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Chris Newman is in New Zealand to discuss a number of issues relating to the legal aspects of exploring Space, both Lower Earth Orbit and beyond. Chris will discuss the military exploitation of space, the increasing commercialisation of space and the potential role of the criminal law in issues relating to space exploration
Date: Wednesday 6th July
Time: 5:30am - 6:30pm
Location: Government Buildings, Lecture Theatre 3
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Speaker: Dr Christopher Newman is Reader in Law at the University of Sunderland, UK. He is Europe’s leading expert on the legality of space.  He has written countless book chapters and articles and is a frequent advisor to the BBC and printed media in the UK and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL). Read more here.
The centrepiece of economists’ advocacy of market solutions to public policy problems is the invisible hand doctrine attributed to the Scottish founder of the discipline, Adam Smith.  It is the idea that self-interested individuals operating in an appropriate institutional context (e.g. markets, secure property rights, free competition) generate a stable order and generally beneficial outcomes for society, though this need not have been their intention.  This idea has been dressed in mathematical garments and many caveats attached since Smith wrote, but it remains central to market advocacy.
This presentation will explore the background to invisible hand in Adam Smith’s writings, especially the religious context and the connection to the Christian doctrine of providence.  It will discuss the connection of the invisible hand to Smith’s concerns about rising inequality in the early stages of the industrial revolution in Britain, and his anxieties about the long term stability of the market society he saw emerging.  In view of this background, why do we believe it, and how did this idea come to dominate public policy discussion?
Date: Friday 29th July
Time: 12:30am - 1:30pm
Location: Government Buildings, Lecture Theatre 3
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Oslington-picProfessor Paul Oslington is the Inaugural Dean of Business and Professor of Economics at Alphacrucis College in Sydney. From 2008-2013 he was Professor of Economics at Australian Catholic University where he held a joint appointment in the School of Business and the School of Theology. From 2000-2008 Associate Professor of Economics at UNSW/ADFA. His primary area of research is the interdisciplinary field of economics and religion. Amongst his publications are Adam Smith as Theologian (Routledge, 2011) and the Oxford Handbook of Christianity and Economics (Oxford University Press, 2014), which he edited.


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