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Dawn Duncan image 2020

BSocSc(Waik) LLB(Hons)(Well) GDipDR PGDipOHS (Massey) LLM(Hons)(Auck) PhD(Well)


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Dawn teaches primarily in labour law.

Research interests

Dawn's research interests include employment law, labour market regulation and new forms of work, workers' compensation, ACC and work health and safety, social security law and workplace dispute resolution.


Dawn has practiced employment law in New Zealand and Australia, and has acted for individuals, unions, and large employers in a number of sectors. She completed her PhD at Victoria University of Wellington in 2019, her thesis proposing a new model for the compensation of work-related health problems in the ACC scheme.

Dawn is a committee member of the New Zealand Labour Law Society, and contributes to a number of texts and resources on New Zealand employment law. Dawn regularly speaks to the media, and to government, unions and employer groups on matters relating to employment law and work health and safety.


Anderson, G., & Duncan, D. (2023). The changing face of discrimination in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In J. Carby-Hall, Z. Góral & A. Tyc (Eds.), Discrimination and employment law: International legal perspectives. (pp. 172-188). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003306962-10 Chapter in Book - Research

Toy, A., & Duncan, D. (2022). The centre of interests of the employment relationship. New Zealand Universities Law Review, 30(2), 201-224. Journal - Research Article

Duncan, D. (2022). Workers and competition law in New Zealand. In S. Paul, S. McCrystal & E. McGaughey (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of labour in competition law. (pp. 169-182). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108909570 Chapter in Book - Research

Anderson, G., & Duncan, D. (2021). Employment law in Aotearoa New Zealand (3rd ed.). Lexis Nexis. Authored Book - Research

Duncan, D. (2019). Invisible consequences: The health hazards of "women's work" in New Zealand. Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, 50(2), 341-358. doi: 10.26686/vuwlr.v50i2.5749 Journal - Research Article

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