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Professor Jacinta Ruru

BA (Wellington), LLM (Otago), PhD (Victoria/Canada)

staff_large_ruru_jacintaTēnā koe. Ko Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui me Ngāti Maniapoto ngā iwi. Ko Pākehā hoki ahau. He roia kaiwhakaako ahau ki te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo.

I currently co-teach Laws 101 The Legal System and sole teach Laws 455 Māori Land Law and Laws 461 Law and Indigenous Peoples. I lead The Ihaka Project – Building Maori Leaders in Law Programme and I am Kaiawhina Maori within the Faculty of Law and Maori Law Tutorial Supervisor.

My more than 90 publications (70+ sole authored and 20 co-authored works) focus on exploring Indigenous peoples' legal rights to own, manage and govern land and water including national parks and minerals in Aotearoa New Zealand, Canada, United States, Australia and the Scandinavia countries. I have led, or co-led, several national and international research projects including on the Common Law Doctrine of Discovery, Indigenous peoples’ rights to freshwater and multidisciplinary understandings of landscapes. I write for several legal publishers including Adams’ Land Transfer and edit the Brookers Maori Legislation Handbook. One of my major new collaborative works is co-editing with Justice Joe Williams a Māori law treatise entited Te Akinga: The Maori Dimension of New Zealand Law (to be published by Thomson Reuters and partly funded by a generous New Zealand Law Foundation grant).

I am co-chair of Te Poutama Māori (the University of Otago Māori academic staff caucus), Centre Associate at the Indigenous Law Centre (University of New South Wales, Sydney), on the research leadership team for Nga Pae o te Maramatanga New Zealand’s Maori Centre of Research Excellence (and will join Associate Professor Tracey McIntosh as co-director in 2016), co-director of the University of Otago Research Cluster for Natural Resources Law, and was the Maori lead in the 'Old Problems New Solutions' Landcare Research project. I have organised several conferences including the "In Good Faith" Treaty of Waitangi Symposium (2007) the International Indigenous Legal Water Forum (2009) and The Australia New Zealand Legal History Conference (2013).

Awards received include the University of Otago prestigious Rowheath Trust and Carl Smith Medal for outstanding scholarly research achievement across all disciplines (2010), the Fulbright Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Senior Māori Scholar Award (2012), the OUSA University of Otago Association’s New Supervisor of the Year Award (2013) and the University of Otago Kaupapa Māori Teaching Excellence Award (2015).

I am Editor of the Resource Management Journal and Resource Management Theory and Practice, consultative editor for the Māori Law Review, and book review editor for the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment. I am on the editorial committee for several journals including the Settler Colonial Studies Journal, Australia and New Zealand Law and History Journal, Public Interest Law Journal New Zealand, and Global Journal of Comparative Law.

Research Interests

Indigenous Peoples comparative law (including rights to own, govern and manage water, land, marine area, minerals and national parks); Māori land law including Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993; Treaty of Waitangi; Family law and Māori; Environmental Law and Māori, Law and landscapes; and Law and geography.

Contact

Tel: +64 3 479 8833
Office: 8th Floor - 8N11
Email: jacinta.ruru@otago.ac.nz

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Publications

Miller, R. J., Ruru, J., Behrendt, L., & Lindberg, T. (2010). Discovering indigenous lands: The doctrine of discovery in the English colonies. Oxford University Press, 294p.

Ruru, J. (2008). Finding solutions for the legislative gaps in determining rights to the family home on colonially defined indigenous lands. U.B.C. Law Review, 41(2), 315-348.

Ruru, J. (2006). What could have been? The common law doctrine of native title in land under salt water in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Monash University Law Review, 32(1), 116-144.

Ruru, J. (2009). Undefined and unresolved: Exploring indigenous rights in Aotearoa New Zealand's freshwater legal regime. Journal of Water Law, 20(5/6), 236-242.

Ruru, J. (2011). Brookers Māori Legislation Handbook 2012. Wellington, New Zealand: Brookers, 1443p.

Authored Book - Research

Ruckstuhl, K., Carter, L., Easterbrook, L., Gorman, A. R., Rae, H., Ruru, J., Ruwhiu, D., Stephenson, J., Suszko, A., Thompson-Fawcett, M., Turner, R. (2013). Māori and mining. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago, 59p.

Ruru, J. (2011). Brookers Māori Legislation Handbook 2012. Wellington, New Zealand: Brookers, 1443p.

Miller, R. J., Ruru, J., Behrendt, L., & Lindberg, T. (2010). Discovering indigenous lands: The doctrine of discovery in the English colonies. Oxford University Press, 294p.

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Edited Book - Research

Ruru, J., Stephenson, J., & Abbott, M. (Eds.). (2011). Making our place: Exploring land-use tensions in Aotearoa New Zealand. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 240p.

Stephenson, J., Abbott, M., & Ruru, J. (Eds.). (2010). Beyond the scene: Landscape and identity in Aotearoa New Zealand. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 224p.

Ruru, J. (Ed.). (2008). ″In good faith″: Symposium proceedings marking the 20th anniversary of the Lands case. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Law Foundation, 134p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Ruru, J. (2013). Kua tutū te puehu, kia mau: Māori aspirations and family law policy. In M. Henaghan & B. Atkin (Eds.), Family law policy in New Zealand. (4th ed.) (pp. 57-95). Wellington, New Zealand: LexisNexis.

Ruru, J. (2012). The right to water as the right to identity: Legal struggles of indigenous peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand. In F. Sultana & A. Loftus (Eds.), The right to water: Politics, governance and social struggles. (pp. 110-122). Abingdon, UK: Earthscan.

Ruru, J. (2011). The political and juridical battle in the salt-sand environment. In J. Ruru, J. Stephenson, & M. Abbott (Eds.), Making our place: Exploring land-use tensions in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 23-38). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Ruru, J. (2011). Property rights and Māori: A right to own a river? In K. Bosselmann & V. Tava (Eds.), Water rights and sustainability. (pp. 51-75). Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law, University of Auckland.

Ruru, J. (2011). Wilderness is a walled garden. In M. Abbott & R. Reeve (Eds.), Wild heart: The possibility of wilderness in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 172-179). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Ruru, J. (2011). Māori and the courts. In S. Russell, B. Frame, & J. Lennox (Eds.), Old problems, new solutions: Integrative research supporting natural resource governance. (pp. 22-29). Lincoln, New Zealand: Manaaki Whenua Press.

Menzies, D., & Ruru, J. (2011). Indigenous peoples' right to landscape in Aotearoa New Zealand. In S. Egoz, J. Makhzoumi, & G. Pungetti (Eds.), The right to landscape: Contesting landscape and human rights. (pp. 141-151). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

Ruru, J. (2010). A cloaked landscape: Legal devices in Mount Aspiring National Park. In J. Stephenson, M. Abbott, & J. Ruru (Eds.), Beyond the scene: Landscape and identity in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 137-150). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Ruru, J. (2010). The Waitangi Tribunal. In M. Mulholland & V. Tawhai (Eds.), Weeping waters: The Treaty of Waitangi and constitutional change. (pp. 127-142). Wellington, New Zealand: Huia.

Ruru, J. (2010). Claiming native title in the foreshore and seabed. In L. A. Knafla & H. Westra (Eds.), Aboriginal title and indigenous peoples: Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. (pp. 185-201). Vancouver, Canada: UBC Press.

Ruru, J. (2009). Equity and Māori. In A. Butler (Ed.), Equity and trusts in New Zealand. (2nd ed.) (pp. 1249-1267). Wellington, New Zealand: Thomson Reuters.

Ruru, J. (2009). The Māori encounter with Aotearoa: New Zealand's legal system. In B. J. Richardson, S. Imai & K. McNeil (Eds.), Indigenous peoples and the law: Comparative and critical perspectives. (pp. 111-133). Portland, OR: Hart.

Ruru, J. (2008). Indigenous peoples and family law: Issues in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In A. Laquer Estin (Ed.), The multi-cultural family. (pp. 343-361). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.

Ruru, J. (2008). Legal education and Māori. In C. Geiringer & D. R. Knight (Eds.), Seeing the world whole: Essays in honour of Sir Kenneth Keith. (pp. 243-249). Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Ruru, J. (2011). Māori legal rights to water: Ownership, management, or just consultation? Resource Management Theory & Practice, 7, 119-135.

Morris, J. D. K., & Ruru, J. (2010). Giving voice to rivers: Legal personality as a vehicle for recognising indigenous peoples' relationships to water? Australian Indigenous Law Review, 14(2), 49-62.

Ruru, J. (2009). Undefined and unresolved: Exploring indigenous rights in Aotearoa New Zealand's freshwater legal regime. Journal of Water Law, 20(5/6), 236-242.

Ruru, J. (2008). Finding solutions for the legislative gaps in determining rights to the family home on colonially defined indigenous lands. U.B.C. Law Review, 41(2), 315-348.

Ruru, J. (2006). What could have been? The common law doctrine of native title in land under salt water in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Monash University Law Review, 32(1), 116-144.

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