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Associate Professor Donna Buckingham

BA LLB (Otago)

staff_large_buckingham_donnaDonna Buckingham is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Otago.

Her teaching and research interests include statutory interpretation, evidence, civil procedure and the regulation of the legal profession.

She is the Director of the New Zealand Legal Information Institute, the largest free online information site for New Zealand law, conducted in partnership with the AustLII.

Currently Donna is a Barrister of the High Court of New Zealand and is a former President of the Otago Branch of the New Zealand Law Society.

She is also former President of the Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence, the body of national tertiary teaching award winners, providing advice on tertiary education policy and practice across all sectors.

Research Interests

Computer-aided instruction, Computer assisted legal retrieval, Law of Evidence, Legal Information Systems, Statutory interpretation.


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Buckingham, D. (2015). Evidentiary issues. In D. Harvey (Ed.), Electronic business and technology law. (Looseleaf ed.) (pp. 25001-27101). Wellington, New Zealand: LexisNexis.

Moore, J., Buckingham, D., & Diesfeld, K. (2015). Disciplinary Tribunal cases involving New Zealand lawyers with physical or mental impairment, 2009–2013. Psychiatry, Psychology & Law, 22(5), 649-672. doi: 10.1080/13218719.2015.1055624

Buckingham, D. (2015). ‘You’ve come the long way, baby.’ An analysis of the position of women in the legal profession in New Zealand. Proceedings of the Law and Society Association (LSA) Annual Meeting. Retrieved from

Diesfeld, K., Moore, J., & Buckingham, D. (2015). To rehabilitate or to discipline? A therapeutic jurisprudence analysis of impaired lawyers’ proceedings in New Zealand. Proceedings of the 4th Aotearoa Conference on Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Weaving Strands: Ngā Whenu Rāranga. Retrieved from

Diesfeld, K., Moore, J., & Buckingham, D. (2015, November). Impairments and infractions: New Zealand’s Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal Decisions 2009 to 2013. Verbal presentation at the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Joint Conference: Systems, Clients and Patients: Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, Canberra, Australia.

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