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Professor Jacinta Ruru

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

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CO-DIRECTOR, NGA PAE O TE MARAMATANGA, NEW ZEALAND’S MAORI CENTRE OF RESEARCH EXCELLENCE

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.

Jacinta teaches first year law and upper level courses in Māori Land Law and Law and Indigenous Peoples, and is director of her innovative Te Ihaka: Building Māori Leaders in Law Programme (launched 2015).

Joining Associate Professor Tracey McIntosh, Jacinta is the new co-director of Nga Pae o te Maramatanga New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence with a national and international reputation for expertise and innovation in transformative Māori focused multidisciplinary research.

Jacinta’s more than 90 publications focus on exploring Indigenous peoples' legal rights to own, manage and govern land and water including national parks and minerals in Aotearoa New Zealand, Canada, United States, Australia and the Scandinavia countries. She has led, or co-led, several national and international research projects including on the Common Law Doctrine of Discovery, Indigenous peoples’ rights to freshwater and multidisciplinary understandings of landscapes. She writes for several legal publishers including Adams’ Land Transfer, and The New Zealand Legal System: Structures and Processes, and edits the Brookers Maori Legislation Handbook. One of her major new collaborative works is co-editing with Justice Joe Williams a Māori law treatise entited Te Akinga: The Maori Dimension of New Zealand Law (to be published by Thomson Reuters and partly funded by a generous New Zealand Law Foundation grant).

Jacinta is co-chair of Te Poutama Māori (the University of Otago Maori Academic Staff Caucus), co-director of a new University of Otago Research Theme Poutama Ara Rau that is dedicated to researching Maori tertiary learning and teaching, Centre Associate at the Indigenous Law Centre (University of New South Wales, Sydney), and was the Maori lead in the 'Old Problems New Solutions' Landcare Research project. She has organised several conferences including the "In Good Faith" Treaty of Waitangi Symposium (2007) the International Indigenous Legal Water Forum (2009) and The Australia New Zealand Legal History Conference (2013).

Awards received include the University of Otago prestigious Rowheath Trust and Carl Smith Medal for outstanding scholarly research achievement across all disciplines in first ten years (2010), the Fulbright Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Senior Māori Scholar Award (2012), the OUSA University of Otago Association’s New Supervisor of the Year Award (2013) and the University of Otago Kaupapa Māori Teaching Excellence Award (2015).

Editorial responsibilities include:
Resource Management Journal (editor)
Resource Management Theory and Practice (editor)
Māori Law Review (consultative editor)
Journal of Human Rights and the Environment (book co-editor)
Settler Colonial Studies Journal, Australia and New Zealand Law and History Journal, Public Interest Law Journal New Zealand, and Global Journal of Comparative Law (editorial committee member)

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; Treaty of Waitangi; Family law and Māori; Environmental Law and Māori, Law and landscapes; Aotearoa New Zealand’s legal history, Law and Society and Law and Geography.

Contact

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

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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.

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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