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BA LLB(Hons)(Otago) LLM(Tor)


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Marcelo currently teaches Public Law, the Law of Torts and Animals and the Law.

Research interests

Marcelo's research interests include administrative law, legal theory and the status of animals within the law.


Prior to joining the Faculty in 2012, Marcelo completed his Master of Laws at the University of Toronto, focusing on the Supreme Court of Canada's approach to deference in judicial review. He was a judges' clerk at the High Court of New Zealand at Wellington and practiced as a solicitor at Chapman Tripp in Wellington.


Glassey, S., Liebergreen, N., Rodriguez Ferrere, M., & King, M. (2023). It was one of the worst days of my life: Companion animal owners’ experiences of the Edgecumbe 2017 flood in Aotearoa New Zealand. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 96, 103923. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2023.103923

Geddis, A., & Rodriguez Ferrere, M. B. (2022). New Zealand. In R. Albert, D. Landau, P. Faraguna, S. Drugda & R. De Carolis (Eds.), 2021 Global Review of Constitutional Law. (pp. 249-252). Trieste, Italy: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste. [Report Contribution].

Rodriguez Ferrere, M. B. (2022). Intensity of review is dead: Long live intensity of review. New Zealand Law Journal, (10), 317-319.

Rodriguez Ferrere, M. B. (2022). The (symbolic) legislative recognition of animal sentience. Animal Law Review, 28, 117-150.

Rodriguez Ferrere, M. B. (2022). Animal welfare underenforcement as a rule of law problem. Animals, 12(11), 1411. doi: 10.3390/ani12111411

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