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Professor Jacinta Ruru

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

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

Roles

  • Jacinta currently teaches into the Laws 101 programme and is building a thriving Indigenous law post-graduate programme

Contact

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

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
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi and United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Family law and Māori
  • Environmental Law and Māori, Law and landscapes
  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s legal history

Background

Jacinta joined the Faculty of Law in 1999. In 2019, she was awarded an inaugural University of Otago Sesquicentennial Distinguished Chair in recognition of her outstanding research, teaching and service. Accolades include fellow of New Zealand’s Royal Society Te Apārangi, winner of the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Excellence in Tertiary Teaching, Fulbright Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga senior Māori scholar, and Tedx speaker.


Research projects

Her more than 100 publications consider Indigenous peoples’ rights, interests and responsibilities to own and care for lands and waters from ki uta, ki tai (from the mountains to the seas).

She has multi-disciplinary research collaborations around the world, including co-leading projects on the common law doctrine of discovery, water, minerals, and multidisciplinary understandings of landscapes:

Her postgraduate theses were dedicated to Indigenous lands encased in national parks:

She writes for several legal publishers including The New Zealand Legal System:

She is an advocate for encouraging state legal systems to embrace more respectfully Indigenous laws, for example through her work on extending legal personality to the environment and considering the role of tikanga Māori as a founding core of the LLB degree.

She is co-curator of the Te Takarangi 150 Māori non-fiction book list that spans more than 200 years of printed scholarship.


Leadership roles

Jacinta’s leadership includes:

She has organised several significant conferences including:

Postgraduate students

Current

Jason Arnold, Pākehā, MA
Indigenisation of the Land Classification system: creating intergenerational kaitiaki frameworks for access and use of whenua tupuna, conservation lands, waters and taonga
Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett, Professor Jacinta Ruru

Kerri Cleaver, Ngāi Tahu, PhD
Spaces to Talk: Ngāi Tahu Women and their experiences with the foster care system and identity
Associate Professor Nicola Atwool, Professor Jacinta Ruru

Margaret Courtney, Tuhourangi, Ngati Whakaue, Tapuika, Ngati Moko and Ngati Umutahi, LLM
The Māori Land Court as a Peoples’ Court
Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin, Professor Jacinta Ruru

Luke Fitzmaurice, Te Aupōuri, PhD
Child Protection and Children’s Participation in Aotearoa New Zealand
Associate Professor Nicki Taylor, Associate Professor Nicola Atwool, Professor Jacinta Ruru

Mihiata Pirini, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Whakatōhea, LLM
Understanding the user experience of the Māori Land Court: Design-led research and kaupapa Māori
Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin, Professor Jacinta Ruru

Oliver Skinner, Tainui, PhD
Returning the Lakes: Māori Legal Experiences of Wairarapa Moana / Lake Wairarapa
Professor Jacinta Ruru, Dr Paerau Warbrick

Graham Strong, Ngāi Tahu, LLM
Intellectual Property Law, Plants and Māori
Professor Jacinta Ruru, Professor Shelley Griffiths

Renay Taylor, Ngāpuhi
Tikanga and legal personality - modern protection and customary law
Professor Jacinta Ruru

Mele Tupou, Tongan, PhD (under examination)
The Process and Outcomes of the 2010 Constitutional Reform in Tonga – A Study of the Devolution of Executive Authority from Monarchy to Representative Government in a Polynesian Society
Professor Andrew Geddis, Professor Jacinta Ruru, Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere

Graduates

B Brandt, German, LLM (distinction)
Body-snatching in Aotearoa / New Zealand: a legal conflict between cultures
Professor Jacinta Ruru, Prof Margaret Briggs

Naomi Johnstone, Pākehā, PhD (exceptional)
Exploring PEACE in the Bougainville Conflict: Access to justice and reconciliation through 'win-win' mediation and Indigenous dispute resolution
Professor Jacinta Ruru, Dr Karen Brouneus

Yuan Lu, Chinese, PhD,
National Reserves in China
Dr Janet Stephenson, Prof Jacinta Ruru

Gilles Marciniak, French, PhD
Place, Space Landscape Theory in Aotearoa New Zealand
Dr Janet Stephenson, Professor Jacinta Ruru, Dr Caroline Orchiston

Liam McKay, Māori, LLM
Māori governance structures
Professor Jacinta Ruru

Jamie Morris, Tauranga Moana, LLM (distinction)
Will Affording Rivers Legal Personality help Māori attain Co-Management Aspirations with the Crown
Professor Jacinta Ruru

Benjamin Ralston, LLM (distinction)
Finding Common Ground in Our Seas: an analysis of the viability of marine spatial planning as a tool for reconciliation of Indigenous and Crown interests in the fisheries of Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific region of Canada
Professor Jacinta Ruru

Abby Suszko, Tongan, PhD
Exploring Equality in the Foreshore and Seabed Debate
Professor John Dawson, Professor Jacinta Ruru, Dr Jim Williams

Eli Toeke, Ngāti Hine, MBHL
After Death: My Body, My Family, My Culture and the Law. A cross-cultural analysis of tikanga Māori, New Zealand law and organ donation
Professor Jacinta Ruru, Dr Jing-Bao Nie

LLB(honours) dissertations

Elizabeth Auld, Helen Baker, Sarah van Ballekom, Grace Boos, Anna Crosbie, Amy Douglas, Jane Dunlop, Alice Eager, Megan Exton, Emma Gattey, Edward Greig, Jo Hass, Melanie Jagush, Zannah Johnston, Naomi Johnstone, Riki Kotua, Emmett Maclaurin, George Mohi, Yasmin Olsen, Maya Shino, Donna Thomson, Maia Wikaira.

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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. (2018). Listening to Papatūānuku: A call to reform water law [Review]. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 48(2-3), 215-224. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2018.1442358

Ruru, J. (2018). Te Tiriti me Ōna Whakatau: The Waitangi Tribunal and Treaty settlements. In M. Reilly, S. Duncan, G. Leoni, L. Paterson, L. Carter, M. Rātima & P. Rewi (Eds.), Te Kōparapara: An introduction to the Māori world. (pp. 288-303). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press.

Ruru, J. (2017). A treaty in another context: Creating reimagined treaty relationships in Aotearoa New Zealand. In J. Borrows & M. Coyle (Eds.), The right relationship: Reimagining the implementation of historical treaties. (pp. 305-324). Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press.

Ruru, J. (2015). Lenses of comparison across continents: Understanding modern Aboriginal title in Tsilhqot'in Nation and Ngati Apa. UBC Law Review, 48(3), 903-942.

Commissioned Report for External Body

Toomey, E., Finn, J., France-Hudson, B., & Ruru, J. (2017). Revised legal frameworks for ownership and use of multi-dwelling units. Commissioned by Building Research Levy. Wellington, New Zealand: BRANZ. 335p.

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Authored Book - Research

Ruru, J., Scott, P., & Webb, D. (2016). The New Zealand legal system: Structures and processes (6th ed.). Wellington, New Zealand: LexisNexis, 500p.

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. Retrieved from https://ourarchive.otago.ac.nz/handle/10523/4362

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. (2018). Te Tiriti me Ōna Whakatau: The Waitangi Tribunal and Treaty settlements. In M. Reilly, S. Duncan, G. Leoni, L. Paterson, L. Carter, M. Rātima & P. Rewi (Eds.), Te Kōparapara: An introduction to the Māori world. (pp. 288-303). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press.

Ruru, J. (2017). A treaty in another context: Creating reimagined treaty relationships in Aotearoa New Zealand. In J. Borrows & M. Coyle (Eds.), The right relationship: Reimagining the implementation of historical treaties. (pp. 305-324). Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press.

Ruru, J. (2017). Commentary on Bruce v Edwards: Taonga Tuku Iho: The generational treasure of land. In E. McDonald, R. Powell, M. Stephens & R. Hunter (Eds.), Feminist judgements of Aotearoa New Zealand: Te Rino: A two-stranded rope. (pp. 329-335). Oxford, UK: Hart.

Ruru, J. (2017). Reimagining governance for 'Yellowstone' modelled national parks in the new era of Indigenous legal recognition. In L. Elenius, C. Allard & C. Sandström (Eds.), Indigenous rights in modern landscapes: Nordic conservation regimes in global context. (pp. 113-125). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

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). 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. (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). 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.

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Journal - Research Article

Ruru, J. (2018). Listening to Papatūānuku: A call to reform water law [Review]. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 48(2-3), 215-224. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2018.1442358

Ruru, J. (2015). Lenses of comparison across continents: Understanding modern Aboriginal title in Tsilhqot'in Nation and Ngati Apa. UBC Law Review, 48(3), 903-942.

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. UBC 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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