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Our people in the Faculty of Law


Academic staff

Professor Shelley Griffiths – Dean

Taxation and the regulation of capital markets

Professor Margaret Briggs – Convenor of the Postgraduate Programme

Criminal law, property law, family property law

Dr Anna High – Convenor of Student Experience

Evidence, law and feminism, Chinese law, legal theory

Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere – Convenor of Education

Administrative law, legal theory, the status of animals within the law

Professor Rex Ahdar

Competition law and policy, church-state relations, religious freedom, contract law, sports law

Associate Professor Barry Allan

Consumer credit, corporate criminal liability, equitable obligations of lenders, issues arising from the use of the internet, misrepresentation, personal properties securities law, tort law

Dr Simon Connell

Accidents and the law, accident compensation, no-fault, tort law, contract law, contract interpretation, law of obligations theory, private law theory, negligence

Professor John Dawson

Mental health law, law governing research,Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi settlements

Dr Dawn Duncan

Labour law, employment law, labour market regulation and new forms of work, workers’ compensation, ACC and work health and safety, social security law, workplace dispute resolution

Dr Ben France-Hudson

Law and theory of private property, natural resources law, climate change law, land law

Professor Colin Gavaghan – Chair in Emerging Technologies

Emerging technologies, medical law, criminal law

Professor Andrew Geddis

Election law, constitutional theory, rights law

Dr Maria Hook

Private international law, international law, international litigation and dispute settlement, tort law

Alex Latu – Pacific Island Law Students' Association (PILSA) Liaison

Media law, legal theory, law and global governance

Dr Danica McGovern

Criminal justice, sentencing and criminal law

Associate Professor Selene Mize

Legal ethics, civil liberties, negotiation, mediation, media law, law and psychology

Professor Jessica Palmer

The law of obligations, restitution, equity and commercial law

Mihiata Pirini – Te Roopū Whai Pūtake Liaison

Public and administrative law, Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi’s influence on public decision-making, the relationship between tikanga and state law, legal design

Professor Jacinta Ruru

Tikanga and the law, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Indigenous peoples and the law, Māori scholarship

Professor Struan Scott

Banking law, property law (with particular interest in indefeasibility of title), unjust enrichment, corporate governance

Stephen Eliot Smith

International law, international criminal law, legal history, church and state

Dr Jeanne Snelling

Health law, the regulation of biomedical technologies

Dr Lili Song

Refugee law, Chinese law, Pacific law, law of the sea, public international law issues relating to China or South Pacific island states

Professor Nicki Taylor – Director of Children's Issues Centre

Child and family law, parental separation, relocation, international child abduction, children’s participation in legal proceedings

Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin

Access to justice, litigants and disputants, dispute resolution design, socio-legal methods for civil justice research

Professor Ceri Warnock

Environmental law, resource management and planning law, public law 

Professor Nicola Wheen

Environmental law, public law, Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi, international environmental law

Dr Stephen Young

International human rights law, laws and Indigenous peoples, private law, duties and obligations


Judi-Eathorne-Gould – New Zealand Legal Information Institute (NZLII) Administrator

Ben Nevell – Professional Legal Skills Co-ordinator

Kayla Stewart – Assistant Research Fellow

Metiria Turei – Research Fellow

Children's Issues Centre

Professor Nicki Taylor – Director

Dr Megan Gollop – Deputy Director, Senior Research Fellow


Children's Issues Centre

New Zealand Law Foundation Centre for Law and Policy in Emerging Technologies

Professor Colin Gavaghan – Director

Part-time academic staff

Len Andersen

Dr Tracey Epps

Jim Guest

Leo Watson

Emeritus Professors

Professor Stuart Anderson

Professor Kevin Dawkins

Professor Geoff Hall

Professor Nicola Peart

Professor Paul Roth

Professor Peter Skegg

Professor John Smillie

Honorary Professors

Professor Mindy Chen-Wishart

Professor Don McRae

Professor Jeremy Waldron

Research interests

Academic staff areas of research interest

Administrative staff

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Kelly Curtis – Administrator


Dasha Joseph-Fernandez – Administrator


Rebecca Sandford – Administrator


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