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Dr Anna High

Co-Director, Otago Centre for Law and Society

BA, LLB (Queensland); BCL, MPhil, DPhil (Oxford)

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Contact

Tel +64 3 479 8859
Email anna.high@otago.ac.nz

Teaching

Anna teaches Evidence Law, Jurisprudence and Chinese Law.

Research

Anna is a socio-legal scholar who has adopted a “law in action” approach to three main areas of interest: Chinese law, feminist theory/sexual violence, and evidence law. She has also published in the area of legal education/pedagogy.

Her monograph on orphan relief in China was awarded the 2020 Asian Law and Society Association Distinguished Book Award. She holds current research grants from Marsden and the New Zealand Law Foundation and is co-founder/director of the newly established Otago Centre for Law and Society. Her most recent work, exploring a theory of “sexual dignity” in feminist legal theory and comparative case law, is forthcoming in the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism. 

Otago Centre for Law and Society

Background

Following the completion of her doctorate at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar (Qld & Magdalen 2008), Anna was Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence and American Council of Learned Societies Postdoctoral Fellow at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she taught criminal law and Chinese law. She has also taught comparative human rights, Asian law, EU law and criminal law at Marquette University Law School as Visiting Assistant Professor.

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Publications

High, A., & Geddis, A. (2021). Diplomatic assurances as a basis for extradition to the People's Republic of China. New Zealand Law Journal, (7), 226-228 & 254.

High, A. (2021). The exclusion of prison informant evidence for unreliability in New Zealand. International Journal of Evidence & Proof. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/13657127211011236

High, A. (2020). What's a Judge to do? Allegations of police torture in China as evidence in an English court. New Zealand Law Journal, (October), 318-320, 327.

High, A. (2020). The Red Fox Tavern trial and the evidence act. New Zealand Law Journal, 2, 69.

High, A., & Hickman, C. (2020). The 'any evidence' rule in New Zealand family law. New Zealand Universities Law Review, 29, 49-74.

High, A. (2015, July). The problem with Justice Thomas's dignity argument. Marquette University Law School Faculty blog. Retrieved from https://law.marquette.edu/facultyblog/2015/07/02/the-problem-with-justice-thomass-dignity-argument/

Other Research Output

High, A. (2014, February). Wisconsin Assembly responds to "child exchange". Marquette University Law School Faculty blog. Retrieved from https://law.marquette.edu/facultyblog/2014/02/16/wisconsin-assembly-responds-to-child-exchange/

Other Research Output

High, A. (2013, July). With one eye closed: Illegal orphanages in rural China. The Diplomat. Retrieved from https://thediplomat.com/2013/07/with-one-eye-closed-illegal-orphanages-in-rural-china/

Other Research Output

High, A. (2013, October). "Non-legal" orphanages and the Chinese state. China Development Brief. Retrieved from http://chinadevelopmentbrief.cn/articles/non-legal-orphanages-and-the-chinese-state/

Other Research Output

High, A. (2019). Non-governmental orphan relief in China: Law, policy, and practice. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 166p.

Authored Book - Research

High, A. (2021). The exclusion of prison informant evidence for unreliability in New Zealand. International Journal of Evidence & Proof. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/13657127211011236

Journal - Research Article

High, A., & Geddis, A. (2021). Diplomatic assurances as a basis for extradition to the People's Republic of China. New Zealand Law Journal, (7), 226-228 & 254.

Journal - Research Article

High, A. (2020). The Red Fox Tavern trial and the evidence act. New Zealand Law Journal, 2, 69.

Journal - Research Article

High, A. (2020). What's a Judge to do? Allegations of police torture in China as evidence in an English court. New Zealand Law Journal, (October), 318-320, 327.

Journal - Research Article

High, A., & Hickman, C. (2020). The 'any evidence' rule in New Zealand family law. New Zealand Universities Law Review, 29, 49-74.

Journal - Research Article

High, A. (2018). Christian v R and s 128A(1) Crimes Act 1961. New Zealand Law Journal, (March), 47-49.

Journal - Research Article

High, A. (2017). "It's grace and favor, it's not law": Extra-legal regulation of foreign foster homes in China. University of Pennsylvania Asian Law Review, 12(3), 357-405.

Journal - Research Article

High, A. J. (2017). Using restorative practice to teach and uphold dignity in an American school district. McGill Journal of Education / Revue des sciences de l'éducation de McGill, 52(2), 525-534. Retrieved from http://mje.mcgill.ca/article/view/9453

Journal - Research Article

High, A. (2016). Good, bad and wrongful juvenile sex: Rethinking the use of statutory rape laws against the protected class. Arkansas Law Review, 69, 787-837.

Journal - Research Article

High, A. J. (2014). Combating domestic violence in China: Problems, progress and prospects. Pandora's Box, 45-51.

Journal - Research Article

High, A. J. (2014). Pondering the politicization of intercountry adoption: Russia's ban on American "forever families". Cardozo Journal of International & Comparative Law, 22(3), 497-560.

Journal - Research Article

High, A. J. (2013). China's orphan welfare system: Laws, policies and filled gaps. University of Pennsylvania East Asia Law Review, 8, 127-176.

Journal - Research Article

High, A. J. (2013). Grassroots NGO regulations and China's local legal culture. Socio-Legal Review, 9(2), 1-50.

Journal - Research Article

High, A. (2018). The case for mindfulness in New Zealand legal education. New Zealand Law Journal, (June), 160-163.

Journal - Research Other

Kloeden, A. (2012). China as law-ruled state: From top-down rhetoric to bottom-up expectations. Political Reflection, 3(1), 16-19.

Journal - Research Other

Kloeden, A. (2012). [Review of the book NGOs in China and Europe: Comparisons and contrasts]. Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 41(3), 517-520. doi: 10.1177/0899764011414171

Journal - Research Other

Hickman, C., & High, A. (2019). Anarchy and analysis: Applying the rules to child-related evidence. Proceedings of the New Zealand Law Society (NZLS) Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Family Law Conference. (pp. 49-69). Wellington, New Zealand: NZLS CLE. [Full Paper]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

High, A. (2018). Law and practice of religious orphan welfare in China. Proceedings of the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ), the Canadian Law and Society Association (CLSA) and the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) of the UK Joint International Conference: Inclusion, Exclusion, Democracy. (pp. 34). Retrieved from http://www.uowblogs.com/lsaanz2018

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

High, A. (2018, October). Mindfulness in the classroom. Workshop presentation at the Teaching and Learning Symposium: Rebuilding Your Ship at Sea: Cultivating Identity, Integrity, Community and Collegiality in Times of Change, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

High, A. (2017, November). "One eye open, one eye closed": The role and regulation of China's foreign-run orphanages. Verbal presentation at the Thomson Reuters New & Emerging Scholars Symposium, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

High, A. J. (2017, January). Research in progress [Section on East Asian Law and Society]. Verbal presentation at the 111th Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting: Why Law Matters, San Francisco, USA.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Kloeden, A. J. (2012). Government beyond law: Exploring charity regulation and spaces of order in China (DPhil). University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. Retrieved from https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:e48b254a-3316-4a0b-a994-c3c6a6b3624a

Awarded Doctoral Degree

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