New York, USA
Dec
12
to Dec 19

New York, USA

So much of Australia’s legal tradition comes from the USA; what better place to explore this than the cultural and commercial heart of that country, New York. This is the place where class actions, the onslaught of medical litigation and issues like product liability began, then exploded. Although it is hard to put a finger on what makes “The Big Apple” buzz, it’s the city’s hyperactive rush that really draws people there.

New York is just magical in winter, filled with Christmas cheer, parades and a Central Park blanketed with white snow. On every street, steam rises up from the grates and passersby wear their classic New York trench coats and scarves as they move from one cosy place ot another, filled with warm food, great company and fabulous entertainment. See Broadway shows, visit the multitude of museums, galleries & wonderful restaurants, or shop til you drop.

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Whistler, Canada
Jan
7
to Jan 14

Whistler, Canada

Less than two hours away from Vancouver lies the spectacular Whistler Blackcomb resort, which boasts the largest skiable terrain of any resort in North America. That’s an impressive 8,100+ acres of terrain across the two side by side mountains, making up 200+ marked ski runs, ranging in level from beginner to advanced.

Together with an annual snow fall of over 11.8mtrs of white powder, skiers of all abilities are very well catered for in this beautiful winter playground. If you are in need of additional adrenaline, there are also options for heli skiing, an aerial zip track, snow mobile tours and bob sled rides.

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Mekong Delta Cruise
Mar
23
to Apr 1

Mekong Delta Cruise

Travel across two of the most beautiful, historic and friendly places in all of Asia — dynamic Vietnam and pastoral Cambodia — connected by the Mekong. Each country possesses its own unique charm and social traditions, its own tragic history and complex past.

We start our journey in Ho Chi Minh City (previously knownas Saigon), a city that offers a heady mixture of old and new, before embarking at My Tho. As the lifeblood of South East Asia, the Mekong teems with coloural floating villages and mementos of its French Colonial past.

Observe residents live, work and shop on the water, with villages like Cai Be and Vinh Long home to busy family-run factories and historic colonial houses. Traditional flat-bottomed boats of Vietnam, fill the narrow canals and inlets, carrying passengers, including you, to bustling waterfront markets. Ride a trishaw through towns and listen to the stories of village elders who have seen the many changes in Vietnam

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Cape Town, South Africa
Apr
18
to Apr 25

Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa’s southern city of Cape Town is proudly multicultural. It is renowned for its mix of determined pioneers – Afrikaner descendants of the original Dutch colonists, the majority coloured community, descendants of European Jewish immigrants and more recently, Xhosa migrants who have arrived from the Eastern Cape. This melting pot of cultural diversity makes Cape Town a vibrant and exciting African city, offering fabulous cuisine, interesting museums and a layered history.

Set between the imposing table mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town’s rugged natural beauty showcases itself at every turn. Travel to the Table Mountain’s summit with the cable car for stunning wide vistas, and visit tumultuous Cape Point where Africa’s surly currents collide. Our agenda will include a private tour of Robben Island and the notorious prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 incarcerated years.

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Kruger / Johannesburg, South Africa
May
2
to May 9

Kruger / Johannesburg, South Africa

It is hard to think of South Africa without thinking “Safari”! Our conference is set in the magnificent Kapama Lodge, a luxuriously appointed private lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park. This region’s high density of wildlife ensures you will have an excellent chance to spot Africa’s magnificent “Big 5” – Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo.

Kapama Lodge offers everything your quintessential African safari should – beautiful design with fabulous food and wine enjoyed whilst being serenaded with the sounds of the African veld. Twice daily safari tours, accompanied by an expert ranger and tracker are included. Conference lectures will be held in the middle of the day when the sun is hot and the wildlife takes refuge.

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Portofino, Italy
Jun
18
to Jul 2

Portofino, Italy

The Italian Riviera is defined by its pastel seaside towns nestled among a coastline of sheer rugged cliffs—including the colourful villages of Cinque Terre and the stylish resort towns such as Portofino, Rapallo and Santa Margherita Ligure.

Using Santa Margherita as our base, we will explore Liguria including the five fishing villages that are Cinque Terre: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. A UNESCO heritage site, Cinque Terre is rooted in antiquity, with the oldest of the villages founded in AD 643. The villages have slowly carved their way into the cliffs ever since.

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Prague, Czech Republic
Jul
8
to Jul 15

Prague, Czech Republic

Watch the famous astronomical clock in Old Town Square go through its machinations with the rest of the tourists before walking a few blocks to discover ancient chapels, hidden courtyards, authentic restaurants and old-fashioned bars with hardly a tourist in sight.

Much of the city serves as testament to the rise of the Přemyslids, the first documented Bohemian native dynasty and every internecine struggle for power within that family (and the later rulers and their competitors: the Jagellons, Charles IV, the Habsburgs and the Catholic Church, to name just the major players)

The Prague Castle dominates the city’s skyline, its variety of styles and influences perfectly illustrating the shifting demands of its occupants and conquerors over the last millennium. Nowhere else in Prague resonates with as much national identity and symbolism, increased by the pride Czechs have taken since having had the castle returned to them in 1989.

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Danube River Cruise
Jul
16
to Jul 25

Danube River Cruise

For aficionados of European history, music and art — this enchanting voyage provides a variety of ways to enjoy captivating destinations as well as plenty of time to relax onboard as you sail from Nuremberg to Budapest with Uniworld on the beautiful SS Beatrice.

The shimmering waters of the fabled Danube River flow for thousands of miles through the very heart of Europe, silent witness to centuries of artistic achievement and historical events. Discover Regensburg, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns, whether walking through the cobbled lanes of the UNESCO-designated Old Town or exploring Germany’s oldest Jewish community.

Should you wish to do something completely different, tour the state-of-the-art BMW factory. Marvel at ravishing scenery as your luxurious ship glides through the Wachau Valley, celebrated as one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, into Germany and past charming Bavarian villages. Explore Spitz with a wine and nature expert and sample local wines and delicacies made with apricots—a specialty of the region.

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Budapest, Hungary
Jul
26
to Aug 2

Budapest, Hungary

We are pleased to announce Budapest as a new venue for the annual North South Conference. The ‘Queen of the Danube’ is one of the most historic cities in the world featuring an eclectic mix of grand architecture and hipster design.

Awaiting you is a treasure trove of architectural delights covering baroque, neoclassical, eclectic and art nouveau eras; and is home to undoubtedly the most beautiful parliamentary building in the world. Budapest has also embraced its ruins by creating romkocsma or ‘ruin pubs’, with nooks filled with acoustic jam sessions, graffiti, art, markets and more. Every weekend in summer, the Margaret Island Open-air Stage produces a spectacle of events including opera, ballet, classical and pop music.

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Barcelona, Spain
Sep
29
to Oct 6

Barcelona, Spain

Known as the ‘cradle of Spain’s imagination’, Barcelona is a city continually reinventing itself, a wonderful canvass for all things art. Gothic structures meet whimsical Catalan architecture, historic museums and modern galleries clash against grungy displays of street art; and feats of culinary artistry are exhibited across a plethora of buzzing tapas bars and Michelin-starred restaurants.

Catalonia’s capital also offers sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches, perfect for taking a stroll, swimming, stand-up paddle boarding, and more. In October, the days are mild and the nights are cool - perfect for exploring the many delights Barcelona offers on a platter.

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Barcelona to Lisbon Cruise
Oct
14
to Oct 21

Barcelona to Lisbon Cruise

'Costa del Sol’ offers a wonderful experience that could rival any itinerary on the other side of the Mediterranean. We commence our conference@sea by embracing the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region— Barcelona— a celebration of history and heir to Greek, Phoenician, Roman, Carthaginian, Gothic and Arab cultural legacies.

It was the home of Picasso, Miró, Dali, Casals and Gaudí and has been described as a Mediterranean Manhattan, a cosmopolitan centre for political ideas and artistic movements. From Valencia, venture to the renowned winemaking region of Utiel-Requena not only to discover delightful vineyards but also to craft your own wine under the tutelage of a wine expert.

Treat yourself to a relaxing soak and massage at the authentic Arabian Hamman Baths in Cadiz; or explore the heights, caves and tunnels of ‘the rock’ in Gibraltar.

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