It’s a privilege and a pleasure for our students to work under the guidance of these experts in uncovering defects in cases that have potentially led to the wrong person being convicted and families of victims receiving little to no closure,” says Chris Gallavin.

We’re proud of you Duncan and Rosie. Congratulations on your hard work.

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