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Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin

Director, Legal Issues Centre

BA (Auck), LLM (Harv), PhD (Otago)
Bridgette Toy-Cronin image

Email bridgette.toy-cronin@otago.ac.nz

Bridgette's primary research interests are access to justice, the legal profession and civil procedure. Bridgette holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Auckland. She graduated with a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School in 2005 where she was a Frank Knox Fellow. In 2011 she began a PhD at the University of Otago examining litigation in person (self-represented litigants) in the New Zealand civil courts. Her PhD was awarded in 2015.

Bridgette has worked as an intern to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, as a High Court Judges' Clerk, and as a civil litigator in New Zealand and Australia. She also spent a year in Cambodia working for the Cambodian Defenders Project on Women's Rights.

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Publications

Toy-Cronin, B. (2017). A defence of the right to litigate in person. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 37(1), 238-254. doi: 10.1093/ojls/gqw027

Toy-Cronin, B. (2016). I ain't no fool: Deciding to litigate in person in the civil courts. New Zealand Law Review, 4, 723-754.

Toy-Cronin, B. (2016). Counsel's tables? Seating counsel and litigants-in-person in the courtroom. New Zealand Law Journal, 4, 148-151.

Toy-Cronin, B. (2016). From litigator to researcher: The burdens and benefits of moving between the profession and the academy. International Journal of the Legal Profession. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09695958.2016.1228532

Toy-Cronin, B. (2016, June). Obsessed about obsessives? The challenge of persistent litigants. Verbal presentation at the Law and Society Association (LSA) Annual Meeting: At the Delta: Belonging, Place and Visions of Law and Social Change, New Orleans, USA.

Journal - Research Article

Toy-Cronin, B. (2017). A defence of the right to litigate in person. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 37(1), 238-254. doi: 10.1093/ojls/gqw027

Toy-Cronin, B. (2016). I ain't no fool: Deciding to litigate in person in the civil courts. New Zealand Law Review, 4, 723-754.

Toy-Cronin, B. (2016). From litigator to researcher: The burdens and benefits of moving between the profession and the academy. International Journal of the Legal Profession. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09695958.2016.1228532

Toy-Cronin, B. (2016). Counsel's tables? Seating counsel and litigants-in-person in the courtroom. New Zealand Law Journal, 4, 148-151.

Toy-Cronin, B. A. (2010). What is forced marriage: Towards a definition of forced marriage as a crime against humanity. Columbia Journal of Gender & Law, 19(2), 539-590.

Toy-Cronin, B. (2002). Waiver of the rule against bias. Te Mata Koi Auckland University Law Review, 9(3), 850-882.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Toy-Cronin, B. (2016, June). Obsessed about obsessives? The challenge of persistent litigants. Verbal presentation at the Law and Society Association (LSA) Annual Meeting: At the Delta: Belonging, Place and Visions of Law and Social Change, New Orleans, USA.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Toy-Cronin, B. A. (2015). Keeping up appearances: Accessing New Zealand's civil courts as a litigant in person (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/6003

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